Mieluisa’s Bilberry Pads are an accessible way to bring the forest to the city

October 4, 2017 by  
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These modular planters bring a taste of the forest to the city. Finnish design collective Mieluisa designed the Bilberry Pad as a way for people without access to nature to grow bilberries, lingonberries, crowberries, different ferns, mosses, bunch grass and spruce wherever they are. They are meant to replicate the experience of a real forest, with birds, ants and long-legged spiders bustling around the plants— like they do in nature. Fresh heath forest floor is transplanted into these movable planter modules that are easy to move and to combine. They are also designed to be accessible, so people can pick berries while sitting or even lying in bed. Related: The Ienami Bonkei Planter is a Green-Roofed Cityscape for Your Desk Ease of access was the motive behind the first version of The Bilberry Pad in Kangasala, Finland , where Mieluisa organized a berry-picking event for residents of the Maijala Service Center. The project was financed by Kone Foundation and The Finnish Cultural Foundation, with support by Messupuu and Piiraisen Viherpalvelu who provided the Siberian larch for the containers and the bilberry heath transplant. + Mieluisa

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Seattle’s Been Sleepless, Now It Goes Strawless

September 5, 2017 by  
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September is the month Seattle stops sucking. At least, that’s what nonprofit organization Lonely Whale Foundation hopes as it launches “Strawless in Seattle” throughout the Pacific Northwest city. The campaign urges residents and businesses to…

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C&A debuts world’s first Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold T-shirts

May 12, 2017 by  
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A chain of clothing stories in Belgium has launched the world’s first Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold T-shirts . Available in two styles for women in up to 17 different colors, C&A’s tees mark the company’s first foray into apparel for the so-called “circular economy,” where products are designed to be reused or recycled rather than thrown away. The shirts, which comprise 100 percent organic cotton , represent what C&A calls a “positive ecological and social level never before seen for a fashion garment.” California’s Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute , which manages the certification mark, defines C2C Certified products as items that have been optimized for human and environmental health, material reutilization, renewable energy use, carbon management, water stewardship, and social justice. Ratings are based on four levels: Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Related: First Cradle to Cradle Platinum certified product is reclaimed Bark House shingle C&A worked with McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry , the recently formed Fashion for Good initiative, and two India-based factories to develop the tees based on Cradle to Cradle Certified criteria. Both Cotton Blossom and Pratibha Syntex, C&A said, needed minimal improvement in those areas. “In nature, the ‘waste’ of one system becomes food for another,” Jay Bolus, president of certification services at MBDC, said in a statement. “The two new T-shirts illustrate the possibility by which we can transform what is currently a take-make-waste industry to one that is regenerative and closed loop to progress us toward a positive future. We worked closely with Cotton Blossom and Pratibha Syntex and throughout their supply chains to ensure the resulting apparel is not only attractive, accessible and affordable—but also a positive design.” C&A’s shirts, which will appear in stores in June, use only materials that have been deemed safe for cycling as biological nutrients, making them safe enough to compost at home at the end of their lives. Two additional styles, one for women and another for men, will debut in Brazil and Mexico in September. Related: Freitag announces that their 100% compostable denim is about to hit shelves “We are very proud to introduce our first Gold level Cradle to Cradle Certified T-shirts,” said You Nguyen, director of brands, womenswear collections, at C&A. “Taking inspiration from nature, these shirts were designed with their next life in mind. This means they can be reused recycled—or you can literally throw your shirts onto the compost pile.” Nguyen added, “We believe in fashion with a positive impact and are excited to provide our customers with stylish products and render sustainable fashion available at great value.” + C&A

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‘Artificial blowhole’ harvests power from ocean waves

May 12, 2017 by  
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Wave energy comes in many forms: at Inhabitat we’ve written about buoys , floating sea walls , and floating platforms . But Australia -based Wave Swell Energy (WSE) takes a novel approach to harvesting power from ocean waves using what CEO Tom Denniss calls an artificial blowhole. WSE’s artificial blowhole is a concrete column resting in the sea; waves rushing in and out of a central chamber cause air to have a positive or negative pressure. The pressure changes allow the air to pass by a turbine , generating clean power . All the moving parts are above the water line for ease of maintenance. Related: The UK’s first wave energy plant will produce enough energy for 6,000 homes The company says they’ve based their technology on the idea of an oscillating water column. But the difference between their technology and that of other organizations is their turbine is only hit by air flowing from one direction. This means the turbine design is simpler, more reliable, and more durable. The design also yields a higher energy conversion efficiency, according to the company. Their blowhole can produce up to one megawatt (MW) of power; as wave conditions and weather change, the average output is around 470 kilowatts. Its capacity factor – or ratio of average to peak power – is around 47 percent, much greater than the 30 percent achieved by other wave power systems. That means WSE could offer their electricity for around seven cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is roughly competitive with coal. The WSE technology has the added side benefit of producing desalinated water . By the middle of 2018, they plan to test their technology near King Island, a land mass home to under 2,000 people between Australia and Tasmania. Denniss also has his sights set on Hawaii. The company aims to scale up rapidly – within the next five years they hope to deploy systems able to produce 100 MW or greater. They also think they can lower the price in the future to four cents per kWh. + Wave Swell Energy Via New Atlas Images via screenshot and Wave Swell Energy

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Atlanta unveils first ever soccer field inside a transit station

