DIY: Crocheted and Knit Dishcloths and Washcloths to Help Kick Your Paper Towel Habit

by , 01/11/14

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Fun and easy to make, dishcloths and washcloths can be whipped together in a few hours from scrap yarn you may have lying around the house. We can never have too many of them, as they’re as handy for mopping up spills as they are for doing dishes, and they can be used as cleaning cloths once they start to get a bit ratty. You can make pretty ones to give away as gifts, use yarn in your own kitchen or bathroom colors so they match the rest of your decor, and experiment with a variety of different shapes and patterns—the sky is the limit with these babies. Most importantly, these cloths will last for years, and can help you wean yourself off that paper towel habit.

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Win Free Tickets to See the New Movie “If You Build It” at New York’s IFC Center!

by , 01/10/14

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We’re giving away 5 pairs of tickets to a new movie called IF YOU BUILD IT that follows design innovators Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller as they use the power of design to transform the lives of ten high school students living in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Entering the giveaway is simple – just click here and leave a comment telling us why you want to see this inspiring new film. The tickets could be in your hand by Friday!

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DIY: How to Build an Insect Hotel from Found Materials

by , 01/08/14
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Some of you might think it’s crazy to start thinking about gardening when winter is just getting started, but the opposite couldn’t be more true! When the wind is howling and snow is piling up outside your window, is there any better way to lift your spirits than to think of the warmer weather that’s just a couple of months away, and the amazing garden you can cultivate once it returns? It’s at this time of year that seed catalogs start arriving, and although you can’t dive into the soil or start your seeds just yet (unless you’re in the southern hemisphere!), you can work on some fun DIY projects so they’ll be ready to go as soon as the snow melts.

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Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

by , 01/08/14

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How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves!

by , 01/07/14

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Did you know that there are wolves living near you in almost every state in the country? Sadly most of these wolves are not living in the wild, but in wolf sanctuaries, which are conservation organizations set up to protect them and help grow their population enough to be re-introduced to the wild. Wolves once inhabited most of North America, from coast to coast, but as humans spread across the states over the last century, these majestic, intelligent creatures (ancestors of “man’s best friend”) have become nearly extinct. Wolves have died out both due to habitat loss and also due to active human hunting and trapping. Today they can only be found in the wild in Canada, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming, whereas they once lived everywhere. Wolf sanctuaries are trying to help protect highly endangered wolves and reestablish populations in places where they once lived.

I personally had no idea that there was a population of over 20 wolves living near me in New York City until I heard about the New York Wolf Conservation Center from Subaru as part of an “Adventure Roulette” initiative. I recently had the chance to visit this wonderful wolf sanctuary less than an hour from the city, and it was an incredible experience! It was amazing to meet and be able to “speak” with these magnificent, super-intelligent animals. If you howl at them, they’ll even howl back at you! Read on to find out more about these wolf sanctuaries, as well as where you can meet some wolves in your local area. Surprisingly, they are almost everywhere — probably in your backyard too!

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Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

by , 01/07/14

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We’re excited to announce that IF YOU BUILD IT, a documentary starring Inhabitat’s former managing editor Emily Pilloton, will be premiering this week in New York City. The film follows Emily and her partner, Matt Miller, as they transform the lives of ten high school students living in a town marked by high drop out rates and dismal employment opportunities through design and architecture. Click here to learn more about the film and check out our giveaway for a chance to win tickets!

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Ice Architecture: 6 Incredible Buildings Made from Ice and Snow

by , 01/03/14

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Inhabitat's Top 6 Design Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

by , 12/30/13

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In 2013, architects and designers went above and beyond to push the boundaries of design and build a more sustainable future. But it wasn’t all glossy skyscrapers and high-profile projects – in the past year we showcased the world’s first vertical forest and one of the world’s coolest tiny apartments, while IKEA opened up new possibilities by launching the first augmented reality catalog. Check out our top design stories of 2013 below, and make sure to vote for your favorite!

