Recycling and Composting

Bolivia’s atmospheric Jardín de Asia features cozy cocoons made of natural materials

Bolivia’s atmospheric Jardín de Asia features cozy cocoons made of natural materials

The stunning Jardín the Asia is part of Los Tajibos Hotel, Santa Cruz de la Sierra's most luxurious accomodation. Envisioned by local architect Juan Carlos Menacho, it features a grand tunnel-like

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‘From Piss to Pilsner’ recycles urine to make beer

‘From Piss to Pilsner’ recycles urine to make beer

The urine from the estimated 100,000 visitors to the Roskilde Festival in Denmark this summer will have the odd opportunity to recycle their urine- into beer. “From Piss to Pilsner” hopes to ignite a

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Smart ways to get a second use out of your spent coffee grounds

Smart ways to get a second use out of your spent coffee grounds

Over 50% of American adults drink at least one cup of coffee every single day. That is a lot of coffee grounds. For most enthusiastic coffee drinkers, though that aromatic ambrosia is what gets them out

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Top 10 cities in the U.S. for urban farming

Top 10 cities in the U.S. for urban farming

People have been growing food and raising livestock across the United States for centuries—even in cities. But it wasn't until around the 1970s that backyard produce started showing up on sidewalks as

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These biodegradable burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

These biodegradable burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

Most of us have likely had the opportunity to visit a cemetery at some point, and walked through the endless rows of cold marble headstones and weeping angel statues. An Italian design company called

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Woman accidentally tosses rare Apple I computer worth $200,000

Woman accidentally tosses rare Apple I computer worth $200,000

The managers of a recycling center in Silicon Valley are looking for a woman who dropped off an extremely rare early Apple I computer, which turned out to be worth $200,000. Several weeks ago, an unnamed

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8 incredible parks created from landfills

8 incredible parks created from landfills

1. Mt. Trashmore, Virginia Beach Talk about turning trash into treasure - the satirically dubbed Mount Trashmore went from being an abandoned landfill to becoming the Virginia's most visited park. Tony

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Wooden Orchids reimagines the shopping mall as a living, breathing ecotopia

Wooden Orchids reimagines the shopping mall as a living, breathing ecotopia

What if you could go to a shopping center, and without having to search or try very hard, every single aspect of it was genuinely green and sustainable? This is what Vincent Callebaut strives to achieve

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12 organizations fighting food waste around the globe

12 organizations fighting food waste around the globe

We all heard our mothers say it when we were young, "Don't waste your food," or perhaps, "Take all you want but eat all you take." Whether you were threatened with having your dinner sent to poor children

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This woman can fit two years of trash in one small mason jar

This woman can fit two years of trash in one small mason jar

Have you ever thought about how much trash you produce in a day? How about a year or two years? The average person wastes 4.3 pounds of waste per day; that's 1,569 pounds per year. Not a great feeling,

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Julian Lechner’s Kaffeeform espresso cups made of coffee grounds are dishwasher safe

Julian Lechner’s Kaffeeform espresso cups made of coffee grounds are dishwasher safe

Can you imagine how many tons of coffee grounds go to waste every day as people worldwide feed their caffeine habit on a daily basis? Concerned about this very thing, German designer Julian Lechner found

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The Urbanite Home rescues oil barrels from landfills to create upcycled modern furniture

The Urbanite Home rescues oil barrels from landfills to create upcycled modern furniture

Every single day MILLIONS of oil barrels are produced and disposed of across the globe, and since they have little scrap value, most of them are tragically discarded into landfills, contributing to global

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INFOGRAPHIC: Our ocean plastic problem is quickly spiraling out of control

INFOGRAPHIC: Our ocean plastic problem is quickly spiraling out of control

Try to imagine your life without plastic: it's in your smartphone, your car, your clothing, your toiletries. All that plastic ends up somewhere, and more and more, that place is the ocean. In fact, every

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Experimental eco-hostel promotes Andean culture and Pachamama love in Bolivia

Experimental eco-hostel promotes Andean culture and Pachamama love in Bolivia

Originally from a left-wing family from La Paz, 'hermana Libertad' keeps herself busy with the hostel, giving offerings to the lake and teaching bioarchitecture as well as empowering local women in a

