If you haven’t considered how to have a more sustainable wedding, you’re missing out on more than just a chance to give back to the environment. Making your nuptials a more eco-friendly occasion can also have a huge impact on your wallet—and who out there doesn’t like the idea of saving a few thousand bucks? From going organic to skipping the $10,000 rock, there are many smart ways to go green on your big day. We have rounded up six. Take a look.
Can you think of a better place to create art than a beautiful, naturally daylit studio where all your materials are organized and at the tip of your fingers? That's exactly what these compact workplaces - from one with a green roof, to another with shipping container walls and even one inside an old subway car - offer. Read on for 6 brilliant studios that are perfect for the eco artist.
Landfills are notorious for being stinky, disgusting and unsightly, but where do you think your garbage goes when you throw it in the trash? The more trash we throw out, the more landfills are needed around the world. Fortunately, with some ingenuity, landfills can be converted into something useful at the end of their functional life. Here are eight stunning public parks that were once some of the world's most disgusting landfills. Prepare to be amazed at the transformation!
Humanity has turned Earth into a giant trash pile. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans alone produce on average 4.3 pounds of trash each day. Multiplied by 318.9 million people, that’s a lot of trash landing up in the country’s landfills. If there are about 3,500 active landfills in the United States, just one country, think about how many formal and informal landfills there are globally, leaching all kinds of nasty chemicals into ground and surface water supplies and emitting methane gases. It’s a daunting thought. But there is good news. As our knowledge of managing waste improves, we are learning to turn trash into a resource. For example, many landfill sites convert methane emissions into clean energy and many retired landfills have been safely rehabilitated into thriving public parks that reveal nothing of their trashy history. We have rounded up a list of 8. Prepare to be amazed by the transformation.
New York Design Week always inspires us, but this year was especially bright with lighting innovations from all across the globe. We saw ingenuous new ways to make LEDs radiant - using fiber-optics, acrylic tubes and other types of diffusion, as well as LED Edison bulbs, 3D-printed pendants and luminous modular tree lamps. Scroll down to discover the latest and greatest innovations in lighting design on display at New York Design Week.
So you’ve put yourself in charge of your own wedding bouquets and arrangements? Some may tell you it’s an ambitious project that you should fear, but believe me, there’s nothing to be afraid of and it is deeply rewarding. Much like the love you are celebrating, your floral garden must be cultivated, nurtured and treated with patience. But in the end, you’ll walk down the aisle with the assurance that your floral decor is totally you—not to mention it’s cheaper and greener than going the traditional route, which is notorious for its environmental destruction. Here’s a little advice to get you growing.
Seven years ago an introverted but strong nomadic woman named Libertad (Freedom) settled down to build her own place on the shores of Bolivia's sacred Lake Titicaca. Located on a steep plot of land in Copacabana, Kasa Cultural Sol y Luna offers affordable accommodation in addition to opportunities to learn and experiment with gardening and other aspects of green living. The hostel features a dry toilet, a greenhouse constructed with plastic bottles, an organic vegetable patch, a rainwater collection system and solar water heater, homemade vegan food and even its own pebbled beach overlooking Isla del Sol.
As California battles the worst drought in the state's history, the question of landscaping has become increasingly worrisome. Some homeowners are resorting to painted lawns, while other members of the elite are unabashedly ignoring the crisis. Some people might think that replacing lush, green grass with drought-tolerant landscaping will look ugly, but we'll show you that's not the case. Check out these 7 examples of just how attractive, and colorful, xeriscaping can be.
Summer is almost here and as we fire up our grills for those outdoor dinner parties, there are plenty of delicious BBQ options for a vegetarian or vegan diet. From flavorful grilled tofu to succulent teriyaki eggplant, these healthy, animal-free delights are sure to make everyone's palates happy. Try out our six vegan BBQ recipes and you may never go back to meat again!
Like many Americans, you may be lighting up the barbecue this holiday weekend — but if you want to set yourself apart from the bands of boring black grills, take a cue from our guide to stylish green grills. From DIYcreations to hot spots that also double up as planting pots, whether you’re cooking up a sustainably raised burger or a tofu dog, each of these grills will help you streamline your holiday resource use without limiting your fun!
Living more simply is a common ambition here at Inhabitat, and the Colorado Yurt Company makes it easy with their cozy range of colorful tipis and yurts. Tipis are traditional triangular tents that were first used by Native Americans living on the plains, while yurts or gers are durable circular tents initially used by Mongolian nomads who lived in some of the world's harshest natural conditions. These contemporary tipis and yurts take their durability and strength from those original designs and offer an affordable way to live in close contact with mother nature without sacrificing too much comfort. Step on into our gallery for a look at seven of the Colorado Yurt Company's most impressive designs.
At first glance, this 1969 Ford Mustang looks like the real thing, but take a closer look and you'll see that it's actually made of paper! When Jonathan Brand found the love of his life, he sold the Mustang that he had painstakingly restored with his father to buy his future wife an engagement ring. But he missed the car so much that he decided to recreate it, one piece at a time, with paper. The result is Brand's artful representation of the lost Mustang, called"One Piece at a Time" — the name itself an homage to a Johnny Cash song about an assembly line worker from Detroit who builds a Cadillac one piece at a time from stolen parts. Brand created 3D drawings on his computer, printed them out on large scale inkjet paper and then glued them together creating this fragile vehicle with absolutely no other support structure.
If optical illusions strike your fancy, this dramatic mirrored sconce might be the closest you'll come to observing infinity. Drawing inspiration from American painter Frank Stella, this dazzling work of art from the Brooklyn-based Rosie Li mirrors LED light in a series of geometric shapes, producing a mesmerizing trick to the eye.
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair opened its doors this past Saturday at New York’s Javits Center, inviting design fans to delve into 165,000 net square feet of home furnishing goodness. Known for being New York Design Week‘s heaviest hitter, the show has grown even larger this year with an entire additional floor of exhibitors. Inhabitat hit the ICFF scene this weekend, and one of the design trends that stood out to us was an even more pronounced presence of multi-purpose, transforming furniture. From chairs that charge your phone to entertainment systems that slide out into beds, read on for our top double-duty furniture picks.