UK’s Guardian switches to biodegradable wrapping for newspapers

January 17, 2019 by  
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The Guardian — a national newspaper in the U.K. — has ditched its polythene packaging and replaced it with a compostable wrapper in an effort to reduce plastic waste. The newspaper and its inserts are now packaged in a clear, biodegradable material made from potato starch that will completely compost in just six months. The choice to scrap the plastic packaging makes The Guardian the first national newspaper in the U.K. to make such a switch, following publications like the National Trust members’ magazine and the New Internationalist. The switch to biodegradable packing will increase the paper’s production costs, so the price of print editions of The Guardian and its sister paper The Observer will go up. However, this is what their customers wanted. The weekday edition will rise in cost by 20p, and the Saturday edition will increase 30p. The Observer will also go up 20p. Related: UK’s Co-op to ditch single-use plastic bags for biodegradable bags This past weekend, The Guardian subscribers in London, Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk received the new packaging with their Sunday edition. The newspaper will gradually implement the packaging change across the entire country over the next few months. Guardian to be first national newspaper with biodegradable wrapping https://t.co/Yh88bMEXXD — The Guardian (@guardian) January 11, 2019 Readers in the Greater London area who use The Guardian’s home delivery service will also receive their weekday editions in the potato starch packaging. Related: 100% biodegradable, edible packaging is so much better than plastic The new biodegradable packaging on The Guardian includes instructions for customers to not to recycle the material but to instead dispose of it on a compost heap or in a food waste bin. + The Guardian Via Dezeen Image via Andrys

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Solar-powered floating hotel room is designed to pop up anywhere on water

January 17, 2019 by  
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Valencia-based architecture firm Mano De Santo has proposed a plug-and-play hotel room that could be easily transported and installed thanks to its modular, off-grid design. Dubbed the Punta de Mar Marina Lodge, the conceptual floating pavilion is a sustainable tourism initiative that targets low environmental impact. Powered with solar energy , the Punta de Mar Marina Lodge would offer a private and luxurious experience on the water for two. Unveiled last year, the Punta de Mar Marina Lodge is envisioned to house two levels spanning a total of 74 square meters in size. The ground floor — approximately 40 square meters — includes a small front terrace that opens to the bedroom, which overlooks views of the water through full-height glazing. The bathroom, technical equipment and storage are tucked in a unit behind the bed, while a small outdoor terrace is located in the rear. Guests can also enjoy access to the roof, where an open-air lounge with seating is located. “Punta de Mar is a sustainable tourism initiative, since it does not generate waste because it is an installation of modules whose system is the ‘Plug & Go,’” the architects said in a project statement. The team also explained that the unit is integrated into its environment with low impact. The hotel can be easily relocated — it can be transported by land or sea — and can be enjoyed in an array of different settings for “unique and exclusive experiences.” Related: This modular outdoor swimming pool from Finland could make a splash near you In addition to the off-site prefabrication of the unit that minimizes waste, the Punta de Mar Marine Lodge was designed to follow passive solar principles to reduce energy usage. Moreover, the indoor temperature, lighting, alarm system and entertainment system can all be controlled remotely via the guests’ smartphones. + Mano De Santo Via ArchDaily Photography by Sergio Belinchon via Mano De Santo

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Perkins+Wills University of Hawaii building is an eco-conscious beacon in West Oahu

January 17, 2019 by  
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The University of Hawaii West Oahu has gained a new Perkins+Will -designed addition that’s not only visually striking but also site-specific to Kapolei, a planned community on the island of Oahu. Created in collaboration with Hawaii-based KYA Design Group, the campus building offers a mix of workspaces and learning areas for students, faculty and staff. All parts of the University of Hawaii’s new Administration and Allied Health Building was inspired by the site context, from the siting of the building to the sculptural zigzagging roof that references the area’s historic sugar mills. Located on land that had formerly been used as sugarcane fields, the University of Hawaii’s West Oahu campus is tied to a long agricultural history dating back more than a hundred years. Continued sustained tilling, however, has stripped away rich topsoil and rendered the land less fertile and less able to retain water. As a result, Perkins+Will has made environmental stewardship a priority in the project with a landscaping plan that will restore the topsoil through nitrogen fixing planting, improve onsite ecological water and nutrient management and revive native landscaping . Eco-friendly principles also guided the design of the 43,000-square-foot complex, which features deep open-air lanais (balconies) on the south-facing facade that provide shade against the harsh sun and promote natural ventilation . The textured monolithic skin is made from concrete masonry units (CMUs) that form a geometric pattern inspired by traditional Hawaiian kapa (cloth). Related: Perkins + Will’s KTTC building blends beauty and sustainability in Ontario “The challenge was how to best consolidate the distinct functions of teaching labs and classrooms within the same building as office space for the campus administration,” Mark Tagawa, associate principal at Perkins+Will’s LA Studio, said. “We wanted to create a facility that interacted with the landscape in a sympathetic way, through water management, landscaping and materiality. Cultural and ecological appropriateness was our filter for all design decisions.” + Perkins+Will Via Dezeen Photography by Andrea Brizzi via Perkins+Will

