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Tiny Human-Powered Wheely’s Cafe Serves Coffee Brewed by the Sun

Tiny Human-Powered Wheely’s Cafe Serves Coffee Brewed by the Sun

Developed by the popular Nordic Society For Invention and Discovery (NCID), Wheely's bikes are 100 percent eco-friendly, CO2 neutral and carbon footprint negative. The bikes are human-powered and the

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Om Aroma & Co. Founder Angela Jia Kim Gives Advice on What to Do When Your Business Plan Stinks

Om Aroma & Co. Founder Angela Jia Kim Gives Advice on What to Do When Your Business Plan Stinks

While having a lot of heart can certainly bring your business to great heights, at the end of the day you'll still need customers to keep your doors open. Eco-beauty line Om Aroma & Co.'s

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Student Discovers That the Government Could Save $400 Million Simply By Switching Typefaces

Student Discovers That the Government Could Save $400 Million Simply By Switching Typefaces

How important are the little details? Just ask the middle school student in Pittsburgh who discovered that the government could save $400 million dollars just by changing the typeface it uses. Suvir

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Dos Toros’ Leo and Oliver Kremer Explain Why Businesses Need to Put Values Before Growth and Expand at Their Own Pace

Dos Toros’ Leo and Oliver Kremer Explain Why Businesses Need to Put Values Before Growth and Expand at Their Own Pace

It's a known statistic that more than 90% of restaurants fail within their first year of operation. But what is it about the other 10% that keeps them afloat? As Leo and Oliver Kremer, the founders of

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Inhabitat Interviews Shiply Green Logistics Company Founder Robert Matthams

Inhabitat Interviews Shiply Green Logistics Company Founder Robert Matthams

Inhabitat: Could you tell us how Shiply got started? How did you go from the first concept of the company to actually creating and growing Shiply? Matthams: I got the idea when I was ordering a pool

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Pop-Up BIOMAT Restaurant Lets Diners Exchange Compost for Discounts

Pop-Up BIOMAT Restaurant Lets Diners Exchange Compost for Discounts

Looking for an eco-friendly way to dine out that's good for both your health and your wallet? Check out BIOMAT, a temporary concept restaurant that lets diners exchange compost for discounts on their

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Legal Marijuana More Popular and Profitable than Smartphones in the U.S.

Legal Marijuana More Popular and Profitable than Smartphones in the U.S.

Image of prescription marijuana via Shutterstock Move over technology, there's a hot new industry in town and it's all green. New research shows that legal marijuana is among the fastest-growing

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B:Hive Co-Working Space Features Upcycled Barn Wood Conference Tables and Thrifted Decor

B:Hive Co-Working Space Features Upcycled Barn Wood Conference Tables and Thrifted Decor

“We wanted to create something that couldn’t be replicated,” explains Madeline Rhodes about the array of edgy thrifted furniture and upcycled barn wood tabletops. Rhodes, a master thrifter and

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Buckminster Fuller Challenge Unveils 2013 Finalists!

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Unveils 2013 Finalists!

Ecovative The EPA has found that plastics make up 25% of the volume in our landfills, with expanded plastic foams being the worst contributor. These products are also highly flammable and have been

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions’ Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions’ Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

CodeGreen's own LEED Platinum office space in NYC INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about CodeGreen and what it does? Stephen: CodeGreen finds solutions for bringing sustainability and efficiency

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘So Far’ Traces the Evolution of David Trubridge’s Nature-Inspired Designs

BOOK REVIEW: ‘So Far’ Traces the Evolution of David Trubridge’s Nature-Inspired Designs

Here at Inhabitat, we've been following New Zealand designer David Trubridge's career since we first spotted him at Milan Design Week years ago. As one of his country's most celebrated designers,

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SeedTabs Teams Up With Cafes to Sell Seeds to Plant Along Your Morning Commute

SeedTabs Teams Up With Cafes to Sell Seeds to Plant Along Your Morning Commute

California-based company SeedTabs has announced plans to team up with local cafes to offer customers plant seeds along with their morning java. Customers will be able to sprinkle some seeds on their way

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13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

For those who think that environmentalism is just for hippies, actor Harrison Ford and Peter Seligman, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International, kicked off the conference with a discussion that

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Recycled Cooking Fat to Power Equivalent of Nearly 40,000 London Homes

Recycled Cooking Fat to Power Equivalent of Nearly 40,000 London Homes

Image via Shutterstock Every month London spends £1 million cleaning up its sewers, which are clogged with a greasy mass of cooking oils. Now Thames Water and the utility company 20C have unveiled

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The Retrofit Chicago Challenge Gets Skyscrapers to Go Green

The Retrofit Chicago Challenge Gets Skyscrapers to Go Green

Photo via Shutterstock The Windy City is rapidly becoming one of the greenest in the U.S., thanks to its Retrofit Chicago Building Initiative. 14 major commercial buildings have stepped up to the plate

