Tiny home on wheels in Poland fits a family of four

December 21, 2021 by  
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“We use natural and organic materials for the construction, insulation and finishings,” said REDUKT, a Poland-based designer of tiny homes. “We make efforts to make our houses as sustainable as possible. We care about our planet and health.” What wouldn’t you love about this wood-paneled tiny home on wheels? The interior is oiled pine paneling with flush Scandinavian-style drawers, making the most of all possible storage space. The home opens on both sides with large double glass-pane doors, which gives the REDUKT homes a spacious feel.  Related: Solar tiny home C2X by Nestron comes with smart systems A tiny heating stove sits on an elevated surface opposite a kitchenette with sink and stovetop. A door passes beyond the kitchen to a bath. At the other end of the tiny home, storage is stacked ceiling high under a bed loft accessed by narrow, open-tread stairs. The whole interior is finished with pine. There is a space beneath the bed loft big enough for another bedroom or office, complete with shelving and closet space. The REDUKT tiny home measures a total of 7.20 meter by 2.55 meter by 3.95 meters, which leaves enough room for an open, large living space in the center. It is is designed for a couple with two small children. “The living space can remain for their kids while the adults can escape to a semi-low mezzanine accessible by a set of folding staircases ,” said REDUKT. “In addition to the bedrooms, a large kitchenette, bathroom and plenty of storage space make living in REDUKT’s tiny home feel a lot larger than you’d think.” The staircase collapses against the wall for extra room to move around. This also makes the REDUKT house more accessible, since someone might want to use the loft for storage but keep their own bed on the main level to avoid using the stairs regularly. It’s a surprisingly large tiny home with many configurations. + REDUKT Images via REDUKT

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Grab these eco-friendly gifts for kids before they’re gone

December 3, 2021 by  
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There are few things better than experiencing the holidays through the eyes of a child. The wonder of sparkling lights, the excitement about novel experiences, and of course, the joy of gifts are where memories are made. When it comes to selecting gifts for kids, choose toys and games that amuse and charm the little ones without harming the  environment  they will grow up in.  Micro Kickboard Your gift recipient will only know the scooter is a lot of fun. You’ll know it was made from recycled plastic pulled from the ocean. There are two models of the Micro kickboard. The Mini Deluxe Eco incorporates fishing nets, ropes, and trawls that have been removed from the marine environment and diverted from the landfill. It’s intended for children ages 2-5, up to 110 lbs. All parts are replaceable to minimize  waste  if repairs are needed. The Maxi Deluxe Eco is basically a skateboard with a safety handle for more control. A portion of all sales goes to 1% for the Planet.  Shop Micro Kickboard on Amazon Fair Trade plush baby toy A rattle isn’t just a rattle if it’s made from plastic or chemically-laden materials. Ensure a soft and safe toy with this knitted baby rattle. Available in several color options, these plush toys are knitted from 100% cotton, so only  natural materials  go into the baby’s mouth. It’s handmade from a Fair Trade vendor and features curved edges along with a subtle rattle sound. Fair Trade certification not only offers transparency around the product’s place of origin but supports otherwise marginalized communities by connecting them to a buying network.   Shop Fair Trade Toys on Amazon Pact clothing Make a Pact to gift clothing made from 100% organic cotton. Choose from Christmas morning jammies, shorts, tees, pants, socks, underwear and more. Pact selects GOTS-certified materials and supports organic farming through Fair Trade, which guarantees fair wages and safe working conditions for providers around the world.  Shop Pact on Amazon Camden Rose Play Kitchen Let your child’s imagination blossom in the culinary world with a safe kitchen that’s just their size. Camden Rose offers its thoroughly safety-tested mini-kitchens in maple or cherry and all items are  plastic -free. Shop Camden Rose on Amazon Plan Toys Classic wood toys receive an upgrade at Plan Toys, where the company relies on natural materials and waste from lumber processes. Leftover sawdust is turned into a product called PlanWood, which is used in some of the wooden cars, animals, fruit, shape sorter puzzles, miniature furniture, trains, tools and other Plan Toys products. In addition to monitoring each product for child safety, environmentally-friendly wood is embellished with  water -based, chemical-free colors and E-Zero glue.  Shop Plan Toys on Amazon  ökoNORM crafts The founders of ökoNORM come from a background in working with companies focused on environmental protection, citizens’ initiatives and social politics. As a result, all products in the company are a result of a priority to create high-quality, environmentally friendly and non-toxic products made from sustainable resources. Kids may not know the finger paints, watercolors, chalk, wax crayons, glue, colored pencils and play clay are made with the safety of them and the planet in mind, but you will. Shop ökoNORM on Amazon  Tender Leaf Toys You’d think there’s nothing more basic than classic wood toys, yet when you go shopping, you may realize how difficult it is to find them. All Tender Leaf toys are individually designed in-house and meet the safety standards EN71, ASTM F963 and AS/NZS ISO. The company relies on a family-run factory in Indonesia and works closely with them to ensure quality craftsmanship that will last a lifetime. All toys are made from reclaimed rubberwood, a by-product of the latex industry, and trees are replanted with every purchase. Toys are hand-painted using non-toxic products, inspected, and wrapped in paper before shipping in recycled cardboard boxes. Tender Leaf lets kids explore space, trains,  animals , gardening, castles, forests, dolls and more.  Shop Tender Leaf Toys on Amazon KOOKAROO Playdough Tools Playdough is a ubiquitous part of childhood. You can even easily make your own at home. When Playdough playtime is the activity at hand, make it more fun with this assortment of 100% hardwood tools for flattening, shaping, cutting and texturing.  Shop KOOKAROO on Amazon Big Potato Games Games make for a fun evening with friends or with family after the holiday meal has been cleared. But plastic, chemicals and excessive packaging can contribute to environmental waste and  pollution . Big Potato Games gives you entertainment without the eco-guilt. Through a ‘One game, one tree’ commitment, BPG works with the Eden Reforestation Project and Ecologi to plant a tree for every game sold. The result of the initiative is mangrove trees planted in Madagascar and improved reforestation in Mozambique and Kenya.  Shop Big Potato Games on Amazon Via Micro Kickboard , Welljourn , Pact , Camden Rose , Plan Toys , ökoNORM , Tender Leaf , KOOKAROO , Big Potato Games Images via Micro Kickboard, Welljourn, Amazon, Pact, Camden Rose, Plan Toys, ökoNORM, Tender Leaf, KOOKAROO, Big Potato Games  When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commissions at no cost to you.

