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Does This Gorgeous Packaging Tempt You to Eat the Insects Inside?

Does This Gorgeous Packaging Tempt You to Eat the Insects Inside?

If you are like most Americans, the thought of biting into a nice, juicy cricket probably doesn’t hold much appeal. But many countries around the world consider insects to be a real treat. So how can we

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Ditch the Plastic Food Wrap With All-Natural and Reusable Bee’s Wrap

Ditch the Plastic Food Wrap With All-Natural and Reusable Bee’s Wrap

Clear plastic wrap is both really convenient and really wasteful. However, Vermont farmer Sarah Kaeck has developed a truly ingenious solution this food wrap waste problem with an all natural product

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Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape

Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape

Excessive packaging is one of our top pet peeves here at Inhabitat, so we were really inspired by this flat cardboard sheet that is capable of conforming to the shape of any object, saving a bundle on

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WikiPearls Deliver Your Favorite Foods in Bite Sized Edible Packaging

WikiPearls Deliver Your Favorite Foods in Bite Sized Edible Packaging

The protective coating of each WikiPearl was inspired by nature’s natural packaging- think the tough skin of grapes, coconut shells, or banana peels. These natural packages keep the yummy inner contents

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Original Unverpackt: Germany’s First Zero-Waste Supermarket to Open this Summer

Original Unverpackt: Germany’s First Zero-Waste Supermarket to Open this Summer

Germany is set to unveil the country's very first zero-waste supermarket. Berlin's Original Unverpackt is the brainchild of friends Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski. Frustrated by the overpackaging and

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Eco-Cleaning Company Ecover is Making Bottles Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

Eco-Cleaning Company Ecover is Making Bottles Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

Right now there are about 46,000 pieces of trash floating around in every square mile of the ocean, which is why Belgian company Ecover is now making their cleaning product packaging from plastic fished

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Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Thanks to a team of Harvard scientists, being called a "shrimp" will no longer amount to an insult. The University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering isolated chitin in the arthropod's

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Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray

Virgin Atlantic Saves Millions in Fuel Costs by Redesigning the Humble Food Tray

Industrial design consultancy MAP just saved Virgin Atlantic millions of dollars in fuel costs by simply redesigning the airline's in-flight meal tray. By streamlining the tray's design, the British firm

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How You Can Make an Edible Water “Bottle” at Home!

How You Can Make an Edible Water “Bottle” at Home!

We were fascinated when we first came across the Ooho, an edible water “bottle” conceived by three students to reduce plastic waste, and decided to make one of our own. Check out our DIY video

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UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

Providing food and shelter to victims of a natural disaster is one of the first priorities for emergency services, but the process can often generate a lot of unnecessary waste. To help tackle this

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Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

  After Treeson water company founder Carlton Solle took a trip to Costa Rica with his family five years ago and saw the dreadful plastic pollution littering the beach, he learned that less

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Farmer’s Fridge Dispenses Healthy Salads and Snacks from a Reclaimed Wood Vending Machine

Farmer’s Fridge Dispenses Healthy Salads and Snacks from a Reclaimed Wood Vending Machine

The Farmer's Fridge vending machine has taken the art of convenience food to a completely new level. Instead of offering processed, body-wrecking junk in environmentally-unfriendly wrappers, the Chicago

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Wrap Your Holiday Gifts in Plantable Eden’s Paper

Wrap Your Holiday Gifts in Plantable Eden’s Paper

Eden’s Paper lets your loved ones grow their own garden after tearing through the wrapping paper on their holiday gifts. The lush vegetable prints on the paper are embedded with seeds, such as carrots,

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Packaging Made from Tomato Plants Yields Safer Canned Food

Packaging Made from Tomato Plants Yields Safer Canned Food

A new bio-resin made from tomato plant by-products could make it safer to eat canned foods in the future. Although eating fresh food is great for our health, it can be troublesome on the wallet. Fresh

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Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

The BFI has just named New York-based Ecovative Design as their top prize winner for the prestigious 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The company will receive $100,000 to further develop their

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

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

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

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“Self Expiring” Packaging Saves Lives by Providing a Visual Indication That Medicine Has Expired

“Self Expiring” Packaging Saves Lives by Providing a Visual Indication That Medicine Has Expired

Self Expiring is a packaging material for medicinal products that visually "expires" over a fixed period of time. Once a product has reached its expiry date, the packaging will graphically display a

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Canterbury Coffee Corp. Creates 90% Biodegradable Single-Use Coffee Pod

