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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The H+ Bag is an Ingenious Shopping Carrier that Transforms into a Coat Hanger

August 26, 2012 by  
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Spotted by our friends at Yanko Design , the H+ Bag is a clever paper carrier that—with a few simple folds—transforms into a coat hanger! Designed by students at Kyung Hee University in South Korea, the H+ Bag proposes a novel approach to reducing the environmental waste of shopping bags. Students Younha Hwang, Hyojun Jeon, and Minjae Kwan devised the bag after discovering that while some clothing retailers have opted to provide paper bags as a more eco-friendly alternative to plastic carriers, the paper option too “prove[d] ineffective since customers throw them away after using them once.” READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bag Reuse , clothes hanger , environmental waste , H+ Bag , Hyojun Jeon , Kyunghee University , Minjae Kwan , paper recycling , paper waste , Shopping Bag , Younha Hwang

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New Camouflage Makeup Protects Soldiers Against the Intense Heat of Bomb Blasts

August 26, 2012 by  
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Camouflaged Soldier Photo from Shutterstock Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi have developed next-generation camouflage makeup which could protect soldiers against the intense heat of bombs blasts. The breakthrough material—presented by Professor Robert Lochhead at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society —is applied in much the same way as sunscreen and creates a layer on the skin thinner than a single sheet of paper. The makeup can provide protection against the short, two-second intense thermal blasts which occur in an explosion for 15 seconds. Not only would this provide an additional safeguard for military personnel, but the makeup could also be used by firefighters to provide valuable seconds to move to safety during an emergency. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bomb explosion , camouflage makeup , department of defense , explosion defense , fireproof clothing , military clothing , military make up , next generation make up , robert lochhead , thermal blast , UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

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Facebook Commissions Frank Gehry to Design New Green Menlo Park Campus

August 26, 2012 by  
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In an interesting move, Facebook just announced a huge expansion to their Menlo Park campus, and have commissioned Prizker-Prize winning starchitect Frank Gehry – best known for his shiny , titanium-clad icons of blobitecture – to design the expansion. Even more surprising is that we’ve seen the designs, and so far they don’t appear to include Gehry’s trademark incomprehensible piles of eye-scorching titanium curves . The proposed design is quite eco-friendly, with a massive park-like, tree and grass-lined green roof featuring a ‘park benches’ and a ‘walking trail’ on top! In addition, Facebook submitted proposals to the city to allow its 6,000 planned new workforce to travel between old and new campuses to via a tunnel designed for pedestrian and bike traffic. Perhaps an eco architect like Bill McDonough might have been a better pick to design the giant green roof, but it seems Facebook was going for icon status here, and no architect is better known than Frank Gehry . Read the rest of Facebook Commissions Frank Gehry to Design New Green Menlo Park Campus Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , blobitecture , deconstructivist architecture , Facebook , Facebook and Gehry , Facebook menlo park campus , Frank Gehry , Gehry to design Facebook campus , green roof , mark zuckerberg , menlo Park , new campus , post-modern architecture

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UK Supermarket Chain to Cut Carbon Emissions with Slimline Toilet Rolls

April 23, 2012 by  
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Cutting back on packaging can yield huge environmental benefits by reducing materials while cutting carbon emissions from transporting needlessly bulky goods. With this in mind, UK Supermarket Chain Sainsbury’s just introduced a new slimline toilet roll . Sainsbury’s slimmed-down cardboard tubes are set to reduce the supermarket chain’s carbon emissions by an impressive 140 tons each year. Read the rest of UK Supermarket Chain to Cut Carbon Emissions with Slimline Toilet Rolls Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 20 by 20 sustainability , carbon emissions , cardboard tubes , green products , household products , packaging reduction , paper products , paper recycling , product redesign , sainsbury’s environment , slimline toilet roll , sustainability plan , toilet paper , toilet roll , toilet tissue

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Tom Dixon’s Etch Light Web Projects Amazing Geometric Shadows

April 23, 2012 by  
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Tom Dixon unveiled a beautiful array of designs at his MOST exhibition during Milan Design Week , and one of our favorites was his gorgeous golden Etch Light Web. An exploration of mathematics and geometry, this super lightweight pendant lamp packs flat to ship and projects amazing web-like shadows from its photo-acid etched shade. Read the rest of Tom Dixon’s Etch Light Web Projects Amazing Geometric Shadows Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aluminum lamp , british design , copper anodized aluminum , Etch Light Web , Green Design Events , green lighting , led light , Milan Furniture Fair , MOST exhibition , Tom Dixon

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Si Studio Unveils Gorgeous Origami Animal Lamps at Milan Design Week

April 23, 2012 by  
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Laser “Unprinter” Saves Paper by Erasing Pages Without Damaging Them

March 15, 2012 by  
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A team at the University of Cambridge has developed a remarkable new technique that uses lasers to erase laser-printed paper, leaving pages clean, clear, undamaged, and ready to be reused. The technology has the potential to be even more eco-friendly than traditional paper recycling – scenarios suggest that it would produce at most “half the carbon emissions of recycling; best-case, unprinting is almost 20 times as efficient ,” reports ExtremeTech . Read the rest of Laser “Unprinter” Saves Paper by Erasing Pages Without Damaging Them Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: david leal-ayala , jullian allwood , laser printing , laser technology , laser unprinting , office waste , paper carbon , paper deforestation , paper recycling , paper waste , printer toner , toshiba e-blue , university of cambridge

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10,000 LEDs Adorn CuteCircuit’s Dazzling “Aurora” Dress

March 15, 2012 by  
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CuteCircuit first came onto our radar back in 2009 with their design of the  world’s largest wearable display . Now it looks like the London-based atelier is back once again, this time with a glowing gown powered by 10,000 embroidered LEDs. Designed for an opera singer, the piece recently debuted at a private event hosted by  Breitling , captivating an audience with its hypnotic glow. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Breitling , CuteCircuit , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , led clothing , led dress , LED fashion , LED gown , LEDs , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , Svarovski , wearable technology

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Saunders Research Building is University of Rochester’s First LEED Gold Building

March 15, 2012 by  
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