Jordanian repurposes old VW Beetle into ‘world’s smallest hotel’

November 14, 2017 by  
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One enterprising man deep in the Jordanian desert is proving that when it comes to hotel design , it’s the spirit that counts. Mohammed Al Malaheem, 64, has converted an old VW Beetle into a mini hotel for guests visiting his hometown of Al Jaya. Although it may not technically be the world’s smallest hotel, it certainly runs large when it comes to hospitality. A former tour guide for the area, Malaheem (who goes by the name Abu Ali) and his daughter revamped the tiny vehicle into a hotel room in 2011 after his retirement. The roadside hotel was designed to provide a nice place for visitors to the largely deserted village to feel comfortable. After working on the car’s design, Ali converted an adjacent cave into a reception area named “Baldwin’s Grotto”, complete with a bathroom, kitchen, and gift shop. Related: These campers made from 1970’s VW Bugs are the cutest things ever Ali told CNN that the mini hotel project was mainly inspired by his love of his hometown, “This village is my homeland, I was born here, I grew up here, I lived here. I wanted to start a project that improves its situation and places it on the tourism map, because it truly overlooks some of the most beautiful scenery in the region.” Although the village may not be on top of many travel bucket lists, Al Jaya does have its charms. The area is located near Al Shoubak, home to the 12th century castle called Montreal. What it lacks in fancy amenities, the hotel more than makes up for in off-grid relaxation, full of peace and quiet, and of course, Malaheem’s warm hospitality. The VW hotel – which charges 40 Jordanian Dinars (approx. $56) for an all-inclusive, one-night stay – can only accommodate two guests at a time, but from the looks of the many “thank you” notes left by previous visitors, the hotel is beloved by many. In fact, Ali’s place has received so many positive reviews that he’s planning to add several more VWs in the future. Via CNN Photography by Anas Al Rawashdeh/Mohammed Al Malaheem

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Here’s what could happen if America went 100% vegan

November 14, 2017 by  
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What if America threw out its hot dogs and hamburgers in favor of vegan fare? You might say that would never happen, but two scientists – from Virginia Tech and the United States Department of Agriculture – decided to explore how such a choice would impact the country’s greenhouse gas emissions . Their study discovered that annual agricultural emissions would fall from 623 million tons to 446 million tons. Eating vegan wouldn’t solve all of America’s greenhouse gas problems. But it would definitely make an impact. Animals currently comprise 49 percent of the US’ agricultural emissions. In a vegan America, agricultural emissions could drop by 28 percent. But total US emissions would only fall by 2.6 percent, according to the study . Related: 10 vegan sources of protein you can grow at home The study authors also noted a plant-only system wouldn’t meet the American population’s dietary needs for calcium, a few fatty acids, and vitamins A and B. Lead author Robin White of Virginia Tech told Science Magazine , “With carefully balanced rations, you can meet all of your nutrient requirements with a vegetarian diet. But the types of foods that seem to do that, we don’t currently produce in sufficient quantities to make it a sustainable diet for the entire population.” The study did find that without animals, total food production could increase by 23 percent – mostly in grains, according to Gizmodo . Not every expert agrees with the study’s assumptions. Nutritionist Joan Sabate of Loma Linda University told Science Magazine, “[We] could yield a better nutrient profile if we do restructure the land use.” Agricultural researcher Mario Herrero of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization said America going vegan could impact other countries as well – if the United States ceased importing so much meat , greenhouse gas emissions of other countries could fall too. Even if going vegan doesn’t solve all of the US’ climate change woes, it is clear a diet with less meat and more plants could help the planet. Project Drawdown – a coalition of scientists, entrepreneurs, and advocates – ranked a plant-rich diet as the number four solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America published the study online yesterday. + PNAS Via Science Magazine and Gizmodo Images via Tim Wright on Unsplash , Brooke Cagle on Unsplash , and Alexandra Andersson on Unsplash

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Celebrate National Battery Day For The Chance To Win A Prize

February 11, 2016 by  
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February may be known for Valentine’s Day, but there’s another important holiday this month. Forget candy hearts and roses — show your love for the environment by celebrating National Battery Day on Feb. 18. Wondering just how to do that? Recycling…

