5 Stores Who Kicked Plastic Bags To The Curb

August 15, 2016 by  
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Did you know that studies have shown that about 12 million metric tons of plastic debris, including plastic bags, has accumulated in our oceans around the world? Due to this pollution, more than 100,000 marine animals die each year due to plastic…

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ByFusion turns all types of ocean plastic into eco-friendly construction blocks

July 27, 2016 by  
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The problem of ocean waste, particularly the plastic variety , is a big one, and many creative people are working on ways to clean it up. Finding ways to repurpose the plastic debris  collected from the ocean is one component of that, and the U.S.-based startup ByFusion has responded with technology that recycles ocean plastic into durable construction blocks. This way, the plastic waste can be repurposed permanently, rather than being used to create another disposable plastic item that might wind up right back in our precious waterways. https://vimeo.com/167375932 The technology is based on a genius idea from New Zealand-based inventor Peter Lewis, who is a principal engineer with the company. His process involves a modular platform that compresses plastic debris into blocks of various shapes and densities, based on custom settings. The result is called RePlast, the company’s name for the recycled plastic building material. The RePlast system is portable, designed to run on gas or electric, and doesn’t require the plastic to be sorted or washed. Related: New report says plastic trash to exceed fish in the sea by 2050 ByFusion describes RePlast on its website as a “nearly 100-percent carbon neutral, non-toxic manufacturing process,” and says the bricks can help improve the eco-friendly status of building projects and contribute to LEED certification . So far, the recycled plastic blocks have been designed to be used in walls and road barriers, but the company is open to customizing the building material for use in other types of projects as well. Needing no glue or adhesives, RePlast blocks could represent the next wave of sustainable construction, since they are completely recycled from collected waste plastic (with no discrimination for plastic type) and have 95-percent lower greenhouse gas emissions than traditional concrete block. Due to the nature of plastic debris, the blocks are a lot more colorful, too. Via Sustainable Brands Images via ByFusion

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Neglected London bakery transformed into beautiful luxury housing

July 27, 2016 by  
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Originally built in 1898, the newly renovated Bakery Place comprises a 12,000-square-foot Victorian-era site with three main buildings: the Bake House, the Lodge House, and the Coach Houses. Jo Cowen Architects transformed the buildings into 11 unique residential units that blend the buildings’ original history with comfortable modern living. Exposed brickwork, cast-iron columns, and cobblestone are paired with bright white-painted walls, light herringbone timber floors, and contemporary minimalist furnishings with an industrial-style twist. Related: MVRDV moves into an iconic post-war monument with their new colorful offices “Our vision for the scheme offers a contemporary and distinctive living environment that celebrates the history of the original buildings,” write the architects. “Our design blends the old and new with carefully selected and positioned materials used to draw attention to the detail and craftsmanship of the original.” A major element of the revamped buildings is the increased access to natural light , which pours through modular glazed screens and skylights. Double-height spaces draw daylight to the ground floor and create a spacious and airy feel. Interior designer Amelia McNeil and lighting firm Studio 29 also collaborated on the interior design. + Jo Cowen Architects Via Dezeen Images via Jo Cowen Architects

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Biodegradable plastics are the ‘enemy of the environment,’ says UN scientist

May 25, 2016 by  
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To combat the massive problem of plastic debris in the world’s oceans, manufacturers developed lightweight plastic products that are supposed to break down rapidly, thus reducing hazards to marine animals. The so-called ‘biodegradable plastics’ aren’t the answer, according to the United Nations’ top environmental scientist, because they don’t behave as promised. Instead, the ‘greener’ plastics contribute to the problem of ocean plastic just as much as other varieties. Previous…

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Greenery-infused nursery school in Japan brings children closer to nature

May 25, 2016 by  
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Rather than orient the two-story building towards the surrounding urban jungle, the architects turn attention inwards with the design of a ring-shaped structure centered on an inner courtyard. “The concept of its design is to provide enough space for 160 children to play around in the nature and also for all their parents and nursery staff to feel safe,” said the architects. Outdoor corridors with rounded eaves and railings ring the central green space. Circular shapes and rounded forms are design…

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Boyan Slat’s Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic problem is “even bigger than we thought”

August 24, 2015 by  
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Last month Boyan Slat ‘s Ocean Cleanup project sent a fleet of scientists and volunteers to measure and map the waves of plastic trash making their way across the Pacific tides toward the West coast. They concentrated on an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch , which is estimated to be twice the size of Texas. After returning, they report the plastic waste problem is much bigger than we previously thought. Read the rest of Boyan Slat’s Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic problem is “even bigger than we thought”

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The motion-powered Million Mile Light is a runner’s dream come true

August 24, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Runners all face a similar dilemma when exercising after dark: how to stay visible and safe while pounding the pavement. The designers at the Million Mile Light saw this dilemma as an opportunity – and they’ve developed a lightweight flashing light that is 100% powered by a runner’s movement. Their Kickstarter campaign launches today, bringing runners one step closer (pun intended) an environmentally-friendly safety light that will never run out of juice. Read the rest of The motion-powered Million Mile Light is a runner’s dream come true

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13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds

February 16, 2015 by  
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Hopefully, we can all agree that the ocean is no place for trash. Unfortunately, a massive new study by researchers from Australia and the U.S. has determined that we are throwing far more plastic waste into the oceans than previously thought. In 2010 alone, between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic made its way into the Earth’s waters, and if we look at the modest middle figure—8 million tonnes—that amounts to “five plastic grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world.” Read the rest of 13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental destruction , five gyres , marine life , ocean health , Ocean Plastic , plastic debris , plastic gyre , Pollution , recycling , water issues

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