6 Simple Swaps for a Green 4th of July 

June 30, 2017 by  
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Party like it’s 1776 — well, with a few upgrades — and go green for your Fourth of July celebration this year. We’ve made it simple for you. Here are six sustainable swaps to follow this Independence Day. 1. Think Recyclable, Not…

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5 Strategies for Recycling on the Go

June 2, 2017 by  
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Most of us have developed pretty good systems for recycling and composting at home, but recycling on the go is a different story. This typically requires advance planning and foresight, which starts with booking hotels, planning meals, and packing…

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Award-winning grass-covered pavilion in India constructed with over 1,000 recycled pallets

February 14, 2017 by  
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Over a thousand discarded shipping pallets went into the making of this partly planted, undulating pavilion in New Delhi. Local architecture firm M:OFA Studios drew inspiration from India’s ruins and their love of upcycling to create Pensieve, an award-winning experimental pavilion with a name inspired by the “memory basin” in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The temporary installation served as an urban playground and public gathering space that inspired people to contemplate their surroundings. Built as part of India Design ID 2014, the Pensieve is no longer standing though it continues to be recognized in awards, such as its nomination in the Kohler Bold Design Awards 2016. Over 1,200 recycled pallets were stacked together in an asymmetrical shape inspired by the hundreds of stone ruins that dot the capital, where many locals used as playgrounds in their childhood. Compost added inside some of the open pallets was used as a growing medium for grass and other plants. Related: Charming Wine Shop Built with Repurposed Shipping Pallets Pops Up in Poland “The concept initiated from the basic idea of ‘fluid’ thoughts,” write the architects. “Built out of recycled wood , this pavilion was asked on the idea of unobstructed thoughts associated often with the children. The pavilion became a reminder of those simpler times, where the kids looked at the world beyond a 4 inch by 3 inch display screen in their hands.” The large 800-square-foot installation framed a public gathering space that also included solar-powered furniture that lit up when people sat on them and a hundred fiber-optic sculptures that used motion sensors to light up at night. + M:OFA Studios Images via M:OFA Studios

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The 5 Most Interesting Things We Learned About Recycling from a Pew Study

January 25, 2017 by  
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Did you know that the gap between the state that recycles the most and the one that recycles the least is a whopping 49 percent? Or that almost every lead-acid car battery in this country gets recycled? We learned this — and a whole lot more — by…

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3 Ways To Eliminate Food Waste Before It Reaches The Compost

October 6, 2016 by  
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The struggles with going zero waste sometimes feel endless, and food waste is no exception. When I first went zero waste, I didn’t make anything at home; I just bought a lot of food products in recyclable packaging. Baby steps. My salad would be…

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5 Easy Tricks To Reduce Food Waste

September 16, 2016 by  
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Imagine being able to reduce food waste and your grocery bill by 30 percent in the process. By putting these five simple systems in place, you’ll be able to identify need-to-eat foods, save foods from the compost or the garbage, get the most…

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Beautiful, odorless tabletop ecosystem is powered with food waste

September 1, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS57-hFcV8s According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted every year. This staggering amount of food waste and its negative effects on the environment provided the impetus for BIOVESSEL. Unlike most compost bins, this sculptural composter is beautiful and odorless thanks to its computer-generated design that optimizes airflow. The easy-to-use system uses 500 to 600 grams of composting worms within a mix of humus and sawdust soil to break down 500 grams to 1 kilogram of food waste per week. The BIOVESSEL was created with over 20 months of biological research and observation and comprises a white organically inspired vessel, an inner structure regulator, a perforated wooden top with three holes, and three perforated top caps. Aerodynamic studies informed the size and position of the three wood cap openings, which include the Food Waste Inlet Hole, the Observation Hole for monitoring soil moisture and pH levels, and the Organic Fertilizer Outlet Hole used for growing plants. Related: DIY: Backyard composter from a garbage can + what can be tossed into it “Our aim was to raise awareness of the issue of food waste and its disposal process,” says Brooklyn Chao, Founder of BIONICRAFT. “We tried to come up with a solution that can be managed in urban homes and creates a self sustainable ecosystem that reverses the vicious food waste cycle.” BIOVESSEL just launched on Kickstarter , where it can be purchased for an early bird price of $149. + BIOVESSEL Kickstarter Images via BIONICRAFT

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When Is Composting Better Than Recycling?

June 9, 2016 by  
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It’s a testament to our increased awareness of waste management and environmental issues that we now often have several options at hand when it comes to getting rid of things that have outlived their purpose — reuse, recycling, composting,…

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When Is Composting Better Than Recycling?

June 9, 2016 by  
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It’s a testament to our increased awareness of waste management and environmental issues that we now often have several options at hand when it comes to getting rid of things that have outlived their purpose — reuse, recycling, composting,…

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10 Weird Things You Can Actually Compost

March 30, 2016 by  
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Composting is a magic process where kitchen waste transforms into rich, black soil. Even those of you without one of these magical boxes in the backyard probably know that you can compost fruit and veggie peels, coffee grounds and paper towel – but…

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