5 Fantastic and Easy Recipes for Jump Starting a Vegan Diet

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6 Totally Insane Designs Made From Repurposed Toilets

by , 07/21/13

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DIY: Homemade Insect Repellent Sprays and Lotions

by , 07/20/13

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As people take to campgrounds and beaches in search of a little R&R this summer, insects of various shapes and sizes are rubbing their little feet (forelegs?) together in glee at the smorgasbord they’ll get to sample. Depending on where you’re located, you may have the dubious honor of being gnawed upon by mosquitoes, deer flies, no-see-ums, and other flying bite-y things. Since walking around while draped in netting isn’t at the top of anyone’s summer “to-do” list, the best bet to avoid becoming a walking buffet is insect repellent. Jump ahead for a few homemade concoctions.

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Can Design and Technology Save Us from Wildfires Sparked by Climate Change?

by , 07/19/13

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The extended droughts driven by climate change in the western United States are leading to more, increasingly intense and larger average wildfires throughout western forests and shrublands. The climate change-wildfire models that predicted this pattern more than a decade ago are based on good science and are increasingly being validated by real-world trends. Today, the West is experiencing record-setting droughts and heat, and wildfires are indeed more frequent and larger than ever before. Are there any design or technological advances that can help diminish the impact of this new age of the wildfire?

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6 Human-Powered Gadgets To Improve Your Life

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7 Energy-Efficient Ways to Beat the Heat This Summer

by , 07/18/13

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As the summer heat intensifies, the temptation to blast the air conditioner can be unbearable – but it’s bound to take a toll on your energy bill and the environment. Fortunately, there’s lots of ways to conserve energy and lower your utility bill without breaking a sweat. Sealing and insulating your home is estimated to reduce cooling costs by 20% according to the EPA, while a light-colored roof can make a difference of up to 25 degrees of your home’s temperature. Check out this helpful infographic from Toms Mechanical for more energy-efficient ways to beat the heat!

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The Bird Brick Gives Endangered Birds a Home in Buildings and Garden Walls

by , 07/18/13

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For humans, it’s hard enough to find room and board in the city without a great deal of searching and no small amount of aggravation. For the winged members of the community, it is even more challenging to find a dwelling when their normal habitats have been replaced by busting metropolises and suburbs. Kingston University graduate Aaron Dunkerton has created the Bird Brick, a unit of five clamp-fired bricks that offer a cavity for birds to nest. Able to be placed in walls or buildings, the design could help stem the spiraling decline of the UK’s native bird population.

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Top 6 Green Bike Accessories for a Safer, More Comfortable Ride

by , 07/17/13

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12 Survival Supplies You Should Have in Case of a Hurricane

by , 07/17/13

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Forecasters are predicting that the Gulf Coast and Atlantic states are going to see yet another tumultuous hurricane season, but many people in these areas still aren’t prepared for another super storm like Sandy. If you want to make sure you’re ready for the next tropical storm, make sure you have these 12 survival supplies in your home. They could make all the difference in the world when the next hurricane hits.

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The Surprising Health Benefits of Eating Your Own Placenta

by , 07/17/13

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The thought of consuming something that’s slipped out of one’s body will probably make most cringe, but there’s a growing trend that finds women eating their own placenta shortly after giving birth. Better known as placentophagy, almost all mammals engage in this act, and for good reason: The placenta contains all sorts of nutrients and hormones that a postpartum mother needs to recover and to nourish her baby after birth, including iron, vitamin B12, oxytocin, prolactin, prostaglandins and endorphins. Celebrities such as January Jones have given the practice a try, and now Inhabitat editor-in-chief Jill Fehrenbacher shares her placenta eating story. Click ahead for her piece, “I Ate My Placenta and It was Great!”.

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

by , 07/16/13

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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 people spend as much time as possible outdoors, basking in the sunshine or paddling around in pools or lakes, while others throw windows open to let in the breeze. But then there are the bugs… Supposedly, everything that exists does so for a reason, but it’s hard to care about that when you’re covered in mosquito bites or have horseflies dancing around your head. For those who have severe allergies to bee stings or spider bites, it’s also important to stay safe while enjoying summer activities. While there are no techniques that are 100% effective (other than sitting in a hermetically-sealed room), hopefully some of the homemade traps listed here can make your summer a more enjoyable one.

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

by , 07/16/13

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6 Smart and Sustainable Ways to Escape the Summer Heat at Home

by , 07/16/13

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

by , 07/15/13

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7 Gorgeous Eco Resorts For a Green Escape

by , 07/12/13


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The heat is on, and it’s easy to daydream about a relaxing getaway in a distant land. We’ve seen an incredible array of eco friendly resorts spring up around the world that bring you closer to nature while providing top-notch luxury accommodation. Whether you’re dreaming of a romantic, isolated beach paradise, a cozy geodesic chalet in the alps, or even a forested mountain lodge fit for a hobbit, read on for 7 eco-luxe resorts sure to get the travel bug biting!

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10 Must-See Design Destinations Around The World

10 Must-See Design Destinations Around The World

If you're daydreaming about your next vacation, and looking for something a little off the beaten path, why not consider embarking on a global design tour? The world is full of…

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8 Scrumptious Vegan BBQ Recipes for Summer

8 Scrumptious Vegan BBQ Recipes for Summer

©woodleywonderworks Teriyaki Grilled Eggplant Grilling eggplant brings out a rich, smokey flavor, making each slice the perfect main dish to eat alone or pile on a bun. Try an Asian…

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The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in…

Image via Shutterstock Like too many fruit flies in a bottle, there are now so many humans on this finite planet that we are changing our environment to be less favorable for a…

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