See how a Tetra Pak carton be re-used as a DIY LED lamp

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Tetra Paks are a great invention. They can keep milk and other perishable items fresh for months without refrigeration. It can also be better than commercial canning because the Paks aren’t lined with BPA. But there has been some controversy as to just how green they are. Some have argued that the only way a small portion of the packs are usually recycled is by turning them into toilet paper. But now, an effort is being made to turn those Tetra Paks into useful items—like LED fixtures.

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This massive LEGO Death Star is made from 500,000 bricks

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In March, California’s LEGOland resort unveiled the latest addition to its Star Wars Miniland; a 1900lb model of the Death Star that is made from over 500,000 LEGO bricks! The replica weaponry, which measures 13 feet high and eight feet wide, hovers above visitors to the exhibition and is equipped with its own [LEGO] planet-destroying super laser.

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Are California's forests pumping out more CO2 than they can absorb?

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Sometimes even the best laid plans go awry. Despite being the first state in the United States to make cutting greenhouse gas emissions mandatory, California’s forests are betraying those efforts by pumping out more carbon than they can absorb. Live Science reports that Governor Jerry Brown has set up a special task force, the Forest Climate Action Team, to figure out how to reverse a troubling trend, caused mostly by wildfires, that creates obstacles to the state’s goal to reach 1990 CO2 levels by 2030.

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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

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In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed, thanks to companies like Voltaic Systems who are leading the charge with a new generation of affordable, durable, and portable solar panels. When they heard that I was converting my Ford Transit Connect XL into a self-sufficient live and work eco-mobile, Voltaic generously donated a pair of 17-watt solar panels, along with accompanying V72 batteries, that I can use to charge my cell phone and laptop far from any electrical outlet. I decided to pop them on the roof of my van and turn my van into a lean, green live-work machine. And the best part? I didn’t have to drill a single hole in my van to install them.

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BKLYN Designs: See you at Brooklyn’s premier home furnishings festival this weekend

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Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

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LEED-certified TMB Headquarters raises the bar for the construction industry

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IKEA's all-natural NIPPRIG line is handmade, and available for a limited time only

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VIDEO: A super-easy way to make healthy, one-ingredient fruit roll-ups

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A brick wall perimeter gives Esse House privacy on the grounds of an Italian vineyard

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Anti-Expo protests in Milan erupt in violence, clashes with riot police

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The May 1 opening of the Milan Expo 2015 architectural show has been marred by violent clashes between a group of protesters and Italian riot police. Reuters reports that “thick clouds of smoke from burning cars filled parts of central Milan” as masked individuals threw rocks and petrol bombs, and law enforcement retaliated with teargas. The wider, student-organized No Expo protests—which have otherwise been nonviolent—are speaking out against the immense cost of the temporary Expo at a time when Italy is facing economic hardship.

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Los Angeles completes city’s tallest vertical garden and DTLA’s first pocket park

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Check out Brooklyn Butcher Blocks' heirloom-quality cutting boards at BKLYN Designs 2015

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Check out Brooklyn Butcher Blocks' heirloom-quality cutting boards at BKLYN Designs 2015With all of the cheese and charcuterie we Brooklynites ingest, it only makes sense that we should have our own Brooklyn-made butcher blocks and cheeseboards to prep and serve it on too. Brooklyn Butcher Blocks makes rich, heirloom-quality cutting boards, butcher blocks, tabletops and other surfaces from wood grown in Pennsylvania, New York and

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Tesla launches pre-owned sales of Model S EV; expects 31% bigger Roadster battery in August

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Casa Kids to introduce new murphy bed for adults at BKLYN Designs 2015

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Casa Kids to introduce new murphy bed for adults at BKLYN Designs 2015Casa Kids‘ line of thoughtful, eco-friendly children’s furnishings have helped them make a name for themselves in Brooklyn and beyond, and now they’re ready to bring that same functionality to the world of adult furniture. Founded by designer Roberto Gil, the Brooklyn-based brand has been a go-to resource for families raising little

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California adopts ambitious goal to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030

California adopts ambitious goal to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40%…

California has just thrown down the gauntlet for the rest of North America, when it comes to taking on climate change. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order…

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Steel shell encloses contemporary dairy farmer’s house in Japan

Steel shell encloses contemporary dairy farmer’s house in Japan

Designed for the third generation of a dairy farming family, the contemporary residence is a new extension to the old house. The Fujisawa-based architect made way for the new structure…

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Ikea imagines a refrigerator-free kitchen for 2025

Ikea imagines a refrigerator-free kitchen for 2025

From bio-refrigerators that cool food with gel to zero-energy clay alternatives, we see a lot of designs that look to make one of the home's most energy-hungry appliances more…

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Elding Oscarson floats a green-roofed home above a transparent, glass-clad ground floor

Elding Oscarson floats a green-roofed home above a transparent,…

The inspiration behind the House at Mölle’s daring all-glass ground floor was born out of the Elding Oscarson’s and client’s desire to “recover Mölle’s dormant architectural…

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Slovenia's prefab wooden World Expo pavilion evokes the mountainous landscape of its homeland

Slovenia's prefab wooden World Expo pavilion evokes the mountainous…

This playful wooden pavilion consists of five prismatic structures, each representing Slovenia's diverse geographical landscape and approaches to sustainable development. SoNo Arhitekti…

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