Apple aims to save the environment, one wall charger at a time

October 15, 2020 by  
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If your new, boxed iPhone 12 feels a little light, that might be because it doesn’t contain a wall charger or earbuds. Apple announced that its new lineup of iPhone 12s — plus all previous models still for sale — will only include the USB-C to Lightning cable and skip the other accessories. This move will also decrease packaging, “further reducing carbon emissions and avoiding the mining and use of precious materials, which enables smaller and lighter packaging, and allows for 70 percent more boxes to be shipped on a pallet,” Apple said in an announcement. The company estimates these changes will cut more than 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually — roughly the same effect as taking 450,000 cars off the road for a year. Related: Gorgeous new Apple store is powered entirely by renewable energy in Paris Consumers are meeting the news with mixed reactions. Some skeptics dismiss it as a purely economic move on Apple’s part, allowing the company to increase profits. Others are happy with the environmental savings, saying they have piles of wall chargers and earbuds from previous iPhones. According to Apple, there are already 2 billion Apple power adapters and 700 million Lightning headphones out there in the world. What if you’re new to the Apple ecosystem and don’t have headphones or a wall charger? The good news is both of these accessories are available to purchase a la carte, and Apple has lowered the price by 10 bucks to $19 each. Apple already claims carbon-neutrality for global corporate operations and plans a net-zero climate impact across its whole business by 2030. The iPhone 12 Pro models are the first to incorporate 100% recycled rare earth elements in all magnets. For those that decide to purchase the new iPhone, perhaps the price tag might be a little less painful when you think about how much e-waste you’re avoiding. + Apple Via The Verge Image via Andreas Haslinger

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This light-filled home and office in Portugal blurs indoors and out

February 5, 2019 by  
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On the outskirts of Ílhavo, Portugal, architect Maria Fradinho of the firm FRARI – architecture network recently designed and built her own industrial-inspired home and office using a modern and playful house-within-a-house concept. Sandwiched between two red-shingled homes, the contemporary abode stands in stark contrast to its more traditional neighbors. Dubbed the Arch House, the dwelling was named after the “theatricality” of its facade, a simple gabled shape with strong geometric lines and massive walls of glass. The Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory, one of the region’s most important industries, inspired the Arch House design. As a result, the home features a sleek, black, metal-clad exterior. In contrast, the interior is dominated by white surfaces and filled with natural light and strategic views that give the rooms a sense of expansiveness without sacrificing privacy. Full-height glazing also pulls the outdoors in, while indoor-outdoor living is emphasized with a covered patio that spills out to the backyard. A house-within-a-house concept is explored with the insertion of shipping container-inspired stacked volumes, each faced with windows, which overlook the indoor living room on the ground floor. “It was important for the architect to guarantee this process of transition from the public to the private, as well as ensuring adequate privacy in the interior, because of the maximum exposure desired,” according to the a project statement. “Inspired by ship containers , the volume set with which the interior is developed, creates a total height in some areas, recreating the great industrial environment of a main ship. This set of different roof heights widens the spaces and makes them more comprehensive, providing a visual relation between the various places in the house.” Related: A house within a house in Slovakia unfolds in layers Spanning an area of 300 square meters, the Arch House occupies a little less than a third of its long and narrow lot. The home is spread out across three floors and includes a basement. The open-plan ground floor houses the primary communal spaces, including the living room, kitchen and dining space, while the private areas are located above. + FRARI – architecture network Via ArchDaily Images by ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio via FRARI – architecture network

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Australia will not reach its carbon reduction targets by 2030, claims new study

