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The phrase “diamonds are forever” might be well known as the title of a James Bond film, but that statement is actually very true: these sparkling little bits of ultra-compressed carbon are among the hardest substances on the planet, and will last for centuries (millennia, even) if cared for properly. Did you know that there’s an entire industry devoted to pre-loved diamonds? These gems rarely depreciate in value, and for both monetary and ethical reasons, many people are now choosing to purchase recycled diamond jewelry; especially engagement rings. But what are the benefits of recycled diamonds? Why should they be preferred over “new” pieces?

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Although the term “hugelkultur” was coined by German horticulturalists Hans Beba and Herman Andra in the late 1970s, the actual technique has probably been used for thousands of years. Roughly translated into “hill culture”, this method consists of creating raised garden beds by covering rotting wood with compost and soil, and then planting into them. If you think about it, it’s really just recreating the effects of forest floor decomposition—just in one’s own garden space. Learn how to make your own after the jump!

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Nonprofit architecture firm Architecture for Humanity rallied the world around the cause of humanitarian design, inspiring designers and idealists everywhere with the idea that design can make a difference in improving people’s lives. That’s why, when AFH announced their closure several weeks ago, there was a collective gasp heard round the world – followed by tears and much water-cooler speculation about the question on everyone’s mind: “WHY?”

Architecture for Humanity, one of the foremost humanitarian building initiatives in history, shut down operations on January 1st, 2015. Despite the significant public funding and grants that it received over the past 15 years, the company was forced to file for bankruptcy and cited “serious funding challenges” as the reason. So, what happened?

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LAST CHANCE: Win a DIY Feng Shui prize pack for Chinese New Year!

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The Chinese Lunar New Year has just begun, and according to Feng Shui principles, now is the time to get your home in order for 2015. During this time of renewal, we can think of no better way to start a new year than to clear the clutter and create a more holistic space. If you’re feeling completely clueless about how Feng Shui works, we’ve got good news for you! Thanks to our good friend, architect and Feng Shui practitioner Anjie Cho, you can learn how to Feng Shui your home the easy way—we’re giving away a signed copy of Anjie’s newly released book, 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces to 9 lucky winners, and one very special grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of the book in addition to a $108 gift certificate to Anjie’s Holistic Spaces Online Store, a 2015 Feng Shui Charm Keychain for Protection & Luck, and a Natural Crystal Bagua Set. Find out how to win this lucky prize pack below!

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1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us why you’re interested in Feng Shui and how you feel it might improve your living space. The deadline for this giveaway is today, Friday, February 27th at 11:59PM. We’ll pick the comments we like best and announce the winners in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

DEADLINE IS TODAY, FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27th at 11:59PM

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The Paleo diet purports to “get back” to the way our Paleolithic ancestors ate. The only problem with the diet—besides being environmentally unsustainable—is that it is probably nothing like the fare familiar to hunter-gatherers of yore. Treehugger’s Katherine Martinko decided to break it all down, taking a look at the ways the Paleo diet gets it wrong.

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HOW TO: Recycle a sweater into a cuddly pillow for your couch

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Are the throw pillows on your couch getting a bit faded? Want to update your décor? Just follow our tutorial to learn how you can create cozy new covers from recycled sweaters. Read on…

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Winter wreaks havoc on our skin, and whether you're dealing with greasy, ashy, or scaly "lizard" skin, a little TLC could work wonders. Body scrubs are great for exfoliating: they…

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It always seems that the colder season lasts longer than the spring and summer months, and with it comes a great deal of low energy. When it seems like winter is dragging on, purifying…

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This year, Chinese New Year falls on Thursday, February 19th in 2015. We say goodbye to the snake and welcome the year of the horse. There are magnificent parades, dancing in the…

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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…

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Valentine's day has come and gone, and if you're one of the millions of people who received roses as a gift for this holiday, chances are that your flowers will keep smelling and…

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