Bottled Revolution

A locally developed water bottle makes the impact of sustainability clear.
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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 (artefactgroup.com) 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. 

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

Eddie Bauer Releases EB Originals Collection

The retailer returns to its roots with iconic designs
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Wares from Eddie Bauer's latest collection, releasing today

Seattle-based men's and women's outerwear and apparel retailer Eddie Bauer is going back to its Northwest roots, when Eddie was a guy who ran a sporting goods store on downtown's Seneca Street in 1920. The brand has gone through some transition years, but it’s returning to the brand that outfitted the first American expedition to K2.

On Tuesday, September 27, the retailer is releasing its EB Originals Collection, a line that's inspired by EB's founder and the early, iconic designs from its nearly 100-year-old history.

The first patented down jacket, the 1936 Skyliner, is reincarnated with modern styling. Same for the 1942 Yukon--the top seller for more than 30 years--and the B-9 Parka, which originally kept U.S. airmen warm in -70 temperatures in their uninsulated bombers.

For Northwest street cred, the most striking piece is the limited-edition version of the Skyliner, that's lined with Pendleton wool in eight national park-inspired patterns from Portland's Pendleton Woolen Mills. What's more, it’s reversible, so you can wear your Rainier Pendleton Skyliner in multiple ways. Expect this limited-edition gem on October 18. $400 at eddiebauer.com.