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Six of the largest school districts in the US are ditching polystyrene

Six of the largest school districts in the US are ditching polystyrene

Six of the largest school districts in the nation announced that they are ditching polystyrene trays (more commonly known as styrofoam) for eco-friendly compostable plates. The move is the result of a

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Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening

Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening

Over the last decade there has been a dramatic increase in the availability of biodegradable plant pots, and I'm finding them everywhere from my beloved Gilbertie's Herb Gardens (which sells locally

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The world’s first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora

The world’s first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora

In America alone, over 145 billion disposable coffee cups are discarded annually. People's coffee habits have led to a startling amount of waste, much of which fails to end up in recycling bins. Then

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Revolutionary recycled cardboard mini batteries can charge your phone in a hurry

Revolutionary recycled cardboard mini batteries can charge your phone in a hurry

Need a quick charge on your smartphone? Sick of carrying around cables and bulky chargers? Tired of searching out plugs and waiting for your phone to charge? This award-winning cardboard battery concept

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10 ways to have a green Christmas this year

10 ways to have a green Christmas this year

1. Make your own recycled gift wrap:  Did you know that some Christmas gift wrapping isn't even recyclable? Keep bags of trash out of the landfill by creating your own simple gift wrap from recycled

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Awesome Green Gift Wrap Idea: Silk Scarves!

Awesome Green Gift Wrap Idea: Silk Scarves!

While it makes a fun tradition, gift-wrapping packages with paper and tape is an inherently unsustainable practice - think of all the paper and ribbon that goes into the trash each holiday season for the

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DIY: 6 ways to make your own holiday gift wrap

DIY: 6 ways to make your own holiday gift wrap

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to save some dough this holiday season? Break out the apple cider, gather the kids, and make your own recycled gift wrap! Start with plain brown or white paper bags,

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INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling tips for the holidays

INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling tips for the holidays

Have you heard the term "closing the loop" with regard to holiday shopping? It refers to the idea of purchasing items made with recycled materials instead of brand-new products, like recycling a cell

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Nendo Designs Eco-Friendly Reusable Gift Wrap That Transforms Into a Tote Bag

Nendo Designs Eco-Friendly Reusable Gift Wrap That Transforms Into a Tote Bag

Nendo's giftotes come in three different sizes, so presents of all shapes can be wrapped snugly and beautifully, and the ribbon ties are available in six different colors to suit every recipient's

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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 and DO try

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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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