INFOGRAPHIC: How to make just about anything using pallets

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Over two billion pallets are used every day to move stuff about, but the humble little transporter is way more versatile than just that. Creative minds have used pallets to make everything from doggie beds to dressing screens. This savvy salvagers infographic gives you tons of ideas for using pallets in your own home and guides you through the process, from picking safe pallets to gathering your tools, so that you can make your own pallet furniture for your own home. Don’t forget to share all your brilliant creations.

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1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

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New Yorker Creates Giant Holiday Card by Biking Across Manhattan

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People spend hours making their own DIY cards for the holidays but we think we can say pretty confidently that New Yorker Erik Trinidad’s is the most labor-intensive one we’ve ever seen. In order to create the giant virtual greeting, which spans almost the entire width of Manhattan, Trinidad traced the path of every letter by riding his bike along it. The delightful result, a tech-assisted geoglyph, is the image you see above.

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VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

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Did you know that orangutans share 97 percent of our DNA? Like us, they have complex emotions, family bonds, and a love of drawing and music. Rickina is a little orphaned orangutan who’s being cared for at the IAR Ketapang Orangutan Rescue Center in Borneo, after being confiscated from a man who claims that her mother dropped her and ran away when she saw a stranger in the forest. Rickina has a horrible wound on her head that the man says was caused by his machete when he bent down to pick her up, but considering that mother orangutans will fight to the death to protect their young, his story is “suspect”, to say the least. In this video, Rickina is making some new friends, who will hopefully lessen her anxiety at being away from her mother.

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Dogs are being skinned alive in China to make leather gloves

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Most people have heard of China’s appalling dog meat trade, but did you know that dog and cat skin is also used to create leather goods like gloves, belts and pet toys? According to a new report from PETA Asia, the Chinese meat and leather trade is using the flesh of dogs and cats in order to squeeze out every penny of the manufacturing industry.

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Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world's highest BREEAM rating

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Edag's Light Cocoon is a 3D-printed car inspired by leaves

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Last spring, EDAG unveiled a 3D-printed car that was inspired by a turtle – and the German engineering firm just unveiled its latest car inspired by nature. The EDAG Light Cocoon has a skeletal, organic structure that’s covered in a fabric membrane featuring a pattern inspired by fall leaves.

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Africa's tallest skyscraper will basically be the Eye of Sauron

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Win a Boskke Planter, Vitra Cork Stools and more design goodness (worth $1200) in our Dwell Store holiday giveaway!

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Attention all design geeks! In the spirit of giving for the holidays, we’re teaming up with Dwell magazine to offer a lucky Inhabitat reader the chance to win some phenomenal design products from the Dwell store. The prizes include swoon-worthy home goods like a pair of comfy new Vitra cork stools (worth $940), a conversation-starting ceramic Sky Planter (worth $25), a handy and darling portable lamp ($245), and the elegant Boskke Cube 3 clear planter ($49.95). So give yourself a gift for the holidays and enter to win today!

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Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related environmental concerns

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While it might not seem immediately obvious, the foods we choose have environmental impacts that can be far-reaching. Now congress is attempting to silence the voices of top nutrition experts who are trying to spread the word about how the production and creation of our food affects the world around us. NPR reports that a government-appointed group of nutrition experts who are tasked with establishing dietary guidelines for Americans decided earlier this year to gather data on the environmental implications of food choices. But a recent spending bill passed by both the House and Senate contains a list of “congressional directives” expressing concern over the Dietary Advisory Guidelines Committee’s (DAGC) actions.

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VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Snow Globe

To learn how to make an incredible DIY edible snow globe that will impress all of your friends at your next holiday party, read on….

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Obama just banned drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay

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On Tuesday, Barack Obama passed a ban on drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, saying that the area is “one of America’s greatest natural resources … a beautiful natural wonder.” The bay is “something that is too precious to just put out to the highest bidder,” he added. The ban makes the area permanently off limits to oil and gas drilling.

 

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New York makes it a crime to tattoo or pierce pets

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In a move that should make sense to anyone with a heart, New York has officially banned cosmetic pet tattoos and piercings. The new law, which will go into effect in 120 days, was signed by Governor Cuomo on Monday and includes strict penalties ranging from fines of up to $250 to jail time.

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These gorgeous hand-turned walnut cups will transport you to the woods

These gorgeous hand-turned walnut cups will transport you to the woods

Artist Ido Yoshimoto designed a limited edition set of elegant, hand-turned walnut cups for Edition Local. Inspired by nature and the works of J.B. Blunk, the unique Wide Walnut Cup is…

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Desolenator turns the sun's energy into water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Desolenator turns the sun's energy into water for less than the cost…

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that can turn heat from the sun into drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own…

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Beery Christmas? Massive holiday tree made of kegs lights up Rochester

Beery Christmas? Massive holiday tree made of kegs lights up Rochester

Move over Rockefeller Center. Rochester, NY's Genesee Brewing Company has an impressive Christmas tree of its own and it's made out of hundreds of beer kegs. Built by 20 of the…

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Prefab Sorte Hus proves affordable housing can be stylish in Copenhagen

Prefab Sorte Hus proves affordable housing can be stylish in…

The Sorte Hus is built out of three main interlocking materials: prefab birch plywood walls, double-glazed windows, and the concrete floor. To maximize the home's small footprint,…

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NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

NYC to replace old payphones with free wi-fi hot spots in 2015

This week, a New York City committee approved long-awaited plans to replace the city's antiquated, unused sidewalk payphones with free Wi-Fi hot spots. The high-speed aluminum charging…

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