Sweden opens an entire mall full of reclaimed goods

April 7, 2017 by  
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You’re familiar with thrift stores – maybe you shop at one from time to time. But have you ever seen an entire mall of reclaimed goods? Such a thrifter’s paradise exists in Sweden , about 1.5 hours west of central Stockholm. ReTuna Återbruksgalleria , or ReTuna Recycling Galleria, peddles reused or upcycled goods, pioneering the climate -friendly future of the shopping mall. How does ReTuna work? People can submit items worthy of reclaiming or restoring to the Return. Staff from the city of Eskilstuna’s Activity, Motivation, and Work unit sort the donated items, which are then fixed up, repaired, or transformed to be sold in the mall. The goods are assigned to the mall shops based on each one’s business plan. There are 14 shops inside ReTuna, along with a restaurant serving organic food . Related: 6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure The purpose of the creative mall is to explore a new way of shopping resulting in less harm to the environment . All businesses in the mall must operate in an environmentally friendly way, and if they must purchase new goods – such as the cafe – the items must be organic or climate-friendly. According to the mall’s website, “ Sustainability is not about holding back and living less – but achieving more with the resources we already have.” Mall manager Anna Bergström says on the website they envision customers stopping by to donate old furniture or clothing, and then entering the mall to find maybe a new jacket or a new lamp, and having a bite in the organic restaurant. She said, “When you leave here, you should feel that you did something good for the environment.” The ReTuna website says it is “perhaps the world’s first shopping mall that will take advantage of things that need new homes.” The recycling mall will host an information meeting on April 20, 2017. + ReTuna Återbruksgalleria Images via ReTuna Återbruksgalleria and ReTuna Återbruksgalleria Facebook

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Natural ventilation and light filters through this glittering perforated facade

February 17, 2017 by  
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Photo by W Workspace The natural environment permeates through the faceted,  perforated facade of this shopping center in Bankok. Taiwan-based studio Architectkidd designed the project, named The Street Ratchada, by renovating an existing retail development and combining Thailand’s traditional metalwork techniques with digital design to create an engaging envelope that allows air and light to filter through the porous diamond panels. The building features a semi-outdoor atrium , a variety of programs and public activities that help embed the project into the existing urban tissue of Bangkok . Traditionally planned interior gave way to a more flexible layout. Related: Architectkidd’s Blue Bird Hut saves injured birds in Thailand One of the building’s most prominent features is its facade which creates an inviting glow from within at night. Gradient transparencies of the panels facilitate natural ventilation and ever-changing lighting conditions. The metallic surface has a monumental appearance, while delicately influencing the use of the building by functioning as a porous layer composed of triangulated, uniquely cut slivers. + Architectkidd Lead photo by Luke Yeung

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10 things your newborn DOESN’T need

October 12, 2016 by  
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When it comes to baby showers, new parents tend to fill up their registry list in accordance with trends, but do babies really NEED all that stuff? So many items designed for newborns often lose their purpose after the baby is just weeks old, and others are just not necessary at all. Before new parents get sucked in to buying up these “must-haves,” we thought we’d take a closer look at some common products newborns can do without . Read on to see 10 things you DON’T need to buy for a baby.

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3 Easy, last-minute DIY gifts for nature lovers

December 16, 2015 by  
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There are only a few short weeks standing between now and the New Year, which means it’s crunch time for holiday gift giving . And if you’re anything like us, you probably have a few people on your shopping list who share your appreciation for all things natural. So why not consider making them a special gift this year? Hit the jump to see three easy projects you can do yourself that are bound to make your friends or family members feel extra special this year. Read the rest of 3 Easy, last-minute DIY gifts for nature lovers

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Escape the Consumerism Trap and Have a Thoughtful Holiday Season

November 29, 2014 by  
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It can be easy to get sucked into the chaotic shopping frenzy  of the holiday season, but that kind of unchecked consumerism has some decidedly negative effects. In fact, the average consumer spends $854 on holiday gifts, which can promote greed, increase depression and foster selfishness and narcissism. Ditch the materialism and have a thoughtful, meaningful holidays with some of our tips for navigating the season. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Black Friday , christmas gifts , christmas shopping , consumerism , cyber monday , gift giving , gifting , holiday consumerism , holiday shopping , presents , Shopping

