SPONSORED: Rest Easy Knowing Your Vehicle's Always Connected with OnStar

by , 09/28/13


We’re pretty lucky to now live in a time where vehicles are smart…really smart. For instance, how amazing is it that a car can call for help in seconds after a crash? With OnStar, a powerful built-in technology available in most GM vehicles, you’re connected to a live Advisor 24/7  so help is always close at hand. Additional technologies from OnStar include Stolen Vehicle Assistance and OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics emails, which track your vehicle’s health.

Read More >

Advertisement

Cardboard Glasses and Toilet Brush Lamps Amuse and Provoke at Designersblock at London Design Festival 2013

by , 09/24/13

Read More >

HOW TO: Extend the Shelf Life of Root Vegetables by Storing Them in Sand

by , 09/24/13

root vegetables, roots, root veggies, sand, sand storage, sand drawers, fridge, refrigerator, beets, turnips, carrots, parsnips, apples, artichokes, asparagus, cold cellar, root cellar

A startling amount of food gets wasted by households every year; more than restaurants, grocery stores, and farms combined. Many people are doing their best to be more diligent about their own household waste, and that includes finding new, smart ways to store groceries so they don’t spoil. Using sand to preserve food isn’t a new method by any means, but it’s certainly effective, and can be used a few different ways to extend the shelf life of root veggies and certain firm-fleshed fruit.

Read More >

Advertisement

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

by , 09/21/13

biomimicry, energy efficiency, sloths, sloth in a bucket, symbiosis, sloth moth, design by nature, inspiration from nature, bio-inspiration, design inspiration, the biomimicry manual, biomimicry

It’s a scientific fact that there’s nothing cuter than a baby sloth in a bucket. But even if Facebook ‘likes’ turn out not to correlate with biological fitness, sloths are a runaway success by any measure. Well, maybe not so much ‘runaway.’ But it’s certainly true they’re not going anywhere. Sloths have an outstanding survival strategy, as their unexpectedly high density in South and Central American tropical forests attests. In some areas, sloths consume half the energy and make up two-thirds of mammalian biomass. That’s a lot of sloths. But it’s hard to see them because they hardly move—their leafy diets just don’t provide enough energy for them to monkey around. How do they succeed on such meager rations? Simple. They are consummate energy misers. Can humans learn something about conserving energy from the sloth? Read today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual to find out!

Read More >

ART

Park(ing) Day 2013: The Best Pop-Up Parks Across the States! [PHOTOS]

by , 09/21/13

Read More >

DIY: How To Make Vegan Wild Mushroom & Olive Tapenade in a Few Simple Steps

by , 09/21/13

Read More >

10 Warming Vegan Drinks for Autumn and Winter

by , 09/19/13

hot drink, fall drinks, autumn drinks, beverages, hot beverages, fall beverages, autumn beverages, winter drinks, winter beverages, cider, wine, mulled, cocoa, hot chocolate, miso, miso soup, hot toddy, London fog, Earl Grey, latte, tea, chai, butterbeer, vegan, vegan drink, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Image via Shutterstock

You know that autumn will kick into high gear soon when people are ordering pumpkin lattes, apple cider, and cocoa instead of frozen drinks at your favorite cafes. All over the northern hemisphere, folks will wrap chilled fingers around warm mugs and sip at the deliciousness therein. Whether you’re aiming to be more budget-friendly or would just rather make your own drinks at home, you can whip up some fabulous, delicious vegan sip-ables with just a few ingredients, a saucepan, and a stove top.

Read More >

Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

by , 09/18/13

green building labels 101, Green Building Labels 101, green building labels, LEED, C2C, BREEAM, Energy Star, Watersense, Green Seal, Greenseal, FSC, CRI label, Carpet and Rug Institute, Living Building Challenge, green labels, Inhabitat, environmental product and building certifications, green building, sustainable building, green building practices, environmental footprint, eco building, green architecture, building green, eco labels, first party eco label, second party eco label, third party eco label

If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally conscious a manner as you can. But how do you measure, compare and make choices about the environmental footprint of different products, materials and building practices? Over the past few years, you’ve probably encountered a veritable cacophony of eco labels competing for your attention, stamped on everything from carpeting, appliances and furniture, to building materials, windows and roofing, to entire buildings. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by this onslaught of competing eco labels, fear not. Inhabitat is here to break them down for you and help you decipher what green building labels really mean, and which are the most important ones to pay attention to when it comes to building green.

