Kristine Lofgren

 

Kristine is a writer and designer from Salt Lake City, Utah. Passionate about green design and pretty words in equal parts, she spends her days blogging, writing, designing and working towards her Masters in English at the University of Utah. Kristine discovered her passion for the environment while growing up on the trails of the Rocky Mountains and has had her feet (and hands) in the dirt ever since.

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The true story behind Groundhog Day

The true story behind Groundhog Day

This year, as Punxsutawney Phil is hoisted into the air to divine our weather future, you may find yourself wondering, how the heck did this become a thing, anyway? The modern Groundhog Day

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35 facts that will make you never want to eat fish again

35 facts that will make you never want to eat fish again

Next time you reach for a spicy tuna handroll, you may want to keep the following infographic in mind. Eating fish may seem like the safer choice when it comes to environmental impact, but

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DIY: 6 dips and spreads to make your Super Bowl feast the best ever

DIY: 6 dips and spreads to make your Super Bowl feast the best ever

The Super Bowl is tomorrow and that means it is time to start prepping all those delicious dips and spreads for the big game. We have 6 recipes that are sure to please your entire crowd and,

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Brilliant sleeping bag transforms into a tent to provide shelter for homeless

Brilliant sleeping bag transforms into a tent to provide shelter for homeless

Winters for the homeless can be an incredibly challenging time, so Carnegie Mellon University challenged its students to create temporary, economically viable shelters for people living on the

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LAST CHANCE: Enter to win a ZumZum balance bike from Inhabitots

LAST CHANCE: Enter to win a ZumZum balance bike from Inhabitots

The ZumZum all-terrain balance bike is the coolest bike around for kids with an ergonomic seat and natural suspension for safe and fun riding experience. We are offering you a chance to win one

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Clever modular mobility aid helps those with disabilities in the developing world

Clever modular mobility aid helps those with disabilities in the developing world

A modular kit of interchangeable mobility aid parts from crutches to walking frames is set to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people with disabilities thanks to a design

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INFOGRAPHIC: A half a billion people worldwide still lack access to clean water

INFOGRAPHIC: A half a billion people worldwide still lack access to clean water

The United Nations have a goal to make sure that 75% of the world has access to safe drinking water by 2015. Unfortunately, they are still far short of reaching that goal.  This infographic

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kraftwerk is a fuel cell-powered portable charger that fits in your pocket

kraftwerk is a fuel cell-powered portable charger that fits in your pocket

kraftwerk gives you electronic freedom with the ability to charge your electronic devices no matter where you go. The handheld device is like a tiny, portable power plant that keeps your

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Cardboard Furniture makes flat pack, recyclable furniture for every room

Cardboard Furniture makes flat pack, recyclable furniture for every room

It's easy to focus on transportation and architecture when it comes to improving our carbon footprint, but sometimes it is the little things that make all the difference. Cardboard Furniture is

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The Oak Tree Ring House is an innovative home that blurs the lines between inside and out

The Oak Tree Ring House is an innovative home that blurs the lines between inside and out

  The Oak Tree Ring House is a new kind of interactive home designed by Michael Jantzen. The space was designed with a temperate climate in mind and the structure consists of a

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Beijing’s hazardous air is so bad, it’s off the charts

Beijing’s hazardous air is so bad, it’s off the charts

Despite taking steps to limit carbon output, Beijing’s toxic air is still breaking records. In fact, Beijing’s air is so bad that last Thursday, it was literally off the charts. Fine air

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INFOGRAPHIC: The 7 best treehouses on Earth

INFOGRAPHIC: The 7 best treehouses on Earth

Treehouses appeal to the child in all of us, but some of them go far above and beyond the simple structures of our youth. These seven treehouses, brought to you by Heiton Buckley and NeoMam

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Dolfi is a washing machine that fits in your hand

Dolfi is a washing machine that fits in your hand

The future of washing on-the-go fits in the palm of your hand and uses ultrasound to get your garments clean. Called Dolfi and designed by MPI Ultrasonics, the little handheld clothes washer

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HOW TO: make your own decadent vegan chocolate mousse

