If all paper cannot be made from 100% recycled fiber, what should we use?

March 14, 2017 by  
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Recycling paper was one of the earliest and most important actions individuals and companies took to treat our natural world more gently.But despite great advances in paper recycling, we don’t have enough recycled paper fiber to go around.So, if we cannot make every new product from recycled paper, which products should be made from recycled and which should use sustainably grown new fiber?A new tool is being developed to help answer that question. But first, let’s explain why we need it in the first place.

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Book Worm: 5 Environmental Stewardship Books For Children

June 15, 2015 by  
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Childhood is such a magical time, and I am always on the lookout for books that capture this while strengthening their relationship with the natural world. These are some of the ‘best of the best’ for ages 3 to 7 in reminding children of the…

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Bristol University Creates Artificial Muscles That Can Camouflage Themselves Like Squid

May 4, 2012 by  
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We love it when scientists look to the natural world for design inspiration – whether they are creating a robot based on the cheetah or vehicles that can jump like a sand flea . Inspired by the mimicry ability of creatures such as the squid and zebrafish, a team from Bristol University recently created a new type of artificial muscles made from ‘smart cells’ that can camouflage themselves. The team believes the muscles can be used in everything from medical devices to color-changing ‘smart clothing’. Read the rest of Bristol University Creates Artificial Muscles That Can Camouflage Themselves Like Squid Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial muscles camouflage , artificial muscles smart cells , artificial muscles squid , bio mimicry , bristol university artificial muscles , bristol university smart cells , natural world inspiration , nature design , smart cells squid , smart clothing

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Kyocera Cools its Offices with Luscious, Edible Green Curtains

May 4, 2012 by  
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Japanese firm Kyocera is known for impressive eco-friendly innovations and endeavors, ranging from the development of a flexible OLED cell phone to the installation of Japan’s largest solar farm — but when it comes to their own offices, they turned to the beautifully lo-fi solution of growing edible green curtains along exterior walls. As the curtains produce vegetables for use in the company’s cafeteria, they also keep the buildings cool, reduce energy consumption, mitigate carbon emissions and provide a calming, shaded view for those working inside. Read the rest of Kyocera Cools its Offices with Luscious, Edible Green Curtains Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon mitigation , climbing plants , edible garden , energy conservation , goya plant , green curtain , kyocera japan , natural insulation , natural shade , Urban Farming

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Lather Up With This Vegetable Handsoap Shaped Like Tiny Hands

May 4, 2012 by  
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“Wash your hands with hands!” is the idea behind Marie Gardeski and David Birkey ‘s new line of hand-shaped handsoaps. Made from all-natural vegetable glycerin, the soaps take the form of doll hands, and each set of hands comes in slightly different sizes and skin-like colors. The hands are individually bagged and boast a light oatmeal, milk and honey scent. + Imaginary Animal 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: David Birkey , eco handsoap , hand shaped handsoap , imaginary animal , Marie Gardeski , vegetable glycerin handsoap , vegetable handsoap , weird handsoap

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Deep in the Forest, an Eco-Fashion Exhibit Visually Links Textiles with the Environment (Photos)

August 8, 2010 by  
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‘Portable Pelt’ 2009 by Tara Baoth Mooney, one of the curators of CCANW’s Fashion Footprints exhibition. Photo: Sean Michael In an effort to highlight the major social and environmental impacts of the fashion and textile industries, the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World ( CCANW ) and graduates from the MA Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion present “Fashion Footprints: Sustainable Approaches,” which opened this weekend at CCANW’s Project Space, in the heart of Haldon Forest Park (Exeter, Devon, UK). The interact..

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Top Nature Photos of All Time Unveiled for Earth Day

April 20, 2010 by  
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Photo: Frans Lanting Photography, via International League of Conservation Photographers Ansel Adams perhaps put it best: “Some photographers take reality…and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation.” The natural world, and all the colors and forms within it, nee… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Artist Makes Machines of Dead Animals

April 4, 2010 by  
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‘Fixed – Turtle’ by artist Lisa Black From the earliest taming of dogs some 17 thousand years ago, to the genetically modified fruits and vegetables that lines the shelves of today’s produce aisles, mankind has sought to manipulate the natural world for its benefit–and with great success. Indeed, the first agricultural revolution in around the year 10,000 BC allowed for the creation of civilization and irrevocably altered our relationship with the planet’s wildlife, of which we’d been so long counted…

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How Nature Inspired the Alphabet

March 14, 2010 by  
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32,000 years, ancient humans gathered in a cave in Lascaux, France, where, by firelight, they created the first hand-drawn forms–scenes depicting man’s relationship with the natural world . The favorite subject in those first drawings was the ancient ox , so impressive in stature and strength, that it was deified by our earliest ancestors. This reverence for nature remained as civilizations formed, and with it, written language

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