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Beer with biodegradable six-pack rings finally hits the market

January 24, 2018 by  
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SaltWater Brewery in South Florida is the first brewery to test biodegradable six-pack rings. Designed by start-up E6PR , the Eco Six-Pack Ring is made from wheat and barley, which allows it to be composted. And best of all? The six-pack ring is not harmful to aquatic life if swallowed. If widely adopted, this groundbreaking product could result in a significant decrease in both plastic pollution and wildlife injuries or deaths related to ingestion of or entrapment in six-pack rings. Initially introduced as a concept in 2016, E6PR’s green six-pack holder required considerable fine-tuning, a process that continues as the startup aims to expand production. “Bringing the product to the level of performance that we have right now was really challenging,” Francisco Garcia, Chief Operating Officer at E6PR, told Fast Company . Since the current model is made from wheat and barley, it is technically edible, though human consumption of the product is not advised. The next iteration will be made from brewing waste by-products in a production facility soon to open in Mexico . Related: This Louisiana craft beer pioneer ‘went green’ long before it was cool If the current roll-out of E6PR’s green six-pack holder proves successful, the startup hopes to expand the product’s usage to other breweries. In addition to its collaboration with craft beer maker SaltWater Brewery, E6PR is also working with a large brewing company to test the scalability of the product. “For Big Beer, it’s really about making sure that we can not only produce the E6PRs, but also apply them at the speed that those lines require,” Marco Vega, co-founder of ad agency and E6PR collaborative partner We Believers , told Fast Company . E6PR also hopes to bring its green drink packaging to other beverages like soda. As E6PR and other companies race to release market-competitive, green packaging products, consumers and environmentalists have reason to hope the tide may someday turn against plastic pollution, more than 8 million tons of which is dumped into the world’s oceans each year. Via Fast Company Images via E6PR

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Danielle Trofe’s Brilliant Mush-Lume Lamp is Grown From Fungi!

February 18, 2014 by  
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We’ve featured Danielle Trofe ‘s amazing energy-generating hourglass lamps in the past, and the designer just unveiled a new table lamp called Mush-Lume that is grown instead of being manufactured! The lamp shade is created using Ecovative ’s patented growing process, which combines agricultural byproducts (like seed husks and corn stalks) with mushroom mycelium to grow a 100% organic, sustainable and biodegradable mushroom material. The lamp’s base is made from FSC-certified wood and hand-cast concrete. The lamp is set to launch on February 24th on Kickstarter , so stay tuned for your chance to support this project! + Danielle Trofe 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ‘shrooms , biodegradable materials , danielle trofe , ecovative , green design , green furnishings , green interiors , green lighting , green materials , Mush-Lume , Mushroom Lamp , mushroom material , mushrooms , sustainable design , sustainable furnishings        

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Kristina Kjaer’s Delightful Felt Lamp is Inspired by Woodland Fungi

March 18, 2013 by  
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Danish product designer Kristina Kjaer needed a small lamp that could be hung above her wardrobe to light up her space. Kjaer  took to building her own lamp using natural, biodegradable materials, giving her design a shape reminiscent of the  delightful  fungi found in her town’s local woodlands. Read the rest of Kristina Kjaer’s Delightful Felt Lamp is Inspired by Woodland Fungi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , biodegradable materials , Danish design , Felt , green lighting , Kristina Kjaer , lamp , low-energy , recycling / compost

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Finnish Artist Jaakko Pernu Uses Tree Branches To Make Huge Public Sculptures

July 19, 2012 by  
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Kursi Java is a Biodegradable Rattan Seat For Sitting Comfortably on the Floor

July 2, 2012 by  
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Made entirely from woven biodegradable rattan , Kursi Java is a seat for sitting comfortably on the floor. The design supports a variety of seating positions, and it was created by Industrial Designer Benno Zindel while on exchange at the Institut Teknologi Bandung in Java, Indonesia. We spotted Kursi Java at this year’s DMY Berlin design fair. + Benno Zindel Photo © Benno Zindel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , Benno Zindel , biodegradable materials , Chair , indonesia , Kursi Java , rattan , recycling / compost

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Fernando Laposee’s Beautiful Lufa Collection Goes Far Beyond Your Bathroom Sponge

June 4, 2012 by  
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Acca Kappa’s Biodegradable BIOCETA Brushes are Made from Sustainable Wood

November 17, 2011 by  
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The Acca Kappa company has been making high quality hairbrushes since 1869. The family owned business’ new line, BIOCETA, offers an array of sustainable and eco-friendly hair brushes, combs and tooth brushes. Made from biodegradable cellulose acetate , the company sent Inhabitat a few to give a test drive, er… brush! Read the rest of Acca Kappa’s Biodegradable BIOCETA Brushes are Made from Sustainable Wood Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Acca Kappa , biodegradable materials , BIOTECA , Cellulose acetate , eco design , green design , organic hair brushes , sustainable design

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