Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

July 31, 2016 by  
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The 1000-square-foot floating pod-shaped home measures 12 meters in diameter and 4 meters tall. Its curved body is constructed from recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled aluminum hull. The rounded wooden roof is topped by a 60-square-meter photovoltaic array capable of generating 4 kWp. Four skylights flank both sides of the photovoltaic array . Large windows and balconies wrap around the unit to allow users to enjoy views of the water. Related: Waterstudio.nl’s Sea Tree is a Protected Floating Habitat for Flora & Fauna The developers created a “sophisticated system of internal natural micro-ventilation and air conditioning” to classify the building as a “low-consumption residential habitat.” The WaterNest 100 also features a flexible interior design that can be changed to suit different uses. If the owner doesn’t intend to use the unit as a home, the floating ecological pod could easily be reconfigured into an office space, lounge bar, restaurant, shop, or exhibition space. + EcoFloLife + Giancarlo Zema Images via EcoFloLife

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This tiny home houses a family of four plus their great dane

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If you’ve ever looked at a tiny house and thought “this could never work for someone with children or pets,” think again. This mother from Boise, Idaho built her own tiny house from scratch, with the help of her partner – and as their family has expanded to include two children and one large dog, they’ve found some creative ways to make the arrangement work.

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Your future clothing could be made from cow manure

July 31, 2016 by  
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Wearing fabric made from cow manure may sound like a terrible, smelly idea, but Eindhoven-based designer Jalila Essaïdi is out to prove that manure-made fabric could be the next great bio-textile . The eco-friendly fabric, called Mestic , harnesses the power of cow poo and helps divert its streams from polluting the environment. Essaïdi will soon show off her Mestic-derived fabric creations at an upcoming fashion show created in partnership with the municipality of Eindhoven.

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VIDEO: Funny or Die takes Trump to task for foreign-made clothing

July 30, 2016 by  
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Donald Trump loves to go on about making America great again, and bringing manufacturing back to the States, but apparently he forgot to take his own rhetoric to heart. In this Funny or Die video, Dr. Ken takes Trump to task for his range of clothing made in… not the USA. Click the link to watch the hilarity ensue.

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RECIPE: Vegan fried onion and kasha blintzes with homemade applesauce

July 30, 2016 by  
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If there’s a more perfect brunch food than blintzes – those versatile pancakes that taste like heaven – we don’t know what it is. So if you’re looking for a treat for even the pickiest eaters, these vegan blintzes with fried onions and kasha will have everyone raving. Click on for the recipe.

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Econtainer recycled shipping container bridge provides gateway to Tel-Avivs Ariel Sharon National Park

July 30, 2016 by  
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The architects were inspired by the design of the Ariel Sharon National Park itself, which is a super ambitious project to turn one of the world’s largest garbage dumps into a flourishing green space . The reuse of shipping containers makes perfect sense, as an estimated 800,000 containers are abandoned by the maritime services each year. The use of containers will also save on production, costs and construction time, and the modular units are flexible enough to adapt to any changes required. RELATED: Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park Yoav Messer Architects ‘ Econtainer Bridge is made of a continuous line of containers punctuated by balconies that provide space to stop, take a rest and enjoy the gorgeous views on each side. The bridge is set upon four columns, minimizing its impact on the ground. A great (re)use for shipping containers that we haven’t seen before, the Econtainer Bridge will provide access to the park while serving as a destination in its own right. + Yoav Messer Architects + Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park Images © Yoav Messer Architects

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How to lay the path for our renewable future

July 30, 2016 by  
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Electrification and biofuels are just the start of our journey to 100 percent clean energy.

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Let your product do the talking: the rise of smart labels

July 29, 2016 by  
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Technologies from Avery Dennison, IBM and a Kodak-backed startup could usher in a new era of supply-chain transparency.

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Here’s why only 1% of U.S. cropland is farmed organically despite voracious demand

July 29, 2016 by  
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Only around one percent of U.S. cropland is dedicated to organic farming even though consumer appetite for organic foods reached an estimated $13.4 billion last year. The reason more farmers haven’t converted to organic farming has to do with the high costs of getting certified , a process that takes three years before the U.S. Department of Agriculture can stamp a farm as meeting the requirements of being free of products such as certain synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. “When you look at the percentage of the marketplace, what consumers are buying versus what farmers are producing, farmers aren’t producing as much organic as consumers are consuming,” Alexis-Badden Mayer, political director of the Organic Consumers Association, an organics advocacy group, told The Guardian. Related: Benefits of organic food go far beyond vitamins and minerals, despite study results Food companies such as General Mills and Kashi are starting to help organic farmers financially during the three year transitional period. For example, General Mills recently teamed with dairy cooperative Organic Valley on a plan to pay a higher-than-market price for organic milk during the three year transition, with the extra money going into a fund to pay for the expenses accumulated. There are also efforts going on to create a transitional organic certification that would enable farmers to raise their prices in the second and third years of the transition before obtaining the official USDA seal of approval. According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), California is the top state in organic sales. The 2014 Organic Survey found that the Golden State accounted for $2.2 billion in organic sales. According to the survey, the top commodity sold by U.S. farms was milk with $1.08 billion in organic sales. + USDA Organic Agriculture Via The Guardian Images via Wikipedia

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6 Michigan state workers charged with misconduct over the Flint Water Crisis

July 29, 2016 by  
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Residents of Flint, Michigan are one step closer to justice in the aftermath of the Flint Water Crisis . Today Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed misconduct charges against six state workers. Three employees are from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services , and three employees are from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality . The workers (including one former employee) are charged with misconduct for a variety of reasons, including allegedly misinterpreting federal regulations, manipulating reports, and conspiring to misconduct. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services employees charged are Nancy Peeler, Robert Scott, and Corrine Miller. In addition to misconduct, their charges include ” willful neglect of duty related to allegedly concealing or disregarding test results ” after tests revealed high levels of lead in the blood of Flint residents. Peeler and Scott both work in a “childhood lead poisoning prevention program” for Michigan. Miller is the Michigan Director and State Epidemiologist. Related: 33 other U.S. cities have cheated water tests that detect lead The sole state employee fired so far over the Flint Water Crisis has been Liane Shekter Smith, who was the chief of Michigan’s Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance. She is among the charged employees. The other two employees to receive charges are water regulators Adam Rosenthal and Patrick Cook of the Department of Environmental Quality. Emails show Rosenthal manipulated reports about the lead levels in Flint water, and other emails show Cook wanted to quiet EPA expert Miguel Del Toral who asked about the corrosion control chemicals Flint lacked. According to The Detroit News , it is still considered unsafe to drink Flint water. In a statement, Schuette said “The families of Flint will not be forgotten. We will provide the justice they deserve. And in Michigan, the justice system is not rigged. There is one system of justice. The laws apply to everyone, equally, no matter who you are. Period.” Via The Detroit News Images via screenshot and Wikimedia Commons

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