A goodbye from Inhabitat founder Jill Fehrenbacher

June 7, 2017 by  
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After 12 years as the Editor-in-chief of Inhabitat.com, I say goodbye today — as I step down from running Inhabitat in order to focus on my soon-to-be-expanding-family. This change is bittersweet for me, as Inhabitat has been one of the central focuses and passions in my life for more than a decade. I started Inhabitat.com back in 2005 as a way to explore the power of design to improve the world for the better – first quitting my digital marketing job and then dropping out of grad school to focus on all of my energy, money and attention on growing the website. For years I put all of my blood, sweat and tears into growing Inhabitat to be the premiere website for green design and innovation, and I believe that our website has really made an impact in shaping the global conversation around what design can and should be. I worked on Inhabitat through the births of my two children, and even launched a parenting website the day before my first son was born – merging my personal and professional lives in a way that might not have been entirely healthy! I roped my husband into penning columns for Inhabitat , my kids made videos and starred in sponsored promotions , and this endeavor has always been more like my third child rather than just a job for me for more than a decade. But now that I have a real third baby coming, I realize I needed to make more time for my growing family. Inhabitat’s wonderful Managing Editor Mike Chino , who I have had the pleasure of working with for almost 10 years, will be taking over the leadership of this website moving forward. I want to thank him, and all of the amazing and inspiring people I have worked with over the past 12 years, who helped to make this site what it is today. First, the current Inhabitat team of Mike Chino , Tafline Laylin , Kristine Lofgren and Lucy Wang – thank you guys so much for all of your hard work, creativity and amazing ideas that you bring to Inhabitat on a daily basis. I know the site will be in great hands with their talents and I can’t wait to see how it evolves. I also want to give shout outs to my early partners in the fledgling years; creative-powerhouses Sarah Rich and Emily Pilloton – you guys have both gone on to do so many incredible and inspiring things, but Inhabitat to this day is still shaped by your input from so many years ago. I have so much gratitude for the Inhabitots and Ecouterre Managing Editors Jasmin Malik Chua and Beth Shea , and the many awesome editors and project managers I had the good fortune to work with over the years. And thank you to our early investor Thomas Ermacora for supporting the website, business advisor Shayne McQuade , and the folks at out parent company Internet Brands for taking a chance on our boutique website back in 2011. Finally, thank you to all of the readers, without whom Inhabitat wouldn’t be possible. I have met so many amazing people, and had so many inspiring conversations through the course of this project, and Inhabitat owes a lot to all of you. I look forward to seeing how Inhabitat evolves in the coming years. If you want to reach me, you can find me on social media and at my personal email address JillFehrenbacher at gmail.com

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3D-printed Aquaponic Homes grow their own veggies and fish

October 24, 2016 by  
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One of the finalists of Inhabitat’s recent Biodesign competition , Aquaponic Future Housing comprises a three-level home 3D-printed with biodegradable plastic that also has its own closed-loop aquaponics system. “A symbiosis between hydroponics and aquaculture,” aquaponics is a perfect example of a self-sufficient, living machine that produces food without creating waste or pollution. Simply put, an aquaponics system combines aquaculture (the raising of edible fish) and hydroponics (the growing of plants without soil) and consists of a hydroponic grow bed filled with plants positioned above a water tank containing fish or other aquatic life. Fish excrement and uneaten feed is filtered out of the water through the plants’ roots and is absorbed as essential ammonia-rich nutrients that allows plants to thrive. This win-win situation creates a highly productive ecosystem and yields more food per square foot than any other form of agriculture . Read more about aquaponics here. Related: Floating Jellyfish Lodge purify polluted water and air while growing food “The building uses novel structures and fabrication, proposing lightweight bend-active aquaponic towers, which sustain growing crops and fishing,” the designers write in their competition brief. “The towers enclose inhabitation units which are 3D printed using bioplastic created in-house from vegetable starch. This flexible house of the future acts as a Rep-Rap 3D printer using robotic fabrication for both weaving carbon enhanced bioplastic rods as well as extruding bioplastic layers.” One benefit of this unique housing program, according to the designers, is its ability to regenerate urban brownfield sites that have been marred by various pollutants and make more land available to house a rapidly growing population. “Similarly to aquaponics,” the designers say, “it enables a cradle-to-cradle lifestyle where fresh organic food and construction materials are produced in-house by the inhabitants.” +Mihai Chiriac Images via Mihai Chiriac

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The New Raw turns plastic waste into valuable raw material

