HOW TO: Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit

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Avocados are one of the wonderful fruits of summer. High in nutrition and flavor, nothing signals the start of summer like a zesty lime guacamole dip with tortilla chips. The next time you’re making guacamole or slicing an avocado for a salad, try saving your pits to grow into avocado trees. It’s surprisingly easy to grow your own avocado tree from seed, and it makes a great educational project for home and classrooms. Check out our handy-dandy guide below, complete with photos, to learn how to grow an avocado tree from seed.

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Help Nepal earthquake survivors and renewable energy by Kickstarting the Solarpuff portable solar lantern

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The devastating 7.8 earthquake in Nepal last Saturday left thousands dead and tens of thousands of others homeless in the wake of this tragic natural disaster. The survivors are struggling to find shelter and after sundown the reality of their dire situation sets in with no electricity to no access to light for safety, cooking, reading, etc. But a new solar-powered, portable light source could make all the difference for Nepalese survivors. The SolarPuff is a little lantern that is making a huge impact, and now you can help make it even bigger. The lantern’s solar charging capabilities allow refugees to charge their lights at no cost during the day, providing a much-needed light source for cooking, washing and way-finding at night.

Right now, SolarPuff is offering Kickstarter rewards that will benefit the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. For $50, you can purchase a SolarPuff for yourself and one for Nepal Disaster Relief, or for $125 you can get three and give two. For the truly generous, they are even offering the option to send an entire box of SolarPuff’s to Nepal to help those who need it most right now. Check out their Kickstarter page to help make a difference.

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Reliance Foundry bike lockers provide secure storage for cyclists on-the-go

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It’s a heart-dropping feeling: you come back to the pole where you left your brand new bike and all you see is a dangling, clipped chain. Even as biking grows in popularity as a form of green transportation, worries about bicycle theft and vandalism still prevent many from taking it up. Reliance Foundry‘s bike lockers are a reliable, durable and secure solution that offers peace of mind to cyclists. The versatile, heavy-duty storage chambers are an ideal alternative to easily clippable chain locks, and a way to encourage more people to put down their car keys and pick up their bike helmets.

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Top Eco-Friendly Camping Gear for Conscientious Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

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World's First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

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Knafo Klimor Architects Unveil Living 'Fields of Tomorrow' Wall for the 2015 Milan Expo

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DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable "Swiffer" covers

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Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society’s love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods, diapers, and cutlery has created so much unnecessary waste that our planet can barely keep up with the crap we’re loading into landfills every day. Those Swiffer-type cleaning tools are also on the “worst offenders” list, with their cleaning cloths that that get tossed away after a few minutes’ worth of use. Fortunately, the same folks who bring their own travel mugs to Starbucks can also keep their homes tidy by making their own re-usable covers for their sweepers.

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Help kickstart this little SolarPuff lantern that could save the world

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Imagine what it would be like to live without electricity. If you wanted to do anything after sundown, such as cook, work or read, you would need a portable lantern like a kerosene lamp. The reality for the 1.6 billion people around the globe who don’t have access to electricity is that they need to rely on kerosene lamps, which are not only air-polluting, bad for respiratory health and create fire hazards, but also are extremely expensive to fuel. The ingeniously adorable Solarpuff solar lantern hopes to change that by providing a portable, safe, healthy and free nighttime light source to the billions of people around the globe who need it.

Solarpuff has just launched a Kickstarter campaign which could help change the world. Help them kickstart this initiative by buying one! They’re awesome for folks in the developed world too—they make a great portable lamp for camping, emergencies, going off grid, or just illuminating your nights with something beautiful.

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How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

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Sometimes, I sit in my lawn chair at night next to the campfire, and look at the big blue bus in my campsite spot—or wherever we may be at the moment—and I think: “Wow. This is all I own in the world.” Everything in the world that I have to my name is currently inside a 1975 International Harvester school bus, and really, we don’t have much. We bought the bus in Alaska and have driven it over 4,000 miles in 6 months, exploring the Yukon Territory, British Columbia, and the Pacific Northwest.

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DIY: Make garden faerie houses, pixie towers, and toad homes from reclaimed materials

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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

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Celebrate Earth Day with Feng Shui!

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In light of both Earth Day and Earth Week, I wanted to share what “Earth” means in the Feng Shui world. When people ask me to describe Feng Shui, I tell them that it’s about much more than moving furniture around. Feng Shui is the original “green design,” and it is about creating harmony with Mother Earth by unifying our inner and outer environments. The inner and outer are not separate, because everything that we do to our earth—positive and negative—affects our daily experience. In Feng Shui we believe that everything is alive, including the earth. Read on to learn more!

