‘Single-use’ is announced as the Word of the Year 2018

November 8, 2018 by  
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Collins Dictionary has announced its choice for 2018 Word of the Year — single-use. This term describes items, often plastic, that are made to be used just once before they are thrown away. The frequent use of these items has been blamed for damaging the environment and negatively affecting the food chain. Since 2013, use of the word has increased fourfold with a rise in public awareness thanks to news stories, images of plastic items adrift in oceans and the global campaign to reduce the proliferation of single-use items, including the infamous plastic straw. Collins Dictionary selects the word of the year after its lexicographers monitor the 4.5-billion-word Collins Corpus, which is an analytical database that contains written material from websites, newspapers, magazines and books published around the world. The Collins Corpus database also includes words from spoken material on TV and radio, plus everyday conversations. Related: Plastic straws are a thing of the past, but which reusable straw is best for the future? After the lexicographers monitor the Collins Corpus, they create a list of new and notable words that reflect our ever-changing culture. Things that rose to the top this year included environmental issues, political movements, dance trends and technology. Other words on the shortlist included ‘floss,’ a dance where you twist your hips in one direction while swinging your arms with fists closed in the opposite direction, made popular by the game Fortnight; ‘VAR,’ or video assistant referee, which became popular in 2018 after being used in the FIFA World Cup; ‘gammon,’ a red-faced, angry person who is the opposite of a “snowflake”; and ‘plogging,’ or picking up litter while jogging, which has become successful following the increase in awareness of humanity’s impact on the environment. Collins ended up choosing single-use because of the global movement to kick the addiction to disposable products and the increase in awareness of how people’s habits and behaviors impact our world. + Collins Dictionary Image via Jonathan Chng

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Eco-friendly geodomes provide a luxurious stay in an idyllic Quebec forest

November 8, 2018 by  
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Tucked into the picturesque countryside in a remote area outside of Quebec City, the Dômes Charlevoix are three dome-shaped eco-retreats that offer luxurious stays for guests wanting to reconnect with nature. In addition to their swanky accommodations, the geodomes, which were designed by Bourgeois / Lechasseur Architects , are open year-round thanks to the numerous passive features that make them resilient to Canada’s strong winters. Perfectly integrated into the quaint landscape of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, the canvas-covered domes offer guests all the amenities of a top-rated hotel. The structures are set on large wooden patios, which are elevated off the ground on large supports to reduce their impact on the land. The decks are installed with hot tubs, offering a serene place to take in the incredible views. Related: Explore the world’s driest desert at these eco-friendly geodomes Erected on the sloped mountainside, the domes are orientated to make the most of not only the breathtaking vistas but to also offer maximum exposure to natural light . For a resiliency that withstands the bitterly cold months, the domes were built with radiant concrete floors, which help maintain a comfortable, uniform temperature indoors. The luxurious domes sleep up to four adults, with a large queen-sized bed on the ground floor and a second queen-sized bed on a mezzanine level. Guests will enjoy a full kitchen with a dining table, a spa-like bathroom and a large chimney with ample firewood supplied to keep the living space warm and cozy. Large windows enable guests to take in the views from the comfort of the interior, or on a nice day, they can enjoy the surroundings from the outdoor deck. All of the basic amenities such as linens are provided. Guests just need to bring their own food and plenty of energy for exploring this beautiful location. + Dômes Charlevoix + Bourgeois / Lechasseur Architects Photography by Maxime Valsan  

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Say Goodbye to Disposable Chopsticks Forever with Penstix

July 10, 2014 by  
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Did you know that over 80 BILLION pairs of disposable chopsticks were thrown out worldwide last year? It might seem inconsequential to toss out that used pair of bamboo or wooden sticks after you’ve finished hoovering your take-out sushi , but if you think about how many other people are doing the same thing, every day, several times a day, around the globe… the numbers are staggering. In this modern era of eco-awareness, most people are aiming to reduce their garbage waste as much as possible, and litterless lunch options  are among the best ways to do that. Penstix is a pair of eco-friendly chopsticks that tucks neatly into a pen, can be cleaned easily, and if cared for properly, can last a lifetime. Read the rest of Say Goodbye to Disposable Chopsticks Forever with Penstix Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bento , camping , chop sticks , chopsticks , disposable , disposable chopsticks , eating utensils , IndieGoGo , litter , litter-free , litterless , litterless lunch , lunch kit , noodles , Penstix , reduce waste , reusable chopsticks , reusable utensils , sushi , utensils

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999Bottles Reusable Water Bottle Keeps Track of the Disposable Bottles You Don’t Buy

May 1, 2012 by  
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999 Bottles is not just another water bottle – it’s a beautifully designed system that helps you track and visualize the positive impact you can have on the environment by drinking from reusable bottles instead of disposable ones. Artefact , the company that designed the 999 Bottles, is currently running a campaign on Kickstarter to fund the manufacturing of the bottle – donate today to support this great green project! + 999 Bottles + 999 Bottles Kickstarter + Artefact 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 999 bottles , 999bottles , drinking water , green design , green products , green water bottles , reusable water bottle , sustainable design , tap water , water issues

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Schick Unveils a Disposable Razor Made with Recycled Plastic

February 6, 2012 by  
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Plastic hangers, buckets and trays are being recycled to make the handles for a greener version of the Xtreme3 razor.

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Double Impact: Why Reusable Containers Are Better Than Disposable

August 15, 2011 by  
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Last week, we asked you to join in the Giveaway 4 Good and vote on a new Double Impact challenge by telling us how you prefer to eliminate toxins from your home. The votes are in and the majority of readers selected using reusable containers instead of individually-wrapped, disposable containers. Here’s why The Smart Mama suggested that as an option for this poll. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Oyster Mushrooms Can Break Down Disposable Diapers in Just 4 Months

May 28, 2011 by  
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Dirty diapers have long been the bane of moms and dads, but they’re also a horrible burden on the environment. Did you know that not a single disposable diaper ever made has decomposed yet, and it actually takes about 500 years – yes 500 years – for them to biodegrade? You might be wondering if anything can be done and one of the solutions may surprise you being that it involves mushrooms

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Ask Pablo: Metal vs. Plastic Cutlery

January 4, 2011 by  
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Image Source: Neil Kandalgaonkar Dear Pablo: Which type of silverware is better for the environment: stainless steel or plastic? My office uses disposable everything and I am trying to make a change

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How can I reuse or recycle “disposable” hair nets?

December 13, 2010 by  
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We’ve had an email from Philip, asking about disposable hair nets: I work in food production (ready meal factory) and have to wear a hair net whenever I’m on the floor. Some staff have proper hats but the rest of us have to have single use hair nets. Management say it’s cheaper but I think it’s very wasteful

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U.S. Health Care Industry Makes a Dent in Massive Medical Waste

July 17, 2010 by  
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Medical waste is sorted outside Bangalore, India. Image via: NYT If you’ve ever sat in the dentist’s chair wondering where all those shiny, silver teeth-cleaning tools might end up one day, or perhaps contemplated the future of the bio-hazardous waste bin in your doctor’s office–you, like me, probably assumed the “invisible” landfill as its next destination. What is barely ever spoken of, nor seen, is just how many m…

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