Score this kids cargo bike in our Inhabitots Back To School giveaway

August 10, 2016 by  
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It’s that time of year when kids head back to school, and here at Inhabitat , we’re here to help kick off the back-to-school spirit with our kids and parenting site Inhabitots . We recently spotted this sweet kids cargo bike by Republic Bike that is perfect for carrying book bags and lunches in its spacious wooden crate, and we’re teaming up with Republic Bike to give one away to some lucky kid in the next few weeks. To enter the contest, read on… a Rafflecopter giveaway GRAND PRIZE: Kids Cargo Bike from Republic Bike Worth $349 The Kids Cargo Bike comes in a range of fun colors like “sour apple” and “magenta”, and encourages kids to embrace green commuting at an early age. The Republic Kids Cargo bike has three wheels, with two up-front around the wooden storage bucket, in an inverted tricycle design. Not only is it easier for kids to ride a kids cargo bike than a traditional two-wheeled bike, but the ample storage space with the wooden storage bin allows kids to tote around their book bags, lunches, water bottles, sports gear and other stuff without a clunky backpack swinging around on their back to throw them off balance. This fun ride encourages kids to get outdoors and get exercise, as well as riding to school. In addition to being a more eco-friendly commuting option than your minivan, biking to school gets your kid’s blood flowing in the am and provides the benefit of morning exercise before school which helps with concentration in class. + Republic Bike *Contest is only open to the lower 48 states for shipping reasons (sorry, that excludes residents of Alaska and Hawaii).

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Shipping containers are transformed into a colorful office and showroom in China

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Set within a grassy park, the temporary Container Stack Pavilion makes up for its lack of surrounding shade with the long cantilevered overhangs of the yellow containers perpendicularly stacked atop the red containers. Interior and exterior stairs lead up large roof terraces on both levels so that visitors can enjoy elevated views of the city. The design and construction of the pavilion allows for easy disassembly and transport to another location. Related: Kurgo’s bright orange shipping container office is a haven for dogs The interior keeps the shipping container walls largely intact save for cutouts on the exterior that serve as windows or doors, as well as sections removed at the center of the pavilion to create an airy double-height atrium . Natural light pours into the building through the skylights and full-height windows that bookend every container. White seating and tables punctuate both floors. The pavilion also includes an indoor ball pond and outdoor sandpit. + People’s Architecture Office Via Dezeen Images via People’s Architecture Office

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Futuristic Japanese indoor vertical farm produces 12,000 heads of lettuce a day with LED lighting

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Philips Lighting has launched the latest in its indoor vertical farming experiments , with trials at two Japanese facilities—with one growing 12,000 heads of lettuce a day under horticultural LED lighting technology. Indoor farming is a growing trend in urban centers, where farmland is not prevalent. A wide variety of herbs and greens can be cultivated in climate-controlled environments under LED lighting, for an energy efficient food production method that connects local folks to freshly grown produce. The two trial farms in Japan demonstrate the awesome potential of indoor urban farming  efforts. Innovatus ’ Fuji Farm in Shizuoka Prefecture is an almost 20,000 square foot facility where farmers have spent the past 14 months growing five different varieties of lettuce. Now, the farm harvests 12,000 heads a day that are mainly frilled lettuce, green leaf, and romaine. The efficient vertical farm setup saves not only land and energy, but also water, and Fuji Farm’s harvests can be picked, packaged, and on store shelves in under two hours. Related: Philips’ new GrowWise indoor farm will revolutionize food production At Delicious Cook’s urban farm in Narashino City in the Chiba Prefecture, an enticing selection of edible herbs are grown under Philips LED lighting. There, farmers have been experimenting with less common varieties of herbs , including edible chrysanthemums and coriander, with great success. In a space smaller than many urban apartments (around 860 square feet), the farm recently completed a 10-month trial in which these unusual herbs were grown under Philips GreenPower LED system. The resulting crops will be used in the company’s processed food products. One of the key advantages of Philips Lighting horticultural LED systems is the “recipes” used to cultivate specific crops. Farmers are able to set the precise combinations of light, temperature, and humidity level for optimal production of each type of plant. Philips makes the job of urban farmers even easier by developing specific light recipes for various crops, which dictate light spectrum, intensity, illumination moment, uniformity, and positioning. Using this approach, crop yields skyrocket, with consistent quality and flavor, all without daylight. + Philips Lighting Images via Philips Lighting

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