HOW TO: make your own decadent vegan chocolate mousse

Chocolate mousse is the ultimate decadent dessert, but if you want to make yours just a little bit healthier (and better for the environment), try our delicious vegan mousse topped with candied

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GenZe is a smart scooter that helps redefine urban mobility

GenZe is a smart scooter that helps redefine urban mobility

Increasing traffic congestion—along with energy, pollution, parking and maintenance hassles—are definitely creating a demand for smart, two-wheel solutions for getting around cities,

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INFOGRAPHIC: The dirtiest, most germ-ridden items you touch every day

INFOGRAPHIC: The dirtiest, most germ-ridden items you touch every day

Avoiding the worst germs isn't as simple as dodging hand rails and hovering over toilet seats. Did you know that there is 200 times more fecal bacteria on the average kitchen cutting board

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American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

Although the American Farm Bureau is tied to conventional agriculture and its conservative base, the organization is worried about climate change, and it's preparing for the future impact that

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This map reveals which countries will survive climate change (and which countries are in big trouble)

This map reveals which countries will survive climate change (and which countries are in big trouble)

As the global climate changes, some countries are going to feel the impact of global warming more than others. Notre Dame has created an annual index showing which countries will get away with

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Bibliophonies is a public bench that dispenses music, text and light

Bibliophonies is a public bench that dispenses music, text and light

Near the newly-constructed L'Autre Lieu library in Bretagne, France sits a clever little bench that isn't your typical resting spot. Called the Bibliophonie, the bench dispenses sound, text and

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Salt-grown potatoes could revolutionize crop production

Salt-grown potatoes could revolutionize crop production

Common knowledge dictates that most food plants can’t grow in areas fed by salty sea water. But a group of researchers in the Netherlands has found that perhaps that isn’t necessarily the

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Is this the ultra-efficient refrigerator of the future?

Is this the ultra-efficient refrigerator of the future?

The classic refrigerator is one of the most power-hungry appliances in the home. Phononic is hoping to change that with a new solid-state refrigerator that is more reliable, greener and quieter

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Formerly homeless girl’s non-profit provides supplies for the needy

Formerly homeless girl’s non-profit provides supplies for the needy

Mariah was born and abandoned on Christmas Eve twenty years ago, but from challenging beginnings came something incredible. Mariah was inspired, after helping a homeless man one night, to start

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Misfit and Swarovski reveal the world’s first solar-powered fitness tracker

Misfit and Swarovski reveal the world’s first solar-powered fitness tracker

Gone are the days of replacing batteries and the inconvenience of plugging your device in to charge after Misfit and Swarovski revealed the world's first solar-powered fitness tracker. Misfit is

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Nebraska Supreme Court approves Keystone pipeline

Nebraska Supreme Court approves Keystone pipeline

The Keystone pipeline is one step closer to reality after a Nebraska court approved the route of the controversial project. The decision comes after six years of legal and political

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Fukushima rice passes radiation test for the first time since the disaster

Fukushima rice passes radiation test for the first time since the disaster

Ever since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, rice in Japan has been tainted by radiation. This year, for the first time, the rice harvest is finally below the radiation standard set by Japan’s

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Panasonic’s new technology can purify water using sunlight

Panasonic’s new technology can purify water using sunlight

A new technology from Panasonic could produce clean drinking water with the purifying power of sunlight. Using a combination of sunlight and photocatalysts, the new technology quickly turns

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Check out this adorable igloo made entirely out of recycled milk jugs

Check out this adorable igloo made entirely out of recycled milk jugs

Looking for a creative community project? We spied this adorable milk jug igloo over at Diary of a Working Mom and it just screams the perfect way to get people together and get creative. The

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Obsession with material possessions makes you anxious and depressed

Obsession with material possessions makes you anxious and depressed

We've all heard that possessions won't make you happy and now here's the proof:  a new report reveals that those who prioritize possessions experience more negative emotions than people who

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New startup plans to produce a working Hyperloop within the decade

New startup plans to produce a working Hyperloop within the decade

Ever since Elon Musk unveiled open-source plans for the Hyperloop transport system, people have been trying to make it work. The project just got one step closer to reality as the crowdsourcing

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Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and Boyan Slat

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