‘Smart’ Curtains Trigger an Alarm When they Detect Intruders

September 30, 2012 by  
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Researchers at the  Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM  in Berlin have developed an amazing new type of intruder-detecting ‘smart’ curtains that can sense when someone is trying to break in. When the fabric is cut or penetrated, a built-in microcontroller triggers an alarm that gives authorities the precise location of the break-in. In addition to being used in curtains that protect individual homes and offices, the material could be incorporated into construction materials to protect an entire building. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alarm system , curtains , eco textiles , fabric , optical fibers , polyester , smart curtains , smart fabric , smart technology

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Green Halloween’s National Costume Swap Takes Place On October 13th, 2012

September 30, 2012 by  
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Halloween – Image from Shutterstock Mark your calendars: Green Halloween’s 3rd annual National Costume Swap is coming to a town near you on Saturday, October 13th, 2012. This year, over 100 cities across the United States will be participating in the event wherein Halloween revelers can swap their gently used children’s costumes and score ‘new’ costumes, saving money and precious resources. Green Halloween organizers estimate that if half of the kids in the U.S. swapped out their costumes, 6,250 tons of waste would be saved from landfills annually! Find a costume swap location near you, or get information on hosting a swap . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: costume , costume swap , eco baby clothing , green family , green halloween , green halloween costume swap 2012 , green halloween national costume swap , green holiday ideas for kids , green kids , green party , green toys , halloween , kid friendly , national costume swap

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Steven Avadek: Banking on green buildings at Citigroup

September 30, 2012 by  
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Citibank's head of green buildings talks about the three ingredients to sustainability success.

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Team Rhône-Alpes’ Canopea House Wins the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!

September 29, 2012 by  
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Big news out of Madrid:  Team Rhône-Alpes’ Canopea House has won the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe ! At the forefront of the competition since winning the Architecture and Operations prizes, this compact home is topped with a 10,7 kW array of photovoltaic panels that produce enough energy for both floors and a mini EV. Designed to evolve into whole nanotowers of stacked modules, Canopea addresses the overwhelming need for sustainable urban housing in the alpine corridor. The top six homes in the final standings are as follows: 1. Canopea House by Team Rhône-Alpes 2. Patio 2.12 by Team Andalucia 3. MED in Italy by Team Italy 4. ECOLAR by Team Germany 5. Counter Entropy by RWTH Aachen University 6. ODOO Project by Team Hungary In the first week of the 2012 Solar Decathlon in Madrid , competition was touch and go, but Canopea has kept a fairly constant lead since winning the architecture and operations categories. Not only has this team demonstrated remarkable engineering skills, but they’ve displayed consistent leadership in virtually every category. Team Rhône-Alpes received a whopping 120 points for architecture, 116.85 for functionality and 86.70 for sustainability for the two-story Canopea prototype topped by a crown of PV panels . However, their nanotowers could scale up both horizontally and vertically to create whole neighborhoods of Canopeas, which is something that the judges took into consideration. The final scores haven’t been released yet, but since today’s win hinged on innovation, we’re not at all surprised to see the team from France take first place. + Canopea by Team Rhône-Alpes + Solar Decathlon on Inhabitat

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Big news out of Madrid:  Team Rhône-Alpes’ Canopea House has won the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe ! At the forefront of the competition since winning the Architecture and Operations prizes, this compact home is topped with a 10,7 kW array of photovoltaic panels that produce enough energy for both floors and a mini EV. Designed to evolve into whole nanotowers of stacked modules, Canopea addresses the overwhelming need for sustainable urban housing in the alpine corridor. The top six homes in the final standings are as follows: 1. Canopea House by Team Rhône-Alpes 2. Patio 2.12 by Team Andalucia 3. MED in Italy by Team Italy 4. ECOLAR by Team Germany 5. Counter Entropy by RWTH Aachen University 6. ODOO Project by Team Hungary In the first week of the 2012 Solar Decathlon in Madrid , competition was touch and go, but Canopea has kept a fairly constant lead since winning the architecture and operations categories. Not only has this team demonstrated remarkable engineering skills, but they’ve displayed consistent leadership in virtually every category. Team Rhône-Alpes received a whopping 120 points for architecture, 116.85 for functionality and 86.70 for sustainability for the two-story Canopea prototype topped by a crown of PV panels . However, their nanotowers could scale up both horizontally and vertically to create whole neighborhoods of Canopeas, which is something that the judges took into consideration. The final scores haven’t been released yet, but since today’s win hinged on innovation, we’re not at all surprised to see the team from France take first place. + Canopea by Team Rhône-Alpes + Solar Decathlon on Inhabitat

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Debunked: 10 of the Most Common Excuses for Not Paying a Living Wage

September 29, 2012 by  
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Fast fashion companies have plenty of excuses for not paying workers a fair living wage. Consumers don’t want to pay more for clothes, they argue, and they insist that they’re helping create jobs for people in developing countries who would otherwise be unemployed. None of these excuses stand up to scrutiny, and over at Ecouterre we’ve taken the time to debunk 10 of the most common (lame) excuses fashion labels make for not paying a living wage. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , fair labor , Fashion , fashion companies , fast fashion , garment industry , labor , living wage , minimum wage , sweat shops

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Fast fashion companies have plenty of excuses for not paying workers a fair living wage. Consumers don’t want to pay more for clothes, they argue, and they insist that they’re helping create jobs for people in developing countries who would otherwise be unemployed. None of these excuses stand up to scrutiny, and over at Ecouterre we’ve taken the time to debunk 10 of the most common (lame) excuses fashion labels make for not paying a living wage. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , fair labor , Fashion , fashion companies , fast fashion , garment industry , labor , living wage , minimum wage , sweat shops

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Lightlife Makes It A Cinch To Prepare Delicious Meatless Meals

September 29, 2012 by  
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Lightlife is making it easier and tastier than ever to enjoy protein-packed meatless meals by introducing four new frozen vegetarian burgers: Kick’n Black Bean , Backyard Grill’n , Mellow Portobello Mushroom  and the Farmer’s Market Veggie Burger . Eliminating meat from your diet, even occasionally, is one of the easiest ways to make a huge impact on the health of the planet, as emissions produced by the meat industry are one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues . Lightlife’s clever video on what a vegetarian farm would look like is a must-see for animal lovers. WATCH VIDEO > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: LightLife , vegetarian , vegetarian burgers , vegetarian cooking , vegetarian diets , vegetarian families , vegetarian kids , vegetarianism , veggie kids

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Inhabitat Tours the Stunning St. Germain Residence in San Francisco!

September 28, 2012 by  
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Recycled Last Light Lamp is Made From 350 Outdated Business Cards

September 28, 2012 by  
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Wellington, NZ-based artist Michelle Whale found a new use for old, outdated business cards with her beautiful Last Light Lamp . Created for Active Architecture ltd , the recycled lampshade is made from 230 business cards – and they can even be made to order from personal business cards or stock material. We recommend fitting it with an energy-efficient LED bulb to keep temperatures and power use low. + Last Light The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Active Architecture ltd , business card lamp , green design , green lamp , green products , last light lamp , Michelle Whale , recycled business cards , recycled lamp , sustainable design

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