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Caris Avendaño Cruz

Caris is a feature writer for print and online magazines, "I am constantly charmed by quiet aesthetics and the human brilliance of purposeful making-do".

The Redemption of the Recycled

Recycled plastic patio furniture

Making miracles out of milk jugs: Loll Designs There is a regular need for milk—a staple source of calcium—but for milk jugs, not so much. When the contents are exhausted, these plastic containers lie around, stacked together like bulky bricks, often a constant source for comical mishaps. Not everyone can DIY their way into discarding […]

Three artists explore their creative liberties in ‘Trapped in a Vortex’

In a world that feels trapped in the middle of a pandemic, art becomes freedom—at least to artists Rita Bard, Cheri Ibes, and RJ Ward, who are set to astound with Trapped in a Vortex. The exhibit was arranged to be shown earlier this year at Molecule Design in Santa Fe, NM, but is rescheduled […]

The Upside of Downsizing: Understanding the Tiny House Movement

In 2003, Alchemy Architects built the Arado weeHouse, a 336 sq ft minimalist cabin with rustic panels and floor-to-ceiling windows. Instead of being built on-site, the small architecture was pre-fabricated by Geoffrey C. Warner in-factory before it was transported via truck and assembled on a small slope. It stood prominently on two legs, overlooking the […]

Design for the departed: An interview with Parting Stone’s Justin Crowe

For a long time, cremation has been considered as a taboo for the religious, a choice not many would take. In the 1980s, the cremation rate was just below 10%, but over the last few years, the US has seen it slowly taking over traditional burial. According to the Smithsonian Magazine, cremations account for 50.2% […]

Fit to eat: the case of edible foodware

Single-use plastic cutlery has changed the way consumers eat outside their homes. Convenient, yes. But for the better of the environment? No. Plastic Pollution Coalition reports that America alone uses 100 million pieces of these plastic utensils per year—a large percentage that contributes to about 270,000 tons of plastic waste produced globally. Six million tons […]

Eyes on Mars: Humanity’s Venture in Conquering Space

Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin has already said it: humans should be on Mars. It could be a stone shot in empty space—a far-flung daydream. Or it could be a vision of the future, one that will give earth-dwellers an alternative before the planet succumbs to a crippling disease brought about by climate change. What was […]

Tapping the collective power of positivity

One can escape the bad weather, a bad menu, a bad styling, but certainly not bad news. They’re everywhere, peering through the unexpected folds of a Facebook timeline, a Twitter trend list, a sentimental Instagram post, or a column in a newspaper picked up for a play at the crossword. They’re carried through word of […]

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