6 easy tips to green your Fourth of July

July 4, 2018 by  
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Although the Fourth of July is a wonderful time to celebrate our freedom with friends and family, with all the cups, utensils and fireworks we end up using, it’s also one of our most wasteful holidays! So this year, why not take advantage of our six ideas that will help you green-up your festivities without sacrificing an ounce of fun. In fact, it might surprise you to find that following our tips could actually increase the fun quotient while sparing the planet at the same time. 1. Go meatless for the day Nothing says Independence Day like a backyard barbecue, but the global meat industry has put a terrible strain on the planet. This year, ditch the pork chops and steaks and consider some delicious vegetarian grilling recipes instead. Although forgoing the meat might seem akin to sacrilege, there are so many more creative dishes available that are good for your health and the planet. 2. Use real plates When you have 15 guests coming around, it’s so easy to break out the paper plates to avoid a sink full of dishes. But imagine the waste if every American went this route! If washing your own dishes in a water-saving dishwasher doesn’t sound appealing, it is now possible to purchase biodegradable packaging that won’t clog up the landfill. 3. Use public transportation If you live out in the middle of Iowa, taking a bus or train to your friend’s house might not be possible for you. But most city dwellers certainly do have this option. Using public transportation , or even cycling instead of driving a car, has more than one benefit: not only will you reduce your carbon footprint for the day, but you won’t have to drive home after drinking! Which brings us to our next point… 4. Buy kegs instead of cans and bottles Don’t take this the wrong way — Inhabitat isn’t endorsing national drunkenness, but we are realistic. People have the day off, they’re hanging out with their favorite people… beer will be had. Instead of buying a stack of cans and bottles that use up a lot of unnecessary materials, consider purchasing a keg. This is cheaper, usually, and you’ll have zero waste — especially if you use your own mugs or compostable cups . 5. Cool down with a batch of delicious organic popsicles If drinking beer isn’t your thing, or you’re celebrating the holiday with a handful of screaming young children, consider following our recipes for 30 kinds of delicious organic popsicles . They’re so easy to make and contain none of the junk that store-bought popsicles do. Plus, you won’t produce any waste as a byproduct of enjoying one of our favorite summer treats. 6. Enjoy a sunset with wind- and solar-powered lights Sunset is probably our favorite part of the Fourth of July. Not that we’re excited for the day to end, but the temperature simmers down at last, and the sky fills up with the vibrant colors of fireworks. Make the ambiance last and reduce your energy footprint by using  wind and solar lights . They’re easy to find at IKEA, and they’ll impress the daylights out of your friends and family! Have a happy and green Fourth of July! Images via Nigel Howe , Shutterstock ( 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 ), Inhabitat and IKEA

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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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The BFI Announces the 2013 Semi-Finalists for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

August 21, 2013 by  
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This week the Buckminster Fuller Institute announced the 19 semi-finalists that will take part in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge . The competition recognizes projects that solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems through design. Named as “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award” by Metropolis Magazine , the Challenge received a record number of entries this year. Over the next six weeks, the jury will review the proposals and convene for deliberation in early October. The winners will be announced New York City ceremony in November, 2013. Read the rest of The BFI Announces the 2013 Semi-Finalists for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bfi , biodegradable packaging , Buckminster Fuller , buckminster fuller challenge , buckminster fuller institute , environmental sustanability , green design , inhabitat , Metropolis Magazine , new york city , preffered state model , science democritization , social responsibility , trimtab principle , waste treatment        

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

August 21, 2013 by  
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You know bats and dolphins ‘echolocate’ to find their prey, sending out blips of squeaky SONAR-like sound waves that bounce off fish or moths in the dark. And people do it, too, using expensive equipment. But how about a monkey? The aye-aye ( Daubentonia madagascariensis ) is certainly no ordinary monkey. In fact, its not a monkey at all, but a highly specialized lemur from the island of Madagascar . Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aye-aye , bioinspired design , biomimicry , Dobby , echolocation , Gollum , lemur , madagascar , SONAR , Swiss Army Knife , ultrasound , yoda        

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Compostable Packaging Test: Natureworks Ingeo Corn Cups

April 26, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Compostable Packaging Test: Natureworks Ingeo Corn Cups http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biodegradable packaging , compostable products , composting test , green design , green materials , green packaging , nature works corn cups , packaging the future , sustainable design

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PHOTOS: Denver’s First LEED Gold School and Zero Energy Community Campus

April 26, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of PHOTOS: Denver’s First LEED Gold School and Zero Energy Community Campus http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: daylighting classroom , Denver green building , DSR Group School , Evie Garrett Dennis Campus , geothermal heating , k-12 green school , leed for schools , LEED school , net zero energy school , school solar

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SunChips Unveils New, Quieter 100% Compostable Bags

February 25, 2011 by  
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Recently, Frito-Lay pulled its biodegradable SunChips packaging from store shelves less than a year after its debut. Not because the bag’s composting abilities were questionable , but because people complained that they were too noisy .

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Compostable Packaging Test: Do Bambu Plates Breakdown?

November 13, 2010 by  
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While they’re definitely an attractive set, have you ever wonder how compostable  Bambu brand bamboo plates really are? This week in Packaging the Future , we’re thrilled to bring you the latest installment of in our compostability tests , where we break down the real-life biodegradability of eco packaging. So are Bambu plates the real thing or just another greenwash ploy

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First 100% Compostable Chip Bags to Hit Shelves Soon

March 18, 2010 by  
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Frito-Lay has been working for a year now on developing and testing a biodegradable bag that will completely break down in an ordinary compost pile.

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Postcarden Pop-Up Greeting Cards Transform into Mini Living Gardens!

March 18, 2010 by  
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Spring is in the air! Why not deliver a little piece of it to your favorite person via a Postcarden pop-up card ?

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