Canterbury Coffee Corp. Creates 90% Biodegradable Single-Use Coffee Pod

In the food and beverage industry, what seems good for convenience can often prove harmful to the environment. Plastic single-use utensils, bottles, bags, and takeout packaging containers end up

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UK Paper Company Invents Technology to Recycle Disposable Plasticized Coffee Cups

UK Paper Company Invents Technology to Recycle Disposable Plasticized Coffee Cups

Photo via Shutterstock For most caffeine consumers on-the-go, a good dose of java or tea in the morning is of primary concern. What the liquid is housed in seems to escape attention, being tossed in a

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The Koteli Bag Is a Colorful Reusable Bag That Also Helps Save Sea Turtles

The Koteli Bag Is a Colorful Reusable Bag That Also Helps Save Sea Turtles

The Koteli Bag is a colorful, durable, foldable reusable bag that is helping our oceans stay free of plastic debris. Conservation and wildlife protection organization SEE-Turtles says 6 of the 7 species

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Glad’s Brilliant Trash Bag Tent Could Solve the Waste Problem at Music Festivals

Glad’s Brilliant Trash Bag Tent Could Solve the Waste Problem at Music Festivals

California-based company Glad may specialize in dustbin liners and food storage containers, but they recently unveiled a brilliant one-person trash bag tent for camping, music festivals and other outdoor

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Alien and Monkey’s Sand Furniture Turns Back to Dust at the End of its Lifecycle

Alien and Monkey’s Sand Furniture Turns Back to Dust at the End of its Lifecycle

The furniture is produced using molds made from reclaimed wood. Alien and Monkey deploy traditional processes of ceramic manufacturing to create the molds for the Sand Furniture. The Sand Packaging

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rPETable: UK Company Makes First Ever 100% Recycled Food-Safe Plastic Products

rPETable: UK Company Makes First Ever 100% Recycled Food-Safe Plastic Products

UK company Invicta Group has become the first company in the world to make food-safe products from 100% recycled plastic bottles, containers, tubs and lids. Their new rPETable patented process focuses on

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Designer Aaron Mickelson Shows How a Product Can Be Its Own ‘Disappearing Package’

Designer Aaron Mickelson Shows How a Product Can Be Its Own ‘Disappearing Package’

In the case of each product, Mickelson sought out a method to eliminate the package altogether, producing a no-waste packaging solution that is still aesthetically pleasing. In the case of Glad trash

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Cute Organic Bakery in Amsterdam Boasts Recycled Shipping Pallets Interior

Cute Organic Bakery in Amsterdam Boasts Recycled Shipping Pallets Interior

De Laatste Kruimel opened early last year and is a great little spot for enjoying delicious homemade organic food like classic lemon poppy seed scones. Its central feature is a pay desk, storage and table

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Starbucks Launches $1 Reusable Plastic Cups to Reduce Waste

Starbucks Launches $1 Reusable Plastic Cups to Reduce Waste

In an attempt to reduce their customers’ waste, Starbucks is introducing a reusable plastic cup for frequent customers. At $1 a pop, the logo-emblazoned plastic cups are shaped like their traditional

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Packaging the Future: Edible Wrappers, Containers and Bags (Yum?)

Packaging the Future: Edible Wrappers, Containers and Bags (Yum?)

Here at Inhabitat we've been hoping for, and advocating, biodegradable packaging for years, but now designer entrepreneurs are thinking even bigger; how about packaging one could actually consume? Turning

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Foldable Cuts’ Greeting Cards Can Be Assembled Into Miniature Boats!

Foldable Cuts’ Greeting Cards Can Be Assembled Into Miniature Boats!

Foldable Cuts has created a line of greetings that can be turned into a keepsake and shown off. Their range of DIY boat cards consists of designs that can be cut out in pieces and re-assembled into a

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mu mu Handcrafts Sustainable iPhone Cases That You Can Also Trade in Later

mu mu Handcrafts Sustainable iPhone Cases That You Can Also Trade in Later

mu mu, a design and manufacturing workshop based in Cambridgeshire, UK, has made a business out of creating sustainable accessories for iDevices. Run by a three-man team, mu mu works with creatives that

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Bambu Earth’s Responsible Soap & Skincare is Packaged With Seeded Paper

Bambu Earth’s Responsible Soap & Skincare is Packaged With Seeded Paper

Bambu Earth is back with a whole new look. Their line of Responsible Soap + Skincare is packaged in handmade seeded artisan paper that grows wildflowers! Bambu Earth believes that what you put on your

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