Company Honored for Making Products Out of Hard-to-Recycle Waste

May 30, 2017 by  
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Imagine if all of America’s commercial recycling gurus joined forces to form one, huge recycling powerhouse. Well, it’s real, folks, and it’s called the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, also known as ISRI. ISRI represents more than 1,300…

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Inhabitat is giving away an organic Avocado Green Mattress

February 21, 2017 by  
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We spend one third of our lives sleeping, but how many of us have taken the time to learn what’s inside our mattresses? Studies have found that conventional mattresses contain toxic levels of volatile organic compounds that could be the source of many ailments, including chronic allergies, asthma, sleep problems, endocrine problems and even cancer. And once traditional mattresses bite the dust, their synthetic materials resist degradation, resulting in an enduring toxic legacy that would give anyone insomnia. If you’re looking for a new mattress and really want to rest assured, here’s your chance to win the best sleep of your life. We’re giving away your choice of an Avocado Green Mattress made from 100 percent natural latex harvested from tree-­tapped and sustainable sources, 100 percent natural Joma® New Zealand Wool, and certified organic cotton. This completely non­toxic, luxurious mattress, made with chemical-free, biodegradable, and compostable materials, is far better for both you and the planet. ENTER HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN! Win your choice of an Avocado Green Mattress , Standard or Pillow-Top, in your preferred size: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, or California King. a Rafflecopter giveaway Contest open only to residents of the continental U.S. Handmade in sunny California, the Avocado Green Mattress is all about luxury and transparency. Using 100 percent natural hydrated silica as a fire barrier, the Avocado isn’t filled with the dangerous flame retardants or petroleum­-based foams that traditional mattresses contain. Each mattress is made to order and hand-tufted without chemical adhesives, formaldehyde, heavy metals, or other toxic substances. Made with natural and organic materials, the Avocado’s eco-INSTITUT®-certified, chemical­-free design is surprisingly more durable than synthetic materials, nor does it come with that unpleasant, chemical odor most new mattresses carry. And the natural latex , natural Joma® New Zealand Wool and GOTS-­certified (Global Organic Textile Standard) organic and pesticide-free cotton make this mattress a healthy and sustainable choice. Wool and cotton also naturally regulate temperature and moisture wicking, giving the Avocado mattress superior insulating and cooling properties. Part of Avocado’s hybrid design includes a support layer filled with up to 1,303 ergonomic, individually ­pocketed support coils. This allows for cooler, more durable support than standard foam mattresses. Made from recycled steel, this support system is tuned to three strategically positioned comfort zones that provide incredible support to the hips, back and shoulders. There’s never any need to flip an Avocado mattress – just rotate it. The Standard Avocado Green Mattress is ideal for back and stomach sleepers, characterized by a gentle, yet perfectly firm feel. Its 11-inch-thick base delivers a balanced level of firmness, comfort and support to create a natural sleeping environment. If you want even more luxury, you can instantly upgrade to a plush European-­style feel when the mattress is topped with the optional Pillow­-Top. Its extra 2­-inch layer of 100 percent natural Dunlop latex rubber foam is perfect for side and back sleepers, athletes, and those in need of intense pressure relief. If you aren’t the lucky winner in this giveaway, don’t fret. The Avocado is relatively affordable for a luxury mattress, starting at $959. Each one comes with a risk-free 100-night sleep trial, 10-year warranty, free shipping and returns, and financing with rates as low as 0% APR. For an extra $99, the company will send someone over to set up your new bed for you. Enter above for your chance to win, and dream of sleep in the lap of luxury. + Avocado Green Mattress

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You could win this beautiful organic farm with your best 200-word essay