Read More >

Shanghai Shopping Mall Sprouts a Flourishing Urban Farm! [PHOTOS]

by , 09/18/13

Read More >

9 Exceptionally Delicious (and Easy) Vegan Meals You can Make on a Budget

by , 09/17/13

Read More >

From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

by , 09/17/13

Read More >

Enter Inhabitots' Back to School Contest to Score Over $100 Worth of Green Goodies

by , 09/14/13

back to school giveaway, inhabitots back to school contest, inhabitots giveaway, kiwi crate, klean kanteen, lunchskins, the utlimate green store, ecozoo backpacks, green school supplies, green kids, eco kids

Summer break is over and most kids have already started to head back to school. If you want to make your little one’s new academic school year all the more special, then enter the Inhabitots’ Green Back to School Contest to win an awesome prize package worth over $100! We’re giving away not one, but THREE adorable EcoZoo backpacks from the Ultimate Green Store, each brimming with green goodies like a Klean Kanteen stainless steel sport bottleLunchSkins reusable snack bags, and an art and craft kit Kiwi Crate. Hit the jump to find out how you can win one of these amazing prize packages!

ENTER TO WIN HERE >

 

Unconventional Yet Scrumptious Apple Recipes for Autumn

by , 09/14/13
filed under: Features, Sustainable Food

apple, apples, apple pie, apple crumble, apple salad, walnuts, feta, canning, apple preserves, spiced apples, cinnamon, apple tart, apple pie, apple crumble, tarte tatin, caramel, caramel apples, caramel apple bites, mini apples, halloween, thanksgiving, autumn, fallImage via Shutterstock

You may have seen an abundance of apples popping up in grocery stores and farmers’ markets lately, and with good cause: this is the time of year in which these gorgeous globes reach their natural ripeness, and if you’re a fan of them at all, you’ll certainly want to revel in the many varieties available. From crisp Granny Smith to lusciously sweet Honeycrisp, there’s an apple out there just for you. And we have some fabulous recipes to share that will allow you to put them to good use.

Read More >

DIY: Pocket Hand Warmers for Chilly Days

by , 09/14/13

hand warmers, handwarmers, pocket warmers, pocket hand warmers, felt, flannel, fleece, velvet, sewing, DIY, pockets, rice, barley, autumn, fall, winter, cold, chill

The first leaves of autumn have begun to fall, and although it’s not officially fall yet, you may be feeling a bit of crispness in the air in the early morning or after sunset. Days will soon grow shorter, and hands will be thrust into pockets to keep them warm during morning commutes—to work, to school, or even just walking the dog. Soft fabric hand warmers are perfect for such chilly days, and can be tucked into pockets and mittens of all sizes. They’re super-easy to make, and you can decorate them in any way you like.

Read More >

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?

by , 09/12/13

biomimicry, bio-utilization, bio-assistance, biophilia, honeybees, honeycomb, beeswax, Jay Harman, the biomimicry manual, bioinspiration, learning from nature, design in nature

What exactly is biomimicry? I think of it as a way of unlocking a whole world of super-powers for humanity. It is literally the next stage of human evolution. Leonardo DaVinci himself said, “Those who are inspired by a model other than Nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain.” Maybe we’ve been studying the wrong master, trying to make a living on this planet in ways that will ultimately deplete us all. That’s certainly the case with humans and honeybees. Yes, humans love honey, and the busy hum of bees in the garden is a sound that gives us peace on a warm day. But we have much more to learn from them. Find out the lessons they have to teach in today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual!

Read More >

PHOTOS: Tour The National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

PHOTOS: Tour The National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

Originally published on Sept 11, 2011, republished on September 11, 2013 After nearly a decade of planning, arguments, and heated discussions, the National 9/11 Memorial opened to…

Read More >

More States Ban LEED Certification System Due to Timber Industry Opposition

More States Ban LEED Certification System Due to Timber Industry…

Though the amendments and executive orders banning green certification do not actually cite LEED by name, they challenge any green building certification not recognized by the American…

Read More >

6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers!

6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers!

Mulberry Tree Unlike its similar sounding friends, the blueberry or strawberry, the mulberry is a tree. If you start one from seed, it could be 10 years or more before you see fruit,…

Read More >

Welcome to Inhabitat, your online guide to the best green design ideas, innovations and inspiration to build a cleaner, brighter, and better future.

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
What are you looking for? (Solar, HVAC, etc.)
Where are you located?