UK’s Guardian switches to biodegradable wrapping for newspapers

January 17, 2019 by  
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The Guardian — a national newspaper in the U.K. — has ditched its polythene packaging and replaced it with a compostable wrapper in an effort to reduce plastic waste. The newspaper and its inserts are now packaged in a clear, biodegradable material made from potato starch that will completely compost in just six months. The choice to scrap the plastic packaging makes The Guardian the first national newspaper in the U.K. to make such a switch, following publications like the National Trust members’ magazine and the New Internationalist. The switch to biodegradable packing will increase the paper’s production costs, so the price of print editions of The Guardian and its sister paper The Observer will go up. However, this is what their customers wanted. The weekday edition will rise in cost by 20p, and the Saturday edition will increase 30p. The Observer will also go up 20p. Related: UK’s Co-op to ditch single-use plastic bags for biodegradable bags This past weekend, The Guardian subscribers in London, Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk received the new packaging with their Sunday edition. The newspaper will gradually implement the packaging change across the entire country over the next few months. Guardian to be first national newspaper with biodegradable wrapping https://t.co/Yh88bMEXXD — The Guardian (@guardian) January 11, 2019 Readers in the Greater London area who use The Guardian’s home delivery service will also receive their weekday editions in the potato starch packaging. Related: 100% biodegradable, edible packaging is so much better than plastic The new biodegradable packaging on The Guardian includes instructions for customers to not to recycle the material but to instead dispose of it on a compost heap or in a food waste bin. + The Guardian Via Dezeen Image via Andrys

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Solar-powered floating hotel room is designed to pop up anywhere on water

January 17, 2019 by  
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Valencia-based architecture firm Mano De Santo has proposed a plug-and-play hotel room that could be easily transported and installed thanks to its modular, off-grid design. Dubbed the Punta de Mar Marina Lodge, the conceptual floating pavilion is a sustainable tourism initiative that targets low environmental impact. Powered with solar energy , the Punta de Mar Marina Lodge would offer a private and luxurious experience on the water for two. Unveiled last year, the Punta de Mar Marina Lodge is envisioned to house two levels spanning a total of 74 square meters in size. The ground floor — approximately 40 square meters — includes a small front terrace that opens to the bedroom, which overlooks views of the water through full-height glazing. The bathroom, technical equipment and storage are tucked in a unit behind the bed, while a small outdoor terrace is located in the rear. Guests can also enjoy access to the roof, where an open-air lounge with seating is located. “Punta de Mar is a sustainable tourism initiative, since it does not generate waste because it is an installation of modules whose system is the ‘Plug & Go,’” the architects said in a project statement. The team also explained that the unit is integrated into its environment with low impact. The hotel can be easily relocated — it can be transported by land or sea — and can be enjoyed in an array of different settings for “unique and exclusive experiences.” Related: This modular outdoor swimming pool from Finland could make a splash near you In addition to the off-site prefabrication of the unit that minimizes waste, the Punta de Mar Marine Lodge was designed to follow passive solar principles to reduce energy usage. Moreover, the indoor temperature, lighting, alarm system and entertainment system can all be controlled remotely via the guests’ smartphones. + Mano De Santo Via ArchDaily Photography by Sergio Belinchon via Mano De Santo

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Perkins+Wills University of Hawaii building is an eco-conscious beacon in West Oahu

January 17, 2019 by  
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The University of Hawaii West Oahu has gained a new Perkins+Will -designed addition that’s not only visually striking but also site-specific to Kapolei, a planned community on the island of Oahu. Created in collaboration with Hawaii-based KYA Design Group, the campus building offers a mix of workspaces and learning areas for students, faculty and staff. All parts of the University of Hawaii’s new Administration and Allied Health Building was inspired by the site context, from the siting of the building to the sculptural zigzagging roof that references the area’s historic sugar mills. Located on land that had formerly been used as sugarcane fields, the University of Hawaii’s West Oahu campus is tied to a long agricultural history dating back more than a hundred years. Continued sustained tilling, however, has stripped away rich topsoil and rendered the land less fertile and less able to retain water. As a result, Perkins+Will has made environmental stewardship a priority in the project with a landscaping plan that will restore the topsoil through nitrogen fixing planting, improve onsite ecological water and nutrient management and revive native landscaping . Eco-friendly principles also guided the design of the 43,000-square-foot complex, which features deep open-air lanais (balconies) on the south-facing facade that provide shade against the harsh sun and promote natural ventilation . The textured monolithic skin is made from concrete masonry units (CMUs) that form a geometric pattern inspired by traditional Hawaiian kapa (cloth). Related: Perkins + Will’s KTTC building blends beauty and sustainability in Ontario “The challenge was how to best consolidate the distinct functions of teaching labs and classrooms within the same building as office space for the campus administration,” Mark Tagawa, associate principal at Perkins+Will’s LA Studio, said. “We wanted to create a facility that interacted with the landscape in a sympathetic way, through water management, landscaping and materiality. Cultural and ecological appropriateness was our filter for all design decisions.” + Perkins+Will Via Dezeen Photography by Andrea Brizzi via Perkins+Will

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How 4 billion years of diversity can help us surpass our ‘clone-drone’ workstyles

March 8, 2018 by  
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Although we are “apes, not ants,” we nevertheless can learn from superorganisms to evolve for the greater group.

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E-Waste Recycler, Non-Profit Create Jobs for Those With Disabilties

October 3, 2012 by  
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Your dead television might look like a huge chunk of e-waste to you, but to Easter Seals Greater Houston, it looks like a job opportunity. The Texas-based non-profit, which assists people with disabilities with everything from counseling to…

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Green Gamification Takes Root in the Big Apple

February 22, 2012 by  
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At Social Media Week in New York City, two recently sprouted startups joined two innovative established companies to talk about how to harness the power of gaming for the greater good.

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What Oat Hulls Can Teach Us About Tapping Employees’ Innovation

February 22, 2012 by  
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John Hellweg, recently retired from General Mills, shares the effort it took to complete a nearly 25-year-long process to turn a waste stream into a fuel source.

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How Autodesk Cut its Data Center Energy Use by 62 Percent

February 22, 2012 by  
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The CIO of the sustainbility-minded design software firm walks through the strategy, hardware and software behind a data center retrofit that will save Autodesk $7 million a year.

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A Hackathon for Geekery and the Greater Good

February 6, 2012 by  
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From green data center management to real-time carbon emissions tracking, more than 100 developers and sustainability professionals gathered last week to hack together solutions for a greener planet.

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Glittering Louvered Ad Astra Skyscraper is Topped With a Pyramid Heliport

January 9, 2012 by  
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Atkins Architecture has proposed a gorgeous new mixed-use tower overlooking the Black Sea on Georgia’s coast for clients Sustainable Growth Investments . Called the Ad Astra Building, the glass and steel structure will glitter on the Batumi skyline. The skyscraper’s louvered facade reduces solar gain by 40%, and its top supports a heliport for the company helicopter. Read the rest of Glittering Louvered Ad Astra Skyscraper is Topped With a Pyramid Heliport Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ad Astra Building , Atkins Design , Batumi , eco design , georgia , Greater Caucasus Mountains , green design , helioport , sustainable design

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