Mark your calendars for a chance to score an organic mattress from My Green Mattress

April 5, 2017 by  
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Avoiding toxic chemicals in food, bath products, and home cleaning supplies is a good start for personal health, but toxins might be lurking where you least expect them: in your mattress. The scary reality is conventional mattresses are doused with flame-retardants containing VOCs (volatile organic compounds) such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers , which are linked to thyroid problems, allergies, asthma, hormone disruption , and even cancer. We spend a third of our lives sleeping, with our faces, nostrils, and lungs just above our mattresses, so exposure to harmful chemicals that off-gas fumes while you sleep is no joke. Fortunately, for those of you looking for a new mattress, we are giving you the chance to win an organic, USA-made, non-toxic Natural Escape mattress, courtesy of My Green Mattress . Read on for a chance to win the healthiest sleep of your life. HOW TO ENTER: Want to throw your name in the hat for a chance at winning your own Natural Escape mattress ? Here’s what you need to do: 1. Follow Inhabitat on Facebook 2. Put the date on your calendar and RSVP for the LIVE event 3. Tune into our LIVE Facebook event on April 24th at 11am PST / 2pm EST. Follow along as we live stream the details of the giveaway on our Facebook page and remember to share or comment on the live video in order to enter. The Natural Escape Mattress Designed to offer contouring support and a springy bounce, the Natural Escape mattress is made with a layer of 100% all-natural Oeko-Tex Certified Dunlop latex foam, topping GOTS certified organic cotton batting, and a natural wool quilted cover surrounding the mattress. Natural Latex boasts a range of benefits- from its anti-microbial properties that repel dust mites, mold, and mildew, to it breathability in all seasons. In addition to keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, latex offers optimal support and relieves pressure, stiffness, and pain. The wool quilting acts as a natural flame barrier so you can sleep soundly, knowing that your mattress has passed all of the required flame tests without

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Inhabitat is giving away an organic Avocado Green Mattress

February 21, 2017 by  
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We spend one third of our lives sleeping, but how many of us have taken the time to learn what’s inside our mattresses? Studies have found that conventional mattresses contain toxic levels of volatile organic compounds that could be the source of many ailments, including chronic allergies, asthma, sleep problems, endocrine problems and even cancer. And once traditional mattresses bite the dust, their synthetic materials resist degradation, resulting in an enduring toxic legacy that would give anyone insomnia. If you’re looking for a new mattress and really want to rest assured, here’s your chance to win the best sleep of your life. We’re giving away your choice of an Avocado Green Mattress made from 100 percent natural latex harvested from tree-­tapped and sustainable sources, 100 percent natural Joma® New Zealand Wool, and certified organic cotton. This completely non­toxic, luxurious mattress, made with chemical-free, biodegradable, and compostable materials, is far better for both you and the planet. ENTER HERE FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN! Win your choice of an Avocado Green Mattress , Standard or Pillow-Top, in your preferred size: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, or California King. a Rafflecopter giveaway Contest open only to residents of the continental U.S. Handmade in sunny California, the Avocado Green Mattress is all about luxury and transparency. Using 100 percent natural hydrated silica as a fire barrier, the Avocado isn’t filled with the dangerous flame retardants or petroleum­-based foams that traditional mattresses contain. Each mattress is made to order and hand-tufted without chemical adhesives, formaldehyde, heavy metals, or other toxic substances. Made with natural and organic materials, the Avocado’s eco-INSTITUT®-certified, chemical­-free design is surprisingly more durable than synthetic materials, nor does it come with that unpleasant, chemical odor most new mattresses carry. And the natural latex , natural Joma® New Zealand Wool and GOTS-­certified (Global Organic Textile Standard) organic and pesticide-free cotton make this mattress a healthy and sustainable choice. Wool and cotton also naturally regulate temperature and moisture wicking, giving the Avocado mattress superior insulating and cooling properties. Part of Avocado’s hybrid design includes a support layer filled with up to 1,303 ergonomic, individually ­pocketed support coils. This allows for cooler, more durable support than standard foam mattresses. Made from recycled steel, this support system is tuned to three strategically positioned comfort zones that provide incredible support to the hips, back and shoulders. There’s never any need to flip an Avocado mattress – just rotate it. The Standard Avocado Green Mattress is ideal for back and stomach sleepers, characterized by a gentle, yet perfectly firm feel. Its 11-inch-thick base delivers a balanced level of firmness, comfort and support to create a natural sleeping environment. If you want even more luxury, you can instantly upgrade to a plush European-­style feel when the mattress is topped with the optional Pillow­-Top. Its extra 2­-inch layer of 100 percent natural Dunlop latex rubber foam is perfect for side and back sleepers, athletes, and those in need of intense pressure relief. If you aren’t the lucky winner in this giveaway, don’t fret. The Avocado is relatively affordable for a luxury mattress, starting at $959. Each one comes with a risk-free 100-night sleep trial, 10-year warranty, free shipping and returns, and financing with rates as low as 0% APR. For an extra $99, the company will send someone over to set up your new bed for you. Enter above for your chance to win, and dream of sleep in the lap of luxury. + Avocado Green Mattress

