Parsons School of Design unveils sustainable public seating in New York City

May 21, 2018 by  
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Leave it to the creative minds at the Parsons School of Design to renovate public seating for a more eco-friendly world. The school recently unveiled Street Seats, a sustainably-designed public seating area made from repurposed and biodegradable products for New Yorkers to find respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. The public space, which the school unveiled this week, was inspired by the need to create more seating areas for people to relax and take a load off. In a place like New York City , public seating can be quite limited. Students from the school’s architecture, interior design, product design, and food studies departments envisioned and built Street Seats over two parking spaces on the corner of 13th street and 5th Avenue in Greenwich Village. The students crafted the space with a variety of reclaimed materials . They used rot-resistant western red cedar to build tables and stools, which were then covered in repurposed fishing nets . Related: DIY Softwalks Kits Let You Turn Ugly Scaffolding into Fun Pop-Up Parks! The lighting system in the installation is completely off-grid and operates on solar energy . After sunset, a daylight sensor activates LED lights to provide a well-lit atmosphere. The seating area is surrounded by planters to reduce traffic noise and create a pleasant environment. The planters are made with biodegradable coconut fibers and jet webbing  and house herbs and native plants. The Greenbelt Native Plant Center donated seeds for the project. + Parsons New School of Design Images by Rafael Flaksburg via Parsons New School of Design

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USDA releases controversial GMO food label prototypes

May 21, 2018 by  
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently unveiled label prototypes for food with genetically modified ingredients . The fight for labels was controversial, but in 2016, Congress passed a bill in favor of required labeling. Now, the proposed label designs are also facing controversy. “I mean, they look like a little smiley face,” said George Kimbrell , legal director of the  Center for Food Safety . “They’re very pro-biotech, cartoonishly so, and to that extent are, you know, not just imparting information but instead are essentially propaganda for the industry.” The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard will increase the transparency of our nation’s food system & give consumers uniform information about the bioengineered status of their foods – learn how you can provide input https://t.co/0wmR15Mkpr pic.twitter.com/qZ6hR0Jorc — USDA Ag Mktg Service (@USDA_AMS) May 9, 2018 The USDA has been working for a while to develop a mandatory national system for cluing consumers in to the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food — and a request for feedback garnered 112,000 responses from farmers, manufacturers and consumers. Now, the department is  asking for comments on its  proposed rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard . Related: Genetically engineered apples that never brown are hitting store shelves next year Many of the proposed labels feature bright colors like yellow or green and include images like suns or plants. They all have the letters BE, which stands for bioengineered . Critics complain that term is unfamiliar to American shoppers, who tend to be more familiar with terms like GMO or genetically engineered . NPR pointed out that some products in supermarkets already have a non-GMO label; Kimbrell said it’s “misleading and confusing” to “now switch that up and use a totally different term, bioengineered, that has not been the standard commonplace nomenclature for all of this time.” In 2016 , the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine  analyzed more than 900 research papers and found that scientists have not uncovered hard evidence that genetically engineered crops are worse for people to eat than other crops. Still, many consumers want labels. People have until July 3, 2018 to provide comments on the proposed labels. To submit a comment, visit the Regulations.gov website . + USDA + BE Disclosure and Labeling Via NPR Image via Depositphotos

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Radlab Inc.’s Beautiful Bench Takes Inspiration from Earth’s Natural Processes

December 4, 2013 by  
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As part of the international Street Seats Competition hosted by Design Museum Boston , Radlab Inc.  looked to the natural phenomenon of channeling (the consequence of erosion) for inspiration for their entry. The negative/positive relationship of what remains and what has eroded was explored as both a form instantiator and form producer in their design. Channels were milled into the seating surface of a bench composed of spruce joists reclaimed from the Mt. Tom Paper Mill in Holyoke, MA. The mill was built in the 1880s, and destroyed by fire in March of 2012. + Radlab Inc. 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: “green furniture” , Design Museum Boston , eco furniture , international Street Seats Competition , Radlab Inc. , reclaimed wood furniture        

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Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

December 4, 2013 by  
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The relentless evolution of electronics means that consumers are constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest – but all of those dated flip phones and CRT monitors have to go somewhere. Australian filmmaker David Fedele spent some time in the world’s second largest e-waste dump in Agbogbloshie, Ghana (the largest is in China) to create a film that shows firsthand how awful the electronic graveyard really is. Over 215,000 tons of e-waste is imported to Ghana each year where scavengers pick apart and burn the gadgets to get to the metal inside, creating an endless toxic cloud that hangs over the environment. Read the rest of Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Accra Ghana , Africa waste , Agbogbloshie dump , Agbogbloshie Ghana , burning waste , e-waste , E-waste documentary , E-Wasteland , E-Wasteland documentary , E-Wasteland Film , electronics dump , electronics waste , Europe Waste , recycling electronics , toxic burning , toxic waste , waste dump        

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DIY Gift: Make Chalkboard Mugs for the Holidays!

December 4, 2013 by  
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Inexpensive and easy to make, chalkboard mugs are ideal for any tea or coffee aficionado on your list. You can also decorate them as presents for cocoa-loving kids, as they’re perfect places to write sweet little notes, and they make great teacher’s gifts as well. This is a great weekend craft project that only requires a few simple supplies, and can be a fabulous DIY project for the whole family. Read the rest of DIY Gift: Make Chalkboard Mugs for the Holidays! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chalk , chalkboard , Christmas , cup , DIY , DIY Christmas , DIY holidays , DIY xmas gift , Festivus , gift , gifts , hanukkah , holiday gift , Holiday present , holiday presents , holidays , homemade gift , mug , paint , sharpie , solstice , Yule        

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