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Yeeeehaw! Modern Species Is Now A Certified B Corporation!

by Gage Mitchell | Nov 5, 2018

After many years of starting and stopping the certification process, we’re thrilled to announce that Modern Species is now a Certified B Corp! To understand how we feel, imagine compostable confetti bursting out of giant recyclable party poppers as we break into a happy dance choreographed to Party Rock Anthem. Yeah. It’s that awesome.

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Lunch & Learn: Waste - The Shifting Role Of Design

by Joshua Yu | Oct 12, 2018

Mounting ecological and economical challenges are forcing designers to rethink how, and what, we design. In this talk and workshop we'll explore: how designers can think beyond human-centered design to understand the systems we're connected to and impacting? We'll also explore design thinking tools to help innovators design waste out of our products and services. Join us!

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Designing Backwards: Brainstorming for Global Impact

by Bradlee Thielen | Sep 7, 2018

As a bright-eyed and bushy ‘stached intern I was given the task to familiarize myself with sustainable graphic design. In order to do this I read Brian Dougherty’s Green Graphic Design

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Lunch & Learn: Intro to Designing for Measurable Social Impact

by | Jun 15, 2018

You know your design makes a difference for a company's bottom line. But what if your design could make a positive impact on the world?

Designing for social impact isn’t about creating pretty artifacts for a good cause or about just selling cool stuff and giving a portion of the proceeds to charity. In its ideal form, designing for social impact is envisioning the impact you want to have for a community or individual, bringing stakeholders into the process, working toward sustainable solutions, measuring the difference you're making, and sharing your results so that positive impact can spread across the world.

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Organic Food is Normal Food

by Gage Mitchell | Jun 5, 2017

For those of you who love food as much as I do, you've probably noticed that their are a lot of different labels for “healthy” food. There’s the vegetarian, gluten free, and paleo varieties; low-carb and diet; processed vs. fresh; local, non-GMO, and a million more.

Sustainability

Protect the Planet, Save Ourselves: 5 Things You Should Know About Climate Refugees

by Kellie Komorita | Dec 6, 2016

1] “Climate Refugees” isn’t a new concept.

To paint with a broad brush, a climate refugee is anyone who has to relocate due to climate related complications. The term was first popularized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1985. That’s 31 years ago. Hell, it’s older than some of us millenials. [1] I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never heard of the plight of climate refugees until a few months ago. As much as it seems like a painfully obvious byproduct of climate change, I feel quite ashamed that I've been so uninformed. If you're in the same boat as me, let’s talk about this.

Sustainability

What Will You Sacrifice for Sustainability?

by Jennifer Stewart | Jun 24, 2016

Today I watched a short video about what the world would be like without packaging. It was supposed to be funny, showing a guy visiting a farm and carrying milk in his hands in order to put it on his cereal (apparently a bowl is now considered a package), but instead it made me sad. Sad because we used to live in a world without so much packaging waste, and sad because that world is one that even the greenest buyer doesn’t want to return to.

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Protect the Planet, Save Ourselves: Climate Change is a Human Rights Issue

by Kellie Komorita | May 26, 2016

It’s frequently been said that,

“We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it.”

I believe that to be true.

If you think good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design.- Dr. Ralph Speth