UK’s Co-op to ditch single-use plastic bags for biodegradable bags

September 24, 2018 by  
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A popular supermarket chain in the U.K. is taking a step toward bettering the environment by putting a stop to plastic waste . Co-op recently announced plans to use compostable shopping bags, which double as biodegradable bags for food waste, in all of its stores. The new bags will replace the old single-use plastic bags. Co-op is introducing the eco-friendly bags over the next few weeks. Stores in England, Wales and Scotland will receive the bags first, followed by outlets across the rest of the U.K. Related: Kroger plans plastic bag phase-out by 2025 The chain has tested other versions of the bags since 2014 and is rolling them out in locations where local food waste companies can accept them. The company estimates that the new bags will save around 60 million plastic bags from ending up in landfills. The biodegradable bags are part of Co-op’s larger strategy to lessen its impact on the environment. This includes launching initiatives to tackle healthy eating, food waste and energy savings. The company plans to completely phase out plastic bags over the next five years and stop selling black plastic — which is difficult to recycle — altogether. Co-op hopes to be plastic free by 2023 and plans on using at least 50 percent recycled plastic in other products, such as pots, trays and bottles. Co-op is not the only supermarket in the U.K. that is removing plastic from its stores. This past week, Lidl U.K. announced plans to stop using plastic trays for fruit and vegetables by the end of September. The company also pledged to ditch plastic from its meat sections by Summer 2019. Asda also announced that it is halfway through with its plastic reduction goal for the year, while Waitrose has vowed to stop using plastic for loose veggies and fruit by Spring 2019. + Co-op Via The Guardian Image via Co-op

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Glowing labyrinth made from plastic waste pops up in Buenos Aires

June 22, 2018 by  
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Over 15,000 plastic bottles were temporarily given a new lease on life as a glowing labyrinth in Vatican Square, one of Buenos Aires’ most celebrated public spaces. Designed by environmental art collective Luzinterruptus , the Plastic Waste Labyrinth calls attention to the staggering amount of waste generated everyday in a thought-provoking installation. Commissioned by the Department of Environmental and Public Areas of Buenos Aires City Government, Ciudad Verde, the immersive artwork was installed for one week and open 24 hours a day as part of Global Recycling Day. Previously installed in Madrid and Katowice, the Plastic Waste Labyrinth is a site-specific piece constructed from waste collected from the surrounding area. To show which beverage brands generate the highest amount of waste in Buenos Aires, the architects left the bottle labels on. More than 15,000 plastic bottles were collected from the city with the help of several urban recycling cooperatives. After the plastic bottles were cleaned and sorted into clear plastic bags , Luzinterruptus built a labyrinth that stretches over 650 feet in length and covers an area of 1,550 square feet. “We created an immersive labyrinthine piece where visitors would feel disoriented and anxiously look for an exit,” explained the arts collective. “This experience intended to beget a thought, a conversation, or perhaps an intention to improve our way to use or get rid of plastic. We want to take the opportunity here to bring attention to the uncontrolled use of bottled liquids which is causing great problems in poor countries while reservoirs are being privatized and bought by large corporations and their selfish interests, thus owning water, Earth’s most important resource and a fundamental right of all its inhabitants.” Related: Giant glowing bottle walls light up Singapore for “plastic binge” awareness The labyrinth is illuminated with cool white LEDs that turn the labyrinth into a glowing space at night. At the end of the event, the Plastic Waste Labyrinth was dismantled and all the plastic was recycled. The bottles, cleaned and sorted by color, were sent back to the city’s recycling cooperatives, while the bags were returned to the manufacturing plant, where they would be melted. + Luzinterruptus Images via Luzinterruptus

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Freitag’s "Zippelin" is an inflatable suitcase that rolls up for storage

September 14, 2017 by  
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Rolling or non-rolling, hardshell or soft-sided, compact or capacious; there are only so many ways you can build a suitcase, right? Freitag begs to differ. The Zurich-based apparel and accessories brand claims to have created the world’s first one-of-a-kind luggage that expands to accommodate several weeks’ worth of clothing yet flattens into a tight roll for storage. Think of it as your own personal air ship. Dubbed the “Zippelin,” the luggage is designed for long-haul, intercontinental travel. Clad in recycled truck tarpaulin and featuring a pair of skateboard ball-bearing wheels to scoot around on, the Zippelin boasts 85 liters worth of space at full sail. Deflated and coiled into itself, it takes up no more space than the “two liters of booze you bought at duty-free,” Freitag said. The trick lies with a hidden garden-variety bicycle inner tube, which you can inflate with a standard pump. Accidental blowout? A zippered pocket makes easy work of replacing the tire. Freitag is currently accepting preorders for the Zippelin on Kickstarter , where it has already doubled its original funding goal of $120,000. Although the company expects to retail the Zippelin at €520—that’s $618 in American dollars—early-bird pledgers will be able to snag 100 of the bags for €380 ($451) for delivery next April. Another 300 pieces will be available for €420 ($499) for a May 2018 delivery. The campaign runs from now through October 12. + Freitag Zippelin on Kickstarter + Freitag

