This biodegradable T-shirt is made from trees and algae

September 9, 2019 by  
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When it comes to your typical t-shirt, most people think of cotton, or perhaps a synthetic blend. But they probably don’t think about the all-natural Vollebak tee, made from wood and algae. The Vollebak Plant and Algae T-Shirt is an example of clothing that is produced with a vision for the end of the product life cycle when the shirt can be thrown in a landfill where it will biodegrade within a few months.  Beginning at the source, the Algae T uses eucalyptus, spruce, and beech wood from sustainably-harvested forested that are certified by both the Forestry Sustainability Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The wood is converted into pulp and then thread, and then fabric. Related: SAOLA offers sustainable sneakers sourced from algae and recycled plastic Beginning at the source, the Algae T uses eucalyptus, spruce, and beech wood from sustainably-harvested forested that are certified by both the Forestry Sustainability Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The wood is converted into pulp and then thread, and then fabric. Separately, the algae is grown in bioreactors. To process the algae, water and algae are pressed through a filter, separating out a pasty component of the algae. The paste is then placed in the sun until it dries into a powder. Mixed with a water binder, the dried algae powder becomes ink used on the front of the tee. The natural components of the algae ink mean it varies in depth of color from one shirt to the next and changes color with washings.  Because the ingredients are all natural , the Algae t-shirt can be composted after consumer use. The materials will break down organically, much faster than cotton and other materials, without adding chemicals to the soil and water. “The only thing different about this t shirt is that it grew in soil and water, and that’s where it’s designed to end up too. All you need to do is remember to compost it at the end of its life. Here it will biodegrade with them, turn into soil, and help new plants to grow,” explains Vollebak co-founder, Steve Tidball. We say that’s a much better way to think about fast fashion. <big>+ Vollebak</big> Via Core 77 <em>Images via Vollebak </em> 

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Prefab houseboat in Prague features a spacious rooftop lounge

September 9, 2019 by  
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Normally, Czech Republic-based firm Freedomky stays busy building charming, energy-efficient, tiny cabins. But when the team was approached by a client looking to “live freely” on the water, the designers used the same space- and energy-saving techniques they use frequently to build Freedomky No. 59, a prefab houseboat with a flexible interior design that can be used as a work space or vacation home. Designed in collaboration with architectural studio Atelier Št?pán , the Freedomky houseboat was directly created with the client’s love of adventure in mind. As a fan of the company’s cabin designs, the client, who spent time in various glamping locations across Europe, wanted the architects to design something that would allow him to set up a home in Prague. The man wanted to be close to the center of the city without feeling the congestion of the highly trafficked area. Hence, the design team and the client decided to take it to the water. Related: A solar-powered houseboat designed for the water-loving adventurer The houseboat is a prefabricated structure comprised of two modules placed on a custom steel pontoon. The two separate units were joined together at a shipyard 25 miles north of Prague . Once the prefab construction was complete, the individual pieces were towed by boat to the home’s final installation site in the district of Smíchov in Prague. The journey took 18 hours, with the housing components passing under 14 bridges, including the famous Charles Bridge. Made with the same materials as Freedomky’s cabins, the boat’s exterior walls are crafted from eco-friendly wood or wooden components. Because of the humid environment, the designers replaced the larch facade normally used on their cabins with durable cement fiber boards. Working within the company motto of “free art of living everywhere,” the Freedomky team went to work designing a floating home with a breathtaking interior customized to the owner’s needs. The main objective was to create a flexible space, where the houseboat could be used as an office, an upscale living area or a weekend stay for guests. The interior of the houseboat is bright and airy, with modern furnishings that are flexible in their uses. The dining table can also be used as a work center, for example. The walls throughout the boat are painted a bright white, and the interior benefits from the natural light that pours in from the sliding glass doors and plentiful windows. At the owner’s request, there is a large rooftop terrace , which can be planted with vegetation. + Freedomky Via Dwell Photography by Lukas Pelech via Freedomky

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Marking 20 years with a brand new LEAD Europe Fellowship Programme

June 18, 2012 by  
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Building on 20 years delivering world class sustainability leadership programmes, LEAD Europe is launching a brand new Fellowship Programme for 2012/13. Combining the best of virtual learning with face-to-face leadership challenges and team projects, the new Programme gives learners greater choice and control of their learning experience.

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A Twisting Plywood Sculpture Evokes a Denser, Greener London

September 3, 2011 by  
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Images courtesy of the Architectural Association Summer School 2011 Programme, unless otherwise noted. The London Architectural Association has done a lot of eyebrow-raising work over the years, most of it elegant, conceptual and temporary. This year’s summer school program’s creation is no exception. A twisting network of plywood “leaves,” made from salvaged exhibition panels, winds its way through the AA building. It is meant as a statement on how London will sustainably adapt to the hyper-density that th… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Why Towns With Good Transit Options Are Recovering Faster From the Recession

September 3, 2011 by  
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Getting around by bus can be slow going in Las Vegas. Photo: time_anchor / Creative Commons . Cities and towns with good public-transit options offer more convenience for residents and are, of course, more environmentally friendly places to live. Now it also seems these places are the ones bouncing back quickest from the economic recession …. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Lauren Bush Opens FEED Project Pop-Up Shop with New York Cupcake Shop

May 14, 2011 by  
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Photo: Emma Grady FEED Projects by Lauren Bush is getting support from local New York bakery The Little Cupcake Bakeshop. Both in Nolita and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, the cupcake shop is selling FEED Projects apparel and accessories to support the United Nations World Food Programme ‘s School Feeding operatio… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Weekday Vegetarian: Wild Leek Pasta Sauce for One

May 13, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: Emma Alter I was feeling lazy the other night so instead of hauling my food processor out of the cupboard to make wild leek pesto , I just chopped it up and sauteed it and made myself a simple and delicious dinner. It’s amazing how you can make such a good dinner out of so little, but sometimes those meals are the most satisfying. …

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Recycling: from E-Waste to Resources

March 2, 2010 by  
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This report from the U.N. Environment Programme looks at the growth of e-waste generated by and sent to developing nations, and suggests ways to reduce the health and environmental impacts from discarded electronics.

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Mapping the Waste from Pizza and Sandwiches

March 2, 2010 by  
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Groups in the U.K. are examining the food and packaging waste created by the supply chains for pizza, sandwiches, quiche and frozen meals.

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Sneak Preview of London’s Bike Rental Scheme

December 15, 2009 by  
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Image from Evening Standard Finally London is getting a bike rental scheme, along with Paris , Montreal, Barcelona and many others . It will be up and ready next summer, but new details of the programme are being announced and bike docking stations are already be..

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