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6 Water-purifying Devices for Clean Drinking Water in the Developing World


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With 3.575 million people dying each year from water-related disease, our current water crisis is one of epic proportions. At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by those suffering from illness brought on by limited access to safe drinking water, poor hygiene and sanitation. Granted these harrowing realities plaguing our society, it’s imperative that designers, inventors, engineers and visionaries do what they can to find a solution. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of innovation on tap – read on for six water purifying designs for the developing world!

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HOW TO: Prepare Healing Teas from Winter Trees

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People have been using plants for both food and medicine for thousands of years, and most of us are probably quite familiar with several healing teas or infusions. Have you ever made peppermint tea to soothe an upset belly? Or steeped a cup of chamomile to calm jangled nerves and hopefully help you sleep? These are just a couple of plants that we have turned to for both help and mere enjoyment over the years, but many people don’t realize that certain trees can also be used to make beneficial drinks, especially over the colder months.

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Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi's Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

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LAST CHANCE: Vote for your Favorite Green Halloween Costume!

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Today is the LAST DAY of our Green Halloween Costume Contest – and the competition is too close to call! Sprinkle Dirtybottom the baby gnome is currently neck and neck with the Muppet Selves, but Donkey Kong and the Stinkbug are chasing at their heels. Our contest ends tonight at midnight EST and it’s up to you to decide the winner of a fabulous Kilo Glow bike from Pure Fix Cycles – so cast your votes now!

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Vote For Your Favorite Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume!

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Halloween may be over – but the Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest is just heating up! This year’s contest features over 40 incredible kids costumes – from an amazing Ghostbusters stroller car to an adorable baby grandma and the littlest Vincent van Gogh. Click on over to Inhabitots to see them all – and make sure to vote for your favorites!

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Vote for Your Favorite Green Halloween Costume Contest Finalist!

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Heads up trick or treaters! Our Green Halloween Costume Contest drew dozens of creepy, clever and incredibly crafted DIY costumes from across the states – and now that the candy corn is gone it’s time to vote for your favorite! It’s up to you to choose a grand prize winner to receive a Kilo Glow-in-the-dark bicycle (worth $399) from Pure Fix Cycles – will it be this retro-tastic Tetris costume, this spot-on Simpsons family ensemble, or one of our other 18 finalists? Head on over to our Green Halloween Costume Contest and vote for your favorite today!

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HOW TO: Make Your Own Delicious Hard Apple Cider In 6 Easy Steps

by , 11/04/13
filed under: DIY, Features, Sustainable Food

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can Parasites Teach us About Zombies?

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Halloween is tomorrow, and this young girl’s fancies are turning to, what else? Zombies! Yes, we all secretly worry about the coming zombie apocalypse, though not enough to assemble the disaster-preparedness kits that we are actually supposed to have. But zombies aren’t real, right? Aside from The Joker’s laughing gas, mass hypnotism, or watching too much Fox TV, there’s no scientific mechanism for turning people into puppets. Or is there? Let’s find out in today’s special Hallows’ Eve entry of The Biomimicry Manual.

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Enter Your Kiddie Costumes in the 2013 Inhabitots Green Halloween Contest!

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CALLING ALL COSTUME CRAFTING GREEN PARENTS!

Hey, Inhabiparents! It’s that time of year again and we’ve just launched our annual Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest! We’re looking for the cutest kiddos who have gotten all decked out in the most impressive homemade, upcycled, or repurposed eco-friendly Halloween costumes. This year we are awarding over $300 in fabulous prizes to the costumes that we find the most captivating — and better yet, there will be TWO grand prize winners! So take a few snaps of your little ones in their most spooktacular costumes and enter them today for a chance to win some sweet schwag!

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10 Vegan Halloween Treats to Make for a Spooktacular Soiree

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6 Eco Burial Options for a Green Afterlife

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DIY: How to Brew Kombucha at Home

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The first time I heard about kombucha was when a friend of mine sent me a picture of a strange, somewhat bubbly liquid that had a slimy film on top of it. I asked if she was planning to put any of that in her mouth, and she reassured me that it wasn’t just delicious, it was loaded with health benefits. It took months before I was prepared to try it, but it turns out that it really is quite fabulous, and it’s also easy to make at home—you need just a few simple ingredients, and enough patience to let things ferment for a couple of weeks.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can Vultures Teach Us About Sterilization and Specialization?

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Did you know a coven of vultures swirling overhead is called a ‘kettle?’ I love that. It makes me think of a fortune teller’s black magic tea-leaves, steeping in her stove-top cauldron. And of course, we all know what this fortune says. Vultures are the harbinger of death, eagerly awaiting the last painful breath of unlucky desert travelers. They are known as opportunists and cowards, picking at the soft entrails of others’ misfortune, gleeful at their bleach-bone fate. If you’re like me, your thoughts turn instantly to ambulance-chasers and divorce lawyers. The ancient Mayans didn’t see them that way, though. To them, the vulture was a god: human in body, with a naked kingly head. He brought their earthly messages skyward to the other gods, a divine liaison between heaven and earth. Today, this exquisitely-adapted carrion specialist has many things to tell us, if we choose to listen. Tune your ears to today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual, and maybe you will agree.

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DIY: All-Natural Creams and Salves for Cold-Battered Hands

by , 10/26/13
filed under: DIY, Features, How To

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I know that most people aren’t quite ready to say the “w” word just yet, but that season of sleet and snow will be upon many of us in a few short weeks, and it’s better to be prepared in advance, right? Just as we try to ensure that our faces, lips, and eyes are protected from harsh weather, it’s important to pay attention to our hands as well: dry, cracked, aching paws aren’t fun to deal with, especially if you spend your day typing or doing any fine-detail work. Here are a few DIY creams and salves that you can create at home:

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New Website Chairish Lets You Shop for Pre-Owned Designer Furnishings Online

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Who doesn’t love that incredible feeling of discovery when you stumble across an amazing, one-of-a-kind vintage furniture piece at an incredible price at a flea market? I remember finding a pair of red Eero Saarinen executive chairs for $50 at a garage sale in San Francisco, and 15 years later I still treasure those babies like they’re my children. For a time (around the turn of the millennium), eBay and Craigslist were my go-to places for finding vintage designer pieces online, but the glut of professional sellers (and scammers) that have flooded those websites over the past decade means it is pretty hard to trust the buying or selling process on those sites anymore. Happily, a brand new website called ‘Chairish’ has just launched to rescue us vintage design aficionados. Like the younger, hipper love child of eBay meets Design Within Reach, the cutely named Chairish is a carefully curated online consignment marketplace for design obsessed people to buy and sell exceptional pre-owned home furnishings.

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HOW TO: Protect Your Plants Over the Winter

HOW TO: Protect Your Plants Over the Winter

Frozen leaf image via Shutterstock Here in the northern hemisphere, nights are growing chillier, and it's not unusual to wake up to a light frost clinging to car windshields and…

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

I’m fascinated by creatures that create new ways of life for others. Ecologists talk about ‘keystone species,’ ones which support entire ecosystems, like the central stone in a…

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