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Packaging the Future: Banana Leaves as Natural Packaging!

Packaging the Future: Banana Leaves as Natural Packaging!

Nature has had millions of years to come up with perfect natural packaging solutions -- brilliant designs made from elements as simple as water, sun and nutrients that keep liquids wet, protect cargo

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Hey Starbucks! Inhabitat Has An Idea For You…

Hey Starbucks! Inhabitat Has An Idea For You…

Dear Starbucks, we love your new-and-improved-no-spill-stainless-steel-reusable coffee mug. However, we would like to offer you a bit of advice from the Inhabiteam. We think you could take this holiday

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Inhabitat’s Pick for Best Designed Booth at Greenbuild 2010!

Inhabitat’s Pick for Best Designed Booth at Greenbuild 2010!

The booth was developed by Columbia PureBond's very own marketing manager Joanna Beckman, who was inspired by the Aqua Tower by Studio Gang Architects-- just up the way in downtown Chicago. The booth was

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Plastic Bags Truly Do Suck

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Plastic Bags Truly Do Suck

Each year nearly 380 billion plastic bags are used in the US -- any only 7 percent of them are recycled. The plastic scourge clogs waterways and takes hundreds of years to break down into smaller plastic

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Frigo Uses Growing Plants and Dirt to Keeps Your Veggies Chilled

Frigo Uses Growing Plants and Dirt to Keeps Your Veggies Chilled

The Frigo, by GPOD (Gonçalo Prudêncio Office for Design) is a design experiment geared towards developing an outdoor fridge. Using the the sun as its only energy source, and dirt and plants as its

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Compostable Packaging Test: Bambu Plates Breakdown

Compostable Packaging Test: Bambu Plates Breakdown

This week we're thrilled to bring you the latest installment of our Packaging the Future compost tests, where we break down the real-life biodegradability of eco packaging. Although I started this series

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Packaging the Future: Fluffy Natural Packaging!

Packaging the Future: Fluffy Natural Packaging!

So far in our Packaging the Future series we've explored how nature solves the packaging problems of strength, buoyancy and moisture-retention (coconut shells), tough-but-flexible protection (wombat

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Styrofoam Packaging

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Styrofoam Packaging

By now we’re all privy to the environmental pitfalls that come with using styrofoam - so why in the world is this material still so prevalent? Known to boast a biodegradability factor of just about

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Styrofoam

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Styrofoam

Photo © David Gilford Styrofoam is one of the world's most environmentally unsound packaging materials - not only does it stick around in the environment forever (I'll never forget swimming around a

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Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe.org is a project that has created a system and community to help distribute water across the globe. The team designed a durable reusable water bottle to act as a symbol and represent a bigger

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DIY (Drink-It-Yourself) Xylophone Made From Beer Bottles!

DIY (Drink-It-Yourself) Xylophone Made From Beer Bottles!

Of the things that you could do with beer bottles, this has got to be one of the most glorious. Designer Sam Gensburg has created this special packaging for beer bottles — in this example, the

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Replenish Cleaner’s Smart Design Cuts CO2 and Plastic Waste

Replenish Cleaner’s Smart Design Cuts CO2 and Plastic Waste

If you’ve been on the hunt for non-toxic cleaner that also boasts a long-lasting reusable bottle, then Replenish may be just the thing you're looking for. This household cleaner is shipped in small pods

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Packaging the Future: Packaging Reuse – What a Concept!

Packaging the Future: Packaging Reuse – What a Concept!

Recycling, reducing, and composting are all important concepts when it comes to more sustainable packaging design, but reuse, the second directive of the 'reduce, reuse, recycle' mantra has thus far been

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Government Proposes Tighter Rules to Curb Greenwashing

Government Proposes Tighter Rules to Curb Greenwashing

It's natural! It's compostable! It's biodegradable! It's non-toxic! We're living in a world of green claims that can sometimes seem unrealistic and unprovable. Well yesterday, the US Federal Trade

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PACKAGING THE FUTURE: Inspiration from Ants!

PACKAGING THE FUTURE: Inspiration from Ants!

Thus far in our Packaging the Future Series, we've looked at how plants (coconuts) and animals (Wombat butts) can serve as inspiration for planet-friendly packaging. But insects, with their tough,

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Parisians Get Free Sparkling Water on Tap

Parisians Get Free Sparkling Water on Tap

We recently reported on bubbly going green, and now bubbly water is following suit. The Parisian water utility is offering free “pétillant” at the Jardin de Reuilly, giving lovers of

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Electronics Packaging!