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Score this upcycled convertible Freitag backpack ($340) for free in our fall giveaway

October 13, 2016 by  
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Looking for the perfect all-in-one bag to carry around town? Freitag’s ultra-versatile “R123 Woolf” convertible carryall ($340) made out of upcycled vintage truck tarpaulin is just what you’ve been searching for, and you can score it for free in our fall giveaway. Follow this link to enter! ENTER HERE >

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Impossible Foods cruelty-free burger added to more West Coast restaurant menus

October 13, 2016 by  
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Critics of vegetarian meat substitutes often say they are ‘nothing like that real thing,’ but Impossible Foods’ new lab-grown burger patty seeks to silence the complaints for good. The California-based company  assembled a team of scientists to create a cruelty-free burger patty made entirely from plant-based ingredients, but unlike any veggie burger before it, the Impossible Foods burger smells, bleeds, and apparently tastes just like beef from a cow. After wildly satisfying diners in taste tests, this next-gen veggie burger is taking on the West Coast by making its way onto the menus of three upscale restaurants. Impossible Foods announced Wednesday that its new burger will grace the menus of Jardinière and Cockscomb in San Francisco and Crossroads Kitchen in Los Angeles, and the company expects it will appear in more restaurants by year’s end. Prices will range from $14-$19 and it’s safe to assume a side or two will be included. What’s important to note is that, unlike most companies producing vegetarian meat substitutes (or “meat analogs”), Impossible Foods isn’t actually targeting vegan and vegetarian diners. Rather, the company is focused on people who currently prefer beef, in an effort to reduce meat consumption. Related: Impossible Foods launches meatless burger that cooks, smells, and bleeds like beef The Impossible burger debuted earlier this summer in San Francisco at Jardinière and in New York at David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi . Until now, those were the only places you could get a taste of the cruelty-free burger patty, which is composed entirely of plant-based ingredients. This isn’t something you can whip up in your home kitchen, however. The Impossible Foods burger is a product of pure science. Coconut oil, potato compounds, and even honeydew melon molecules work together with other components to mimic a real beef patty in just about every way. Impossible Foods was founded by Patrick Brown, who also helped create Kite Hill, an artisanal vegan cheese company that produces a wide array of plant-based products that rival ‘he real thing. No stranger to cruelty-free comfort food substitutes, Brown has made it clear that his ultimate mission is to save animals, by making vegan food items so delicious that nobody has an excuse to continue eating meat and dairy products. Via CNET Images via Impossible Foods

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National laboratory scales up quantum-dot solar windows that can power entire buildings