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Pets

November 29, 2014 by  
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For those of us whose pets are practically our children, buying presents and seeing them enjoy their gifts is a delight. Whether you’re looking to make your pet feel a little cozier and loved, or encouraging them to have more fun, we have a great lineup of gifts for your fuzzy companion. From bouncy balls  to  eco-luxe cork collars , custom food bowls , and cozy beds , read on to see our favorite ideas for that special four-legged or feathered friend in your life. GREEN GIFTS FOR PETS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquafarm , bark box , cat bowl , cat cave , cat cocoon , cat nip , cat scratch lounger , dog bed , dog collar , eco christmas , eco friendly presents , eco holiday , eco xmas , eco-friendly gifts , environmentally friendly gifts , environmentally friendly presents , gifts for pets , green christmas , green gift guide , green gifts for animals , green gifts for cats , green gifts for dogs , green gifts for pets , green holiday , green holiday gift guide , green presents , green xmas , natural latex dog bed , pet gifts , recyclebone , thundershirt , travel dog bowl

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INFOGRAPHIC: Which Electronics are Green Enough to Buy?

November 26, 2013 by  
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The Natural Resources Defense Council is helping turn Black Friday green with its annual guide to shopping for environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient electronics. In a blog post on the NRDC website, senior scientist and Center for Energy Efficiency Director Noah Horowitz points out three easy steps to green your gadget gifts: only buy models with the ENERGY STAR stamp of approval, eliminate vampire power when the device is not in use, and properly recycle old units so they don’t end up in toxic landfills. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Which Electronics are Green Enough to Buy? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “energy star” , Black Friday , computer , green electronics , holidays , Natural Resources Defense Council , nrdc , Shopping , television        

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Enter to Win A Back-To-School Shopping Spree from PanacheBox Worth $400!

August 27, 2013 by  
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Back-to-school is right around the corner and what better way to gear up for the school year than with an incredible giveaway? Inhabitots has teamed up with PanacheBox to give one lucky reader a $400 shopping spree ! The winner will be able to chose 10 designer clothes for their child, or have one of PanacheBox’s stylists curate a special wardrobe just for them. Some of the designers with PanacheBox include Egg, Holt and Lulu, ESP No.1, Joah Love, Little Traveler, i Gianburrasca, Tooby Doo, Roberta, Lisa Rose, and That’s Not Fair London — and new designers are highlighted every season. Head over to Inhabitots to learn how to enter! ENTER NOW > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $400 shopping spree , back to school , back to school clothes , back-to-school shopping spree , designer kids’ clothing , fall fashion for kids , inhabitots contest , Inhabitots giveaway , kids clothing for back to school , Panachebox , Panachebox shopping spree        

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The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage

August 27, 2013 by  
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Thousands of firefighters have descended upon the “ Rim Fire ” blazing in Yosemite National Park. A new online tool launched by Southern California radio station KPCC allows visitors to monitor the progress of the inferno and those struggling to contain the disaster. The site also keeps track of structures threatened, damaged, and the total number of injuries. Statistics on recent fires are available for comparison, and conditions and road closures are updated regularly. The massive fire has already burned an area the size of Chicago, consuming over 160,000 acres at time of press. Read the rest of The ‘Fire Tracker’ Online Tool Monitors Yosemite Rim Fire Damage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chicago , fire conditions , fire tracker tool , firefighters , hetch hetchy valley , hydroelectic plant , kpcc , kqed , los angeles times , news fix blog , power supply , Rim Fire , San Francisco , state of emergency , water supply , wildfire , yosemite national park        

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Xcel Energy’s Wind Farm Projects Could Power 750,000 Homes in the Midwest

August 27, 2013 by  
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Windpower company Xcel Energy is turning the Midwest into a renewable energy center. The company just proposed its fourth wind farm for northern North Dakota, which could reduce 320,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Along with three other windfarm projects , Xcel Energy’s wind farms could power 750,000 homes, saving customers more than $220 million on energy costs . Read the rest of Xcel Energy’s Wind Farm Projects Could Power 750,000 Homes in the Midwest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , alternative energy , eco design , green design , green energy , reduce fossil fuel dependence , renewable energy , sustainable design , wind energy , Wind Farms midwest , wind farms United States , xcel energy        

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