February 9, 2017 by  
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Have you always dreamed of running a little organic farm , but could never afford land prices? Norma Burns, owner of Bluebird Hill Farm in North Carolina , is planning to give her 12.88 acre farm away for next to nothing. Aspiring homesteaders need only submit a $300 entry fee, fill out a brief entry form with their resumes, and pen a 200-word essay titled “Why We Want to Own and Operate Bluebird Hill Farm.” Burns, an architect and farmer, wants to help out a couple embarking on the farming lifestyle by giving away the land she’s owned for nearly 20 years. She said , “I’m looking for a like-minded couple who have experience and training in organic farming and are willing and able to put in the long days and hard work that farming requires. The only thing they don’t have is an actual farm. I want to make it possible for these new farmers to get started.” She’ll be moving on to urban life in Raleigh, but wants to leave her farm to a couple who will cultivate and love it. Related: How to get off the grid and live rent-free So she started the Bluebird Hill Farm Essay Contest . The winners will receive the title to the farm, which is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture and worth around $450,000. Those interested can check out pictures of the farm house here . The two-bedroom home features a dining room with antique furniture, kitchen with tons of storage, light-filled day room, what Burns calls an evening room, laundry closet, and front porch. The barn is around 200-years-old , according to Burns, and also houses a garden room and shop. There’s a chicken coop, distiller, greenhouse, and farm cat on the property too. If you have questions, Burns requests you reach out to her through the farm’s Facebook page . Entries must be submitted by mail to Essay Contest, P.O. Box 851, Siler City, NC, 27344, USA. The contest ends June 1, 2017, and winners will be announced around June 30, 2017. + Bluebird Hill Farm Essay Contest + Bluebird Hill Farm Facebook Via The Charlotte Observer Images via Bluebird Hill Farm Facebook

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We’re giving away an Artisan Moss green wall made with real moss and lichens

November 21, 2016 by  
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Moss walls are a hot new trend, and for good reason. Preserved moss is an accessible way to enhance indoor spaces with lush greenery because they don’t require the same care, lighting, or watering as living walls. California-based Artisan Moss makes some of the most beautiful verdant art you’ve ever seen, meticulously handcrafted with sustainably-harvested moss, lichens, ferns, and downed wood, and requiring zero maintenance. If you’re looking to spruce up your own space (or gift a spectacular art piece this holiday season), then you’re in luck. We’re giving away FOUR Artisan Moss’ signature Plant Paintings to four lucky winners. Read on for a full description of the awesome moss art pieces and enter below for your chance to win some gorgeous botanical art that will last a lifetime. a Rafflecopter giveaway Please note that due to the handmade quality of each Plant Painting, the images shown may be slightly different from the final product. Contest is only open to residents of the continental United States. GRAND PRIZE WINNER Our Grand Prize Winner will receive a sprawling 40×18″ Windy White Branch Plant Painting , handmade with real preserved white bark branches, ferns, moss and lichen. This flourishing work of art is framed in reclaimed rustic grey wood and attached with hanging hardware. Valued at $650, this statement piece invites Northern California’s majestic wilderness indoors and will last for years to come. SECOND PRIZE WINNER The Second Prize winner will receive a lovely set of two 18×18″ Sandwood Branch Plant Paintings . Valued at $590, the pair’s natural light wood is richly contrasted with the deep green moss, lichen and ferns, and is also wrapped in a rustic reclaimed wood frame with hardware included. RUNNER UP WINNERS Two Runner Up Winners will receive a set of two 14×14″ Very Mossy Plant Paintings made with a variety of mosses and ferns. These are also framed in rustic grey wood and all hardware comes attached. Set side by side, these brilliant green wall hangings will brighten up any room. + Artisan Moss + Artisan Moss Etsy Shop

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Calling all creative costume makers – enter the Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest!

