Valani launches debut collection of biodegradable clothing

September 16, 2020 by  
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New fashion house Valani has launched its debut collection of biodegradable separates and dresses inspired by “light living.” These sustainable clothes are made from materials like classic hemp fiber, antibacterial Tencel and banana silk for wardrobe staples that are just as comfortable and eco-friendly as they are stylish. The fashion brand has designed its pieces to reflect sustainability, with soft styles that can be worn throughout the year — regardless of season. Founder Vanni Leung is driven by the interconnectedness of the planet, animals and humankind as well as the recognition that love for the planet and love for ourselves are intertwined. She is a lifelong vegan, breathwork practitioner, a believer in the mind-body balance and an ally for female empowerment. Related: Seaweed Girl explores seaweed as an eco-textile for sustainable fashion Valani uses hemp, Tencel and banana silk in its designs. Hemp makes for a soft and flowy fabric that is hypoallergenic; it is also a carbon-negative crop, uses less water in production and is naturally resistant to bacteria growth. Tencel is made from sustainably managed eucalyptus trees and produced using a closed loop method that reuses 99% of solvents and water. The banana silk is made from a byproduct of agriculture waste; discarded banana stems are harvested to make way for new tree growth and then upcycled into this sustainable silk alternative. Prices for the new collection range from $98 to $398, so adding Valani to your wardrobe will certainly be an investment. However, the clothing is built to last, and your money goes much further than just the garment. Valani offers no-cost breathwork sessions online to its customers and plants a tree for every piece of clothing purchased. The sustainable company has also pledged to donate 10% of its profits to conservation, animal welfare and female empowerment organizations. As an additional sustainability feature, Valani uses recycled materials as well as straw, hemp and jute for its packaging. Pattern designs are strategically created to minimize fabric waste, and any scraps are used for scrunchies, crafts, training purposes or as filling for toys and pillows. Some of the most notable pieces include the faux wrap Sitha Top ($148), the cropped double puff sleeved Sineth Top ($168), the mid-rise pull-on Petra Pant ($188) and the asymmetrical, one-shoulder Sokha Banana Dress ($398). Sizes run from 0 to 12. + Valani Images via Valani

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Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport incorporates natural fibers into body design

January 18, 2019 by  
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A race car made from flax and hemp? Count on Porsche to pull that off. The second generation Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is built with the typical handling and speed capabilities you would expect, with one very different component—body parts derived from natural composite materials. A first in the racing world, Porsche has sourced natural fibers from agricultural byproducts such as flax and hemp fibers to create the doors and rear wing on the cars. With sustainability in mind, the Porsche company set out to find a substitute for standard carbon-fiber frames while ensuring similar performance, weight and control. But don’t think for a minute that a sustainable design can’t whip past the competition. In addition to decreasing the car’s carbon tireprint, the goal was to increase performance over the original design . The new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport brings with it a 40 hp increase over the predecessor as well a redesigned driver’s cockpit that includes a welded-in safety cage, racing bucket seat and six-point harness. The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport comes equipped with a 3.8-liter flat-six, 425 hp engine. Even with upgrades, the newer design is a lightweight at around 2,900 pounds. Related: Large scale 3D Printer capable of printing a motorcycle Two models are available. The “Trackday” is designed for amateur race drivers looking to hit the track with safety in mind and some aid from automatic systems like ABS, ESC and traction control assistance systems that ensure forgiving handling at the limit and can be deactivated. The “Trackday” costs just over $150,000. The “Competition” model targets professional circuit drivers with adjustable shock absorbers, a high-capacity safety fuel tank for less pit stops, an integrated air jack system to aid the pit crew and a quick-release racing steering wheel adopted from the 911 GT3 R that ensures a range of adjustment options for the individual needs of the drivers. The “Competition” model runs around $179,000. + Porsche Images via Porche

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A family’s unique tiny home uses wool and hemp for insulation

