Bottled Revolution

A locally developed water bottle makes the impact of sustainability clear.

Most of us recycle religiously in the hopes of preserving our planet for future generations, but what if your sustainability efforts came with more immediate gratification? A proposed product by local tech-design company Artefact ( helps you visualize the effects of eco-friendliness.

The South Lake Union-based company has been developing ideas for new products since 2006, relying on outside companies to manufacture them. But this year, Artefact is working toward producing its own products, one of which is a revolutionary water bottle. Made of stainless steel, the 999Bottle comes equipped with a numbered dial that users turn with every refill, tracking as many as 999 times.

The best part? An associated app calculates your eco savings—in dollars, gallons of oil required to make new plastic bottles and the height of bottles stacked atop each other (1,063 refills stack up to the top of the Eiffel Tower). Artefact hopes to raise about $99,000 to pay for production; if you want to help the 999Bottle become reality, chip in to the Kickstarter campaign and quench your thirst for green. 

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

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1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12,

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32,

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10,

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18,

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466;