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California fires killed nearly 20 percent of the world’s Sequoias

November 24, 2021 by  
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Wildfires in California over the past five years have claimed nearly 20% of the world’s largest Sequoias. Frequent fires in the Sequoia National Park and the surrounding forests have claimed a third of groves in California.Last year alone, forest fires claimed nearly 10,400 trees of the 75,000 trees that are native to the western side of the Sierra Nevada range. Climate change has been blamed for the recent change of status. High temperatures leave dry logs beneath the canopy, creating a ripe environment for fires. Related: DroneSeed makes reforestation easier after a large wildfire “The sobering reality is that we have seen another huge loss within a finite population of these iconic trees that are irreplaceable in many lifetimes,” said Clay Jordan, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks . “As spectacular as these trees are, we really can’t take them for granted. To ensure that they’re around for our kids and grandkids and great grandkids, some action is necessary.” Most of the giant sequoias take hundred and even thousands of years to grow to maturity. When they are destroyed, there is no hope of having them grow again in our lifetime. Further, these species are major carbon sinks, and their combustion releases tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. After Castle and SQF Complex fires, officials decided to take some steps to save the giant trees . For instance, the General Sherman tree, the largest living tree on earth, was wrapped in a foil blanket. A fire-resistant gel was dropped on tree canopies across the parks, sprinklers watered down trunks and flammable mater was removed from trees. In the past five years, the state has experienced the largest fires in history. Last year, California experienced the largest forest fires in history in terms of acreage burned. This year has so far brought the second-largest amount of land that has been burned. Via HuffPost Lead image via Unsplash

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Green Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

November 22, 2021 by  
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When Your Child Wants to Become a Vegetarian

November 22, 2021 by  
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United Nations rejects youth activist climate petition

