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MAKEOVER: See How Decorview Revamped Our Windows with Beautiful and Energy-Efficient Honeycomb Shades

Watch Yuka Yoneda from Inhabitat Get A Window Makeover, automated blinds, automatic blinds, automatic window shades, cellular shades, cooling your home with shades, cordless blinds, cordless window shades, decorview, energy efficient window treatments, energy efficient windows, green window treatments, honeycomb shades, how to insulate your windows, hunter douglas

Floor-to-ceiling windows: They’re a good thing in theory, but finding window coverings to fit them can be a huge “pane” in the “glass”! Especially when you only have one floor-to-ceiling window and it’s paired awkwardly with a square swing-out window. Of course, another downside to huge windows is excessive heat and glare in the summer months. Because of this tricky configuration and the fact that my apartment faces a brick wall, I’d been putting off window treatments for several years now, but the blazing summer temps and afternoon glare in my living room were starting to take a toll. That’s why when window treatment specialists Decorview contacted us with the opportunity to give their custom window shades a try, I happily – albeit a bit skeptically at first – took them up on their offer. Read on to see what the process was like and check out the final result!

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Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We Still Can)

Russ Cohen, oxalic acid, sassafras, wilderness, wood sorrel, tapping trees, sedum, salad, peapod, organic, natural resources, monsanto, natural, milkweed, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, grocery stores, jun berry, GMO, environment, fleabane, black raspberry, Monsanto, edible, weeds, edible trees, edible plants, chicory

Before we gathered our food in grocery carts and online services like Peapod, we gathered it straight from the bush. It’s a shocking idea that the food we eat might not be hosed with the equivalent pesticides of a 1970′s DDT public swimming pool before we eat it, but once upon a time, we foraged. No Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and everything came from nature, au naturale—naked food.

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Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

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Heinz uses the pulp of more than two million tons of tomatoes every year to make their iconic ketchup, soups and sauces – but what happens to the leftovers? Ford just announced that they have teamed up with the food giant to turn mostly tomato skins (but also leaves, stems and seeds) into a composite bioplastic for use in their vehicles. Although still in the feasibility stage, the project could reduce food waste and lower the embodied energy footprint of Ford’s vehicles, while reducing vehicle weight and improving fuel economy at the same time.

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Recycled Noah's Ark-Inspired Sculpture Pops Up at New York Park

Architectural League of New York, Austin + Mergold, Austin and Mergold, eco design, green design, modern ark, noahs ark, Socrates Sculpture Park, SuralArk, suralark queens, sustainable design

A modern-day Noah’s Ark has popped up at a park in Queens, New York. The overturned boat sculpture made of recycled materials was designed by Philadelphia-based Austin + Mergold with the purpose of calling attention to the effects of climate change. The ark will be on display until August 3rd, 2014.

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Williams Energy "Open House" Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

Land Owner Discusses Pipeline Route with Williams Employee

“I wouldn’t work for a company that I didn’t think was headed in the right direction”, an engineer for Williams energy company said. I was talking with him at a Williams Open House in Susquehanna County about Williams’ latest project—a 178 mile pipeline cleverly dubbed the Atlantic Sunrise that seeks to pass through five Pennsylvania counties, including Lancaster, my home for the past four years. The pipeline will bring natural gas to markets and consumers along the eastern coast of the U.S. via export terminals such as the proposed Cove Point, Maryland LNG export terminal, which will ship liquified gas overseas to feed the international hunger for fossil fuels in China and other developing countries.

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

Lighting is one of the most critical—and most visceral—qualities of an indoor space, and the difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall happiness in your home. Exposure to natural light affects your immune system as well as your circadian rhythms, sleep cycle and hormones, and studies have linked lack of sunlight to depression (S.A.D), immune problems, diabetes and cancer. According to researcher and director of SUNAC (Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center) William B. Grant, “over 20,000 Americans die prematurely annually from insufficient UVB/vitamin D, and half of those with multiple sclerosis in the U.S. would not have MS if they had had more UVB exposure.”

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Brighten Up Father's Day with a DIY Lamp Made of Upcycled CD Cases

 

Does your dad have a collection of CDs that’s just sitting there collecting dust? Author and DIY expert Tiffany Threadgould recently shared this bright idea about how to turn those CD cases into a cool new lamp for Father’s Day. All you need are some common office and hardware supplies, so read on for the whole how-to or check out Tiffany’s video here.

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8 Last-Minute Father's Day Gifts for the Procrastinator's Papa

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7 Ways to Raise Your Voice (and Not Sea Levels) for World Environment Day

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Moss Graffiti!

by , 06/03/14

 

Stories from Space, Moss Graffiti, moss, garden moss, gardening, green design, sustainable design, green graffiti, eco-design, vertical garden, outdoors, plants, botanical

We lurve green graffiti, so when we spotted this DIY moss graffiti recipe over on Green Prophet we just had to share it with you. Stories from Space is experimenting with the perfect formula that allows you to green your walls with moss and choose the shape in which it finally matures. All you need to get started is a can of beer, a tiny bit of sugar, a few clumps of garden moss, a blender, and a paintbrush. Step on in to learn more.

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6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

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How To: Make a Bird Feeder for Small Spaces With Recycled Materials

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6 Super Easy Eco-Home Changes You Can Make for $20 or Less

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How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

Urban sprawl, sprawl, suburban sprawl, suburbs, climate change, traffic, obesity

Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our living spaces, we affect many things in both good ways and bad. In this article, I will focus on the negative effects of American sprawl, since it is widely acknowledged to be a wasteful and inefficient design model.

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Terrarium

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DIY: 5 All-Natural Insect Traps and Deterrents You Can Make at Home

DIY: 5 All-Natural Insect Traps and Deterrents You Can Make at Home

Summertime brings a wealth of fun to the world, doesn't it? The days are long and warm, flowers perfume the air with their luscious scents, and produce is fresh and abundant. Many…

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DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed Into It

DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed Into…

Many cities around the world now have composting programs so household food scraps and garden clippings can be mulched rather than ending up in landfills. This is a great practice, but…

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Four Stylish Green Grills for a Sustainable Memorial Day Weekend!

Four Stylish Green Grills for a Sustainable Memorial Day Weekend!

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…

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