From Piss to Pilsner "beercycles" pee into brews

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The urine from an estimated 100,000 visitors to the Roskilde Festival in Denmark this summer will have the unusual opportunity to recycle their urine–into beer. “From Piss to Pilsner” hopes to ignite a new movement called beercycling, transforming 25,000 liters of festivalgoers’ pee into kegs of frothy beer. The collected urine will be used to fertilize beer’s building block- barley.

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New proposal calls for NYC commercial food vendors to separate organic waste to keep it out of dumps

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Mayor de Blasio recently introduced a proposal that would require all commercial-sized food establishments, vendors, manufacturers, and wholesalers to separate organic waste material. As part of the mayor’s One NYC Plan, the ambitious initiative would drastically reduce the amount of food scraps and other organic materials, which currently make up one third of the city’s commercial waste. Instead of being shipped to landfills, the organic waste would be converted into compost or used as feedstock for producing clean renewable energy through anaerobic digestion.

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Passive solar beach house is a contemporary take on the Australian beach shack

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Unbelievable miniature Japanese village will astound you with its attention to detail

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The 70-second video above is completely enchanting and serene. Gentle instrumental music accompanies the visuals and the video begins with scenes of everyday life in a quiet village in rural Japan: browning leaves piled up along the roadsides, food waiting to be prepped in the kitchen, a kettle suspended over a firepit, a wooded garden. It’s hard to believe that each of the five scenes featured in the video were created artificially – in miniature – just for this video, but they were. London’s GetNewDesign digital media firm produced the elaborate models as well as the carefully crafted video for this unique branding campaign for the food and culture of Japan.

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Industrious Manhattan man drives to work in homemade electric vehicles made of old car parts

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Lithium battery technology breakthrough could totally change solar power

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Though the obstacles to a clean energy economy are largely political, one particular technological challenge to this goal is the expense and capacity of storage batteries. The sun may shine strongly on a home rooftop, but if there is nowhere to store this energy until peak-demand in the evening, the system is not effective. However, technology may be catching up to demand. While the Tesla Powerwall hopes to be part of the solution, a new method of manufacturing lithium batteries, pioneered by MIT researchers and Cambridge-based company 24M, may cut production costs in half and open up enormous opportunities for renewable energy.

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World

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Climate change, air pollution, and water scarcity—these are just a handful of reasons why you may be worried for Earth’s future. But all hope is not lost, at least that’s the attitude of writer and editor Jared Green, whose recent book explores 80 thought-provoking ideas changing our world for the better. In ‘Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World,’ Green speaks with 80 influential global leaders, from Bjarke Ingels to Diana Balmori, to ask the question: What gives you hope that a sustainable future is possible? The result is an eclectic collection of inspiring tales that will resonate with everyone from the uninitiated student to the veteran community activist.

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Colorful community center was built from recycled materials from the London Olympics

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Las Vegas Extreme Sports Park Combines Wakeboarding, Organic Food and Repurposed Shipping Containers

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Germany plans to shut down coal-fired plants to reach climate goal

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Germany is taking significant strides to meet its pledge to reduce carbon emissions. The government announced plans on 2 July 2015 to shut down several coal-fired plants throughout the country in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in keeping with its 2020 climate goals. The plan will affect coal-powered plants with a capacity of 2.7 gigawatts, but it is unclear how many will be shut down or where.

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Adidas unveils new sneaker prototype made from reclaimed ocean trash

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Adidas has partnered up with Parley for the Oceans to create the world’s first sneaker made from reclaimed ocean trash. The prototype design was unveiled at United Nations Headquarters on 1 July 2015, and features sneaker uppers made from yarns and fibers fabricated from reclaimed ocean waste and abandoned deep-sea gillnets. Adidas says, “The concept shoe illustrates the direction adidas and Parley for the Oceans are taking, ahead of consumer-ready ocean plastic products being revealed later this year.”

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We're giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

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We spend one third of our lifetime in bed, so a natural sleep surface is one of the most important investments you can make. Why? Conventional mattresses are chock full of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are extremely hazardous to our health including flame retardants linked to allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and cancer. Fortunately, there are many natural mattress alternatives including organic cotton, wool and natural latex. And now, thanks to the good folks at My Green Mattress, one lucky Inhabitat reader will have the chance to win their very own all-natural, non-toxic mattress. We’re giving away a brand new medium-firm Queen-Sized Pure Echo Mattress valued at $679! Plus, every Inhabitat reader will receive an exclusive $75 off any mattress using PROMO CODE: Inhabitat$75. Read on to learn how you can enter to win the best sleep of your life.

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1. SIGN UP FOR THE GREEN MATTRESS NEWSLETTER (Note: Scroll down to the bottom of the page)

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us what you like most about the Pure Echo Mattress and why you need a healthier, green mattress.

Due to popular demand, we are happy to announce that we are extending the deadline to 7/8/2015 11:59PM EST. We want to give our loyal readers, their friends, and their family members the opportunity to win this organic cotton mattress and have a better night’s sleep!

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Ergonomically-Correct 'Wellbeing Toilet' Helps You Poop the Right Way

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The toilet, ubiquitous as it is, hasn’t changed much in design or function since indoor plumbing became a thing. In honor of World Toilet Day, plumbing and drain specialists Dyno-Rod decided to change that by holding a competition to create the next-generation loo prototype. The winning design is the Wellbeing Toilet – the world’s first ergonomically-correct loo. Designed by three Central Saint Martin’s (CSM) graduates, this toilet could actually reduce the risk of intestinal cancer and haemorrhoids.

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Cocoon Tree: A Lightweight, Spherical Treehouse for Sustainable Living

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SketchUp's Open-Source 3D-Printable WikiHouse Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

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What if you could assemble your house like Legos using free modeling software and a 3D printer? That’s the idea behind Eric Schimelpfening‘s WikiHouse – a home designed entirely in SketchUp that can be downloaded by anyone, customized to fit the user’s needs and sent to the 3D printer. The components are then snapped together using less than 100 screws to make rooms that can be rearranged as easily as you would rearrange furniture.

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HOW TO: Make delicious tie-dye fruit yogurt popsicles

HOW TO: Make delicious tie-dye fruit yogurt popsicles

Eating an icy popsicle is one of our favorite ways to cool off on a hot summer day. And there’s no reason to settle for a store-bought ice pop when you can easily make your own.…

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Colorful noise-pollution barriers that also generate solar energy being tested in the Netherlands

Colorful noise-pollution barriers that also generate solar energy…

Technology research is often about finding ways to combine two different functions into one tool or, as you might have heard it said before, kill two birds with one stone. In the…

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Artist Transforms Tiny Studio into Mind-Blowing Surreal Landscapes

Artist Transforms Tiny Studio into Mind-Blowing Surreal Landscapes

The South Korean artist patiently worked for weeks to even months, laboring on the minutiae of her artwork to achieve each frame’s Alice in Wonderland-like dreamscape. The studio,…

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Conqueror makes the ultimate self-sufficient campers for outdoor adventures

Conqueror makes the ultimate self-sufficient campers for outdoor…

Traveling cross-country is an adventurer’s dream, but it often means you have to adjust to lower comfort levels. Conqueror Australia is set to bust that myth with a camper trailer…

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Walmart is selling "Made in the USA" goods that are made in China

When shopping at Walmart, that made in the USA t-shirt might not be so US-manufactured after all. According to Truth in Advertising, the company's website contains over 100 items that…

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