This carbon-neutral festival promotes sustainable fun in Thailand

December 4, 2018 by  
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The fields are alive with art, architecture, food, wellness, talks and workshops, family activities and music at the fifth annual Wonderfruit festival in Pattaya, Thailand this December. Wonderfruit is a five-day, carbon-neutral event that inspires curiosity and encourages exploration of the unknown while promoting sustainable practices. Technically, Wonderfruit is a three-part festival with phase one in September, phase two in November and phase three taking place in December. Individuals and families alike will find copious entertainment options with more than 60 musical artists and dozens of massive art pieces displayed throughout the venue, which they refer to as “The Fields.” There are a variety of accommodations at the event for those who wish to extend their stay and nearly 55 farm-to-table food vendors to explore while you do. The event even brings in world-renowned chefs each year to offer guests delicious feasts with a side of educational opportunities. Related: Bjarke Ingels is crowdfunding a massive reflective sphere for Burning Man 2018 After you’ve stuffed yourself, had a drink and danced ’til you dropped, you can attend one of the 100 wellness activities focused on yoga, chakras, meditation, drum circle dancing, massage and more. Once you’re relaxed, dedicate yourself to learning something new via the 35 different seminar speakers and workshops. But there is no need to set a rigid schedule. The idea is to simply move about the campus, taking in something new at every turn where you might run into a pottery-making demonstration, football lesson, musical engagement, light show, fire dancing or dragon kite flying. The festival hours for phase three of the Wonderfruit festival are as follows, where you can take in one day or multiple: Thursday, December 13: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, December 14: 8 a.m.-midnight Saturday, December 15: 8 a.m.-midnight Sunday, December 16: 8 a.m.-midnight Monday, December 17: 8 a.m.-12 noon (site closes at 12 noon) In alignment with the mantra, “Reduce, reuse, refill,” the venue does not allow any single-use plastic, so visitors should bring a reusable water bottle. Of course, you can support the cause by purchasing a reusable stainless steel cup on site or before the event at a discount. This cup also provides a discount on all drinks purchased at the event. All servingware at the venue is biodegradable , and organizers request that all attendees do their part to create as little waste as possible. Recycling and food waste bins are located throughout the venue, and all visitors are expected to use them accordingly. Overall, if you are looking for a day (or four) of fun and sustainability, this is a festival worth attending. + Wonderfruit Images via Wonderfruit

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Experimental prefab home eschews fossil fuels in Geneva

December 4, 2018 by  
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In the centrally located town of Lancy in Geneva, Switzerland, a compact and experimental timber home bucks the local archetype for concrete-based housing in favor of a more eco-friendly alternative. Swiss architect Leopold Banchini collaborated with engineer Marc Walgenwitz to design the light-filled abode — dubbed the Casa CCFF — using a prefabrication system that minimizes construction costs as well as waste. The small urban home was built for energy efficiency and assembled in just a few days by local carpenters.   Built overlooking Geneva’s industrial train station, Casa CCFF references its surrounding industrial environment with a sawtooth shed roof that floods the interior with natural light . Connections to nature, however, dominate the majority of the design, which boasts two interior gardens on the upper level and carefully framed views of the landscape for indoor-outdoor living. The primary living spaces are located on the open-plan upper floor while the ground level features a much smaller built footprint and is mainly used as a covered outdoor space for living and parking. The prefabricated home can be understood as a series of square modules laid out in a square four-by-four module plan. The compact ground floor, for instance, is made up of three modules: a single outdoor living space and a double-width interior space that connects to the upper floor via a spiral staircase. Upstairs, an open-plan layout with a kitchen, living room and dining area takes up roughly three-quarters of the area while the remaining space is dedicated to the two interior gardens, bedroom and bathroom. Related: Yves Béhar designs compact, prefab homes to tackle the housing crisis Casa CCFF is a domestic factory floating above an untouched garden. The house is built almost entirely in wood, pushing the structural capacities of this natural and sustainable material to its limits. The use of wood for the home also helps reduce the use of concrete to a bare minimum. By incorporating high insulation values and maximizing solar gain , a small heat pump allows the modern home to avoid the use of fossil fuels. + Leopold Banchini Images by Dylan Perrenoud

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Pick Sustainable Music Festivals

October 15, 2018 by  
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100 seeds for a sustainable future: Part 7

April 25, 2017 by  
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In week seven of 10-part series, sustainability opens pathways to the MBA; music festivals explore the culture of big data.

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Sheltersuit is a transforming coat that becomes a sleeping bag to provide shelter to the homeless

November 11, 2015 by  
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When the fun and games are over at a music festival, there is a ton of trash left behind. Now, abandoned festival tents may find a new life as shelter for the homeless. Called the Sheltersuit, each suit is made out of a tent and acts as a warm coat during the day and transforms into a sleeping bag for protection from the elements at night. READ MORE >

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Music festival-ready SPECK mobile kiosk is 100% powered by the sun

August 5, 2015 by  
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Glad’s Brilliant Trash Bag Tent Could Solve the Waste Problem at Music Festivals

May 9, 2013 by  
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California-based company Glad may specialize in dustbin liners and food storage containers, but they recently unveiled a brilliant one-person trash bag tent for camping , music festivals and other outdoor events. The concept was launched at the SXSW 2013 music festival in Austin, Texas, where tents were distributed to campers and festival attendees on the condition that they would use them after the festival as garbage receptacles for cleaning up their campsite. Read the rest of Glad’s Brilliant Trash Bag Tent Could Solve the Waste Problem at Music Festivals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: camping tents , ForceFlex trash bags , Glad trash bags , green initiatives , green tent design , music festival tents , music festivals waste , SXSW 2013 music festival , tent design , tents , waste collection , waste control , waste reduction initiatives        

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Could Outside Lands be the Greenest Music Festival?

August 10, 2012 by  
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  Other music festivals rose to the eco occasion this year, but in its fourth year, Outside Lands isn’t about to be outdone. The three-day San Francisco festival, which takes place August 10 through 12 at the legendary Golden Gate Park, has…

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Cups Made of Jell-O To Become a Real Product

December 27, 2010 by  
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Photo via The Way We See The World Back in July we showed you Jelloware, cups made from Jell-O that make a far less wasteful solution for parties, festivals, and other events where minimizing trash is a must.

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Everything You Need for a Green New Year’s Eve (Slideshow)

December 27, 2010 by  
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From stylish handmade party hats to hand-painted champagne flutes filled with organic champagne, start 2011 off on the right green path with an eco-friendly New Year’s Eve party. Oh, and don’t forget the an award-winning organic lip balm for sultry lips ready for that 12am kiss.

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