This Cradle to Cradle certified outdoor furniture raises the bar on sustainability

February 21, 2019 by  
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It’s no secret that single-use plastic has caused massive worldwide pollution . While some companies have embraced the technology behind turning single-use plastic into fabrics and other materials as a way to remove it from the waste stream, they often only include a percentage of the recycled material, still relying heavily on virgin materials. They often are still producing waste during the process and after consumption of the product. Meanwhile, one company, Loll Designs, has taken the  plastic  recycling method to the top level by maximizing the percentage of recycled materials in its outdoor furniture line as well as ensuring that the products are recyclable at the end of their usable lifespan. Loll Designs’ durable, all-weather outdoor furniture is made from 100 percent  recycled materials, such as single-use milk jugs. This has resulted in recycling more than 95 million milk jugs into modern furniture. In addition to responsibly sourcing materials, the company understands the impact of manufacturing, so 95 percent of manufacturing waste heads directly to local recycling plants to be used again. Even better, at the end of the life cycle, all components of the products, from the plastic to the brass inserts and steel fasteners, are recyclable. Related: Interview with green architect and Cradle to Cradle founder William McDonough As a manifestation of this dedication to sustainable practices in the sourcing of materials and throughout the manufacturing process, Loll Designs recently earned the coveted Cradle to Cradle certification for its efforts. With the highest level of transparency and required third-party verification, this is a pinnacle achievement in the industry. Cradle to Cradle certification is measured through an intense review of five categories including material health, material re-utilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness throughout the organization as well as the supply chain. C2C certification is an empowering way for consumers to know their purchasing dollars are supporting sustainable practices. As a further marker of the company’s investment in sustainability and human health, it participates in 1% for the Planet, makes its furniture in the U.S. to support local economies and reduce transportation emissions  and regularly plants trees as well as participates in community trash pick-up events. + Loll Designs Images via Loll Designs

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MIT students take top prize in Hyperloop design contest

February 1, 2016 by  
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This weekend, more than 100 university teams met at Texas A&M University to show off their designs for SpaceX’s Hyperloop competition – and a group of graduate students from MIT took home the prize for best overall design. While Elon Musk originally conceived of the pods floating on a cushion of air, the MIT team decided to go in a different direction and create lift using strong magnets instead. Their final design will be roughly 2.5 meters long, 1 meter wide, and weigh 250 kilograms. Read the rest of MIT students take top prize in Hyperloop design contest

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Andreco paints climate change mural ahead of COP21 in Paris

November 25, 2015 by  
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To welcome the upcoming Paris’ COP21 Climate Meeting, Italian artist Andreco is launching CLIMATE 01, an international art project comprising several public artworks about climate change. One of his designs is a large-scale mural that depicts his interpretation of man-made climate change and the alleged consequences. The art piece is painted on the facade of the Richomme Elementary School located in “La gout d’or,” the 18th district in the heart of the historic and multiethnic neighborhood. The artist also plans to give a talk about climate change to a group of schoolchildren. + Andreco 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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Midcentury modern ranch is renovated into a spacious energy-efficient home

August 14, 2015 by  
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Enter Inhabitat’s BKLYN Designs Scavenger Hunt to win your face on a vase + $700 worth in design prizes!

May 5, 2015 by  
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Hey design lovers! It’s time to put your design sleuth skills to the test to win over $700 in awesome Brooklyn-made prizes in Inhabitat’s BKLYN Design Finds Scavenger Hunt ! You can win an incredible Fahz face vase which is based on your face! You can play online (without ever setting foot at the BKLYN Designs show ), or in person at the live event this coming weekend in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Follow the clues below to hunt for six points of interest around the show and post an image on social media using the hashtag #INHABIFINDS . * We will be posting clues ONLINE on Friday, May 8th, for those who wish to enter the scavenger hunt virtually. Read the rest of Enter Inhabitat’s BKLYN Designs Scavenger Hunt to win your face on a vase + $700 worth in design prizes! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BKLYN Designs , bklyn designs 2015 , Brooklyn Designs , By Brooklyn box , Design Finds , Design Hunt , Design Scavenger Hunt , Fahz face vase , Fahz Vase , giveaways , Inhabifinds , Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Scavenger Hunt , Inhabitat Finds , inhabitat giveaway

