Get great Grid gear at Philly Farm & Food Fest

This Sunday’s Philly Farm & Food Fest (tickets $15 in advance/$20 at the door) isn’t just a great place to meet farmers, sample food and learn about local sustainable businesses, it’s also a great opportunity to come and say hi to your friends here at Grid magazine, and maybe pick up some Grid gear. We'll be unveiling our limited edition waxed canvas tote bags, from South Philadelphia's Fabric Horse. Hand-crafted from recycled materials, these totes feature a special Grid color combination, four pockets, vinyl interior, a snap closure and sturdy seatbelt handles. Specially priced at $75 for PF3, they're perfect to fit in your bike basket and carry home your PF3 haul.

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Rocking Horse Winner: An industrial design career takes an unexpected turn

story by Samantha Wittchen | photos by Albert Yee WHILE PURSUING an industrial design degree at the University of Cincinnati, Carrie Collins had an epiphany: She was making waste. “You’re being trained to design trash,” says Collins, acknowledging that industrial designers are often employed to create short-lived consumer products destined for the landfill. The realization caused a career crisis for Collins, and she decided to take time off from school to reconsider her future.

Three months later she returned to enroll in a new sustainable design course being offered by her favorite professor. The class changed everything for Collins. She finished her degree, and for her senior thesis created a business model for Fabric Horse—a business that would connect design with her passions for sustainability and sewing.

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