Smart Taiga Tower is like having an 80 square foot garden right inside your home

October 11, 2016 by  
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People with limited space know all about the struggle: you want fresh produce but you lack the yard for a big garden and those indoor gardens take up all your counter space.  That’s why we are all about the genius Taiga Tower. It’s a smart home garden that fits in any space and leaves your counters free for chopping up all those fresh herbs you’ll be growing. It’s clever design is big enough for 50 plants – like having an 80 square foot garden inside. Better yet, it has full-spectrum LED lighting and a self-watering system built-in, so even the blackest thumb doesn’t have to suffer in a fresh produce-free nightmare. It even hooks up to an app so you can control everything from your phone. Like I said, genius. https://vimeo.com/183591660#at=121 + Taiga Tower 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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Friends give their kitchen a green makeover filled with fun upcycled touches

August 31, 2016 by  
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Tiffany had been planning to eventually overhaul her outdated kitchen anyway, but unexpected flooding caused by burst pipes fast-forwarded the need for renovation. She recruited actor Kat Tingum, a friend and fellow recycling aficionado, to come along on her green makeover adventure. “My job as Chief Design Junkie at TerraCycle fully supports this mentality of reuse and upcycling,” Tiffany told us. “And while my day job (and a lot of my hobbies, too) involve building furniture and accessories, neither Kat nor I had ever done anything involving plumbing, hanging cabinets, or installing large appliances. This was definitely new territory and we both learned a ton!” RELATED: How Kitchen Design Has Evolved Over the Last Century Tiffany says she tackled her kitchen reno with the same mindset she does for all of her projects, carefully considering how to use as many salvaged materials as possible in an attractive and appealing way. “That’s where pennies, red wagons, old wallpaper, a few buckets of cement, and bucket lids all come into play,” she said. “All of these materials became the building supplies for my new kitchen.” The shimmering new backsplash is clad in $30 worth of pennies while old bucket lids and scrap fabric were whipped into new cushions for Tiffany’s wooden stools. Three red wagons were transformed into a playful new minibar. Tiffany and Kat used a cement overlay combined with a natural coffee stain and food safe finish to refurbish her dated countertops. New appliances were sourced from a scratch and dent store, saving Tiffany 30-40% off of retail, and the old cabinets and old but still working appliances were sold through Craigslist. “I am loving my new kitchen and am proud of the fact that it was created from loads of love, sweat, and salvaged materials!” says Tiffany. Don’t forget to check out our full photo gallery for more of the fun details that can be found in Tiffany’s new kitchen. + Tiffany Threadgould + Kat Tingum

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10 smart and cheap things every college dorm room needs

August 31, 2016 by  
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NORDLI Wireless charging furniture Your phone is at 5% and you’re tossing everything out of your backpack trying to find your charger, which seems to have sprouted legs and strolled away. Sound familiar? IKEA is putting an end to vanishing phone chargers with their wireless charging NORDLI furniture . It works like this: set down your phone on your table or night stand. Pick up your phone once it has enough juice to for you to Snap your roommate doing that weird thing again. Repeat. RIGGAD LED work lamp with wireless charging If you already have your nightstand sitch squared away, but you still want that groovy wireless charging, check out the RIGGAD LED work lamp . Not only does it have energy-efficient LED bulbs, but you can also set your phone on the lamp’s base and it will charge right up. So you can get your study on while your phone is getting juiced up. BEKANT sit/stand desk It’s easy to get lost in that 20-page term paper and not realize that the hours have disappeared – that is, until you stand up to stretch and find that you are permanently hunched over like Quasimodo. The IKEA BEKANT desk can shift between sitting and standing height (22 – 48-inches) so that you can find the perfect position. It even comes with a cord management net to keep everything in place. TVINGEN shower curtain You might not realize how much water is rushing down the drain when you take a shower, but 2 gallons vanish every – single – minute that you stand there singing along with Spotify. That’s why we love this TVINGEN shower curtain . Not only does it look good, but the graphic reminds you that you are using up a lot of water, so keep it quick. BLAVIK LED mirror/lamp It’s the little things that you miss when you are living la vida dorm. Privacy. Mom’s home cooking. A well-lit space to apply makeup or shave your face. The BLAVIK LED mirror/lamp can fix one of those problems for you. It installs without the need for drilling and runs on batteries, so you can put it wherever you need good lighting and a mirror. Sadly, it can’t make even the most basic spaghetti. LYCKSELE sofa/bed This isn’t your mother’s futon. The LYCKSELE sofa/bed has a durable quilted slipcover that can be easily laundered should beer pong get out of hand. And it’s just the right size to turn even the tiniest dorm room into a cozy space to hang (or sleep) no matter how crazy things get. DOFTKLINT comforter set This 100% cotton DOFTKLINT comforter set looks as good as it feels. We love the colorful print and you’ll love the snaps that hold everything in place, so you can spend your time studying, not shifting your duvet around. FAVREN Shower caddy Trust us: it may not seem like much, but when you are trudging down the hall trying to juggle your shampoo, conditioner, soap, razor, tower, face wash, wash towel, toothbrush and toothpaste (forget the necessities like a shower radio and your phone), you’re going to wish you had a shower caddy. This one is perfect because it has lots of compartments to keep you totally organized. IKEA PS 2014 storage combo Bamboo, how we love thee, let us count the ways: First, there’s the warm, textured look that takes any space up a notch. Then there’s that durability that can withstand even the rowdiest crowd. And don’t forget the sustainability. The IKEA PS 2014 storage shelf combines all that is amazing about bamboo with the perfect look and dimensions to hold absolutely everything you need in your dorm. MARSLEV rug When you start to pack for dorm life, floor coverings are probably the last thing on your mind. But trust us, a good rug will not only protect your feet, but it will take your dorm space from generic box to “feels like home” in an instant. The MARSLEV rug has a woven jute design that we can’t get enough of. + IKEA