October 13, 2016 by  
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Imagine a future where a building’s energy comes from its windows . Many scientists have worked towards that future in the lab, but now five scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory have demonstrated solar window technology can indeed be scaled up. Instead of palm-sized models, they created solar windows large enough to power entire buildings. “Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs)” are a key component of the team’s solar windows,” according to a statement from the National Laboratory. LSCs can collect sunlight over large areas, and function as ” light-management devices .” They collect sunshine via colloidal quantum dots , which have beneficial properties such as the ability to withstand light hitting them over and over. Colloidal quantum dots have a “high photostability,” which means sunlight won’t break them down. Related: Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics Fluorophores in the LSCs also help the windows do their job. After light is collected, the chemical compounds re-emit photons. Photovoltaic cells can then collect the photons after they are guided towards the cells via “total internal reflection.” The team used a “doctor-blade” technique to create the LSC windows. This technique is often used in printing to remove excess ink and leave behind a uniform film. The scientists drew on the printing technique to add a thin, uniform layer of a “dot/polymer composite” on large glass slabs that could be put into buildings. Lead scientist Victor Klimov said the solar windows could “turn presently passive building facades into power generation units.” As detailed in their research published online by Nature Energy this week, the scientists hope the use of LSCs could reduce solar power costs. Their solar windows likely wouldn’t need as many ” expensive photovoltaic materials ” as other solar modules. They also noted solar windows would be incredibly beneficial for urban spaces, where there may not be as much room for solar panels. + Los Alamos National Laboratory Images via Los Alamos National Laboratory and Wikimedia Commons

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Win a $500 shopping spree from IKEA to make over your dorm room

August 15, 2016 by  
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It’s that time of year again — back to school season is in full swing and we’re here to help you design the smart college dorm room of your dreams. Creating a healthy, functional space can work wonders for your well-being and productivity, so finding the right additions for your room is key. What student doesn’t want cool, multi-purpose furniture and decor at budget prices? Thanks to our friends over at IKEA , we’re giving away a $500 shopping spree at the Scandinavian megastore for one lucky winner to deck out their dorm room. Fancy a wireless charging nightstand that can power up your phone without cords? How about a standing desk ? Or even a sleeper sofa ? Enter below to score everything you could possibly need for your dorm room this fall. a Rafflecopter giveaway Navigating a new school year can be both exciting and stressful, so keeping your personal space organized, functional and pleasant to be in can make all the difference in your life. IKEA’s new 2016 line is full of furniture and decor aimed at making student life in the Digital Age more streamlined, more ergonomically advanced, and more multi-purposed. We all know that one can spend hours scouring the various levels of the superstore, so we’ve narrowed down a few suggestions to get you started. Once exams hit there’s not a lot of free time, so simplifying your life as much as possible is of ultimate importance. Keeping your gadgets charged is obviously an important issue in terms of organization, and if you can just drop your electronics on your nightstand to charge, that makes life so much easier. IKEA’s new wireless charging furniture series is super high tech, and we love this double-duty RIGGAD wireless charging lamp . This LED work light instantly charges your smart phone just by setting it on the lamp base. Phones that support wireless charging will work seamlessly with it, and if you don’t have a phone with those capabilities, you can purchase the VITAHULT wireless charging cover . Continuing the theme of high-tech furniture, the SELGE nightstand is another awesome double-duty piece for wireless charging. Need to charge your phone in a hurry and don’t know where the charging cable is? Just drop your phone on your nightstand before you go to bed. We love the idea of eliminating cords and wires, and this cute little piece of furniture does the job well, while keeping your gadgets charged up. Everyone needs bedding for the college dorm room, and instead of splurging on artwork for your walls you can kill two birds with one stone by choosing a dynamic duvet cover that doubles as art. We dig this vibrant BOLLTISTEL Duvet cover and pillowcase set made with a sateen-woven lyocell and cotton that exudes a modern aesthetic without the hefty price tag. It’s well known that standing desks are good for your health and that they can even prolong your life , so creating a place to alternate between sitting and standing during long study sessions can make a huge difference. This 5-sided BEKANT standing desk made with a birch veneer top and a black base sports an easily adjustable design that helps to keep you active while you study and work. For times when you just need a break, the Nilserik Standing support will transform your Bekant Standing Desk by giving you a spot to rest. At under $50, this brightly colored stool is one of the most wallet-friendly ways to add options to a small space. Need a place for friends or family to crash when visiting? This minimalist BALKARP sleeper sofa instantly accommodates guests, and at only $89.00, it won’t dig into your gift certificate very much at all. If the previous sleeper sofa doesn’t do it for you, check this one out. The clever LYCKSELE LÖVÅS sleeper sofa pulls out from below the sofa cover to reveal a double bed folded underneath. It comes in this mod black and white print, as well a variety of different eye-popping shades to give your room a little color. One thing everyone can use more of in tight spaces is extra storage, and the TRONES cabinet elegantly hides an ample amount of space to stow away shoes, gloves and scarves in an entryway. Staying organized at school means having an accessible and clutter-free workspace at home and these beautiful Hejsan magazine files made from 80% recycled paper will do just the trick. Store textbooks, binders, and notes in them and add a super affordable pop of color to your room. The handy HÅRTE LED work lamp plugs right into the USB port of your computer or any ordinary outlet, providing eco-lighting whenever or wherever you need it. Want to encourage your roommates to use less water? The charming TVINGEN shower curtain provides a subtle message to anyone stepping in for a rinse to be mindful of their water usage. Check out all this and more over at IKEA.com and start designing your dream dorm room. + IKEA