November 21, 2016 by  
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Unveiled by nonprofit Soccer in the Streets and Major League Soccer team Atlanta United Football Club , Station Soccer will offer a new opportunity for local kids to gather and play the popular sport. Atlanta United FC, which will start playing in 2017, provided money for Station Soccer through their new Atlanta United Foundation , which they launched to make soccer accessible to people from all demographics. Related: Beautiful solar-powered soccer facility stays naturally cool in Australia’s heat Soccer in the Streets mentors kids through soccer and classroom sessions. Their after-school programs have served around 240 kids so far. Their goal is to use soccer for social change, offering an alternative for kids who otherwise might turn to gangs or drugs. The new soccer field is centrally located, easy to reach from all of Atlanta’s metro lines. Five Points is Atlanta’s largest MARTA station and is the primary point of transfer for the east-west and north-south lines. The soccer field occupies a once underutilized space in the concrete urban station, adding beauty and functionality. Atlanta United President Darren Eales said the field’s location will allow children from diverse communities to play soccer together. Soccer in the Streets Executive Director Phil Hill said in a statement, “The field will allow our organization to expand through a totally new concept in urban soccer, designed specifically for kids who live in underserved neighborhoods.” Soccer in the Streets will offer year-round free youth programming and adult leagues at Station Soccer. + Soccer in the Streets + Atlanta United Foundation Images via Atlanta United Football Club and Soccer in the Streets ( 1 , 2 )

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Bernie Sanders inspires Dakota Access Pipeline protesters with White House speech

November 21, 2016 by  
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Two weeks after the Democratic Party suffered a devastating defeat, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is back in action – and he’s giving hope to those protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline . Standing in front of the White House, sanders addressed a group of supporters: “Today we are saying it is time for a new approach to the Native American people, not to run a pipeline through their land,” said the 74 year old democratic socialist. “And we are demanding that sovereign rights of the Native American people be honored and respected.” Last Tuesday, thousands of activists organized across the nation to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). A group of protesters gathered in front of the White House were joined by the former presidential candidate, who throughout his campaign had highlighted issues facing Native Americans and the importance of addressing climate change. Since April, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their supporters have joined together in encampments that seek to block the construction of DAPL , which is set to run through tribal land and could pollute the water supply if constructed. This entrenched protest movement grew when the Army Corps of Engineers approved a “fast-track” construction permit despite concerns from those whose land would be affected. Tensions were further inflamed when construction crews cleared land that had been documented as a sacred, historic space. When protesters moved into this area, security officers unleashed attack dogs on the protesters , at least five of whom were injured. Related: Donald Trump has a yuge vested interest in the Dakota Access Pipeline Even as President Obama has acknowledged that he is monitoring the situation, the federal government is still moving forward with its original plan. The support of Senator Sanders, standing in front of the White House where he once hoped to live, added energy and public attention to the struggle for indigenous rights in the United States. Even if the route of the pipeline is changed, its construction still represents a loss in the fight against climate change . Everybody here understands that not only is climate change real, not only is it caused by human behavior, but it is already causing devastating problems in our country and all over this world,” said Senator Sanders. “It is totally insane, and future generations will look back on us now and say, ‘What in God’s name were you doing?’” Via Good Images via Gage Skidmore and Fibonacci Blue

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EDP Foundation’s elegant Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology opens in Lisbon

October 6, 2016 by  
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Photo by Hufton+Crow The facade of the structure was made of 15,000 three-dimensional, crackle-glazed ceramic tiles that reference Lisbon’s rich tradition of craft. Traditional building materials are translated into a more contemporary design, with the tiles capturing the changing light. Photo by Fernando Guerra Related: Amanda Levete’s gorgeous immersive petal-shaped MPavilion opens in Melbourne “The waterfront is so essential to the project that the design literally reflects it. The overhanging roof that creates welcome shade is used to bounce sunlight off the water and into the Main gallery, one of the four interconnected exhibition spaces ,” said Amanda Levete, principal of AL_A. The first phase of the kunsthalle opened to the public on October 5th, with a 12-hour program of events, performances and concerts. + AL_A Lead photo by Hufton+Crow

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Whole Kids Foundation Focuses On Growing Healthy Kids

September 15, 2016 by  
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Whole Foods Market’s Whole Kids Foundation aims to raise $4 million to fund programs that give schoolchildren in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. better access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Why? Did you know… One in three U.S. children…

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How the circular economy will transform business

March 4, 2016 by  
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Ellen MacArthur, the leading circular economy expert, world-renowned sailor and founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, discusses her organization’s mission at GreenBiz 16 in Phoenix.

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Get your hands on the world’s first 3D printed phone accessories made from wood

January 29, 2016 by  
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To coincide with the release of the new Fairphone 2, the environmentally-conscious smartphone , artist Alan Nguyen teamed up with 3D Hubs to create world’s first 3D printed phone accessories that are made from wood. All designs can be downloaded and 3D printed, and thanks to this locality and the material used, the process is as sustainable as can be. Right now, a Fairphone 2 Nightstand and the Fairphone 2 Amplifier is avaiable. The Nightstand was inspired by the simplicity of the Fairphone 2’s clean aesthetic and the Amplifier was inspired by conch shells due to their naturally acoustic structure. “What I really liked about this project was the ability to make use of a distributed manufacturing project helping to lead a ‘new way’ for products to get made. Not only are we helping minimize waste and help the environment, but we’re also helping lay the foundation for the future of local manufacturing,” said Nguyen + 3D Hubs Fairphone Accessories 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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