Deli-turned-distillery renovated using materials reclaimed on-site

January 12, 2018 by  
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Architecture studio tres birds workshop used reclaimed and locally available materials to turn the former Mancinelli’s Market in Denver into a modern distillery and cocktail lounge that emphasizes the relationship between distiller, chef, bartender, and guest. The designers paired industrial elements with rich wood details in order to create a gathering place that feels familiar and cozy. A large wooden door made from reclaimed  materials sourced on-site is the entry point into The Family Jones Distillery dominated by low-slung seating, deep blue booths, and soft lighting. During warmer months, the door can slide open to facilitate a seamless transition between the interior and the patio. Related: World’s Greenest Whisky Distillery Unveiled in Scotland Two-story wooden louvers flank the Osage Street glass facade, offering passive temperature and lighting control while drawing attention inside to the well-lit copper still which acts as the focal point of the project. This element, perched above the central bar, sits in an oculus flanked by wooden mashers. Concrete walls line the space and feature extrusions that house a combination of herbs used in spirit making, as well as light fixtures that illuminate the tables below. + The Family Jones Spirit House + tres birds workshop

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These wirelessly-powered AA batteries pull energy from thin air

January 12, 2018 by  
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Did you know that more than 3 billion batteries are thrown away every year in the United States ? The Cota Forever Battery is the world’s first wirelessly-powered AA battery – and it offers a more sustainable, convenient alternative to traditional disposable batteries. Designed by Ossia the battery enables any device that requires AA batteries to be recharged from a distance through the air. Ossia’s Cota products are based on a wireless technology that broadcasts a precise, powerful RF signal to any device which contains a Cota RF antenna. The RF receivers then convert that signal into effective power. The Forever Battery takes this a step further, inserting the RF receivers into a AA battery – a familiar household item that could ease the transition towards wirelessly-powered devices. Related: New ‘thermal battery’ soaks up heat energy like a sponge As exciting as the technology sounds, it will likely be years before homes are outfitted with smart AA batteries. The first adopters of Cota’s technology are likely to be large commercial operations, like factories and stores. Even before wide release, Ossia’s Cota products are already making news. Cota was awarded a 2016 CES Innovation Award in the “Tech for a Better World” product category, and Cota Tile, a wireless transmitter designed to mimic a ceiling tile, was the winner of the 2017 CES Best of Innovation Award. Via Gizmodo and PR Newswire Images via Ossia

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Newly-discovered hermit crab species uses living coral as shells

October 19, 2017 by  
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For the first time ever, a hermit crab has been documented to have found its “forever” home. Off the coast of Japan , a new species of the crab has partnered with a living coral. The coral grows as the crab ages, which means it has no need to continue searching for a bigger shell to live in. Unlike its counterparts, this new species has a perfectly symmetrical body to fit the coral that grows with it. The discovery of the Diogenes heteropsammicola  is described in the journal PLOS ONE . This is the first species of hermit crab to live within “walking coral,” a free-living variety of coral that grows as tiny lumps on the sea floor. This relationship has been witnessed before, but usually between the peanut worm (or more formally, a sipunculan) and the living coral. Because the coral protects the worm and the worm carries the coral around the sea floor, it is considered to be a mutually beneficial partnership . Both species are in sync with each other, as their relationship has evolved for thousands of years. Related: How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives As IFLScience points out, that makes this latest discovery even more amazing — and unusual. It is relatively unheard of for one species to diversify to include other organisms , such as the coral has done with the hermit crab. This is because the initial partnership often requires an extraordinary amount of specialization. Nonetheless, the coral has accepted the crab, likely because the crustacean carries the coral around the sea floor and prevents it from being covered in sediment. In turn, the coral protects the small creature. This is definitely an improvement upon hermit crabs adopting discarded bottles and pollution as their new homes. + PLOS ONE Via IFLScience Images via  Momoko Igawa,  Igawa et al. 2017

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What a coffee cup says about McDonald’s supply chain strategy

July 5, 2017 by  
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Cross-industry collaboration accelerates supply chain sustainability, as proven by the relationship between International Paper (IP) and McDonald’s U.S. “We can have Rainforest Alliance Certified espresso, we can have great sustainability programs in our coffee supply chain,” said Townsend Bailey, director of supply chain sustainability at McDonald’s U.S. “But if we serve it to our customers in a foam cup, they won’t believe it.” 

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Natural Brookwater bottles use activated carbon and volcanic rock to purify and enhance drinking water

September 26, 2016 by  
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The Sylva biofilter is Sigal’s original creation, a biodegradable tool of simple design. The filter is meant to remineralize and purify water slowly, at the patient speed of nature. Trace elements are invited back into water as odors and contaminants are extracted. Volcanic rock, activated carbon , and other organic materials make up the uncluttered product’s ingredient list, which is said to improve the taste and quality of drinking water. Related: Living biofilters could use bacteria to help manage methane emissions The back-to-basics essence of the Sylva filter is expanded to create the Brookwater bottles. The experimental product allows for purification on the go, offering a more natural alternative to ocean-clogging plastic. Sigal says of the Brookwater bottles, “The aim is to give prominence to the relationship between nature, science and design to create a multi-faceted material that is harmless to the planet while acting upon the water.” The experimental design was spotted alongside the Sylva filter at Tent London . + Brook Sigal + London Design Festival + Inhabitat coverage of London Design Festival Images via Inhabitat, Brook Sigal

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Andrew Michler’s ‘[ours] Hyperlocalization of Architecture’ explores how sustainable architecture engages with its environment

October 26, 2015 by  
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What is the relationship between a building and its location, and what should that relationship be? Inhabitat writer , passive house consultant and author Andrew Michler  tackles that question with his new book: [ours] Hyperlocalization of Architecture: Contemporary Sustainable Archetypes . In the past, a building was imposed on the landscape, on it but not a part of it. Today, innovative architecture weaves into its environment and the people who live in it. In his book, Michler speaks with renowned architects to better understand this hyperlocalized architecture and how it is influencing today’s most forward-thinking, sustainable designs. + [ours] Hyperlocalization of Architecture

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Ibrahim Abdul-Matin: How faith and diversity build resilience

September 17, 2015 by  
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New York City’s director of community affairs explains how we can reconcile our relationship with nature and embrace resilience in buildings and cities.

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Why we need an ‘Interdependence’ Day

July 14, 2015 by  
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From the Pope’s Encyclical to an array of alarming reports, evidence that we need to rethink our relationship with biodiversity is all around us.

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Book Worm: 5 Environmental Stewardship Books For Children

June 15, 2015 by  
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Childhood is such a magical time, and I am always on the lookout for books that capture this while strengthening their relationship with the natural world. These are some of the ‘best of the best’ for ages 3 to 7 in reminding children of the…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Celebrate International Day of Forests with these important forest facts

March 20, 2015 by  
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Tomorrow is International Day of Forests ! In honor of this holiday, Crowes Sawmills Ltd. created an infographic that’s packed with interesting forest facts, from why trees are important for continued human life to why we should concerned with current deforestation rates. The infographic also pays close attention to the relationship between forests and climate change, the theme of this year’s International Day of Forests. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Celebrate International Day of Forests with these important forest facts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , Crowes Sawmills Ltd , deforestation , forest facts , forests , infographic , International Day of Forests , reader submitted content , Trees

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