Eco-friendly DIY modular furniture can be reassembled over and over into different pieces

September 12, 2016 by  
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Designer Stefano Guerrieri aimed to create DIY furniture kits that people can use to creatively modernize their office spaces. He started PlayWood , a company that offers innovative 3D-printed polyamide connectors that can attach user-supplied boards together to make imaginative desks, planters, or bookcases, to name a few. As the connectors don’t damage the boards, modular furniture made with them can be taken apart and reassembled to create different pieces. It’s easy to get creative with PlayWood and design custom furniture to fit your particular space. PlayWood connectors can attach boards at 90 degrees, 105 degrees or 150 degrees. They can be used with boards in varying thicknesses from 1.5 centimeters to 2 centimeters, or about half an inch to 0.7 inches. Users must furnish their own boards, but can use ” every kind of material with a variable thickness .” There are no power tools or even screwdrivers necessary to assemble the furniture; all a builder needs beyond boards and connectors is an Allen key. Related: Giant LEGO bricks snap together into life-size modular furniture If at some point you move or need a new piece of furniture, the old piece can easily be taken apart and reassembled into something new. Not using that side table as much as you thought you might? You can take it apart and transform it into a trendy bookcase. Guerrieri believes in “ modularity and creative freedom ,” and wanted to offer creatives the chance to change their furniture as their businesses evolved. The furniture that can be built with his connector kits is also sustainable – not only can PlayWood connectors be reused several times, but they are recyclable and “ eco-friendly .” PlayWood offers instructions for furniture like a hexagonal bookcase, cube planter, roller sofa, or modular desk. Kits are fairly inexpensive: a hexagonal kit with two 150 degree connectors and four 105 degree connectors is currently on sale for 15 Euros, or around $16. A square kit with six 90 degree connectors is 20 Euros, or about $22. Connectors can also be purchased separately for 3.50 Euros, or almost $4. + PlayWood Via Yanko Design Images via PlayWood

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Scientists record a human-like conversation between two dolphins for the first time ever

September 12, 2016 by  
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Yasha and Yana, two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins , have been chatting it up lately and scientists have been listening in. The recordings can clearly be heard to be conversations , as the mammals pause to let the other finish and can string distinct “words” together to form sentences. The research confirms for the first time that dolphins use an advanced form of communication similar to humans. The study , published in the journal Mathematics and Physics , was performed at the Karadag Nature Reserve in Feodosia, Russia. The two dolphins were recorded speaking to each other in a pool at the reserve and the analysis of their conversation was fascinating. Dr. Vyacheslav Ryabov, lead researcher of the study, stated: “Essentially, this exchange resembles a conversation between two people.” Related: Why the Feds want to ban swimming with dolphins in Hawaii A series of pulsed clicks were produced by each mammal , each distinct and representing a phoneme or word in the dolphin language. These pulses were strung together like sentences and it was clear both Yasha and Yana waited for the other to finish before responding. “This language exhibits all the design features present in the human spoken language, this indicates a high level of intelligence and consciousness in dolphins, and their language can be ostensibly considered a highly developed spoken language , akin to the human language,” explained Dr. Ryabov. Dolphins are already known to produce more than one thousand types of distinct whistles to communicate with one another, but the new evidence points to particularly advanced behavior in the form of a one-on-one, back and forth conversation. At this point in time, we still do not understand the content of their communication, but the researchers say this is clearly the next step to take. Via The Telegraph Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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Bookniture’s sleek tomes fold out into sturdy, versatile furniture

February 10, 2015 by  
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The vast majority of folding furniture isn’t exactly known for being elegant, or even that easy to store when it’s not in use. But Bookniture’s innovative pieces provide a novel solution for those in small apartments and tiny houses : their moleskine-like books fold out to form sturdy honeycomb tables and stools, and when you want that floor space back? They simply sit inconspicuously on the shelf. Read the rest of Bookniture’s sleek tomes fold out into sturdy, versatile furniture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , bookniture , flat pack furntiture , folding chair , folding table , honeycomb , moleshine , paper furniture , recyclable

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Corkinho Transforms Wine Cork Waste into Beautiful Green Furnishings

November 10, 2014 by  
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World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

July 2, 2014 by  
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Feel guilty every time you have to get a disposable cup for your latte? Soon you could be saying goodbye to that guilt, as the world’s first recyclable paper cup is about to hit the streets in the United Kingdom . Aren’t paper cups already recyclable, you ask? The answer is no – your traditional coffee cup is made from paper laminated with plastic to keep your drink warm and keep the liquid from soaking through, which makes them tough to recycle. But British entrepreneur and engineer Martin Myerscough, who also invented the ‘cardboard’ bottle , has come up with a solution. His Green Your Cup comes with a thin liner that’s designed to quickly separate from the paper during recycling, which means the cup can be recycled by simply putting it into your recycling bin like any other recyclable. Read the rest of World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cup , disposable , green , landfill , myerscough , Paper , recyclable , recycling , Waste , your

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Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