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Go Green Ideas: How To Apply The 3 R’s At Home

February 11, 2016 by  
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Everyone can make a difference in making the Earth a healthier place to live. Implementing a policy of reducing, reusing and recycling in your home or office is a great place to start. Ready for some go green ideas? Here are a few easy-to-implement…

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Ukraine’s leafy green ‘Tunnel of Love’ is a passageway for trains and lovers

February 9, 2016 by  
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Image via Bored Panda We love seeing natural architecture here at Inhabitat, and the leafy green Kleven train tunnel is a beautiful example of what happens when nature is allowed to grow freely around manmade infrastructure. Image via YouTube The tunnel was made over many years as the passing train molded the trees’ lines. The train turned a luscious piece of woodland into a unique passageway as it traveled back and forth 3 times a day over several years. Photo © Oleg Gordienko In addition to serving as a train route, the tunnel is used by lovers to make a wish – it is said that if they are sincere in their love, their wishes will come true. If you are out and about Ukraine , don’t miss this fantastic green passageway – whether you are with a loved one, or on your own. Via Pijama Surf Photos © Oleg Gordienko / Amos Chapple / Rex Features, unless otherwise noted

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WoodKO handcrafts beautiful animal heads and decor from wood

November 16, 2015 by  
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Ukraine-based design studio WoodKO creates eco-friendly wood sculptures that make for beautiful room focal points. Taking inspiration from wildlife, WoodKO channels their love for animals into their stylish products. The unique artworks, which can purchased from their Etsy shop , also include a variety of other home decor including coat racks, wine stands, and light boxes. + WoodKO 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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One-woman traveling bicycle library delivers free books in San Francisco

September 6, 2015 by  
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If you hear a huffing and puffing sound on the streets of San Francisco, be alert: it could be the great Bibliobicicleta coming your way. Alicia Tapia, a passionate school librarian, is biking around the city with a traveling pop-up library that she tows in a mini trailer. Capable of holding 100 free books, the library-on-wheels was started as a successful Kickstarter campaign that now spreads the love of reading to neighborhoods across the city. READ MORE>

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Want to Show Your Patriotic Side? Shop These Eco-Friendly Brands

July 5, 2014 by  
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It’s Independence Day weekend in the United States, and around the country people are hanging flags and bunting to show their patriotic side. Though festive, these actions are only symbolic. If you really want to support the US economy, skip the made in China flags and buy made in America goods instead. Use this list of  list of 8 family companies who make their products in the  USA  using organic or  eco-friendly materials  to show your love for America and local workers. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American made , eco-friendly brands , eco-friendly products made in the usa , local products , local workers , locally made , made in the usa

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This Simple Laundry Additive Could Turn Your Shirt (or Pants, or Dress…) into a Mobile Air Purifier

July 5, 2014 by  
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Air purifiers are great and everything, but what would it be like if you could take that air cleaning power everywhere you go, built right into your clothing? Catalytic Clothing wants to create a liquid laundry additive that can turn anything washed in it into a mobile air purifier. Catalytic surface cleaners already exist in the form of paving stones, cement , paints and glass, but the simple additive could turn the micro-winds of the body’s movements into a super effective air purifier that you never have to leave at home. Read more > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air purification , air purification technology , air purifying additive , air purifying items , air-purifying clothes , catalytic clothing , catalytic clothing additive , cleaning the air , cleaning the air with clothes , ecouterre , ecouterre air purifying clothes , inhabitat air purifiers , inhabitat clothing , laundry additives , mobile air purifiers , purifying the air

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Petomato Bottle Caps Convert Plastic Bottles into Tiny Hydroponic Gardens

May 15, 2014 by  
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Looking for a productive and environmentally-friendly way to combine your love of recycling with gardening? A new product called Petomato allows aspiring gardeners to convert plastic bottles into hydroponic micro gardens by filling the bottle with water and replacing the old cap with the Petomato seed-filled alternative. Read the rest of Petomato Bottle Caps Convert Plastic Bottles into Tiny Hydroponic Gardens Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: diy gardening , Gardening , growing tomatoes indoors , home gardening , hydroponic gardens , petomato , recycle plastic water bottles , seed filled caps

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