15 awe-inspiring semi-finalists announced for the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

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This all-electric personal submarine can dive up to 400 feet

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H&M is offering $1 Million for best textile-recycling innovations

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Clothing retailer H&M is sponsoring a $1 million challenge to anyone who can figure out a sustainable way to close the loop on textiles. A closed loop clothing manufacturing scenario involves recycling old and unwanted clothing into new materials, which are then used to produce new garments and a “zero waste” textile industry. Several clothing manufacturers are attempting closed loop practices in part of their clothing lines, or with certain fabrics, but the H&M Conscious Foundation’s Global Challenge Award is being put forward to drum up some even more ambitious innovations. The foundation will award five prizes each year on an ongoing basis to foster creative solutions that will help reduce the negative environmental impact of the textile industry and hopefully cut costs as well. Read on to learn more about the challenge.

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Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

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Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

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Where did summer go? As the kids start heading back to school, everyone is feeling stressed and excited, so one of the most important things parents can do is to ensure they are getting a good night’s rest. One major thing that can prevent healthy, restorative sleep is a bad mattress. Nowadays, conventional mattresses are chock-full of harmful toxins that prevent us from sleeping well, not to mention make us sick. Did you know that most standard, non-organic mattresses contain threatening levels of synthetic flame retardants laced with VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? These toxic off-gassing chemicals easily collect in dust, remain circulating throughout your home for years, and are correlated with a myriad of health issues, including allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and in some cases, cancer. Fortunately, there are safe mattresses on the market that are supportive, made with natural materials, and comparable in price to conventional ones.

And if you’re in the market for an organic mattress right now, you’re in luck. Thanks to Naturepedic, you could win a brand new, 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton twin mattress just in time for the new school year. Naturepedic’s beds are made with the finest certified organic cotton, and pass all Federal flammability standards without the need for flame retardants. If you’re a parent, student, or know someone deserving of this precious gift, enter to win below!

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1. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win a Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton mattress, and what you love most about the mattress.

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Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Boyan Slat's Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic problem is "even bigger than we thought"

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Last month Boyan Slat‘s Ocean Cleanup project sent a fleet of scientists and volunteers to measure and map the waves of plastic trash making their way across the Pacific tides toward the West coast. They concentrated on an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is estimated to be twice the size of Texas. After returning, they report the plastic waste problem is much bigger than we previously thought.

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Stephen Orlando captures kayakers' motions in stunning long-exposure photographs

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3 reasons why good parenting means reduced screen time for your kids

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We’ve all heard that common refrain that the iPad is the perfect babysitter of the modern age. While some parents say it in jest, others are perfectly serious—the average kid today spends 9 hours a day looking at a screen. Letting kids play with tech isn’t a problem in itself, but studies have linked kids’ excessive screen use with physical, social, developmental, and emotional problems. Keep reading to see the research and why good parenting may mean less screen time for your children.

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Gorgeous Yingst Retreat Nestled in a Michigan Forest has a Sod-Roofed Sauna

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Elkebana's fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads

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Naturepedic helps your tot transition to a big kid bed with their 2-in-1 organic mattress

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When it’s time to move from a crib to the big kid bed, Naturepedic has you covered. Their 2 in 1 organic quilted mattress has a waterproof side for accidents (and, as an added bonus, protects you from dust mites), and when your kid is ready, can be flipped over to the plush side. No need for two different mattresses as your tot grows, and no worries about allergens, chemicals and potential carcinogens, thanks to the handmade, all-natural materials.

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Alaska's whimsical Dr. Seuss House is an architectural marvel

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This concrete dome home survived a wall of flames without a scorch mark

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In 1999, Washington state resident John Belles made a smart decision. Knowing he lived in an area prone to wildfires, he built his home from concrete to reduce the risk of losing his house should a fire approach his property. In the midst of this week’s raging wildfires in the eastern part of the state, Belles learned how wise a choice that really was. His home survived the wall of flames almost entirely unscathed, while he watched from inside.

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Make Your Own DIY Shipping Pallet Furniture with Studiomama's Easy Tutorials

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Film release about the Rana Plaza collapse delayed by India court

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In 2013, over 1000 people were killed in the Raza Plaza collapse in Bangladesh. Now, a movie about the disaster is being banned in India for at least six months for being unfit for theaters. The film follows one of the victims of the disaster, who was trapped for 17 days under the rubble, and filmmaker Nazrul Islam Khan is arguing against the ban, saying that the film brings hope and knowledge to the public.

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The Tesla Model S P85D just broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system by earning more points than they give

The Tesla Model S P85D just broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system…

The Tesla Model S P85D hit the market last December and Consumer Reports did what they do best; they evaluated the heck out of it. The electric luxury car performed so well in nearly…

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NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

Sea levels are rising at a speed that is both shocking and devastating. NASA satellite data suggest that we could be looking at a three foot (one meter) rise in the next 100-200 years,…

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All Netherlands Railways trains will be 100% wind powered by 2018

All Netherlands Railways trains will be 100% wind powered by 2018

The Netherlands have just become an example of the right way to respond to citizens’ demands for clean energy. Following a ruling earlier this year, after countrymen sued their…

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This floating survival shelter rises above floods

This floating survival shelter rises above floods

The alarming rates of sea levels rise have inspired designers Zhou Ying and Niu Yuntao to create a floating emergency shelter that could save lives during floods and tsunamis. Instead…

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Over 30,000 mines are leaking toxic waste into American waterways

Over 30,000 mines are leaking toxic waste into American waterways

On the heels of the disaster which caused 3 million gallons of toxic waste to spill into the Animas River in Colorado earlier this month, conservationists are rightly freaking out about…

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