February 5, 2019 by  
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An international group called the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a damaging report on Australia’s energy policies, placing doubts that the government will reach its carbon reduction targets by 2030. Australia previously agreed to cut carbon emissions by around 26 percent by the year 2030. Although the country will likely reach the carbon goals it set by 2020, the OECD claims they will not hit their target in 2030. “The country will fall short of its 2030 emissions target without a major effort to move to a low-carbon model,” the report explained. “Australia should consider pricing carbon emissions more effectively and doing more to integrate renewables into the electricity sector.” The OECD is an international organization comprised of 36 countries that aims to encourage sustainable economic growth. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the group’s climate study contends that Australia is unique in that its greenhouse gases have actually increased over the past 10 years. Related: Greenhouse gas emissions rose during 2018 after three year decline The group also contends that Australia is far from reaching any of its emissions goals by the target date of 2030. The report suggested that Australia should price emissions better and incorporate more renewable energy sources into its long-term plans. Although Australia has an uphill battle if it wants to meet its goals by 2030, it has made some progress over the past few years. This includes using more natural gas instead of coal and relying more on renewable energy sources for electricity. Unfortunately, these efforts have done little to curb the rise in carbon emissions . Despite lowering its reliance on coal, Australia still uses non-renewable energy sources for most of its electricity. The government also supports the consumption of certain fossil fuels, which contribute greatly to carbon emissions throughout the country. That said, use of renewable energy sources is on the rise, which is definitely a good sign. In response to the negative report, Australia’s Environment Minister, Melissa Price, claims that the country is on pace to meet its carbon goals by the year 2030. Even if the current policies are not enough to reduce carbon by 26 percent, the fact that they are scalable has Price convinced that the goal will eventually be met. Via Sydney Morning Herald Image via Shutterstock

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12 eco-friendly backpacks for tweens & teens

August 9, 2015 by  
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The back-to-school shopping season is upon us, and that often means shelling out some hard-earned cash for another backpack that will likely not survive to see the following summer. Finding eco-friendly options can be a bit challenging, especially for older kids and teenagers who have more stuff to haul. We want to help make your school shopping a little less painful and a little more earth-friendly, so we’ve scoured the market and come up with a dozen of our favorite options to share. Each backpack on the list is sturdy and sizeable enough for your star student to lug around all their books and binders. Many of the packs we love come in gender neutral colors and some might even last more than one year. Read on to check out your options! READ MORE >

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Bake Your Own Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts Right at Home

October 18, 2014 by  
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Who doesn’t love donuts – they’re the perfect portable treat for any time of the day. Unfortunately, they aren’t exactly health food. So if you want to make favorite guilty pleasure just a little less guilt-inducing, we have the perfect recipe for making vegan , gluten-free pumpkin donuts right in your own kitchen. Topped with a little cinnamon sugar or vegan cream cheese frosting, they will have everyone scrambling for more. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Babycakes Covers the Classics , Babycakes NYC donuts , cake donuts , donut recipe , gluten-free donuts , gluten-free pumpkin donut , pumpkin donut recipe , pumpkin donuts , vegan donuts , vegan pumpkin donut

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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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6 Things to Know About Weathering Winter Storm Nemo in NY

February 8, 2013 by  
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The snowfall has begun in New York City and winter storm Nemo is officially underway. Whether you think it’ll be a full-blown weather emergency or just a little splash as its name implies, here are 6 important things to know about Nemo that could make the weekend just a little less inconvenient for you. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: big storm ny , big storm nyc , nemo , new york snowstorm , new york storm , Northeast storm , notify nyc , ny noreaster , nyc snowstorm , parking regulations storm , record snowfall , snow storm , snowstorm in nyc , storm flight cancellations , storm heading to ny , storm in nyc , storm preparation , storm watch , winter storm nemo

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Melbourne’s St. Alfred’s Church Boasts Highly Sophisticated Passive Heating and Cooling Systems

February 8, 2013 by  
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Do You Have a Personal Green Stimulus Plan?

August 17, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Bradley Gordon , used under Creative Commons license. There’s no doubt that, for most people, recessions suck. Unemployment, job instability, poor returns on investments—these are all very real stresses on the average household. But what a recession means for the environment is a little less clear. On the one hand, as Lloyd has argued, recessions can have a positive environmental influence &… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Berry+ is a 100% Plant-Based Laundry Soap

January 15, 2011 by  
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Berry+ is a 95% berry-based, 100% plant-based laundry soap. Unlike conventional detergents that come in heavy plastic jugs, Berry+ comes in a 2ml (a little less than half a teaspoon) microdose capsule. Each microdose is fully recyclable and the outer packaging is an 80% non-GMO, plant-based bio-resin clam shell

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