October 13, 2016 by  
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Are you making an out-of-the-box Halloween costume from scratch? If so, show it off on Inhabitots! Our annual Green Halloween costume contest hosted by Inhabitots kicks off today, and we’re on a mission to find the most creatively handmade, recycled and/or repurposed Halloween costumes made for babies , kids , pets and families . Along with all the fame that comes from entering our contest, you could also win an adorable handmade critter coat from the good folks at Little Goodall . Read on for more details about the contest, the awesome prizes, and how to enter. If you have amazingly innovative costume-making skills, here’s your chance to show the world! ENTER INHABITOTS’ GREEN HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST HERE > THE PRIZES 1st PRIZE WINNER The first prize winner, determined by our judges scoring, will have their pick of one warm, cozy, hand-made critter coat from Little Goodall . Critter hoices include: lion, wolf, fox, butterfly, owl, leopard, dinosaur, bear, robot, raccoon, bunny, and more! There are even adult-sized critter coats for you grownups who want in on the action. 2ND PLACE WINNER Judges scoring will also determine the second place will, who will receive their choice of adorable hand-made critter coat from Little Goodall . READER’S CHOICE PRIZE The costume that receives the highest number of votes on our online finalist page will win a “Reader’s Choice” prize or one critter coat from Little Goodall , so encourage your friends and family to vote! Submissions will be posted and open to public voting soon after they are received, so make sure to submit early to get the most amount of votes possible. Online voting will likely begin before Halloween. ENTER HERE!

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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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These are the world’s best buildings

July 6, 2016 by  
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BIG’s Hualien Residences BIG’s Hualien Residences in Taiwan are mountainous structures covered in landscape strips that bring the mountains to the beach. The project hopes to encourage a healthy lifestyle for the complex’s elderly residents with walking paths and underground jogging paths. Green roofs minimize heat gain and the landscaping strips help to block the most intense sun of the day. The project is still in progress and has already been nominated for the 2014 MIPIM Awards. Burnazzi Feltrin’s Community Center The Community Center in Poggio Picenze by Burnazzi Feltrin Architetti was built to replace a building damaged in a 2009 earthquake in Italy. The center honors the characteristics of the original building while adding modern elements that make it a nature-inspired social space. The building is covered in larch wood with a green roof in a zig-zag shape that evokes the cracks caused by the earthquake. Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum Set on a steep mountainside in Corones, Zaha Hadid’s dramatic Messner Mountain Museum resembles a Bond villain lair. But the mountaintop museum is actually a stunning space where people can learn about mountain geology, traditions and culture – all at an astonishing 7,500 feet above sea level. The museum actually tunnels through the mountain, with one volume emerging out of the mountain’s face. WAA’s Yellow River Art Museum The Art Museum in Yinchuan, China evokes the flowing lines of the Yellow River. We Architect Anonymous wanted to highlight the local environment and the river’s rich ecological history by giving the building a layered aesthetic inspired by the surrounding hills and river. To accomplish this, WAA used glass fiber-reinforced concrete. 3deluxe’s Butterfly Pavilion 3deluxe created the whimsical butterfly pavilion as a home for over 500 butterfly species. A golden façade made out of 4,000 aluminum leaves covers a glass cube, helping to regulate the interior climate while evoking the look of butterflies in flight. The 3D-Printed Office of the Future This year, Killa Design, along with Gensler, created the world’s first fully 3D-printed office . Dubbed the Office of the Future, the building was assembled in just 17 days and comes with all the amenities needed for a comfortable, safe work environment. It also happens to save 50 percent on labor costs, which proves that the future of construction is going to be pretty incredible. Zaha Hadid’s University of Oxford extension Zaha Hadid’s modern extension at the University of Oxford provides the perfect counterbalance to the school’s Victorian-era buildings. The reflective volume meanders through the campus and around an existing sequoia tree, changing height and width to accommodate the buildings around it. Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Foster + Partner’s Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett building is a place where people impacted by cancer can find peace and refuge. The design was created to “lift the spirits” and help people heal with natural light and plenty of greenery. Sliding glass doors let the outside in, and an airy, glass exterior brings the healing properties of sunlight into the space. The hospital can also use the space to grow flowers and produce for patients. Byens Bro Cycling Bridge Gottlieb Paludan Architects’s Byens Bro bridge is an elegant solution that lifts pedestrians and cyclists above the railway tracks at Odense’s train station. The bridge’s sweeping lines and streamlined aesthetics frame it as a natural part of the urban landscape. Hanazono Kindergarten Located on a Japanese island 250 miles off the coast of Taiwan, Hanazono Kindergarten is a beautiful building design by Hibinosekkei + Youji no Shiro to withstand the region’s dangerous typhoons. The building’s facade is made from steel-reinforced concrete blocks with hollow centers that allow light to filter into the school. Foster + Partners’ Crossrail Place Crossrail Place is a seven-story train station topped with a flourishing garden in London’s Canary Wharf. The project’s most remarkable feature is its 1,000-foot timber awning, which is studded with triangular ETFE cushions that allow light to filter down to the the plants below. Tzannes’ Irving Street Brewery Tzannes Associates built a tri-generation power plant atop an old beer brewery in Sydney to provide power and hot and cold water to the surrounding buildings. The plant’s three zinc towers contrast beautifully with the brewery’s existing red brickwork Omicron Campus by Dietrich | Untertrifaller Get ready for a serious case of office envy. Dietrich | Untertrifaller’s Omicron Campus is an amazing workspace filled with luminous pods, copious daylighting, and a show-stopping sculptural wood staircase that stretches from one story to the next. Shinsegae International by Olson Kundig Located in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Shinsegae International is a 15-story skyscraper topped with a vibrant roof garden. Olson Kundig designed the project to provide office and retail space for South Korea’s oldest and largest importer of luxury fashion. + World Architecture Festival