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Re Rag Rugs use textile industry discards to create stylishly sustainable floor coverings

May 5, 2015 by  
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Re Rag Rug started as an experimental design project that explores the social and ecological sustainability of the rug. Using material that is waste and excess from the textile industry and old clothes – in other words, fabric that would be discarded – Re Rag Rug is an example on how design is a way to work with sustainability, and that a seemingly worthless material can have added value. Many of the rugs are made with craft techniques that do not require large spaces or machines and could therefore be manufactured as cottage industry in textile-producing countries. This means that using waste could be ecologically sustainable and socially sustainable at the same time. You can check the stylish rugs out in person if you happen to be near the Textile Museum in Boras, Sweden, where Re Rag Rug is being displayed May 9 to the 30th. + Re Rag Rug Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green home , green interiors , green rugs , re rag rug , reader submission , recycled furniture , recycled rugs , sustainable floor coverings , Sustainable Rugs , textile discards , textile recycling , textile upcycling , upcycled , upcycled rugs , upcycling

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Now You Can 3D Print Your Designs at Nearly 100 UPS Stores Across the US

September 23, 2014 by  
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Want to 3D print your own robot? The UPS Store can help you. After a successful trial in six locations over the last year, 3D printing is now available in nearly 100 UPS stores, making the chain the first nationwide retailer to offer the service. Apart from the convenience, the UPS store printers are professional quality, giving a much better result than the 3D printers available in the home-use market . If you need to 3D print a single item or component parts that are smaller than a bread bin in size, read on. Read the rest of Now You Can 3D Print Your Designs at Nearly 100 UPS Stores Across the US Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printers , 3D printing , home printers , small business , Stratasys , The UPS Store , UPS , UPS becomes first store to offer 3D printing nationwide

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Daniel Libeskind Unveils Designs for Funky Metallic Apartments in Berlin

December 9, 2013 by  
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Architect Daniel Libeskind has just unveiled his designs for a modern, metallic-coated apartment complex located in the heart of Berlin . Projected for competition in 2015, the eight-story tall Chausseestrasse 43 will feature large asymmetric windows to maximize natural light and a shining ceramic facade etched with a striking geometric pattern. Read the rest of Daniel Libeskind Unveils Designs for Funky Metallic Apartments in Berlin Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air purification , apartment complex , berlin , ceramic panels , Chausseestrasse , Chausseestrasse 43 , Daniel Libeskind , mixed-use , residential building , self-cleaning facade        

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High School Student Designs Solar Car to Transport Pregnant Zimbabwean Women to Clinics

August 13, 2013 by  
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In some parts of Zimbabwe , pregnant women are forced to walk 10 kilometers on uneven dirt roads to visit the nearest clinic. Although he lives thousands of miles away from Zimbabwe, Australian high school student Vaibhav Sekhar is working on a solution by developing a solar-powered car that could ferry expectant women to and from hospitals. Sekhar has drawn up plans for a low-maintenance, solar-powered three-seat vehicle that could ease the trip for pregnant women, and he’s earning high marks for his efforts. Read the rest of High School Student Designs Solar Car to Transport Pregnant Zimbabwean Women to Clinics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , emissions free car , green cars , green transportation , innovation , Peter Pudney , solar car , three-seater , Vaibhav Sekhar , Zimbabwe        

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“Iron Man” Ocean Jetpacks Could Cause Harm to Coral and Fish Populations

August 13, 2013 by  
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Fishermen, scientists, and state officials in Hawaii are questioning the safety of “Iron Man”-style jetpacks that use pumped seawater to send users flying up into the air. The devices can send people flying 30-45 feet high and have become popular in many seaside resorts. While they look like a blast for the adventurous beach goer, there are fears that the jetpacks have the potential to cause damage not just to people, but to corals and fish as well. Read the rest of “Iron Man” Ocean Jetpacks Could Cause Harm to Coral and Fish Populations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coral reef , hawaii , marine life , ocean ecosystem , ocean jetpack , sustainable fishing , tourism , water jetpack        

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