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Win a Public V7 Bike (worth $499) in our Back to School Giveaway!

September 17, 2015 by  
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It’s September, and you know what that means: students across the globe are kissing summer goodbye and trading in their beach gear for backpacks . Inhabitat is teaming up with PUBLIC Bikes to help make the transition a little easier – and a little greener – by giving away the ultimate in back-to-school transportation: a PUBLIC V7 bicycle ! The V7 is the best city bike around, with a lightweight steel frame, puncture-proof tires, and full fenders and a chain guard to keep those new school clothes pristine. It only takes a second enter our giveaway using the widget below – and the more friends you share it with, the better your odds of winning! a Rafflecopter giveaway Read the rest of Win a Public V7 Bike (worth $499) in our Back to School Giveaway!

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SaLo House: 20-year off-grid dream home finally lands in Panama

September 17, 2015 by  
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GIVEAWAY: Win a Voltaic solar backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest (worth $330)!

September 2, 2015 by  
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It’s hard to believe, but fall is nearly upon us and a new semester will be in full swing sooner than we know it. Where did summer go? If you’re heading off to school, Inhabitat is here to help you hit the books with a smarter footprint – and in this year’s Back to School Contest we’re giving you the chance to win a Voltaic solar-power backpack to keep your phone and other gadgets charged all day! No more running out of juice between classes, and having to search for a power outlet. Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $199 OffGrid 6W Solar Backpack , packed with 6 Watts of solar energy to power your phone, tablet, and USB devices anytime, anywhere. And our two RUNNER UP WINNERS will snag a $129 Converter Solar Backpack that will power you through a full day of classes. Read on to learn how to enter! HOW TO ENTER: 1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE >  We’ll be announcing the winners in our  weekly newsletter , so you’ll need to receive it to find out if you won! 2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW  telling us why you need a Voltaic Solar Backpack . The deadline for this giveaway is September 11, 2015 . We’ll choose the comments we like best and announce the winners in our newsletter, so make sure you’re  signed up ! DEADLINE IS 11:50 PM SEPT 11 Read the rest of GIVEAWAY: Win a Voltaic solar backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest (worth $330)!

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Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

August 19, 2015 by  
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It’s almost that time of year again. Where did summer go? As the kids start heading back to school, everyone is feeling both stressed and excited, so one of the most important things parents can do is to ensure they are getting a good night’s rest. One major things that can prevent healthy, restorative sleep is a bad mattress. Nowadays, conventional mattresses are chock-full of harmful toxins that prevent us from sleeping well, not to mention make us sick. Did you know that most standard, non-organic mattresses contain threatening levels of synthetic flame retardants laced with VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? These toxic off-gassing chemicals easily collect in dust, remain circulating throughout your home for years, and are correlated with a myriad of health issues, including allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and in some cases, cancer. Fortunately, there are safe mattresses on the market that are supportive, made with natural materials, and comparable in price to conventional ones. And if you’re in the market for an organic mattress right now, you’re in luck. Thanks to Naturepedic , you could win a brand new, 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton twin mattress just in time for the new school year. Naturepedic’s beds are made with the finest certified organic cotton, and pass all Federal flammability standards without the need for flame retardants. If you’re a parent, student, or know someone deserving of this precious gift, enter to win below! HOW TO ENTER: 1. Sign up for the Naturepedic newsletter here > 2. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win a Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton mattress, and what you love most about the mattress. DEADLINE: Friday, Sept 4th, 11:59 PM EST Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada. Read the rest of Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

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