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Vietnam’s sustainable bamboo “lotus pods” sprout on time for Milan Expo 2015

Vietnam’s sustainable bamboo “lotus pods” sprout on time for Milan Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia architects' unique 'lotus pods' have sprouted in Milan, Italy and they are amazing to see in person. A unique interpretation of the Milan Expo 2015 theme "feeding the planet, energy for

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The Urban Homesteader brings back ancestral know-how to inspire future generations

The Urban Homesteader brings back ancestral know-how to inspire future generations

Many people call themselves (and are) urban homesteaders, but these folks are The Urban Homesteader. Urban dwellers with an interest in adding some sustainable practices to their own homes can learn

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Beastly tower of recycled tires rises up in the New Zealand countryside

Beastly tower of recycled tires rises up in the New Zealand countryside

If you find yourself wandering the countryside north of Auckland, do not be alarmed if you encounter a very funky rubber tree. No, this forty foot folly is not a giant Wookiee or a rejected Muppet. Named

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This powerful video sheds light on 5 things about plastic you might not know

This powerful video sheds light on 5 things about plastic you might not know

This powerful video, titled "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Plastic", uses a Rube Goldberg machine to follow the journey a plastic bottle takes from “factory to home” to shed light on the

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Learn what really happens to the plastic you throw away

Learn what really happens to the plastic you throw away

Recycled and upcycled plastic bottle designs are among Inhabitat’s favorite featured topics, but have you ever wondered what happens to the billions of plastic bottles that don’t make it to the

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Earth Day: How it began, and how it helps the planet

Earth Day: How it began, and how it helps the planet

Earth Day is April 22nd, and to get prepared for the big day, here are a few Earth Day facts that you may not know. Founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, the first

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The Blue Diversion Toilet is an off-grid portable potty that filters waste water for washing

The Blue Diversion Toilet is an off-grid portable potty that filters waste water for washing

Touted by its creators as an "appealing, affordable and safe solution for washers as well as wipers," the Blue Diversion Toilet is designed to provide off grid sanitation for low income areas. Not only

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Sugru helps you repair and rejuvenate your stuff so you don’t have to throw it away

Sugru helps you repair and rejuvenate your stuff so you don’t have to throw it away

  When you find a hole in one of your boots, or the handle snaps off your favorite tool, what do you usually do? Probably swear a fair bit and then toss the broken item in the garbage, right?

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AgriDust transforms food waste into green packaging and plant pots

AgriDust transforms food waste into green packaging and plant pots

AgriDust is a project that envisions turning food waste into biodegradable material which can be used to make packaging and plant pots. Marina Ceccolini devised a way to transform six types of

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Researchers transform pesky packing peanuts into fast-charging batteries

Researchers transform pesky packing peanuts into fast-charging batteries

Opening a package only to have your apartment flooded with packing peanuts is an annoying, if not archaic, waste of plastic. But researchers Vilas Pol and Vinodkumar Etacheri at the Purdue University

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O2 Recycle creates a freshly-cut cell phone from grass clippings

O2 Recycle creates a freshly-cut cell phone from grass clippings

The stadium is the largest dedicated rugby arena in the world, and the second largest stadium in Britain, behind Wembley. It's home to the England Rugby Team, and this fully-functional phone was

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Students create a machine that turns pop bottles into 3D printing materials

Students create a machine that turns pop bottles into 3D printing materials

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of their studies in 3D printing, three engineering physics students at the University of British Columbia have developed a desktop plastic recycler and

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Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park

Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park

2. Hiriya Park, Tel-Aviv, Isreal Hiriya's horrifying mountain of garbage hit its limit in 1998 after reaching 25 million TONS of waste. After that the facility was finally shut down and an

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INFOGRAPHIC: Get inspired to turn trash into upcycled treasure

INFOGRAPHIC: Get inspired to turn trash into upcycled treasure

Recycling is a great way to reduce the waste stream, but it typically requires a lot of energy and resources to remake those materials into new, often lower quality, products. That’s why we at Inhabitat

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Flourishing urban garden sprouts in San Francisco churchyard

Flourishing urban garden sprouts in San Francisco churchyard

Even though urban gardens offer many benefits, competition for space in cities is intense. Enterprising San Francisco neighborhood activist Amy Farah Weiss, who heads up community organization Neighbors

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