In Honor of Trees: How to Celebrate Arbor Day

April 27, 2017 by  
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April is nearing its end, which means Arbor Day is upon us. What is Arbor Day, you ask? It’s a toast to trees! On this green holiday, everyone is encouraged to celebrate the important role trees play in our environment. Arbor Day is…

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6 Ways Online Education Prevents Planetary Pollution

March 10, 2017 by  
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Most people consciously manage their impact on the environment to the best of their ability. But did you know that choosing to earn your degree online can help keep the earth clean at the same time? Unlike the convenience of cars, the convenience…

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How to Finally Go Paperless in the Office

December 27, 2016 by  
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There are a number of reasons why businesses should go paperless. It saves time, money, manpower and space. It keeps files more secure, yet makes them easier to access when they’re needed. And the clincher? We could save entire forests. With more…

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Temporary dome made from newspapers pops-up in Beirut

November 14, 2016 by  
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https://vimeo.com/189543978#at=0 Paper Dome recently popped up in Beirut’s Sanayeh Garden . A dream team of 10 local architecture students, guided by Atelier YokYok  and Ulysse Lacoste, built the structure in just seven days. Its skeleton was assembled from local pine wood, and the skin is made up of folded newspaper “tiles”. Related: Designer Woojai Lee recycles newspaper into “marbled” furniture The ephemeral structure, which offers shade and shelter to curious passersby, rests on one point so that it can be easily lifted. Once inside, visitors can enjoy the tranquility of the space and reflect on the fragility of life. Paper Dome was designed as part of Art in Motion , a public art festival in Beirut , for the inclusion of wide audiences from diverse socio-economical backgrounds. + Atelier YokYok + Ulysse Lacoste + Art in Motion Via UrDesign Photos by  Atelier YokYok

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Designer Woojai Lee recycles newspaper into "marbled" furniture

October 26, 2016 by  
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Paper is among the most produced and discarded materials in the world. It can be recycled, but through each cycle it loses quality as the fibers grow smaller. That’s why Eindhoven -based Korean designer Woojai Lee decided to turn discarded newspaper into a new building material instead. The project includes small tables and benches, as well as bricks that look like concrete masonry units and can be cut, milled and sanded just like regular wood. Related: NewspaperWood – Incredible Furnishings and Products Made From Recycled Newspaper The material is made by first turning newspaper into pulp , and then mixing it with wood glue and molding it into shape. After setting, the bricks are taken out of the molds to dry and then sanded to create smooth edges. The resulting 2-inch-thick bricks measure 4 inches wide by 11.8 inches long and boast a unique marbled look that the warmth and soft tactility of paper. We spotted Woojai Lee’s ‘Paper Bricks’ at the Design Academy of Eindhoven ‘s Graduation Show during Dutch Design Week , held in the Netherlands from 22-30 October, 2016. + Woojai Lee + Design Academy of Eindhoven + Dutch Design Week Photos by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat, Woojai Lee and Angeline Swinkels | fotograaf

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Scientists warn rapidly-melting glacier in West Antarctica could cause serious global havoc

October 26, 2016 by  
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As climate change fuels the melting of Antarctic glaciers , scientists have expressed grave concern. The UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and US National Science Foundation (NSF) will spend up to $25 million to research the colossal Thwaites Glacier, part of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which could dramatically accelerate sea level rise around the world if it melts. If the whole ice sheet goes, scientists warn global sea levels could rise by as much as nine feet.

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Canadian nonprofit builds North America’s first urban earthship in Calgary

October 26, 2016 by  
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Since earthships make use of recycled and reclaimed building materials , they can be constructed at a very low cost. Grow Calgary’s volunteers began building this one in 2014, but their project was threatened after the city issued a demolition order due to code violations. After an appeal, the nonprofit won the right to continue and found ways to get the earthship to meet the city building requirements, thus earning proper permits. Scottie Davidson of EcoNerds led a renewed effort this past summer to complete the construction, and the team is almost at the finish line. Related: Earthships heading to Canada will provide First Nations communities with low-income housing Due to their partially subterranean design, earthships are ultra energy efficient . Being partly underground greatly reduces the need for artificial heating and cooling by taking advantage of the earth’s steady temperatures, which is also the feature that makes an earthship a wonderful spot for a greenhouse. Many earthships, like this one, can also eschew artificial lighting, thanks to abundant windows that also help draw in warmth from the sun. With walls made from old tires, beer cans, and other trash-turned-treasure, Grow Calgary’s earthship greenhouse will be open to the public once it’s complete, and crops grown in the greenhouse will (like the rest of the urban farm’s yield) be donated to the Calgary Food Bank. The earthship sits on the organization’s 11-acre plot that is already home to traditional crops. Adding the greenhouse will unlock the key to year-round production, even in Calgary’s long, frigid winter. Via Calgary Herald Images via Grow Calgary

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Starbucks trials recyclable paper coffee cups for potential global use

July 26, 2016 by  
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In the UK, only one in every 400 paper coffee cup is recycled . Starbucks is partnering with Frugalpac , a manufacturer of recyclable cups made entirely from recycled paper , to help combat this wasteful dilemma. The trial launched last week, possibly leading to the use of these Earth-friendly containers in franchises all over the world. Frugalpac, founded by engineer Martin Myerscough, aims at providing a better alternative to conventional paper cups. Every year about 58 billion paper cups end up in landfills or are incinerated worldwide. Most cups involve paper treated with waterproofing chemicals, making them difficult to recycle. Frugalpac feature a thin, plastic liner lightly glued inside a 100 percent recycled paper cup. They claim recycling centers can easily separate the materials and recycle each on its own. Related: Starbucks opens new reclamation drive thru made from recycled shipping containers According to The Guardian , a Starbucks spokesman said, “We are very interested in finding out more about the Frugalpac cup and we will be testing it to see if it meets our standards for safety and quality, with a view to trialling its recyclability.” Myerscough is reportedly in contact with various coffee shops and grocers, which could lead to a revolutionary shift away from wasteful convenience to more environmentally-friendly libations. +Frugalpac Via The Guardian Images via Flickr , Frugalpac

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Why Apple is buying and protecting forests

July 18, 2016 by  
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Inside the tech giant’s strategy to lower its paper footprint in China and the United States.

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Brexit, ‘deglobalization’ and the stakes of systems in chaos

July 18, 2016 by  
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What does political backlash to globalization mean for democracy and sustainable development?

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