October 19, 2021 by  
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The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child declined to rule on a complaint filed by youth activists from twelve countries. The young adults claimed that Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Turkey have violated children’s rights by failing to control carbon emissions, despite knowing about the perils of climate change. The panel told the activists that they should have brought their cases to national courts. The self-dubbed “Children vs. the Climate Crisis” insist there’s not time for lengthy court cases; they need to take their case to the top. The youth come from twelve countries: Argentina , Brazil, France, Germany, India, Palau, Marshall Islands, Nigeria, South Africa, Sweden, Tunisia and the United States. Some countries, such as the Marshall Islands , are especially pressed for time — their chain of ancient submerged volcanoes may be under the rising seas by 2035. Related: “Climate shocks” threaten over half of Earth’s children “The truth is that I’m doing this because I feel like I haven’t been left a choice and this is the only way for me to not feel guilty,” said 18-year-old French climate activist Iris Duquesne as reported by EcoWatch. “The shame of having the possibility to do something and not doing it is too big. This is the main motivation for all youth climate activists, this and anger. Anger to feel left behind, not listened to and simply left alone.” The petition in question was filed in 2019 by 16 activists who ranged in age from eight to 17 at the time. The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child monitors 196 signatories of a 1989 convention declaring the civil, cultural, economic and political rights of children unassailable. Of these, 48 countries agreed to allow children to take action to fix violations. The five countries named in the petition are part of this subset. Environmental and human rights attorneys from Hausfeld and Earthjustice are representing the youth activists. The lawyers said in a statement that the committee’s decision, announced October 11, “delivered a rebuke to young people around the world who are demanding immediate action on the climate crisis. In dismissing the case, the Committee told children that climate change is a dire global emergency , but the UN’s doors are closed to them.” However, the kids had some wins. The committee acknowledged that states are legally responsible for emis s ions that cause harm beyond their borders, and that the youth are indeed victims of climate-related threats to their health, life and culture. These findings could significantly influence future litigation. Via Washington Post and EcoWatch Lead image via Pexels

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Multifunctional award-winning site built on underused land

October 19, 2021 by  
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Les Ateliers Cabot is the winning project for C40 Reinventing Montreal 2021, which is part of the Reinventing Cities project. It is a call for designers and architects to come up with project ideas that will create carbon-neutral urban areas in underused sites into great new developments. These projects are meant to inspire the rest of the world and Les Ateliers Cabot is a truly inspiring project. Several different firms came together to create this project. Sid Lee Architecture, Ateliers Creatifs Montreal, the Centre for Sustainable Development and Collectif Recolte all worked together to create the design. This is a multifunctional site, including an artist studios, office space, business space and facilities for food production . Related: Eco-friendly housing redefines Tanzanian urban architecture The project uses low-carbon solutions that can be produced on a city-wide scale. The new buildings will mostly be made of wood, including beams, columns and floors. The goal is to achieve zero-organic waste in three years. It’s a mix of new and restored buildings that includes the old sawmill — which will be part of the new public square. The site includes an interior courtyard, an event space and a pedestrian entrance and a public square. Existing industrial buildings will be reused, with the new buildings incorporated into the new design. The buildings will have sloping roofs part of rainwater collection systems. There’s also an urban forest nearby, which the southwest entrance offers a beautiful view of. The site is located between two large canals and surrounded by nature , like many other sites that aren’t being used out in the world. But, hopefully, projects like this will help change all of that. Through socio-financing, the project will be open to as many people as possible, allowing for contributions at all levels. This will truly make the project community-created . Les Ateliers Cabot is one example of how an underused site can become an amazing new urban development. + Sid Lee Architecture Images via Sid Lee Architecture

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More than 50% of New York Citys public schools now have gardens

