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. 

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

New Skincare Company, 3B, Delivers Beauty by the Boxful

A Seattle-based skin care company brings beauty breakthroughs to your door
Goodies from a 3B beauty box

Ke Chen, cofounder of 3B (Beauty Beyond Borders), says skin care in Asia is approached the same way the French think about food. “It’s an art form,” she says. Chen, whose Seattle-based subscription beauty box company launched last year, says this “art form” can include a 10-step cleansing ritual and feature innovative, exotic ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus to soothe and repair skin.


Chen has found that obtaining these elite Asian skin care products stateside takes time and research, which is why she’s offering them via a home subscription service ($15/month), which delivers a collection of Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese skin care samples, such as the Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion from Taiwan and Leaders’ 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask from South Korea. When subscribers find a product they can’t live without, they can shop for the full-size product on 3B’s website (

Local and national focus groups of bloggers, YouTubers and beauty influencers help Chen keep up on Asian skin care trends and determine what ends up in the boxes. You could say that 3B has skin in this game.