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Electronics Packaging!

If there's one thing that non-greenies and enviro-heroes can agree on, it's that the way that most electronics (and their concomitant accessories, additional parts and hardware) are packaged is really,

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Packaging the Future: Amazing Mushroom Packaging!

Packaging the Future: Amazing Mushroom Packaging!

Fungus amongus! Mushroom filler is fire resistant and biodegradable Mushrooms are amazing. Not only do they tasty-up pizza, pasta, soup and salads; not only are edible 'shrooms pretty much calorie-free

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Amazing Natural Packaging: The Wombat’s Super Butt!

Amazing Natural Packaging: The Wombat’s Super Butt!

If you're into marsupials (and who isn't?), my favorite, hands-down, is the wombat. Not just because they are vegan and terribly, terribly cute, or because they're a bit lazy and are known Down Under for

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American Samoa Becomes First U.S. Territory to Ban Plastic Bags

American Samoa Becomes First U.S. Territory to Ban Plastic Bags

With California's proposed statewide ban on plastic bags swept aside as collateral damage of the state's broken political system, American Samoa emerged as the first U.S. state or territory to ban plastic

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The Champagne Bottle Slims Down to Cut its Carbon Footprint

The Champagne Bottle Slims Down to Cut its Carbon Footprint

Champagne bottles contain three times the air pressure of a typical car tire, which is why the iconic green bottles weigh 900 grams (two pounds). Not for long though - makers of Champagne bottles in

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: The Oral B Pulsar Toothbrush

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: The Oral B Pulsar Toothbrush

Brushing your teeth is a relatively simple task that requires 30 seconds or so of arm movement. Are we so lazy and out-of-shape that we need battery-operated contraptions to move our toothbrushes now?

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Fame: Oral B Pulsar Toothbrush

Egregious Packaging Hall of Fame: Oral B Pulsar Toothbrush

I think it's high time that we admit, as a society, that we have some things figured out - like toothbrushing and face washing. But apparently, some companies don't think so. Despite the plethora of

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Can Whole Foods’ Deli Containers Really Be Composted?

Can Whole Foods’ Deli Containers Really Be Composted?

We love Whole Foods for their wide selection of health conscious packaged goods and organic fruits and vegetables. But one popular spot in this shop that gets a lot of attention is the store’s salad bar

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Compostable Packaging Test: Whole Foods Deli Containers

Compostable Packaging Test: Whole Foods Deli Containers

Today marks the second installment of our new Packaging the Future series, which explores a greener future for packaging design, brought to you by Eco Chick founder and green journalist Starre

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Natural Packaging: The Coconut Husk Solves Shipping Problems!

Natural Packaging: The Coconut Husk Solves Shipping Problems!

Today we're thrilled to kick off a brand new series that explores a greener future for packaging design, brought to you by Eco Chick founder and green journalist Starre Vartan! Each year households

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ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s Packaging the Future Series!

ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s Packaging the Future Series!

Today we're thrilled to announce a brand new editorial series on Inhabitat that explores the past, present, and future of packaging design, hosted by Eco Chick founder and green journalist Starre Vartan!

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LIFE BOX – Brilliant, Seed-Sprouting Cardboard Packaging!

LIFE BOX – Brilliant, Seed-Sprouting Cardboard Packaging!

If you ever engage in online shopping (or even if you don't), you probably recognize how ubiquitous and space-cluttering cardboard packaging is. But what if every cardboard box you got from Amazon came

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Life Box: Paul Stamets Unveils Brilliant Seed-Sprouting Cardboard Box

Life Box: Paul Stamets Unveils Brilliant Seed-Sprouting Cardboard Box

Just think - what if all the cardboard boxes that you receive when you buy online from Amazon or Apple had seeds in them and you could simply put them in your nearest plot of soil and grow some baby

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Clever Little Bag: Fuseproject and PUMA Revolutionize the Shoe Box!

Clever Little Bag: Fuseproject and PUMA Revolutionize the Shoe Box!

To kick off an ambitious long-term sustainability plan to reduce its carbon emissions and waste, athletic wear company PUMA has teamed up with world-renowned industrial designer Yves Behar

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