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Elon Musk sets tentative date for Tesla Semi truck unveiling

September 14, 2017 by  
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We’re getting closer to the debut of the Tesla Semi truck. Elon Musk tweeted a date and place for a reveal of the much-anticipated vehicle, and also said, “Worth seeing this beast in person. It’s unreal.” The all-electric semi truck is set to debut on October 26 in Hawthorne, California – and it will reportedly will have a range of 200 to 300 miles . Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride tentatively scheduled for Oct 26th in Hawthorne. Worth seeing this beast in person. It's unreal. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 13, 2017 Musk is keeping us in suspense: he didn’t give out many other details, and there’s no invite on the Tesla website. Last year, in his Master Plan, Part Deux , Musk hinted Tesla was working on a heavy-duty truck, saying, “We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.” He also said the semi should be ready to unveil the following year. Related: Tesla’s electric truck will have a 200-300 mile range Musk hasn’t stayed quiet about the Tesla Semi since then. He initially said back in April of this year the company would unveil the truck in September. He gave a TED talk not too long after, with a teaser picture of the semi. In the talk he said the heavy-duty truck would basically be single speed, lacking any gears. He said of the semi, “This is something which people do not today think is possible. They think the truck doesn’t have enough power or it doesn’t have enough range, and then with the Tesla Semi we want to show that no, an electric truck actually can out-torque any diesel semi. And if you had a tug-of-war competition, the Tesla Semi will tug the diesel semi uphill.” Musk apparently has already taken the semi truck for a joyride in the parking lot, and said in the TED talk, “You can drive this around like a sports car .” Via Elon Musk on Twitter and New Atlas Images via screenshot

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This PaperJohn backpack could make shopping by bike a breeze

July 20, 2015 by  
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Wish you could do more shopping on two wheels but don’t have the bicycle basket or gear to carry the bags? Meet the PaperJohn , a paper bag design that can be worn as a backpack . Designed by a Hamburg-based startup, the bag is made from 100% recycled paper with reinforced handles, making it sturdy enough to tout around town and easy to wear for shopping trips by bike . The PaperJohn wasn’t created for individual sale; rather, the team is currently working on making the paper backpack available as an alternative bag option at popular supermarkets. + PaperJohn 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!

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Cork, a Sustainable Classic

October 2, 2012 by  
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Photo: Background pattern of wine bottles corks via Shutterstock If you are involved in the creative community, you will have noticed the slowly-but-surely growing preponderance of cork as a material used in design. Just in the past few months, my boyfriend bought a cork iPhone case , I was coveting a beautiful cork totebag I saw at Brooklyn Flea , and just a week ago, in consideration of replacing my (very old and crummy) vinyl kitchen flooring from the 80′s, I came across cork as an eco-friendly option. I had seen cork floors used in commercial applications, but hadn’t thought about it before for my own home. Cork is everywhere, and, as I’ve quickly figured out – for good reason! Read the rest of Amazing Natural Packaging: Cork, a Sustainable Classic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bags , benefits of cork , cork , cork floors , cork in building , cork in design , cork material. cork textile , cork oak , cork properties , flooring , green packaging , packaging , packaging the future , portugal , sustainable cork , Sustainable Materials , uses for cork , wine

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The Indlovu Centre is a Fireproof & Bulletproof Community Building in South Africa

October 2, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of The Indlovu Centre is a Fireproof & Bulletproof Community Building in South Africa Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , architects without frontiers , bullet proof , cape province , community center , community centre , Disaster-proof design , earthbag , eco design , eco truss , ecobeam , fire-proof , green architecture , Green Building , green design , humanitarian design , indluvo centre , itn architects , lani fender , planet wheeler foundation , sandbag , shaster foundation , soup kitchen , South Africa , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , waterproof , zvi belling

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Traditional Sandbags Become a Colorful and Interactive Installation by Antenna Design

June 28, 2012 by  
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Sandbags aren’t an obvious choice when it comes to furniture, but these unlikely cushions  get a colorful redesign by  Antenna Design . Created for an installation called SPECTRE, and located in a cell of a former Torino, Italy prison, the bags were covered in soft felt cases and stacked up like furniture for visitors to interact with and enjoy. Read the rest of Traditional Sandbags Become a Colorful and Interactive Installation by Antenna Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , antenna design , art installation , eco design , green design , prison installation , sandbags , soft furnishings , sustainable design

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How can I reuse or recycle zip lock coffee bean bags?

March 11, 2011 by  
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I had one of those “it’s amazing how things mount up” moments the other day when I opened our tea & coffee cupboard and was confronted with this: They’re all empty, flattened out version of these: John likes his coffee.

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In Canada, Sunchips Uses Its Noisy Compostable Bag As Marketing Gimmick

November 5, 2010 by  
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Matt was incredulous when Sunchips ditched its bioplastic packaging because people thought the bags were too noisy. How noisy?

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