India plans to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022

June 6, 2018 by  
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Big news from India : the country aims to abolish single-use plastic in about four years. Prime minister Narendra Modi announced the goal on World Environment Day , and The Guardian said it’s the most ambitious commitment out of the actions to combat plastic pollution happening in 60 nations. The move could dramatically reduce the flow of plastic from 1.3 billion people. India is resisting plastic pollution with what United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim called a phenomenal commitment. The country’s Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan said single-use plastics will be banned in all of the country’s states by 2022. Solheim said the move would inspire the planet and “ignite real change.” Related: Kenya introduces world’s harshest law on plastic bags “It is the duty of each one of us to ensure that the quest for material prosperity does not compromise our environment ,” Modi said. “The choices that we make today will define our collective future. The choices may not be easy. But through awareness, technology and a genuine global partnership, I am sure we can make the right choices. Let us all join together to beat plastic pollution and make this planet a better place to live.” UN Environment released  a report providing “the first comprehensive global assessment of government action against plastic pollution,” including case studies from over 60 countries. The report included a list of states and cities in India that have banned plastic bags or disposable plastic products, and the selected case study in the country highlighted beach cleanup efforts in Mumbai; Inhabitat covered the initiative started by local lawyer Afroz Shah earlier this year. Volunteers have cleaned up around 13,000 tons of trash, largely plastics , according to the case study, and this year people spotted Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings on the beach for the first time in more than 20 years. + United Nations Environment Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos and Juggadery/Flickr

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Smart Home targets affordability and eco-friendly design in Australia

January 10, 2018 by  
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Green Sheep Collective aimed to create an affordable and highly energy efficient home with the design of Smart Home, a renovation and extension in Melbourne , Australia. Built for approximately $200 per square foot, the home is by no means a low-cost home but the price is impressive given the inclusion of high-level environmentally sustainable principles and components. In contrast to Melbourne’s many McMansions, the Smart Home is a site-specific compact home that boasts low to zero emissions, recycled materials, and connection to the outdoors. Smart Home is an expansion and renovation of a two-bedroom single-fronted Victorian cottage in inner Melbourne. Passive solar design principles guided the design and the home’s openings and room layout are optimized for natural light and ventilation. Recycled materials were used wherever possible as was ethically sourced materials like the radially sawn timbers and Flexo recycled rubber flooring. Water saving impacts were addressed with EcoVerta water saving units. Careful design and clever storage solutions with built-in furniture created 20% more usable indoor space within the 140-square-foot addition. Related: Beautiful Northcote Solar Home shows off modern energy-efficient family living “This project faced a number of critical challenges that had to be overcome in order to meet these sustainability and design targets,” wrote the architects. “The constraints included overshadowing, poor orientation, and a small 7.5 metre wide east-west block built close to the boundary. The existing home was dark and leaky with a lean-to at the rear.” The architects demolished the lean-to and added a mezzanine . “Our response creates interesting volumes for architectural beauty, and minimises idle space by ensuring the floor plan is utilised to its full capacity through clever storage solutions and split level living. The single storey addition includes open plan living, dining and kitchen opening via large openable glazed doors to an outdoor deck.” + Green Sheep Collective Images by Shae Parker McCashen

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Splinter Creek is a sustainable community of 26 lakeside homes in Mississippi

October 3, 2017 by  
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The owners of Splinter Creek , a property situated among 650 acres of pine forest, lakes and meadows in Mississippi , originally purchased the land for timber. But once they began harvesting, they realized how stunning the local ecosystem was, and decided to share the land to create a carefully considered community development around three spring-fed lakes. Helping them realize this vision, architecture firms Lake Flato , Lang Architecture and the Loch Collective conceived a masterplan of rustic homes built in concert with the environment. While Texas-based architecture firm Lake Flato produced a master site plan of roads, trails, and common structures, Lang Architecture focused on creating a concept design for a rustic modern lake house that blends seamlessly into the natural landscape . The Loch Collective produced the outdoor plan for the concept house, as well as a unique seed mix of wildflowers and native grasses for the adjacent meadows and wetlands. Related: Gorgeous Jardines del Sur House combines concrete, glass and native wood from the south of Chile The architects drew inspiration from the classic agrarian buildings of the area and came up with a design that integrates into the natural landscape and maximizes views of the pristine lakes and ridges of pine and hardwood forests. “We think holistically about the land. So it’s not just as simple as figuring out how to design one house,” said Lake Flato founder Ted Flato. “It’s, ‘What should the land be? And where should a house go?’ Our approach is architecture that’s very connected to its place.” Related: Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy The property features 26 ready-to-build sites defined by creeks and terrain. New owners can bring in their own design and builders or choose a turnkey option of the Splinter Creek concept house, with the possibility of customizing the original design to fit individual tastes and lifestyles . + Splinter Creek + Lang Architecture + Lake Flato + Loch Collective

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Stirrings of a new seafood supply chain revolution

December 16, 2015 by  
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Businesses should leverage their collective buying power to spur on sustainable fishing.

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Tapping into Nature: Optics & photonics

December 16, 2015 by  
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What can we learn about lighting from insects?

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Sustainable Development Goals: A new course for people and planet

September 21, 2015 by  
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The unveiling of the Sustainable Development Goals next week will be a milestone moment for our collective future.On Sept. 25, the largest gathering of world leaders will join together at a U.N. Summit meeting in New York to formally adopt Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a set of 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the center.

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Building trust, compliance in your supply chain

September 21, 2015 by  
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Risk and compliance issues in a supply chain are best managed by building trust between supplier and customer.

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Lacuna pop-up library in San Francisco is constructed with 50,000 books

April 8, 2015 by  
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Amazing Book Hive Display Mimics the Organization and Movement of Bee Hives in Bristol

December 23, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Amazing Book Hive Display Mimics the Organization and Movement of Bee Hives in Bristol Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arts Council England Award , book display shaped like a beehive , book display that mimics bee hives , Book Hive , Bristol Central Library display , bristol library , Bristol Library Book Hive , Bristol library’s 400th anniversary , interactive book display , interactive book display at public library , Rusty Squid Design Collective        

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The Empowerment Plan Provides Detroit’s Homeless with Warm Coats That Double as Sleeping Bags

December 23, 2013 by  
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They say that if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime – and social entrepreneur Veronika Scott is proving that the old adage rings just as true for women and coats. As a long-time Detroit resident, Scott was compelled to do something about the unemployment and homelessness she saw plaguing her city. In 2011, she started the Empowerment Plan , a non-profit that not only gives coats to Detroit’s homeless , but also employs homeless women to make them. The wind-proof outerwear was specially designed to do double duty as a sleeping bag , as well as doing triple duty to help unemployed women get back on their feet. American Express  is sharing Veronika and the Empowerment Plan ‘s story through its PassionProject . Check out the powerful video below to see the impact the Empowerment Plan is having on Detroit, and see more inspiring PassionProject videos here . Read the rest of The Empowerment Plan Provides Detroit’s Homeless with Warm Coats That Double as Sleeping Bags Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coats for the homeless , coats that double as sleeping bags , detroit homeless , detroit unemployment , double duty design , eco design , eco-fashion , employment detroit , empowerment plan , green design , passion project , sleeping bag coats , sustainable design , Veronika Scott        

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