Patagonias Black Hole Bags are made from recycled plastic bottles

December 2, 2019 by  
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Patagonia is setting the bar for high-quality and sustainable products with its new line of bags made from recycled plastic bottles . Dubbed the Black Hole collection, the newest line offers 25 different bags, each with its own unique features and style. The Black Hole Bags are durable and stylish, and they come in a variety of styles and colors. Even better, the bags help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills every year. Patagonia’s 2019 line of these bags utilized 10 million plastic bottles, transforming all of this plastic into a unique recycled fabric that forms the webbing and body of the bags. Each bag is water-resistant and backed by the company’s Ironclad Guarantee, which entitles the buyer to a repair, replacement or refund should the product not perform to their full satisfaction. Related: New line of men’s swimwear is made from recycled ocean plastic The vintage-style Black Hole Duffel Bag holds 55 liters and can be either worn as a backpack or carried like a traditional duffel. It is made from 100 percent recycled polyester fabric with a recycled polyester lining and recycled nylon webbing made from 33 plastic water bottles. The 25-liter Black Hole Pack is made from the same tough materials as the duffel and features an air-mesh back panel to increase ventilation and comfort. The main inner pocket includes an internal padded sleeve designed to protect most laptops or hold a hydration reservoir. The accompanying mesh pocket comes with a key holder and an organizer to hold smaller items, such as a cell phone or wallet. The popular brand already prides itself on being environmentally and socially responsible and for good reason. Patagonia pledges at least 1 percent of its sales or 10 percent of pre-tax profits (whichever is higher) to grassroots environmental groups, helping to fund activists devoted to protecting natural habitats, wilderness and biodiversity. Patagonia also employs a Worn Wear program, where customers can mail in their used gear and clothing for store credit. Through this process, the company can find ways to reuse or recycle its products instead of trashing them. Fair, safe labor conditions and environmentally responsible practices are promoted by the company, and specific suppliers can be reviewed on the Patagonia website with full transparency . + Patagonia Images via Patagonia

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Students fight urban sprawl with a subdivision for two LEED Platinum houses

December 2, 2019 by  
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In an effort to fight urban sprawl and accommodate the growing population in Lawrence, Kansas, nonprofit Studio 804 has created a subdivision for two sustainable homes to show how urban density can be achieved in established neighborhoods. Designed and built by graduate students at the University of Kansas Department of Architecture, the Houses on Oak Hill Avenue are the most recent achievement of the comprehensive year-long design/build learning experience offered at Studio 804. As with every Studio 804 project since 2008, the recently completed buildings are certified LEED Platinum. To help Lawrence avoid outward sprawl, Studio 804 purchased and subdivided a lot for two small homes. Separated by a row of plantings and staggered for privacy, each of the light-filled homes features a gabled roof, a glazed south-facing end wall and vaulted ceilings to create a sense of spaciousness indoors. Both houses also feature similar floor plans, with the living areas on the southern street-facing side, long kitchens on the west side and private areas tucked behind. The larger of the two houses includes an additional flex room that could be used as an office space or second bedroom. Related: Students design and build a gorgeous LEED Platinum-seeking forum in Kansas “According to the city, we have seen medium to high population growth rates over the last two decades, and if this trend continues, we will need housing to accommodate a projected 30 to 60 thousand additional residents by the year 2040,” Studio 804 explained. “Increasing urban density in established neighborhoods provides a sustainable way to accommodate a growing population by utilizing existing resources and infrastructure.” The energy-efficient homes feature airtight and highly insulated envelopes topped with reflective metal roofs that reduce heat absorption. High-performance windows and doors prevent energy loss, while large walls of glass let plenty of natural light in to reduce reliance on artificial lighting. Including this project, Studio 804 has completed 13 LEED Platinum buildings to date. + Studio 804 Photography by Corey Gaffer Photography via Studio 804

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Fox’s Hypocrisy: Bash Solar in Primetime, Then Hype it at the Emmys (Video)

September 15, 2011 by  
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Screengrab: YouTube Consider these two anecdotes: a) Fox Broadcasting Company is the host of this year’s Emmys. It’s planning to cover Nokia Hall, where the ceremonies will take place, with solar panels as part of the company’s “Green It! Mean It!” campaign. b) Fox News, the company’s cable news division, has used solar company Solyndra’s bankruptcy as an occasion to criticize Obama for supporting … solar power. The channel’s “news” shows and pundits are going to lengths to make a case that clean energy is a waste of time. (See the video below). So how do these two views, which stem from the same root — Rupert M… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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PeePoo Bio Bags: A Cure For The ‘Flying’ Toilet

September 15, 2011 by  
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Photo Peepoople. Approximately 40% of human beings alive today – 2.6 billion people – don’t have access to toilets. A Swede named Anders Wilhelmson designed a very simple solution to this problem – a small biodegradable bag called PeePoo with a bacteria-neutralizing urea liner. The problem with PeePoo was that it needed to prove it worked, and affordably. Thus it has taken a few years for PeePoople, PeePoo’s social venture company, to get going. Earlier this year, however, the Dutch postal code lottery gave PeePoople nearly $2 million – thereby funding the product’s introduction in Nairobi, Kenya through 2013…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Low-cost solar lanterns for poor students

May 20, 2011 by  
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Phani: With charging lights costing big bucks, poor students are still left out with two options—either to study under a kerosene lantern or go for a candle.

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Swiss researchers look forth to generate power from human blood flow

May 20, 2011 by  
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Dattatreya: In a fascinating turn of events, a research team from the Bern University of Applied Sciences has contrived of three specially made minuscule turbines that were placed in a tube that simulates the thoracic artery, millimeters-wide blood vessel. The most efficient of these three generated some 800 microwatts, which is more than what is required to power a pacemaker. With this technology, the researchers are looking forth to harvest energy from the human bloodstream

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Designers create Bumblebee replica from old Camaro

September 9, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Recycled sculpture created from the parts of an old car.

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Forensic Proof Shows Japanese Whale Meat is Being Sold in the US

April 14, 2010 by  
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Whale meat sushi. Scientists have used genetic fingerprinting to prove that whale meat found being sold at the Los Angeles restaurant The Hump came from the same sei whale that was sold in Japan in 2007.

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The Hypocritically Bold Look of Kohler

March 26, 2010 by  
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Taryn, an EcoGeek reader, received her subscriptions to Wired Magazine as well as National Geographic this week. A very EcoGeek combination, I must say, keeping up on the beauty and diversity of our world as well as cutting technology.

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Vortex-Creating Wind Turbines Could Double Wind Farm Output

March 24, 2010 by  
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An egg-beater-like vertical wind turbine design could potentially double the output of wind farms by using the space between larger, horizontal turbines. Wind farms take up a lot of land because the large rotating blades of the turbines need a lot of space in between them to operate safely and effectively, but company Wind Harvest International thinks wind energy could be generated in those empty spaces.  The company claims a MW array of their shorter, vertical turbines could fit in the space between two horizontal MW turbines. The Wind Harvest turbines work in groups of three or more to maximize their energy output.  The turbines alternate between clockwise and counter-clockwise rotation, creating a vortex that accelerates the localized wind speed by almost double.  The company says it’s also possible that the arrays could boost the energy output of the larger horizontal turbines as well, but that more testing would have to be done to confirm that.

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