This British caf is serving to-go coffee in ceramic mugs to combat waste

July 5, 2018 by  
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A coffee shop northeast of London wants to serve its customers coffee in a mug from your home.  La Tour Cycle Café has a novel idea to stop its reliance on disposable coffee cups: pour everything into reusable ceramic mugs, even if the order is to-go. A 2017 report from Britain’s House of Commons discovered as many as 2.5 billion coffee cups are disposed across the United Kingdom every year. This equates to more than 6.8 million cups per day. To cut down the amount of waste from hot beverages, the La Tour Cycle Café has started serving everything — including to-go beverages — in  reusable mugs . Although customers sometimes choose to take their beverages with them, supplying more mugs for the next customer isn’t a problem for the café. Every day, the business puts out a collection basket for coffee drinkers to return their cups . While many choose to come back with their glassware, even more use the opportunity to clean out their cabinets and donate their unused mugs to the café. “We’ve all got mugs languishing in our cupboards that we no longer need,” Anna Matthews, the owner of La Tour Cycle Café, told the BBC . “Why not donate them to your local coffee shop and allow people to actually have a hot drink in a china cup while they walk around?” Related: German city offers ingenious alternative to single-use coffee cups The unique program allows people to reduce the amount of waste destined for landfills  while still enjoying their favorite beverages. But reusing and recycling isn’t a new concept for Matthews and La Tour Cycle. Earlier in 2018, Matthews worked with a contractor team to transform a vacated building. Matthews was able to move her business into the bigger space, which features better wheelchair accessibility and public art displays. The café — and its eclectic collection of coffee mugs — only plans to be in the new space for two years;  Matthews has aspirations to move and give new life to another abandoned building by then. + La Tour Cycle Café Via BBC , The East Anglican Daily Times  and  Treehugger

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How graphene on solar panels turns rain into clean energy

April 11, 2016 by  
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Solar power has the potential to generate about 40 per cent of America’s energy , yet the technology still has limitations. One is weather . Clouds and rain diminish solar cell efficiency, a problem for places that are more overcast than sunny. But new research could change that. A team of four Chinese scientists from Yunnan Normal University and the Ocean University of China recently discovered how applying graphene to solar panels turns rain into clean energy. Read the rest of How graphene on solar panels turns rain into clean energy

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Double-sided sticky tape is the only thing keeping this LA home together

April 11, 2016 by  
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Manipulating mosquito DNA could lead to a world without malaria

November 26, 2015 by  
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Mosquitoes are a pain in the, well, wherever they get you. The little flying insects are known around the world as awful pests, but in some areas, they are feared for their potential to inject you with a disease that could kill you. Malaria kills around a million people each year , mostly children and mostly in Africa. Scientists have been working on the malaria problem for years, and have just announced a breakthrough that involves genetically alternating mosquito DNA to ensure that they block the deadly disease , instead of spreading it. Read the rest of Manipulating mosquito DNA could lead to a world without malaria

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Move: Putting America’s infrastructure back in the lead

July 25, 2015 by  
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Without mobility, economic growth and social opportunity can’t flourish. That’s a problem for businesses, cities, residents and even our national security.

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LifeEdited Circa 1945: George Nelson’s Storage Wall for Life Magazine

February 18, 2011 by  
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Image photographed at Herman Miller Archives In the recent LifeEdited competition to design a small apartment, many of the entries (including the winner) involved carefully designed storage wall systems to create a minimalist look while storing everything from bikes to kites. Even when editing his life, TreeHugger founder Graham Hill still had lots of stuff. In fact, this was a problem for people even in 1945, when LIFE magazine commissioned

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NASA Satellites Reveal Connection Between Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation and Wild Fires (Video)

September 9, 2010 by  
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Photo via Eggs&Beer Mountain pine beetles have been a problem for many years , especially the last decade. Warming temperatures have helped the destructive insect move into new territories.

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How can I reuse or recycle used paper plates?

July 9, 2010 by  
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Finishing up our impromptu barbecue themed week, I thought I’d run a post that is sure to get some people screaming “DON’T USE THEM AT ALL! USE REAL, REUSABLE PLATES!!” – and those people have a very good point. The first part of the 3Rs is Reduce and disposable paper plates are really unnecessary in most situations – and also usually really frustrating to eat off.

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How do you make sure you use the last bit of everything?

July 8, 2010 by  
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This is cross-posted to my new frugal/growing/making/cooking blog, The Really Good Life . I’ve reached the end … of my shampoo bottle and our mayonnaise jar. And it made me wonder… Every vaguely-frugal/green family has their own tricks for getting those last bits of gloop, sauce, oil or whatever out of jars and bottles – but what are your top tips?

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