Australias first carbon-positive and zero-waste home is built of non-toxic materials

September 14, 2017 by  
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Australia’s first carbon positive and zero waste home to achieve a “10 Star” energy rating has popped up in Cape Paterson, Victoria. Designed in collaboration with Clare Cousin Architects , this impressive dwelling is one of the latest projects produced by The Sociable Weaver , an innovative design and build company that creates affordable, beautiful, and sustainable architect-designed homes for the masses. The coastal home, called the ’10 Star Home’ after its energy rating, is naturally heated and cooled thanks to passive solar strategies and maintains comfortable indoor temperatures year-round, even in mid-winter. Built in the green coastal development The Cape, the 10 Star Home is permanently open to the public as a display home to educate architects, builders, and students on sustainable architecture . The Sociable Weaver and Clare Cousin Architects considered all aspects of the home, from the building materials to the bedsheets, to achieve their stringent requirements for sustainability, affordability, and social responsibility. The architects even worked with suppliers to reduce packaging delivered to the construction site, and recycled and reused material wherever possible, such as composting plasterboard off-cuts in the garden. A five-kilowatt rooftop solar panel powers the home, which experiences minimal energy loss thanks to superior under-slab insulation, industrial concrete floors that improve thermal mass, and double-glazed windows. The hardwood used is FSC-certified . Non-toxic materials line the interiors, from natural sealants and paints for the floors, walls, and ceilings, to organic and sustainable furnishings like the organic cotton bedding. The display home is fully furnished and decorated with hand-selected products that are stylish and beautiful, yet meet high environmental standards. Related: A Tiny Timber Box in a Tiny Urban Flat Makes Room for a Couple’s First Child In addition to environmentally conscious building practices, the 10 Star Home is designed to inspire a more sustainable lifestyle. The architects followed Building Biology principles to create an edible garden where occupants are encouraged to compost and grow their own food. To keep the home healthy and non-toxic, the 10 Star Home is also equipped with a “green switch” that turns off all power to the home, except for the fridge, so that occupants can reduce the impact of electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) at night. “Through Life Cycle Analysis by eTool, modelling shows that over the lifetime of the home, the 10 Star Home will not only negate its carbon footprint but will positively exceed it,” said The Sociable Weaver, according to Dezeen . “This equates to 203 kilograms of carbon emissions saved per year per occupant, equivalent to planting 9.55 million trees or removing 48 million balloons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.” + The Sociable Weaver + Clare Cousin Architects Via Dezeen Images via The Sociable Weaver

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How to Start a Composting Program at Work

September 13, 2017 by  
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Have you ever considered how much food waste your workplace generates? Nearly every day of the week, millions of Americans eat both breakfast and lunch at work. Consequently, copious amounts of sandwich crusts, apple cores and coffee grounds get…

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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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