October 17, 2017 by  
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There’s a food revolution brewing in over half of New York City’s public schools, and it’s not slowing down. Thanks to the local nonprofit GrowNYC , The Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, and Grow to Learn , five boroughs have been established to set up sustainable gardens in public schools. There are now at least 700 gardens across the city, and teachers are witnessing a myriad of changes in the kids who are spending more time outdoors and less time in a “traditional” classroom setting. From container gardens to bottle planters in the classrooms, teachers and the kids are getting creative to grow produce at their schools. Arielle Hartman, School Gardens Coordinator with GrowNYC, said, “I’ve seen teachers grow plants in soda bottles and old shoes or in projector carts with fluorescent lights.” Some of the most popular vegetables and fruit that are being grown include tomatoes , cucumbers, lettuce, eggplant, mint, collard greens, and herbs. At some schools, grapes and strawberries are cultivated, as well. The benefits of school gardening extend beyond the children learning about where their food comes from — which is an important lesson. For many kids, the gardens exist as a place of respite and contemplation. Rodale’s Organic Life reports, “Schools are using these green spaces not only as teaching tools and hands-on laboratories for math and science, they’ve also become arenas for social and emotional growth, particularly for students who may not do well in the traditional classroom environment, as well as serving as a respite for teachers and administrators.” As a result of improved emotional well-being among the student body, teachers are witnessing a reduction in behavioral issues . Julie Walsh, Assistant Director at GrowNYC, said, “Behavioral issues are dramatically reduced when kids are exposed to nature and to this kind of real sensory and experimental learning that the natural world offers.” Research presented at the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition supports this observation. It noted that green schoolyards — which are bursting with nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables — provide children, families and their communities a “healthy environment ” for relaxation and play. Related: The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China Walsh says that by partnering with agencies, such as the Parks Department and the Department of Education, the challenge of introducing gardens into schools was made much easier. “Historically, one of the challenges for successful and sustainable school garden models has been a lack of coordination,” said Walsh. “If you try to do this in a vacuum, you run into bureaucratic impediments. By partnering […], we’re able to help schools run the gauntlet with these agencies so they don’t run into obstacles.” Other schools can easily implement a garden by partnering with the Grow to Learn program. Registered schools can attend free workshops that cover a number of relevant topics, and schools are eligible to receive free garden materials, access to an online resource library and garden network and the tools to apply for mini-grant funding to start or expand a school garden. The future of school gardens is only limited by the creativity of the teachers, parents, administrators, and students. As long as all involved are willing to work together, public school gardens can flourish across the entire city — and perhaps, the entire nation. GrowNYC , + Grow to Learn Via Rodale’s Organic Life Images via  Pinterest , Arielle Hartman, Grow to Learn, Pixabay

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A luscious open-air ‘urban forest’ tops this formerly abandoned penthouse

October 17, 2017 by  
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Parisian firm Matteo Cainer Architects just unveiled plans to convert an old abandoned apartment into a beautiful solar-powered penthouse filled with natural light and pockets of lush green vegetation. The renovation of the 1,400 square-meter space – referred to as “La Forêt Urbaine” – includes a lush open-air urban forest that echoes the many surrounding parks below. Located on a central Paris street with striking 360-degree views of the city’s landmarks, the original apartment, which had been empty for some 30 years, was broken up into two floors with several rooms. To create an open layout, the renovation began by tearing down walls and reconfiguring the living space . Related: Explore Andrew Franz’s Greenery-Covered West Village Penthouse Addition and Townhouse Renovation Several sustainable features were used to reduce the project’s carbon footprint. Solar panels were installed on the rooftop’s veranda and the living space was installed with in-floor heating and cooling. The various windows allow the homeowners to take advantage of natural ventilation in order to reduce energy use year-round. In an attempt to bring in the surrounding green space to the home, multiple garden pockets were installed within and around the living spaces, which are clad in glazed walls. The result is a beautiful open floor plan filled with greenery and natural light . Of course, at the heart of the project, is the expansive rooftop garden with spectacular city views. The landscape design really shines here, with different sections being distinguished by their uses by sculptured bushes and trees. The large area includes an outdoor dining area, a lounge space with a fire place and even an open-air cinema. A glass veranda houses an enclosed large entertainment area and a gym, both installed with several hanging gardens. + Matteo Cainer Architects Images via Matteo Cainer Architects

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Meet the 7-Year-Old Who Started a Recycling Company

February 13, 2017 by  
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If you haven’t already heard of Ryan Hickman and his recycling company, it’s time to get this 7-year-old on your radar. His environmental journey all began a few years ago, when young Ryan visited a local recycling facility with his father….

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