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This futuristic table lets you cook, warm, and chill food while you dine

June 20, 2016 by  
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If you thought only the future held a sleek tabletop able to cook, warm, and chill your food, well, welcome to the future. Kram/Weisshaar ‘s Smartslab table features ceramic panels with integrated heating and cooling elements that can be easily be operated using sensor technology. The world’s most innovative dinner party feature may make multi-appliance kitchens a thing of the past. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOnoyrFdFS0 Smartslab material was developed for Iris Ceramic Group using a cutting edge, 6 millimeter-thick ceramic tile called SapienStone . Underneath the slab are induction heating rings for cooking food right on the tabletop, as well as circular warming elements to keep food at a toasty 42.5 degrees Celsius temperature. The table is also equipped with thermoelectric cooling components, meant to keep your glass of water or bottle of bubbly nice and chilled. The designers at Kram/Weisshaar assure users that the table is safe to use and keeps your food and drink at the perfect temperatures. Clemens Weisshaar states, “You need 42.5 degrees Celsius, not more not less. You can put your hand on it and it won’t burn you. With the cooling you need minus five degrees Celsius to keep a glass of water or a bottle of sparkling wine cool.” Related: Brilliant SUNplace table lets you cook with magnified sunlight on a cast iron surface The new technology hints at the possibility of someday incorporating Smartslab design into future kitchens, eliminating the need for expensive and bulky appliances . If all heating and cooling tools could be rolled into one sleek and easy-to-clean unit the modern kitchen could quickly become retro. Further investigation into the innovation’s environmental cost will have to take place before then, but we can still dream. +Kram/Weisshaar Via Treehugger Images via Jürgen Schwope

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should ditch the cleaning chemicals for safe, natural vinegar

March 31, 2016 by  
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Though many people would love to eliminate chemical cleaners from their home, some still question whether safer options like vinegar pack enough punch. The infographic provides important data, like how vinegar is 99% effective at killing the bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses, and how it can improve the air quality in your home by 500%. It also sheds light on the true hazards of chemical cleaners, such as how nearly 70% of the 17k chemicals in conventional cleaners haven’t been tested for their effects on human health. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should ditch the cleaning chemicals for safe, natural vinegar

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Culinary artist creates perfect gingerbread replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

December 24, 2015 by  
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Ikea imagines a refrigerator-free kitchen for 2025

May 4, 2015 by  
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From bio-refrigerators that cool food with gel to zero-energy clay alternatives, we see a lot of designs that look to make one of the home’s most energy-hungry appliances more efficient. But in Ikea’s Concept Kitchen 2025 installation at the Milan Design Fair , the Swedish furniture giant goes one step further, and suggests that 10 years from now we might forgo fridges entirely in favor of a “modern pantry” that keeps food cool using a combination of smart technology and traditional methods, with an open display to cut down on waste . Read the rest of Ikea imagines a refrigerator-free kitchen for 2025 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: concept kitchen 2025 , drone delivery , eating meat , efficient kitchen , energy efficient kitchen , gray water home , IDEO , ikea , ikea kitchen , Lund University , natural refrigeration , refrigerator alternative , refrigerator kitchen , water waste

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DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers

April 27, 2015 by  
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Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society’s love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods , diapers, and cutlery has created so much unnecessary waste that our planet can barely keep up with the crap we’re loading into landfills every day. Those Swiffer-type cleaning tools are also on the “worst offenders” list, with their cleaning cloths that that get tossed away after a few minutes’ worth of use. Fortunately, the same folks who bring their own travel mugs to Starbucks can also keep their homes tidy by making their own re-usable covers for their sweepers. Read the rest of DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cleaning products , cotton yarn , crochet , crochet pattern , crocheted , ethical cleaning , knit , knitting , knitting pattern , reusable , sweeper , sweeper cloth , sweeper cover , sweeper pad , Swiffer , swiffer cover , swiffer pad

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Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society’s love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods , diapers, and cutlery has created so much unnecessary waste that our planet can barely keep up with the crap we’re loading into landfills every day. Those Swiffer-type cleaning tools are also on the “worst offenders” list, with their cleaning cloths that that get tossed away after a few minutes’ worth of use. Fortunately, the same folks who bring their own travel mugs to Starbucks can also keep their homes tidy by making their own re-usable covers for their sweepers. Read the rest of DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cleaning products , cotton yarn , crochet , crochet pattern , crocheted , ethical cleaning , knit , knitting , knitting pattern , reusable , sweeper , sweeper cloth , sweeper cover , sweeper pad , Swiffer , swiffer cover , swiffer pad

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Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document?

April 27, 2015 by  
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Can Pope Francis do what environmental movements like Earth Day and Greenpeace have failed to do—save the planet from human beings? Some pundits believe so. In early summer, Pope Francis is expected to release an historic document detailing the moral imperative to care for the Earth. Called an encyclical, the papal document is designed to convince the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and others that climate change is a real and present danger that humanity can help to prevent. What remains unclear, the Washington Post rightly points out, is how the pope plans to make the case without disturbing the long-held Catholic view of God’s omnipotence. Read the rest of Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholic church , catholics , Climate Change , climate change agreement , COP 21 , encyclical , environmental ethics , global warming , historic document , integral ecology , morals , Paris , Pope Francis , religion and environment , theology

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