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How Earth Day came to be

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Happy Earth Day! Today is the day that many of us will contemplate our concerns over climate change, environmental destruction or dangers to our food supply, but do you know how this holiday first came to be? 42 years ago, the word “environment” was rarely used in daily conversation, until a picture in Time Magazine changed everything. Read on as we take a look back to the late 1960s to see why Earth Day started in the first place and how far society has come in caring for this planet we call home.

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6 fun, meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day!

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Wine bottle lamps, 3D printers, and meteorite tables take center stage at Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Wine bottle lamps, 3D printers, and meteorite tables take center stage…

We've seen some great displays at this year's Milan Design Week, and the Spazio Rossana Orlandi exhibit was no exception. Established in 2002 in a former tie factory, the space is…

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14 Stunning photos of the Earth remind us how important conservation is for all of us

14 Stunning photos of the Earth remind us how important conservation…

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical…

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Milan's Brera District exhibits 12 innovations in furniture design

Milan's Brera District exhibits 12 innovations in furniture design

Brera Design District at Fuorisalone 2015 It is only the 6th edition of Brera Design District at Fuorisalone, but it has already became one of the most interesting spots to visit…

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Tom Dixon's dazzling Lens pendant lamps are made from 60 lenses

Tom Dixon's dazzling Lens pendant lamps are made from 60 lenses

Tom Dixon's latest design work includes these geometric pendant lamps made from 60 triangular polycarbonate lenses. The Lens lamps are inspired by the Fresnel lens, which  can capture…

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10 Inventive designs from budding young artists at Milan Design Week's Salone Satellite

10 Inventive designs from budding young artists at Milan Design Week's…

Each year 700 young people exhibit and exchange ideas at Salone Satellite which has been a unique showcase of creativity since 1998. Gathering brilliant young minds from around the…

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14 Radiant lighting designs from Euroluce for Milan Design Week

14 Radiant lighting designs from Euroluce for Milan Design Week

Oil Lamp by Arik Levy Paris-based artist Arik Levy proposed a series of “Oil Lamps” made with elegant silhouettes evoke images of traditional oil lamps. The iconic appearance…

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Japanese design firm Nendo experiments with light, material and space at Milan Design Week (PHOTOS)

Japanese design firm Nendo experiments with light, material and space…

Minimal, abstract and ethereal exhibition at Permanente di Milano showcases the latest Nendo’s works. On the occasion of Fuorisalone 2015 the two floors of the museum are fully packed…

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Re-Imagining A City: Temporary exhibits take over San Francisco streets

Re-Imagining A City: Temporary exhibits take over San Francisco…

San Francisco recently played host to a 3-day explosion of interactive street art and urban interventions along Market Street, a major boulevard through the downtown. The "Market Street…

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Max Lamb's "Exercises in Seating" is a primitive investigation of…

In the San Remo Garage hidden within the narrow streets of the historical heart of Milan, London-based designer Max Lamb has unveiled a collection of chairs. The exhibition “Exercises…

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12 Brilliant designs from the Ventura Lambrate exhibit at Milan Design Week

12 Brilliant designs from the Ventura Lambrate exhibit at Milan Design…

Enessere  Hercules ENESSERE Hercules Wind Generator is a vertical axis wind turbine that converts kinetic wind power into clean electricity. Titanium, wood, carbon fiber, and…

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7 innovative designs spotted at Mood Object during Milan Design Week 2015

7 innovative designs spotted at Mood Object during Milan Design Week…

“Mood – Object” is an exhibition at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair that is dedicated to the works of Chinese designers. The exhibition is a spiritual spot at Fuorisalone at…

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The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

By Crandon Gustafson, Dean of the School of Interior Architecture at Boston Architectural College How human-centered experience is changing interior design Interior design is…

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10 awesome eco-activities to do this Earth Day

10 awesome eco-activities to do this Earth Day

Happy Hikers, Shutterstock 1. Take a Hike There is no better way to get back in touch with the Earth's rhythms than to actually go outdoors and experience its many wonders. This Earth…

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Jim Doran's Minuscule Dioramas Are Found Hidden Within Sardine Tins

Jim Doran's Minuscule Dioramas Are Found Hidden Within Sardine Tins

When peeling back the top a sardine can, the last thing you'd expect to find is a beautiful diorama. Contained within an old sardine or mint tin, Jim Doran creates these mini worlds of…

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10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

Photo via Hometalker Knick of Time Smart Coat Rack Put those unread words to good use by creating a colorful book coat rack that any bibliophile would admire. Just imagine the effect…

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