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Obama Foundation names surprising choice for the presidential library in Chicago

July 6, 2016 by  
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As President Obama looks to a future post POTUS, one of his foundation’s first tasks will be to construct the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. President Franklin Roosevelt formally started the presidential library tradition in 1939 , and succeeding presidents have been encouraged, under the 1955 Presidential Libraries Act, to similarly donate materials collected during their terms. The Obama Foundation recently announced their choice for the team that will design President Obama’s library, and the selection came as a huge surprise to many. The Obama Foundation chose Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA), a firm founded by a husband and wife team, and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA), out of a pool of seven architecture firms, including starchitects David Adjaye , Renzo Piano , and Snøhetta . Related: Chicago wins Barack Obama Presidential Library bid The Obama Foundation said in a recent press release , “TWBTA stood out in their commitment to explore the best ways of creating an innovative center for action that inspires communities and individuals to take on our biggest challenges. IDEA brings local knowledge and a track record for delivering excellence to large, complex civic projects.” TWTBA and IDEA will design a museum and library somewhere in Chicago’s south side, though the location has yet to be determined. Renderings are not available at this time. The Obama Foundation said that President Obama and the First Lady aim to build a center that’s ” more than just a library ” and that “inspires people to take on big challenges.” Construction of the $500 million Obama Presidential Center is expected to be complete in 2020. While TWTBA is headquartered in New York City, they’ve designed buildings around the United States and the world, including the Logan Center for the Arts at the University at Chicago. IDEA is headquartered in Chicago and has designed several projects in that city. + The Obama Foundation Via Wired Images via The Obama Foundation

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Penda’s Bauhaus Museum proposal features a transforming floor level

September 25, 2015 by  
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Win a Public V7 Bike (worth $499) in our Back to School Giveaway!

September 17, 2015 by  
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It’s September, and you know what that means: students across the globe are kissing summer goodbye and trading in their beach gear for backpacks . Inhabitat is teaming up with PUBLIC Bikes to help make the transition a little easier – and a little greener – by giving away the ultimate in back-to-school transportation: a PUBLIC V7 bicycle ! The V7 is the best city bike around, with a lightweight steel frame, puncture-proof tires, and full fenders and a chain guard to keep those new school clothes pristine. It only takes a second enter our giveaway using the widget below – and the more friends you share it with, the better your odds of winning! a Rafflecopter giveaway Read the rest of Win a Public V7 Bike (worth $499) in our Back to School Giveaway!

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