Pine needle eyelashes, petal lipstick and other beauty tools from nature

September 2, 2016 by  
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In addition to flower plant petals, Murphy’s series includes an icicle beard, a thorn “grill”, pine needle eyelashes, and some mushroom body parts. Some images draw straightforward, satirical parallels between beauty products and natural materials, others blur the line between plant/human hybrid, and a mushroom augmentation suggests that if we really take in our consideration for nature, we acknowledge an expanded spectrum of gender, as well. Related: Amazing tree grows 40 different kinds of fruit The photos are fun and funky, celebrating natural forms while ironically commenting on beauty products (hopefully in a cruelty-free manner ). Check out the images for some truly perishable natural cosmetics.

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Renovated Jakarta home fights sultry summers with ventilation, green space and shade

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Located in a surprisingly quiet neighborhood in midtown Jakarta, the existing L-shaped building presented a great starting point for creating an airy courtyard residence. The architects designed a transparent living room, dining area and kitchen on the first floor which offer views of the outdoor garden and the existing trees. The second floor houses a semi-public office space accessible via an outdoor spiral staircase. Built with reused materials , a see-through wooden surface is installed diagonally to create shade and accentuate the form of the house. Related: Curious Slanted House in Jakarta critiques establishment architecture In order to respond to the tropical weather conditions, the house features cross-ventilation and a large number of windows and doors that stay open throughout the day, while a vertical garden and wooden shade structure regulate thermal gain. + Wahana Architects Via Plataforma Arquitectura Photos by Fernando Gomulya

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New solar-powered Massachusetts college center is as green as a building can be

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Kern Center functions as a hub for student life with a “community living room” and cafe, and it also serves as a welcome center for parents and staff. Floor-to-ceiling windows connect those inside with the trees and wildflower meadow outside. Two wings clad with stone add natural beauty to the center. The stone and wood utilized were sourced locally. According to Bruner/Cott, all the building materials are “Red List compliant” and they avoided products containing toxic chemicals. The building materials aren’t the only green aspects of the Kern Center. A rainwater harvesting system allows for net-zero water , and the roof is decked out with large solar arrays. Related: Pittsburgh’s net-zero Frick Environmental Center is designed to meet the world’s toughest green standards Kern Center also functions as a “learning and teaching laboratory.” Signs and tours allow those interested to learn more about the center’s sustainability features. According to Bruner/Cott’s statement on the project, “New classes are built around the teaching opportunities the living building makes available, inspiring the kind of inquiry and stewardship embodied in Hampshire’s philosophy of contributing to knowledge, justice, and positive change in the world.” In the words of Hampshire College, the Living Building Challenge is the ” world’s most advanced green building standard .” Should the Kern Center be certified, it will move Hampshire closer to its goal of going carbon-neutral in the next four years or less. + Bruner/Cott & Associates Images via Bruner/Cott & Associates

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Are Large, For-Profit Corporations Intrinsically Less Ethical?

October 31, 2009 by  
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In the comment streams on my blog posts there is a recurrent theme from one segment of the respondents – they have a deep distrust in the large companies that are involved in modern agricultural technology.

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India Seeks to Become Global Leader in Climate Politics

October 31, 2009 by  
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The world has been talking about the proactive measures announced by China in order to reduce its carbon emissions, increase renewable energy use and improve energy efficiency.

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Southwest Airlines Debuts Prototype Green Airplane

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On October 21st, which is Southwest Airlines annual media day, they announced the launch of a green prototype airplane which will be used to test more eco-conscious materials and products in their travel environment.  Southwest hopes that through the establishment of this prototype plane, they will be able to settle on a way to make their cabin more eco-friendly while still offering their customers the same level of comfort that they’re used to.

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