April 15, 2014 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco

April 15, 2014 by  
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The cost of living is rising at an unprecedented rate in San Francisco, and recent reports show that the city has some of the most expensive housing prices in the nation – but just how high have rents risen? The SpareFoot Blog recently published a new infographic that details 8 shockingly expensive homes on the market for astronomical sums. Check out the full infographic after the break! 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! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cities , cost of living , expensive housing , highest housing costs , housing costs , housing prices , infographic , most expensive rent in us , rents , San Francisco , Urban design , us rent

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BOLTgroup’s Gigs 2 Go Recyclable Micro USB Drives Make It Easy to Share Info Anywhere

December 19, 2013 by  
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Gigs 2 Go is a credit-card-sized pack of USB flash drives made from molded paper pulp, designed with one thing in mind: sharing. When you need to share files on-the-go, you tear off a tab from the Gigs 2 Go pack. Because they’re inexpensive and made from recycled materials, you can leave the tab with a friend or colleague. And you’ve got 3 more tabs in the pack, ready when you need them. The Gigs 2 Go packs feature a 100% post-consumer recycled paper enclosure. The molded paper pulp pack is not only light and durable, it’s also great for writing on when you want to label the tabs. BOLTgroup introduced Gigs 2 Go as a blue-sky concept in March 2013, and drew a lot of interest from designers, photographers, and marketing professionals who saw Gigs 2 Go as a sustainable way to share data with their clients and colleagues. BOLTgroup has partnered with US-based CustomUSB to produce the Gigs 2 Go packs, and they launched a Kickstarter campaign on December 9th to raise funds for tooling and production. Their aim is to launch a new business focused on connecting people with green technology . + Gigs 2 Go 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: eco flash drive , flash drive , g2g , gigs 2 go , recyclable flash drive , recyclable usb stick        

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intelliPaper Turns a Scrap Of Paper Into a Customized Recyclable USB Drive

December 19, 2012 by  
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Email and social networking sites have led to a sharp decline in the amount of paper used to communicate and store information. But that doesn’t mean paper is completely obsolete in the digital world. A company called intelliPaper has found a way to transform tiny scraps of paper into fully functional USB drive s and programmable documents that could revolutionize the printed materials industry and cut down on the ocean of e-waste currently headed for the landfill. Read the rest of intelliPaper Turns a Scrap Of Paper Into a Customized Recyclable USB Drive Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: e-waste , flash drive , intelliPaper , paper products , printed technology , recyclable , usb

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Mike Biddle’s Plastic Separation Technology Can Transform the Supply Chain of the Plastics Industry

October 24, 2011 by  
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Mike Biddle calls himself the “Garbage Man” and thinks of garbage piles as ‘above ground mines’. Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled — compared to almost 90% of metals — because of the massively complicated waste management issues, the problem of finding and sorting the different kind s. In 1992, Mike Biddle, a plastics engineer, set out to find a solution. Frustrated by this waste, Mike has developed a cheap and incredibly energy-efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic. He set up a lab in his garage in Pittsburg, California, and began experimenting with complex-plastics recycling, borrowing ideas from such industries as mining and grain processing. Plastic Waste Management               He says:  “I consider myself an environmentalist. I hate to see plastics wasted. I hate to see any natural resource – even human time – wasted.” Most people, even those who understand the menace of plastic find solace in thinking that “At least I am recycling it”. Even though consumers are doing their part and should continue to do so, these good habits don’t do much to help the situation if there in an inadequate recycling system in place. Throwing water bottles into the recycling bin doesn’t begin to address the massive quantity of post-consumer plastic that ends up in landfills and the ocean. Of the approximately 250 billion kgs (550 billion pounds) of plastic used annually on a global basis, less than 10% of these plastics are currently recycled. In comparison, over 90% of the metals, such as steel, copper and aluminum, are recycled from these same complex waste streams. Why then are plastics—far more valuable than steel on a cost per weight basis—so undervalued as recovered materials? Because it’s so difficult to separate the various kinds of plastics – up to 20 kinds per product – that make up our computers, cell phones, cars and home appliances, only a small fraction of plastics from complex waste streams are recycled, while the rest is tossed. Different kinds of plastic have overlapping characteristics that makes it impossible to separate them. Metals on the other hand have distinct physical and chemical properties that helps the sorting process. EvoSource Task Lighting Since then, Biddle has developed a patented 30-step plastics recycling system that includes magnetically extracting metals, shredding the plastics, sorting them by polymer type and producing graded pellets to be reused in industry – a process that takes less than a tenth of the energy required to make virgin plastic from crude oil. Today, the company he cofounded,  MBA Polymers , has facilities in California, China, Austria and the UK can process over 300 million pounds (over 140,000 tons) of waste per year, selling the purified plastics back to some of the largest manufacturers in the world of IT, electronics, appliances, automobiles, office, home and garden products. Moreover, the process is very efficient, saving over 80% of the energy and between 1 and 3 tons of CO? for every ton of virgin plastics replaced. MBA Polymers is changing the way the world sees recycled plastic, creating a highly valuable commodity while it provides a significant economic benefit—all in a sustainable way.

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