July 5, 2016 by  
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Every summer, the Greek islands are swarmed with tourists who bring a lot of plastic waste that ends up polluting the country’s beautiful beaches and environment. Among the worst offenders are the plastic water bottles that are left behind. In a bid to transform the plastic waste into a more valuable raw material, a Greece-based team of creatives launched The New Raw , an initiative and hands-on workshop that seeks to provide a sustainable solution to plastic pollution using digital fabrication techniques. Over two dozen participants were invited to upcycle the plastic rubbish. Projects completed include: RE_STOOL, a compression stool for plastic waste; MISSING PART, a construction material for filling in building cracks; PET for Pets, 3D-printed shelters for stray cats; ReCYCLAD3D, a 3D-printing hub for recycled plastic; and BOTTLE UP, a recycling reward system that motivates children to recycle plastic. + The New Raw https://vimeo.com/171463805 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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Yuba’s Spicy Curry electric bike helps you blaze around town with a full cargo

June 29, 2016 by  
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New to the electric cargo bike scene is Yuba’s Spicy Curry bike , a purpose-built electric bike designed for commuting to work, transporting kids, groceries or any cargo up to 300 lbs. Sporting LED lights, hydraulic disc brakes, the dynamic set of wheels can zoom up to twenty miles per hour with a full cargo load. The Spicy Curry was a recipient of the 2015 Gold EUROBIKE Award, and provides riders with an earth-friendly and healthy vehicle substitute without giving up what a car can do. + Spicy Curry Electric Cargo Bike by Yuba 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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INFOGRAPHIC: The dangerous untold story of e-waste

June 24, 2016 by  
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that over 60 million tons of electronic waste is dumped in landfills every year. In Agbogbloshie, Ghana one of the world’s largest e-waste burial grounds houses thousands of tons of electronics. The soil is a breeding ground for lead poisoning. Children as young as seven years-old sort through this waste on a daily basis, causing chronic health problems and crippling injuries. See the infographic below for an in-depth look at this devastating epidemic. Graphic courtesy Ecogreen IT Recycling. 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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5 Methods To Get Rid Of Garden Pests Without Harmful Chemicals

June 15, 2016 by  
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Some garden critters are up to no good and the bad news is that often your innocent plants don’t stand a chance against them on their own. But rather than breaking out the harmful chemicals and pesticides, consider these natural, eco-friendly solutions put together by NY City Pest Control . Their “Guardians of the Garden” are everyday superheroes that come in both insect and plant form, working to repel unwanted invaders or attract beneficial insects to help fight your pest problem. The best part of these solutions: you get to let Mother Nature do the work for you! It doesn’t hurt that these Guardians are kid and pet friendly too. Check out the infographic below to learn more about organic methods of pest control for your best summer garden yet . + NY City Pest Control Infographic via NY City Pest Control 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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INFOGRAPHIC: How greenery contributes to your health and wellbeing

June 13, 2016 by  
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The benefits of a little greenery are endless and include amongst other things, improved health, happiness, and intellect. If you’re fortunate enough to have a backyard garden or live in close proximity to a park, now is the time to start spending more of your days outside. Even a small rooftop garden or balcony planter can work wonders for relieving stress and even improving intellect! And if you happen to live in a drought-prone area, don’t forget you still have plenty of options for plant life, so forgo the lawn and check out some inspiration for drought-friendly plants. 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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Momentum brings a psychedelic show of light and color to Vivid Sydney

June 6, 2016 by  
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A dynamic show of light and color has touched down in the land Down Under. As part of Vivid Sydney , the city’s annual light, music, and ideas festival, Australian artists Stephanie Shehata and Erin Slaviero created Momentum , a collection of three vertical freestanding portals that explore the relationship between light, material, form and speed. Viewers can interact with each portal by spinning a wheel that transforms the installation into a moving kaleidoscope of color and reflection. The installation is on view from 6PM onwards every day in Walsh Bay until the end of Vivid Sydney on Saturday, June 18. https://vimeo.com/168824671 + Momentum 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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INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Save Money and the Environment by Changing Your Font

June 4, 2016 by  
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Did you know that printer ink costs up to thousands of dollars per liter? This pricey commodity is said to be one of the most expensive commercially produced liquids in the world and can cost double or more than high-end luxury perfumes like Chanel No. 5. But if you can’t swap your printer for good ol’ pencil and paper, you can still make a difference in your ink usage and the amount of printer paper used by changing your font and your spelling. Click through to learn more in this infographic by pixartprinting . + pixartprinting 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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Air-purifying EcoQube Air adds thriving greenery and clean air to any home

April 4, 2016 by  
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Fresh natural air is vital to the health of human beings. Clean oxygen from plants removes volatile chemicals in the air while raising blood oxygen levels in people–increasing productivity and happiness. With this in mind, living decor company Aqua Design Innovations (ADI) just launched EcoQube Air , a desktop greenhouse to produce clean indoor air that functions as a greenhouse, humidifier, air filter, air circulator, as well as a circadian-rhythm and light-therapy device to improve air quality, light biology, and plant growth. It has an integrated LED lighting system that includes 56 color combinations in varying degrees to accurately mimic nature to enhance moods, and uses a hydroponic technology for easy maintenance. To get your own EcoQube Air, head over to the Kickstarter campaign for an early-bird discount. + EcoQube Air 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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