DIY recycling machines will let anyone turn plastic waste into functional objects

April 8, 2016 by  
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Last year the world produced nearly 311 million tons of plastic, but less than 10% of that was recycled. The truth of the matter is that most plastic ends up in the wrong places; landfills, oceans, and inside animals. Precious Plastic has envisioned a new solution for our plastic problem, and it could make all the difference. The company, started by Dave Hakkens, a 27 year old Dutch designer, is developing resources for DIY machines that recycle plastic waste into functional objects. Released as a shared online open source, the machines can be made with basic tools and universally available materials. The company plans to provide a series of detailed instructional videos and a download-kit, allowing people to become craftsmen of plastic right at home, from anywhere in the world. Check out the video below to see how this revolutionary machine could clean up our planet. + Precious Plastic 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!

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7 Spring Gardening Ideas For Urban Apartment Dwellers

March 30, 2016 by  
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The NativeScapeGR Project Encourages Green Roofing with Native Species

October 16, 2014 by  
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Developed at the University of Lisbon , Portugal,  The NativeScapeGR project focuses on uses native plant species and biocrusts to create green roofs with low water requirements, adapted to Mediterranean-type climates. Although green roofs have countless environmental benefits, they’re rare in most Mediterranean areas, mainly because of installation and maintenance costs, including irrigation. Green roofs that use native plants would maximize water use and sustainability in that region, while also enhancing biodiversity. Biocrusts are consortia of cyanobacteria, fungi , and lichens that can grow in extreme low water conditions. Since they can shut down their metabolism during dry spells, they can survive for months or even years with low water intake, while still providing the homes beneath them with the benefits of a living roof . You can learn more about this experimental work on the  University of Lisbon in Instituto Superior de Agronomia website , or via their Facebook page . + The NativeScape GR Project 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: grasses , green roof , green roof plants , green roofing , green roofs , living roof , living roofs , mediterranean , Mediterranean climate , NativeScapeGR , plants for green roofs , succulents , The NativeScapeGR Project

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George Bradley’s Art-Filled Buena Vista House is Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood

October 16, 2014 by  
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Lundberg Design’s Moss Room Adds a Dramatic Breath of Fresh Air to the California Academy of Sciences

July 17, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Lundberg Design’s Moss Room Adds a Dramatic Breath of Fresh Air to the California Academy of Sciences Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , “living wall” , ferns , lundberg design , lundberg design moss room , moss room , Olle Lundberg , planted wall , renzo piano , restaurant design , south asia river fish , succulents , sustainable restaurant

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Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind Solar Hybrid Installation

July 17, 2014 by  
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The world’s largest wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project was recently put into operation in Kingston, Jamaica. The WindStream Technologies array was commissioned for the rooftop of the prominent local law firm, Myers, Fletcher, & Gordon. Expected to generate approximately 106,000kWh annually with a return on investment in less than four years, the plant should save the firm approximately $2 million in energy costs over the course of its 25-year lifetime. Read the rest of Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind Solar Hybrid Installation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , & Gordon , island nation , Jamaica , Jamaica Public Service , JPS , Kingston , Myers Fletcher , renewable energy , Solar Power , solar wind hybrid , SolarMills , WindStream Technologies , world’s largest wind solar hybrid

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INHABITAT Picks Up Gardening Tips From Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco

July 30, 2012 by  
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Turn Your Houseplants into a Work of Art with MDC Interiors’ Indoor Concrete Wall Planter

June 13, 2012 by  
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From furniture made using reclaimed wood to a living table that doubles as a bonsai tree planter , Michael Carpenter of MDC Interiors has been developing a wide range of innovative green interior furnishings in recent years. Now, Carpenter has come up with another impressive design. The indoor concrete wall planter presents a neat new way to display houseplants by hanging them on the wall. The planter consists of a reclaimed wooden box and a thin slab of concrete, and there are a couple of holes that can be filled with plants and stones. + MDC Interiors 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: Atlanta , georgia , houseplants , Indoor Concrete Wall Planter , interior design , mdc interiors , Michael Carpenter , planter , plants , reclaimed wood , succulents

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