Why energy justice matters

August 8, 2017 by  
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Hawaii’s Iolani Palace was one of the first in the world to have been lit by electric power. Now that Hawaii is transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy, the state must get to its goal in an equitable and sustainable way that creates pathways for prosperity. “Innovation is in the fabric of this place,” said Shalanda Baker, associate professor of Environmental Law at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law. 

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New type of fabric harvests energy from the sun and movement

September 16, 2016 by  
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What if your clothes could harvest energy to power your smartphone? Eight Georgia Tech engineers pioneered a new type of hybrid textile that can harvest energy from two sources: the sun and movement. There could be several applications for the innovative fabric , including in clothing, curtains, or tents. The engineers utilized a ” commercial textile machine ” to weave the “hybrid power textile” or “hybrid energy fabric.” The fabric can harvest solar energy through solar cells made of polymer fibers. Triboelectric nanogenerators generate energy from movement. These materials are interwoven with wool . The resulting fabric is “highly flexible,” lightweight, and breathable, according to researchers. The journal Nature Energy published their research online earlier this week. Related: Never do laundry again: researchers create self-cleaning textiles! Paper co-author and Georgia Tech professor in Materials Science and Engineering Zhong Lin Wang said in a statement, “This hybrid power textile presents a novel solution to charging devices in the field from something as simple as the wind blowing on a sunny day.” To test the fabric, the engineers essentially created a flag with it and then drove around in a car as the flag blew in the wind out the window. Although the day was cloudy, a four by five centimeter piece of the fabric gathered enough energy to charge a “2 mF commerical capacitor” to two volts in just one minute. Next the engineers plan to encapsulate the fabric so it’s not harmed by moisture or rain. Early tests show the fabric can be used over and over, but the researchers want to test it further to see just how durable it might be over long periods of time. They think the fabric could be scaled up, as many of the materials used are inexpensive. The polymer fibers utilized are also “environmentally friendly.” + Georgia Tech Images via Georgia Tech

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Norwegian Mountaineering Centre mimics a dramatic snow-covered mountain

September 16, 2016 by  
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Winner of an invited competition from 2009, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter’s Norwegian Mountaineering Center design is a 900-square-meter mountaineering center and gathering place for both locals and visitors. The building comprises a climbing hall , bouldering spaces, changing rooms, exhibitions, a cafe, library, and administration facilities. The tall climbing wall is sheathed inside the building’s jagged mountain-like form. Related: Timber-clad folk museum rises like a jagged-edged crown in Norway “The Norwegian Mountaineering Center is anchored in an innovative interpretation of nature’s fantastic dimensions and the dramatic experience of mountaineering,” write the architects. “This provides the structure with a characteristic volume communicating its contents with exciting and unique geometrical expression. Its outer skin is clad in a uniform surface, highlighting its originality and situation next to the train tracks of Raumabanen and the station area in the Åndalsnes town center.” The gray, brown, and white shingles that clad the exterior are arranged in a diamond formation. Diamond-shaped windows also punctuate the facade. + Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Images via Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter , by AndrC? and So?renHarder

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Is Online Shopping Really Environmentally-Friendly?

July 5, 2016 by  
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Confession: I wasn’t always a fan of online shopping. I felt very strongly that I needed to be there. I needed to touch the fabric, feel the weight of my purchase, be able to hold it in my hands and see it right in front of me. I needed to…

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Designer unveils biodegradable dress made from mushrooms

March 31, 2016 by  
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Our disposable culture has unfortunately fashioned a world where we hardly repair anything, especially clothing. But a new wave of sustainable textile designers are aiming to change that, including Dutch designer Aniela Hoitink, who has developed a new textile grown from mushroom mycelium (the root of a mushroom). The revolutionary fabric called MycoTEX can be repaired when needed and once the garment is not in use anymore, it can easily be composted. It was recently displayed as a dress in the exhibition Fungal Futures . + Mycotex 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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10 Companies That Shun Waste Well

July 28, 2015 by  
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Moving towards an eco-friendly lifestyle as an individual is difficult enough; implementing it into the fabric of a company is a monumental feat. However, these companies have made it their mission to not only adopting sustainable business…

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AMAZE: Magical labyrinth of lights takes over downtown Toronto

December 10, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of AMAZE: Magical labyrinth of lights takes over downtown Toronto Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AMAZE , downtown Toronto , fabric , labyrinth , light show , lights , marcos zotes , maze , modular system , multi sensory , nuit blanche , Prefab , scaffolding , Scotiabank , shadows , temporary maze , toronto , UNSTABLE , urban space

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Fabric Pen is a tiny 3D Printer that Mends Clothing On-the-Go

July 12, 2014 by  
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Lots of people carry around sewing kits and stain-removal pens for those on-the-go clothing emergencies, but how about a 3D printer that could actually mend rips or damage right on the spot? The Fabric Pen is a tiny little 3D printer that fits in a purse or backpack that allows you to scan your clothing and print out new patches of the same fabric wherever you happen to be. The “print” from the pen, part of the Electrolux Design Lab 2014 , actually attaches itself to loose threads and blends right it, turning a fashion mishap into a mere memory. Read More > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D clothes printer , 3D fabric printer , 3d printer , 3D printer pen , 3d printer repairs clothes , clothing repair , ecouterre , Ecouterre 3D fabric pen , Electrolux , Electrolux contest , Electrolux Design , electrolux design lab , Electrolux Fabric Pen , Fabric Pen , Fabric Printer , printing clothes , Waste Free 3D printing

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Green and Clean: Eco-Friendly Laundry Products

May 2, 2014 by  
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There’s really nothing like the fresh scent of newly washed laundry, so it’s too bad that many of the products we use to get our clothes clean are downright scary. Many detergents are petroleum-based and can contain a whole slew of potentially toxic chemicals , and most dryer sheets are made with tallow (or other animal fat). While some companies can voluntarily tell consumers what’s in their products, technically they’re not required to do so even if consumers ask. So, how do you choose the best eco-friendly laundry products from a shelf that is increasingly laden with new, eco-friendly products? That’s why we’re here to help: check out a few of our favorites below! Read the rest of Green and Clean: Eco-Friendly Laundry Products Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco laundry , eco-friendly detergents , eco-friendly fabric care , fabric , fabric softener , green laundry , green laundry product , green products , laundry , laundry detergent , laundry soap , method , mrs. meyers , seventh generation , soap , soap nuts , sustainable laundry

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FABRIC Unveils Prefab Wood Zoetrope Pavilion in Copenhagen

November 7, 2013 by  
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