October 29, 2018 by  
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Tiny homes come in many shapes and sizes, but for a wandering family of three, the Valhalla tiny home is just the right fit. Built by French tiny home builder  Baluchon , this wood-clad tiny home on wheels is a lightweight structure that measures just under 20 feet long; however, a stunning space-strategic interior, which includes two bedrooms, makes you forget all about its itsy-bitsy size. Clad in red cedar with white and teal accents, the Valhalla tiny home emits a modern cabin feel from the outside. Three porthole-style windows along with a series of clerestory windows on each side give the design a contemporary edge and brighten the interior naturally. To create an energy-efficient shell, the home is insulated with sustainable materials such as sheep’s wool for the floor, cotton, linen and hemp in the walls and wood fiber in the ceiling. Related: The off-grid Eucalyptus tiny home radiates cool, Californian vibes The interior is clad in light spruce panels, which help to make the compact space feel larger. The front door opens to the fully-equipped kitchen area complete with custom cabinets, a fridge, a sink and a two-burner propane stove. On the adjacent wall, a narrow desk serves as a work or dining space. The master bedroom, which has enough space for a a double bed, is located on a sleeping loft reached by a set of floating stairs above the desk. On the other side of the home, another elevated platform houses the living room. Underneath the living area on the ground floor, a small room is located right next to the kitchen. Separated from the communal space by curtains, this compact area is well-lit and perfect for a child’s room, guest quarters or extra storage. + Baluchon Via Tiny House Talk Photography by Vincent Bouhours via Baluchon

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Dutch designer creates a wooden motorcycle powered by algae

August 11, 2017 by  
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An algae-powered wooden motorcycle? The concept isn’t too far out, considering algae has been used to create everything from eco-friendly sneakers to living lamps that absorb CO2 . There’s even an entire algae-powered building in Hamburg ! Dutch designer Ritsert Mans and scientist Peter Mooij created a wooden motorcycle that runs on algae to increase the visibility of the lesser known fuel source. “For every part of the bike, I looked to what nature could provide me with,” said Mans, who built the frame and springs with wood. He used cork for the dampeners and hemp for reinforcement. The team was interested in showcasing how algae oil could be potentially used in the future. So, they grew algae in saltwater, built a wooden motorcycle that runs on the stuff, then tested the concept on a local beach. In his narration, Mans likens the experiment the pioneering era of the 1900’s. Back then, people had no idea what to expect in terms of the up-and-coming automotive landscape. Now that millions of citizens are making a collective effort to invest in renewable energy and sustainable initiatives, great advances are expected to take place. “People don’t know what the world will look like 30 years from now in terms of transportation and energy,” Mans said, “but that uncertainty allows people to develop and build their own ideas.” “Even though the single-sided swingarm seems to contrast with the ‘prehistoric’ material it is made of, it’s actually a full composite, with all sorts of directional fibers provided by nature,” he added. Related: Mexico-sized algae bloom in the Arabian Sea connected to climate change Mans and Mooij wrote a book called The Thick Algae (or De Dikke Alg, in their native Dutch). Their wooden algae bike was made to accompany the resource. If you’d like to learn more about the project, watch Peter Mooij’s 2015 TED talk on algae oil: + Ritsert Mans Via Motofire Images via Ritsert Mans

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Navajo tribe blazes new trail in the US with contract to grow industrial hemp

October 26, 2016 by  
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The Navajo tribe recently signed their first contract to begin growing industrial hemp , a move that is expected to provide much-needed economic stimulus. Partnering with CannaNative , the tribe plans to sell hemp for rope, oil, and construction materials and shrink chronic unemployment and poverty rates. If all goes according to plan, their New Mexico farm could start harvesting homegrown hemp by next season. CannaNative will help the Navajo tribe grow hemp in accordance with a new memorandum of understanding. The plan has the potential to be very lucrative given the $800 million global hemp market, which is projected to rise in coming years. According to Forbes , the tribe’s unemployment rate currently stands at 48 percent and the average household income hovers around $8,240. New economic stimulus could potentially improve the tribe’s socioeconomic health. Related: UK farmer grows his own eco home from sustainable hemp crops Currently, growing hemp in New Mexico – where the farm will be located – is not permitted. However, Anthony Rivera, CannaNative’s chief executive officer, is optimistic that the quality relationship between the Navajo and federal government will make the transition a smooth one. “We are striving for the first, if not the largest hemp crop in the country,” he told Forbes . He also believes growing hemp will become a far more successful venture than the declining gaming industry. Via Forbes Images via Flickr , Wikipedia

