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Thursday
Apr102014

Grid Alive at The Oval

 

Next week, Grid is putting on a special free Grid Alive, as part of The Oval's Farm Festival. 

The event at 7 p.m. April 17 at The Oval is part of a three-day FREE farm-themed festival and is presented by Grid Alive, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy. The Oval's Farm Fest will feature Victory Brewing Company, other food trucks and live bluegrass music.

Grid Alive is Philadelphia’s only live sustainability talk show, hosted by Grid publisher Alex Mulcahy and Head & The Hand founder Nic Esposito. Come meet and be inspired by the leaders of Philadelphia's sustainability movement. There will be fascinating conversation with guests including:

  • Mary Seton Corboy, urban farming pioneer of Greensgrow Farms
  • Ben Wenk,  seventh generation family farmer at Three Springs Fruit Farm
  • Lena Kim of the EPA, Sage Piszek of Eden Green Energy, and program director Cut Zahara, who are a part of Feed the Barrel, an innovative cooking oil recycling program in South Philadelphia

Need a ride? Head over to the Farm Festival hassle-free. The Oval partnered with Uber to offer all new users a free ride, up to $20, using the promotional code FARMFESTIVAL14. Visit uber.com/go/FARMFESTIVAL14 to get started. 

It will be a great evening and we hope to see you there. Stop by and say hi!

 

 

Wednesday
Apr092014

Repurposed Raiment: Sardine Clothing Company Opens New Store in Roxborough

At Sardine Clothing Company in Roxborough, a shiny ivory sewing machine sits in a studio, surrounded by spools of thread in myriad colors. This is where owner Maryanne Petrus Gilbert or her employees hand-craft garments to sell in the adjoining retail space.

Here, colorful duds cast aside by their previous owners find new life in the form of upcycled skirts, T-shirts and accessories. Petrus Gilbert says that nearly all of the fabrics used to make the shop’s signature pieces come either from thrift stores or are donated. The result is fashion with both a heart and a conscience.

Petrus Gilbert regularly combs thrift stores seeking colorful fabrics (primarily T-shirts bearing unique patterns, cashmeres and cottons) to use. “Other than the zippers, thread and elastic, all of this is recycled,” she says, gesturing to her inventory. “Everything has been pre-loved, pre-shrunk, and already done any harm to the environment [prior to its arrival at Sardine].”

A jeweler by trade before opening her business, Petrus Gilbert likens creating her one-of-a-kind garments to soldering with fabric. Floral and faunal appliqués are merged with graphic prints bearing band names and solid color blocks—no two pieces are alike. 

Designing clothing made from recycled materials began as a hobby and eventually blossomed into a thriving business. In 2008, Petrus Gilbert began selling her wares at craft shows and on Etsy and branched out from there. On Small Business Saturday of 2013 (November 30th), she opened the doors to her 1,000-foot store nestled six blocks from Manayunk’s Main Street. Along with upcycled fashions, Sardine also sells repurposed jewelry, organic lotions and gift items hand-crafted by local artists artists—many of Petrus Gilbert met through local craft fairs.

For more information, visit sardineclothing.com.

Story and photos by Gina Marie Lazar

Wednesday
Dec182013

Land Bank Law Passed by Council  

Vacant land in South Philadelphia | Image via planphilly.comPhiladelphia City Council unanimously passed a bill to establish a public land bank at their final meeting before the holiday recess, held Dec. 12 at City Hall. As stated in a press release from the Philadelphia Land Bank Alliance by bill sponsor Councilwoman María Quiñones Sánchez, “This Land Bank will finally give Philadelphia the tools we need to reclaim our neighborhoods from blight, abandonment, and tax delinquency, and to get properties back into productive reuse.”

The bill, proposed in March of this year by Sánchez, underwent significant changes in the last few weeks at the prompting of Council President Darrell Clarke. Clarke initially pledged support for Sánchez’s version of the bill, but expressed concerns over the lack of Council oversight to the purchasing and disbursement processes, much to the surprise and dismay to land bank champions. The Council President proposed several significant amendments to the bill after it was voted out of committee and after the period of public testimony had concluded in late October.

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Thursday
Dec122013

Video Shows Why the Rail Park is Important

This amazing new video by Good Motion Project for the Friends of the Rail Park fundraiser features a host of Philadelphia luminaries and plenty of cogent, passionate and smart arguments for why we should transform Philadelphia’s abandoned rail viaducts into a Rail Park. This project would create a beautiful, 55-block long green way, through the heart of the city, uninterrupted by a single cross street. They are raising money for the project now, and once you see this video, you will want to support it. 

Thursday
Dec122013

Summer Editorial Internships Available at Grid

Grid has openings for editorial interns this summer, beginning in May. We are looking for current students or recent graduates with a background in environmental or sustainability issues, strong writing skills and an interest in contributing to Grid's mission and learning more about it. The positions are unpaid, with the option of receiving school credit.

Duties will include:

  • Helping with editorial process, including blog posts
  • Social media 
  • Planning and assisting at Grid events
  • Database research for local green businesses
  • Fact-checking
  • Proofreading

If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and letter of interest to sara@gridphilly.com