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Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Looking to help out with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, but aren’t sure how to make the biggest impact with each donation dollar? New York-based solar company Voltaic may just have the answer. In

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California’s GMO Food Proposition 37 Sparks Storm of Accusations over Misleading Ads

California’s GMO Food Proposition 37 Sparks Storm of Accusations over Misleading Ads

GMO photo from Shutterstock There's something fishy going on in the Golden State, and we aren't talking about the GMO genes being spliced into the tomatoes. On Tuesday, California voters ultimately

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Online ‘Cool Farm’ Tool Helps Farmers Calculate Their Carbon Footprint

Online ‘Cool Farm’ Tool Helps Farmers Calculate Their Carbon Footprint

The Cool Farm Institute has announced that it will soon introduce a free online version of its Cool Farm Tool to help farmers calculate the carbon footprint of their farm and livestock operations. The

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Grassroots Mountain Rider’s Alliance Plans to Create Carbon Neutral Ski Slopes across U.S.

Grassroots Mountain Rider’s Alliance Plans to Create Carbon Neutral Ski Slopes across U.S.

Image courtesy of Mt Abram As winter fast approaches, the snow will beckon many of us to the mountains to play - but what if there was another reason to support your local ski resort? This month the

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Bristol Community Farm Harvests Goodwill as Well as Good Food

Bristol Community Farm Harvests Goodwill as Well as Good Food

A success story in times of crisis is always a pleasure, and this 22-acre Community Farm in Bristol has boosted for the local region in many ways. Landowner Luke Hasell teamed up with local food

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Environment Agency’s Lord Smith Backs UK Business’ Green Growth, Including Coca-Cola’s

Environment Agency’s Lord Smith Backs UK Business’ Green Growth, Including Coca-Cola’s

Lord Smith, the chairman for the Environment Agency in the UK, paid a visit to Europe's largest Coca-Cola plant this week, and on his tour he underlined the importance of green growth. Speaking about

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More Than One-Third of Global 500 Companies Now See Climate Change as a Real Danger to Their Business

More Than One-Third of Global 500 Companies Now See Climate Change as a Real Danger to Their Business

Floods and flooding the streets via Shutterstock A study released on Wednesday by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) finds that 37 percent of the world's largest companies now see extreme weather

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Employees Work Harder When The Company Goes Green, New Study Reports

Employees Work Harder When The Company Goes Green, New Study Reports

Photo via Shutterstock What motivates you to give 150 percent at your job? Is it a friendly boss? Tasks that you really care about? Awesome clients? According to new research led by UCLA, employees of

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Chattanooga’s Crash Pad is World’s First LEED Platinum Hostel

Chattanooga’s Crash Pad is World’s First LEED Platinum Hostel

Designed by local architectural designers Blythe Bailey and Taylor Bowers of River Street Architecture, the Crash Pad features an incredible amount of sustainable features for such a small building. Many

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Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu is one of the leading green companies in the homewares and gift segment. The China-based company received Green America’s Gold Seal of Approval for its efforts to preserve the environment, promote

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Twin Cities IKEA Powers Up Minnesota’s Largest Solar Array

Twin Cities IKEA Powers Up Minnesota’s Largest Solar Array

As part of IKEA's Solar Panel Initiative, the world’s largest furniture retailer has powered up an enormous photovoltaic array on their Twin Cities store in Bloomington, Minnesota. The array is the

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Ikea Announces Plans to Build Over 100 Budget Design Hotels in Europe

Ikea Announces Plans to Build Over 100 Budget Design Hotels in Europe

Ikea is already well known for its affordable and stylish home furnishings, but now the retail giant has set its sights on the budget hotel market. The world’s largest furniture retailer, based in

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Sweatshop Protestors Project Anti-Adidas Video On a London Olympic Park Building

Sweatshop Protestors Project Anti-Adidas Video On a London Olympic Park Building

Sweatshop protestors took advantage of the massive crowds descending upon London's Olympic Park Sunday, and used a building overlooking the park to show a video criticizing Adidas for its alleged worker

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Sainsbury’s Is Now the UK and Europe’s Largest Rooftop Solar PV Operator

Sainsbury’s Is Now the UK and Europe’s Largest Rooftop Solar PV Operator

Sainsbury’s has claimed the title of the largest rooftop PV operator in the UK and Europe with an impressive total output of 16MW. Across 169 of its UK stores, Sainsbury’s has secured 69,500 PV solar

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Charge Your Electronics With a Solar ReadySet and Help Power the Developing World

Charge Your Electronics With a Solar ReadySet and Help Power the Developing World

The ReadySet is a versatile renewable energy charger that can power any gadget that plugs into a standard vehicle or usb port. The ReadySet’s intelligent battery means that it can be charged from a

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