Behind the scenes: How Mars sources renewable energy

September 4, 2018 by  
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Here’s how the M&Ms maker is taking a bite out of its emissions.

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Why I went to work for the Swedish government

September 4, 2018 by  
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From entrepreneur to civil servant, in the name of sustainability.

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7 meat-free startups changing the future of food

September 21, 2017 by  
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A look into the companies taking a bite out of the meat industry— and the big investors behind them.

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Logistics lessons from Home Depot and Walmart

September 21, 2017 by  
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Powerful opportunities to cut fleet fuel costs and carbon footprints emerge in surprising ways.

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Solving the recycled plastics puzzle

September 21, 2017 by  
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What will it take for recycled plastic to become as common as recycled paper? Here’s how the Closed Loop Fund envisions supply chain circularity.

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Beer made from recycled bread is coming to the U.S.

May 5, 2017 by  
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A brewery in London is taking a bite out of food waste . Launched last year, Toast makes its beers from surplus fresh bread, including the heel ends of loaves, that would otherwise feed the landfill. Toast combines the bread with malted barley, hops, yeast, and water to craft its lagers, which are sold to raise money for charity. A full 100 percent of its profits, in fact, goes to Feedback , a nonprofit working to end wasted food across the globe. It is the rare bakery that doesn’t have a ton of leftover bread at the end of the day—more, perhaps, than any food bank can distribute. In fact, as much as one-third of loaves likely head directly from the oven to the landfill. Related: Quebec food waste program to rescue 30.8 million pounds of food Although food waste is somewhat of a modern concern, brewing tipple from bread isn’t. Toast uses a recipe based on a formula that hails from 4,000 B.C., when people in Mesopotamia and Egypt made a “divine drink” from bread baked from emmer wheat. Now, Toast wants to take its show on the road, specifically to New York City, where it hopes to produce an American pale ale by the Fourth of July. Related: British supermarket chain launches trucks powered by food waste “NYC bakeries are already knocking down our door to bring surplus loaves directly from their ovens to the brewery?,” it wrote on its crowdfunding page. “This campaign will guarantee our ability to produce 100 [barrels] of beer in NYC—with that, we’ve got a social business on our hands!” Cheers to that! + Toast on Indiegogo + Toast Via Treehugger

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Black Magic home sits lightly in a mountain oasis

May 5, 2017 by  
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Nature lovers will feel right at home with Black Magic. Designed by Colorado-based Rowland + Broughton , this glass-clad mountainside home embraces the landscape and gives homeowners the impression of sitting among the trees even when indoors. Coupled with Snowmass, Colorado’s lush surroundings, the contemporary dwelling’s clean lines and airy feel appears like a “penthouse living in a mountain oasis.” When Rowland + Broughton was asked to design the Black Magic house from scratch, they created the self-imposed restriction to minimize site disturbance as much as possible. Thus the project’s first step began with careful siting and working with existing topography to reduce site excavation. The project is rewarded with close proximity to native grasses and mature fir, oak, and aspen trees. Related: Prefab Pyrenees cabin minimizes site impact and building costs Black Magic is clad in a black metal corrugated skin that contrast with the leafy mountainside. Large windows punctuate the black metal facade to frame views of the outdoors and bathe the white oak-lined interior in natural light. The Black Magic home spans two levels with two bedrooms, a storage area, garage, and laundry room on the ground floor. The best views in the home are enjoyed from the upper floor, which contains the master suite on one end and an open-plan kitchen, dining area, and living room on the other. The living room opens up to a south-facing outdoor deck. + Rowland + Broughton Via Dezeen Images via Rowland + Broughton

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Apples Aren’t as Sweet Anymore, and Climate Change is to Blame

August 16, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Fuji apples have always been known to be one of the sweetest varieties to take a bite out of, but if you noticed that apples are tasting a little less sweet these days, you probably aren’t mistaken. Scientists in Japan have been comparing the quality of Fuji apples to studies in the 1970s, with surprising results. It seems today’s apples just aren’t as delicious; the modern day fruits are mealier and more susceptible to disease, with climate change to blame . Read the rest of Apples Aren’t as Sweet Anymore, and Climate Change is to Blame Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: climate change affecting food , eco design , fuji apple decline , Fuji Apples , green design , sustainable design        

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Prevent Food Poisoning With This E. Coli Scanner That Snaps onto Your Smartphone

February 27, 2012 by  
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Wouldn’t it be great if you could prevent food poisoning before it happened? A new device developed by engineers at UCLA may be the answer. The compact prototype snaps right onto a smartphone, transforming it into an E.Coli scanner. The smart gadget would let a diner detect the harmful bacteria before they take a bite out of an infected  burger . Read the rest of Prevent Food Poisoning With This E. Coli Scanner That Snaps onto Your Smartphone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacteria scanner , e.coli , E.Coli Scanner , eco design , FLuorescent scanning , green design , portable E. Coli scanner , prevent food poisoning , sustainable design , ucla

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Block 11 is a Perforated Parking Lot With a Facade of Hanging Plants in The Netherlands

February 27, 2012 by  
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