UK’s Guardian switches to biodegradable wrapping for newspapers

January 17, 2019 by  
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The Guardian — a national newspaper in the U.K. — has ditched its polythene packaging and replaced it with a compostable wrapper in an effort to reduce plastic waste. The newspaper and its inserts are now packaged in a clear, biodegradable material made from potato starch that will completely compost in just six months. The choice to scrap the plastic packaging makes The Guardian the first national newspaper in the U.K. to make such a switch, following publications like the National Trust members’ magazine and the New Internationalist. The switch to biodegradable packing will increase the paper’s production costs, so the price of print editions of The Guardian and its sister paper The Observer will go up. However, this is what their customers wanted. The weekday edition will rise in cost by 20p, and the Saturday edition will increase 30p. The Observer will also go up 20p. Related: UK’s Co-op to ditch single-use plastic bags for biodegradable bags This past weekend, The Guardian subscribers in London, Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk received the new packaging with their Sunday edition. The newspaper will gradually implement the packaging change across the entire country over the next few months. Guardian to be first national newspaper with biodegradable wrapping https://t.co/Yh88bMEXXD — The Guardian (@guardian) January 11, 2019 Readers in the Greater London area who use The Guardian’s home delivery service will also receive their weekday editions in the potato starch packaging. Related: 100% biodegradable, edible packaging is so much better than plastic The new biodegradable packaging on The Guardian includes instructions for customers to not to recycle the material but to instead dispose of it on a compost heap or in a food waste bin. + The Guardian Via Dezeen Image via Andrys

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Chartana’s Cubox Table is Built from Salvaged Crates and Rolled Up Newspaper

December 17, 2012 by  
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Designed by Chartana, the Cubox table is a distinctive piece of upcycled furniture. The main structure of the Cubox is crafted from wood salvaged from fruit crates, while the 4 sides are formed from rolled-up newspaper. The playful furniture piece can be used as a side table, container, seating or even as part of a larger modular system. + Chartana 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: chartana table , crate reuse , newspaper , recycled crate , recycled furniture , Recycled Materials , repurposed materials , salvaged materials , upcycled furniture

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Donna Ruff Transforms The New York Times into Pieces of Sacred Text

October 31, 2012 by  
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Who says that the newspaper business is a dying art? Not Donna Ruff , who uses discarded pages of The New York Times for her ornately pierced pieces. The artist, who we have previously featured for her work with fire and paper , continues to explore the use of negative space with her geometric cut-outs. Delicate and lacy, the patterns are reminiscent of Arabic embellishments and calligraphy. Read the rest of Donna Ruff Transforms The New York Times into Pieces of Sacred Text Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arabic , DOnna Ruff , newspaper , qur’an , The New York Times , torah

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MiiR Bottles Helps To Provide Clean Drinking Water To Those in Need

October 31, 2012 by  
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Clean water is a humanitarian issue that doesn’t just require design in the form of wells and water systems – but design thinking. The 1 billion people who don’t have access to safe water need the kind of problem-solving that underlies human-centered design – ideas that create sustainable solutions and don’t, for example, just build wells without training people how to fix them if they break.  MiiR is a company that embodies this vision, by designing water bottles that not only give purchasers BPA-free , anti-bacterial bottles to drink water from, but the company also gives $1 to give one person safe water for one year by funding water projects. Read the rest of MiiR Bottles Helps To Provide Clean Drinking Water To Those in Need Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bpa-free water bottles , Charity Water , clean water , drinking water , green water bottles , MiiR , One Day’s Wages , reusable water bottles , water bottles

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AIA Portland Center for Architecture is a Former Carriage House Transformed into a LEED-Platinum Office Space

October 31, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of AIA Portland Center for Architecture is a Former Carriage House Transformed into a LEED-Platinum Office Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , adaptive reuse , aia portland , aia portland center for architecture , eco design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green renovation , historic renovation , holst architecture , LEED platinum , rainwater harvesting , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

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Where is sustainability in The New York Times?

October 16, 2012 by  
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Why is sustainability largely absent from "the newspaper of record?"

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Can British Airways, Lufthansa push biofuels into the mainstream?

October 16, 2012 by  
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A few companies across the aviation sector have signed on to the idea of using sustainable fuel — Boeing is among them. But to be able to use it effectively, an industry-wide commitment is needed.

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Why GE led a $22M investment round for a smart-building startup

October 16, 2012 by  
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What would it be like to order a building from IKEA? Project Frog aims to disrupt construction through offering energy-efficient buildings from pre-fabricated kits that are both low-cost and quick to assemble.

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What food packaging & other household waste do you use for starting seeds?

March 6, 2012 by  
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It’s seed-starting time here in the northern hemisphere and my Twitter feed is full of exciting stories about what fruit & veg people are going to be growing this year. I’ve added half a dozen more fruit bushes to our garden this year but I’ve not sown any seeds yet — my seed box is sat on the side of my desk making sad puppy eyes at me as I type 😉 Gardeners & allotmenteers are just about always resourceful types when it comes to reusing and recycling stuff – I don’t think I’ve ever met a grower who doesn’t keep ice cream/margarine tubs etc for reuse – but I thought it would be worth having a bit of a sharing session about what you reuse for starting seeds, as plant pots or as water-catchers under plant pots, and if there is anything that you choose not to reuse for whatever reason. At one point, a good few years ago now, I think about 90% of my seeds were started in plastic mushroom tubs — either directly in the tub or using them to catch water draining from plants pots. In the past, I also used shallow fresh pasta packaging as starter trays and multi-serving yoghurt/cream pots for the growing on stage. I know my dad keeps the clear plastic boxes used by supermarkets for muffins or pastries whenever he gets them because the lid gives the tray its own little propagator/greenhouse too – and similarly he cuts down 2ltr pop/soda bottles to make a pot with its own little cloche. Moving away from plastic – since I do worry about putting plastic in direct sunlight/warm spots when it’s not designed to be used in that way, I’ve used newspaper and toilet roll tubes to make “plantable” pots – the former just require a little folding into shape and the latter can be cut in half to make twice the number or left whole as “root trainers” for growing carrots or parsnips. (I also cut up plastic milk bottles & drinks cans to make plant markers for all these many, many seeds!) So, what packaging (or other household waste) do you reuse for starting off your seedlings? What about for the growing on stage?

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How to Calculate the Impact of Your Recycling

December 2, 2011 by  
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Americans recycled nearly 65 million tons of waste in 2010, according to a recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency, but how much did all that waste diversion benefit the planet? Using the EcoRewards Recycling Environmental Impact…

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