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Six Scrumptious Eco Cocktails For New Year's Eve

by , 12/30/13

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Inhabitat's Top 10 Most Inspiring Stories of 2013

by , 12/30/13

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The media tends to feed on negativity – but if you dig a little deeper you’ll find a wealth of uplifting and inspiring stories just below the surface. Sometimes they’re about brilliant teenagers who came up with innovative solutions to the world’s problems – like this 16-year-old who created bioplastic from bananas and the student who developed a phone charger that can fill your cell in 20 seconds. Other times they’re about visionaries like the man who is planting a second forest entirely by hand, the African inventor who built a working 3D printer from e-waste, and the Empowerment Plan to provide Detroit’s homeless with coats that turn into sleeping bags. These bright minds are building a more sustainable tomorrow – check out their stories below and vote for the most inspiring!

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Fisher & Paykel and Cuipo Launch Rainforest Preservation Initiative

by , 12/29/13

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Every second, over 43,000 square feet of rainforest are destroyed – that’s the equivalent of 4,000 football fields of rainforest decimated every hour. When these forests are cut down, the plants, animals, and insects that inhabit them are threatened and often driven to extinction. More critically, rainforests provide the planet with oxygen, they maintain the water cycle, they are a source for medicines and foods, and they help to regulate the earth’s climate by storing nearly 300 billion tons of carbon—that’s 40 times the annual greenhouse gas emissions we produce from fossil fuels! Rainforests are essential to sustaining life on earth. So why is so little done to protect this most precious resource from deforestation? While political powers can do a great deal, industries and consumers also have the power to make a difference. That’s why Fisher & Paykel has teamed up with Cuipo to save our rainforests 20 square meters at a time. Read on to learn more.

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Top 6 Most Disturbing Inhabitat Stories of 2013

by , 12/28/13

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2013 saw a number of uplifting stories, but unfortunately, we also saw the dark side of humanity rearing its ugly head too many times. From the extinction of this majestic rhino off the face of the Earth to horrifying images of the Rana Plaza building collapse, read on to see which articles horrified us the most and reminded us how important it is to speak out against atrocities and injustice.

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The Empowerment Plan Provides Detroit's Homeless with Warm Coats That Double as Sleeping Bags

by , 12/27/13

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They say that if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime – and social entrepreneur Veronika Scott is proving that the old adage rings just as true for women and coats. As a long-time Detroit resident, Scott was compelled to do something about the unemployment and homelessness she saw plaguing her city. In 2011, she started the Empowerment Plan, a non-profit that not only gives coats to Detroit’s homeless, but also employs homeless women to make them. The weather-resistant outerwear was specially designed to do double duty as a sleeping bag, as well as doing triple duty to help unemployed women get back on their feet.

American Express is sharing Veronika and the Empowerment Plan‘s story through its PassionProject. Check out the powerful video below to see the impact the Empowerment Plan is having on Detroit, and see more inspiring PassionProject videos here.

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Top 6 Exercise and Standing Desks to Get You in Shape While You Work

by , 12/27/13

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How to Reuse, Recycle and Green Your After Christmas Waste

by , 12/26/13

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Want to get a P.H.D. in what to do with your P.H.W.? (That’s short for post-holiday waste in case you didn’t know.) While you may not have heard of the term (we kind of just made it up), we’re pretty sure you know what we’re talking about – the crumpled wads of giftwrap, the withering tree, that sweater from Aunt Mabel that was so fugly that it made a baby cry. Don’t worry if you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, however – P.H.W isn’t contagious, and there’s a quick cure – read on to check out our 5 easy tips for what to do with all that stuff after Christmas!

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Happy Holidays from All of Us at Inhabitat!

Happy Holidays from All of Us at Inhabitat!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE! It's hard to believe how quickly we whipped through 2013, and here we are again getting jolly over another round of holidays! Inhabitat's team has grown to…

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Santa and the 'Shrooms: The Real Story Behind the

Santa and the 'Shrooms: The Real Story Behind the "Design" of…

Most people think of Santa Claus and the cheery red and white we decorate with at Christmas as little more than lighthearted fun and pretty colors. But the real story behind that…

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