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Floating wave-powered desalination buoy cuts price of clean water production in half

October 26, 2016 by  
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“Typical desalination processes can be taxing on the environment, especially coastal communities,” the team wrote on their Indiegogo page . They add, “Unlike traditional methods that require a huge amount of power, typically generated by burning fuel oil, SAROS uses clean, renewable wave energy and produces zero emissions and minimal salt brine concentration.” According to them, by eliminating the need to produce energy with their wave-powered device, they can offer clean drinking water at half the price of existing plants. Related: Solar-powered pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of clean drinking water for California “We’re completely removing the dependency on electricity and fossil fuels, and creating one of the first environmentally conscious desalination systems that will allow us to bring affordable fresh water to coastal areas across the globe,” they said. It’s a noble idea with several other potential applications, including filtering plastic from oceans and seas. If you’re interested to learn more, take a look at the long list of backers who have supported Chris and Justin in their three-year journey to perfect the original design. They’ve received multiple awards, including the coveted Thomas Edison Award in 2014, and recently opened a second branch in Wilmington, North Carolina to continue their research and development. + SAROS

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Presso Design upcycles burlap coffee sacks into stylish bags and sleeves

March 23, 2015 by  
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Presso Design is a small, family-owned business that crafts sleeves and bags for electronics out of upcycled coffee sacks. Burlap sacks are used in the coffee industry to transport raw coffee beans, however the bags are usually thrown away once they reach the roasteries. Presso Design buys these waste bags in bulk and uses carefully selected bags as the raw material for unique handcrafted bags and sleeves. Natural burlap canvas, hemp , and pure Italian leather are also used to make the bags more durable. + Presso Design 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: burlap sack , coffee sack , hemp , natural burlap canvas , presso design , reader submitted content , upcycled coffee sacks , upcycled design , upcycling

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Spiraling green-covered walkway unfurls from an office window

March 23, 2015 by  
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Polish architects Zalewski Architecture Group have designed a lush spiraling walkway that spruces up the concrete courtyard outside of their offices in Gliwice, Poland. Suspended from the surrounding buildings, the “Walk-on” balcony is an elevated grassy walkway that allows employees to take a surreal break from the confines of their cubicles. The grassy walkway design spirals out of a third floor window of Zalewski’s offices, providing a green escape from office life without having to leave the third floor. Read the rest of Spiraling green-covered walkway unfurls from an office window Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: balcony walkway , eco design , green balcony , green covered balcony , green design , green walkway , spiraling balcony , suspended balcony , suspended walkway , sustainable design , Walk-on Balcony , Zalewski Architecture Group

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly

October 31, 2014 by  
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Did you know that insulating your house properly can save you money in both winter and summertime? In winter, insulation keeps warm air from escaping your home and stops drafts from chilling you to the core, while in summer, it regulates your home’s temperature and keeps you from being baked. Insulation also reduces greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. It’s come a long way from the ubiquitous pink foam, and there are now green options such as waste paper, seaweed, hemp, and waste material options that can be used within your walls and attics. Check out this infographic for more information about how insulation can work for you, as well as the Dos and Don’ts associated with its installation. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Canadian Residential Inspection Services , Climate Change , greenhouse gases , healthy home , healthy houses , hemp , hemp insulation , home insulating , home insulation , infographic , insulating , insulating homes , insulation , recycled paper , soy , wool , wool insulation

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World’s First Plane Made Out of Hemp Flies High Next Year

October 21, 2014 by  
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Despite an ongoing controversy in parts of the world, hemp is widely used in a large variety of applications, including soap, clothing, building supplies and fuel. But next year we will be able to add a new use for hemp if Canada’s Hempearth can get the world’s first hemp-based and hemp-fueled plane in the air. Last month Hempearth signed a contract with a Florida-based plane manufacturer to build a plane made almost entirely out of the fast-growing Cannabis plant . Read the rest of World’s First Plane Made Out of Hemp Flies High Next Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , airplane , derek kesek , green airplane , green transportation , hemp , hemp airplane , hemp biofuel , hempearth , industrial hemp , sustainable airplane , sustainable crop

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