14 Green Gifts for the Home

by , 12/17/13

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The greenest presents of all are practical items that the recipient will actually use – which is why we love giving gifts for the home. Whether it be a nifty gadget that turns old bottles into new cups or a solar-powered flashlight that can be stuck to a window to soak up the sun, these handy gifts will brighten your giftee’s day as well as their abode!

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DIY: How To Make a Beautiful Holiday Wreath in 5 Easy Steps

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15 Great Green Gifts for Your Parents

by , 12/16/13

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This holiday, show the parental unit how much you care with green gifts that they’ll actually like and use. Our Green Gift Guide for Mom and Dad is filled with eco-friendly presents your parents will be delighted to receive, from fresh herbs they can grow themselves to decorative hooks made of real branches to cozy wool throws made in the USA. Check them all out here!

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Green Holiday Gift Guide: Green Gadget Gifts

by , 12/15/13

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2013 has been an incredible year for green gadgets – from the advent of affordable 3d printers to innovative new renewable energy generators – and we’ve rounded up some of this year’s best and brightest in our 2013 Green Gadget Gift Guide. From a book that unfolds into an LED lamp to solar-powered headphones and a smart pot that keeps plants alive, read on for 17 high-tech green gifts sure to please the gadget geek on your list!

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6 Delicious Winter Holiday Cocktails Featuring Organic Spirits

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Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

by , 12/14/13

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Ever since Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on the East Coast, ‘resilient design’ has been a hot topic of conversation — and not just amongst architects and designers, but politicians, engineers and city planners as well. In November 2012, ‘Resilient Design’ was a trending search term in Google, moving from near obscurity in the months before the devastating super storm to a popular catchphrase post-Sandy. Natural disasters like this, and more recently the typhoon that hit the Philippines in early November, serve to remind those of us in the green design community that while building with pure “save-the-earth” ecological motivation is certainly important, low-VOC-paints and LEED points don’t matter much if a building becomes uninhabitable due to flooding, earthquake, power outages or some other natural or manmade disaster. That’s where resilient design comes into play. According to the Resilient Design Institute, resilient design is defined as “the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in response to vulnerabilities to disaster and disruption of normal life”.

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14 Verdant Gifts for the Green Thumb

by , 12/14/13

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Give your friends and family the gift of gardening with presents that help them cultivate their green thumbs. Growing plants is a relaxing and educational experience that will keep giving long after this holiday season, so check out our selection of 14 gifts for plant lovers here.

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Affordable Gifts Under $20

by , 12/14/13

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This year, why not make Black Friday a little less black by skipping the drudgery of the mall by checking out Inhabitat’s savvy Green Gifts Under $20 Guide? It’s filled with all different kinds of enticing presents from recycled LEGO necklaces to grow your own mushroom kits to stylish metal straws – all for less than an Abraham Lincoln. Check out all of these truly affordable green gifts right here.

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6 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Alternatives

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Charming Rewined Candles Are Made Out of Real Repurposed Wine Bottles

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14 Customized Gifts That Put a Personal Touch on the Holidays

by , 12/12/13

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Trying to guess which colors, patterns and styles your friends and family will prefer can be a daunting task – one that can be avoided with customized gifts. By emblazoning your present with a graphic or text that is near and dear to your recipient (their name, child’s photo or favorite quote), you can guarantee that it’ll be something they’ll want to hold onto. From personalized phone cases to photo art canvases, check out our picks for customized gifts here.

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Announcing the Winners of the Project Kitchen Upgrade Contest!

by , 12/12/13

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You came, you voted, and now it’s time to reveal the grand prize winner of our Kitchen Upgrade Photo Contest! We received over 200 images of ugly kitchens from all over the country, and after narrowing these submissions down to just 10 finalists, we left it up to you to decide which dilapidated kitchen was the most deserving of a super sweet $1,750 kitchen revamp courtesy of Moen. So who won our fab makeover with a chance of getting one of Moen’s beautiful new touchless, water-saving MotionSense faucets? We’d like to congratulate Patricia Blake who took the cake with her photo, the ‘Ugliest Faucet in Town‘! Read on to see her winning entry, and to see our three runners-up.

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6 Incredible Ice Sculptures That Will Melt Away When Spring Comes

by , 12/11/13
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10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments

by , 12/11/13

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Landscape architects frequently work to transform areas that contain industrial and toxic waste, infrastructure no longer in use, or land affected by war, natural disaster or disuse. These neglected places, while often having a negative impact on the environment and surrounding community, are simultaneously part of our cultural heritage. To highlight the significance of these spaces, and the potential that they hold to become something more than a blight, we’ve gathered up a series of projects that illuminate how designers use unlikely opportunities to transform landscapes into spectacular spaces—all while preserving their historic and cultural meaning. These 10 case studies showcase the creative approaches global city governments, preservationists, developers and the design community have taken to transform marginalized places into healthy and meaningful environments for everyone to enjoy.

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Announcing Inhabitat's 2013 Green Holiday Gift Guide!

by , 12/09/13

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It’s back and it’s better than ever!

If doing battle with rabid mall zombies doesn’t sound like your idea of a happy holiday, make things easy on yourself by shopping for your gifts online with Inhabitat’s fabulous green gift guide! This year’s guide is filled with a bevy of ethical and eco-conscious presents for everyone on your list. The Inhabitat editors have been hard at work for the last couple of weeks scouring the internet for the most enticing green gifts, so you can sit back, relax and shop the eco-friendly way (from the comfort of your own computer) with the our GREEN HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE! And for those of you who want to do less shopping altogether, we’ve got great DIY gifts and gifts of time for you as well.

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LAST CHANCE: Vote for the Worst Kitchen in Inhabitat's Project Kitchen Upgrade Photo Contest!

LAST CHANCE: Vote for the Worst Kitchen in Inhabitat's Project Kitchen…

Tonight is the last chance to vote for your favorite entry! We received nearly 200 amazing submissions in our Kitchen Upgrade Photo Contest over the last few weeks, and after…

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Most of us have a couple of favorite fragrances that we like to daub on ourselves once in a while, so it's not surprising that perfume is one of the most popular gifts for any…

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