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New Realities: What we learned from Montreal in winter

This past holiday season Albatross traveled to Montreal, Quebec, Canada for one of our annual design pilgrimages. We chose Montreal because it typically embodies a strong winter environment that is a heck of a lot colder than coastal California. Winter is a time where there are a great deal of small actions that have magnified impacts on sustainability. For example, we’ve all heard the old: You can save 10% on your heating bill by lowering your heat 1 degree C. It’s actually true. There are many more tricks like this. Montrealers likely know many of these out of necessity (e.g., put film over your windows to stop a draft). There are many other cultural, governmental, and foundational forces present that...

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[Zero] Waste Wednesday (our 6 day Anti-Black Friday Holiday)

[Zero] Waste Wednesday:  The anti-Black Friday? Black Friday has many shortcomings, not least its effect on the environment.  It is the biggest shopping day of the year, the day when the most “stuff” is sold.  Much of that “stuff” is actually superfluous, and quite quickly becomes waste.  For example, the average kid’s toy gets used for only 2 weeks before it becomes waste.  Add to this the fact that Black Friday often exposes us to the worst parts of our Hyper-consumerist economy (YouTube it for examples). Well, we’re saying this doesn’t have to be the case!  Look, we get gifts as much as anyone, and yes, we like showing others we are thinking of them at the holidays too.  But… What if...

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How Safe Are Safety Razors?

Compared to multi-blade cartridge razors that you pull across your skin, safety razors need to glide.  The good news is that this means significantly less skin irritation [and better hair cutting]. But it also means you should be placing a high priority on lubrication before shaving.

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Our idea of the Trim Tab Condition

“Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Elizabeth — the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there’s a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trim tab. It’s a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the little individual can be a trim tab. Society thinks it’s going right by you, that it’s left you altogether. But if you’re doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of...

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New Year, Bigger Importance:  It’s really time to wake up to the plastic problem

Last year (2017) was an amazing year for Albatross Designs.  We were able to introduce our message about plastic free shaving (Albatross SHAVES) around the world.  We’ve had many happy customers on 6 continents and in countless countries!  We also brought to market OCEAN SF -- which represents to us the future of clothing: durable, natural, and polyester micro-fiber pollution free!   To be honest, we have been feeling pretty damn good lately.  The journey has been very tough, but the goal has remained pure and we can’t thank our understanding, awesome customers enough. We’ve given it our all and, while looking back to this challenging and exciting year, we feel we’ve made meaningful headway in reducing single use plastics from...

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