A family’s unique tiny home uses wool and hemp for insulation

October 29, 2018 by  
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Tiny homes come in many shapes and sizes, but for a wandering family of three, the Valhalla tiny home is just the right fit. Built by French tiny home builder  Baluchon , this wood-clad tiny home on wheels is a lightweight structure that measures just under 20 feet long; however, a stunning space-strategic interior, which includes two bedrooms, makes you forget all about its itsy-bitsy size. Clad in red cedar with white and teal accents, the Valhalla tiny home emits a modern cabin feel from the outside. Three porthole-style windows along with a series of clerestory windows on each side give the design a contemporary edge and brighten the interior naturally. To create an energy-efficient shell, the home is insulated with sustainable materials such as sheep’s wool for the floor, cotton, linen and hemp in the walls and wood fiber in the ceiling. Related: The off-grid Eucalyptus tiny home radiates cool, Californian vibes The interior is clad in light spruce panels, which help to make the compact space feel larger. The front door opens to the fully-equipped kitchen area complete with custom cabinets, a fridge, a sink and a two-burner propane stove. On the adjacent wall, a narrow desk serves as a work or dining space. The master bedroom, which has enough space for a a double bed, is located on a sleeping loft reached by a set of floating stairs above the desk. On the other side of the home, another elevated platform houses the living room. Underneath the living area on the ground floor, a small room is located right next to the kitchen. Separated from the communal space by curtains, this compact area is well-lit and perfect for a child’s room, guest quarters or extra storage. + Baluchon Via Tiny House Talk Photography by Vincent Bouhours via Baluchon

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Massive tree-like sculpture takes over Switzerlands largest train station

July 23, 2018 by  
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An explosion of color has taken over the central train station in Zurich, Switzerland. In collaboration with the Fondation Beyeler , Brazilian contemporary artist Ernesto Neto has installed a stunning and monumental work of art that rises 65 feet to the ceiling height of the Zurich Main Station, the busiest train station in Switzerland . Dubbed the GaiaMotherTree, this sculptural and interactive tree-like artwork resembles a living organism. Crafted from colorful strips of cotton knotted together with finger-crocheting techniques, Ernesto Neto’s GaiaMotherTree is made all the more eye-catching due to its backdrop—the Neorenaissance architecture of the Zurich Main Station, built in 1871. The sweeping organic structure was shaped and stabilized using drop-shaped counterweights filled with ground spices including turmeric, cloves, cumin and black pepper. The central counterweight that hangs above a giant outline of the world in the heart of the GaiaMotherTree is filled with 30 kilograms of plant seeds . No nails were used to support the installation ; in addition to the counterweights, 840 kilograms of earth was used to secure it. “With GaiaMotherTree, Neto establishes a connection to the story of creation,” read a statement about the installation, which took three months to complete. “The work’s title refers to Greek mythology: Gaia, the personification of the Earth , emerges from chaos, the origin of all things. She is the Mother Earth goddess, bestowing the gift of life, but also the goddess of death, to whom the dead return. Neto places ‘Mother Earth’ at the heart of his sculpture.” Related: This minimalist timber writer’s studio in Switzerland is suspended in mid-air As an immersive installation, GaiaMotherTree serves as a community space and visitors are welcome to walk inside and sit on low textile-covered seating. The installation, which was unveiled June 30, has hosted a series of activities including musical concerts, workshops and debates. GaiaMotherTree is open to the public every day until July 29, 2018. + Fondation Beyeler Images © Mark Niedermann, portrait by Niels Fabaek

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Why climate change is material for the cotton industry

February 27, 2017 by  
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The cotton industry is turning to innovation to help it weather challenging growing conditions ahead.

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Kumeko’s New Snug Chair is a Comfy Felt Seat that Envelops its User

February 5, 2013 by  
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Snug is comfy, soft chair produced by Kumeko that provides a flexible seat to relax in. It consists of a soft inner cushion surrounded by a sleeve, creating a cozy shell that envelops the user. The integrated belt on the top of the sleeve allows Snug to be adjusted to support your body in a variety of different positions. The material for the sleeve was specially developed by Kumeko, and it is made from Jersey tubes stuffed with polyurethane foam, which are woven into the 100% wool felt to create a 3D double-sided pattern. The wool felt retains the temperature inside the sleeve and makes the item durable, while the jersey tubes add soft padding. Snug comes in three sizes. + Kumeko The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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World’s Third Largest Paper Company Promises to Halt Deforestation in Indonesia

February 5, 2013 by  
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Indonesian forest photo from Shutterstock Today the world’s third largest paper company, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) pledged to stop deforestation in Indonesia. As a result of years of campaigning by activist groups such as Greenpeace, the company stopped clearing virgin forests and announced that they will only source material from land that was not a rainforest ecosystem or that has already been cleared. This is a major victory for Indonesia’s forests, the world at large, and those looking to preserve habitats for critically endangered animals such as the Sumatran tiger and orangutan. Read the rest of World’s Third Largest Paper Company Promises to Halt Deforestation in Indonesia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aida greenbury , app , asia pacific resources international , asia pulp & paper , disney , Greenpeace , indonesia , kfc , Mattel , orangutan , Paper , rainforest , scott poynton , sumatran tiger , the forest trust , xerox

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Cotton Grown in Africa is Easier on the Earth Than Conventional Plantations

January 6, 2013 by  
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The cotton industry consumes a pile of water and emits significant greenhouse gases , but new research reveals that growing cotton in Africa exacts a smaller ecological price. Cotton Made in Africa commissioned Hamburg-based Systain to conduct an independent study as part of an Aid by Trade Foundation initiative to determine the carbon and water footprint of African smallholders. It turns out that their cotton plantations emit 70 percent less carbon dioxide and consume 18,000 liters less water per kilogram of cotton lint than conventional operations such as those in Pakistan. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , aid by trade foundation , carbon dioxide emissions , carbon footprint , clothing , cotton , ecological footprint , greenhouse gases , Pakistan , water footprint

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Levi’s Launches 2 Million Pairs of Jeans Made With Better Cotton

November 4, 2011 by  
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This week Levi ‘s invited Inhabitat to their San Francisco HQ to celebrate their first collection of products made with Better Cotton . The initiative is working with 40,000 farmers to produce cotton using less water and chemicals while raising labor standards and income levels – and 2 million pairs of Levi’s jeans made with Better Cotton are already on store shelves! Since 95% of Levi’s products are made from cotton, this initiative has tremendous potential if they’re able to scale it up – read on for a closer look. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: better cotton , Better Cotton Initiative , cotton , eco-fashion , green design , green products , green textiles , Levis , sustainable design , sustainable style , water issues

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Levi’s Jeans Made With Rocks, Not Water

November 3, 2011 by  
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Jeans may be the ultimate fashion essential, but your favorite pair of Levi’s 501’s come with a heavy toll on the environment: A single pair of jeans uses over 800 gallons of water throughout its lifecycle – from the cotton fields to your closet to…

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PHOTOS: Spiderman Table Made From Car Parts

November 2, 2011 by  
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Recycled materials are finding their way into some pretty crazy stuff these days. But this one deserves a closer look. This handmade Spiderman end table is a comic-lover’s dream, and it’s all made from recycled car parts. In their…

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A Better Way to Make Cotton Better

November 2, 2011 by  
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It will take a global network of retailers, farmers, NGOs and shoppers to make global cotton production better for the planet. Fortunately, the Better Cotton Initiative brings all these groups to the table. Here’s how.

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