INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should stop buying bottled water

by , 08/31/15

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Americans buy a staggering amount of bottled water every year. Not only does that bottled water consumption add to a wasteful water footprint—the average U.S. consumer uses as much as 1,320 gallons per day—but it’s also the source of tons of landfill trash. Buying bottled water isn’t economically sound either. Even though half of most bottled waters come from the tap, some water brands charge up to 500 times more than the cost of tap. Wheels for Wishes put together an infographic to examine the many reasons why Americans need to reduce their bottled water footprint.

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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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National Geographic plants faux ivory tusks to track the illegal ivory trade route

by , 08/31/15
filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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National Geographic is taking an incredible stance in the efforts to stop the illegal ivory trade in Africa by planting and tracking their own faux tusks. Commissioned specially for NatGeo, the fake tusks were equipped with GPS trackers, so the publication could follow the route of the illegal tusk trade around the continent. Traveling almost 600 miles, NatGeo created a comprehensive interactive map that shows the actual route of illegal ivory, poaching hot spots, trader values and major market and exporting hubs, making the illegal industry more transparent then ever before.

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Greenbuild 2015 kicks off in Washington D.C. November 18th!

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The excitement is already building for the world’s largest green architecture event, as this year’s Greenbuild prepares to take over the great city of Washington D.C! The Greenbuild expo is one of the best places for building professionals to discover the latest green building innovations and connect with like-minded industry professionals looking to improve our world through sustainable design. If you’re passionate about this industry, this ‘Monumental Green’ event is not to be missed. The festivities will kick off in Washington, D.C., on Monday, November 16th and continue through Friday, November 20th.

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Solar-powered handheld WaterDrop produces cool drinking water in the desert

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By 2040, 33 countries are expected to face extreme water stress, according to the World Resources Institute, making the race to develop innovative solutions more furious than ever. Ap Verheggen has been on the cutting-edge of solar thought experiments for several years. You may recall his SunGlacier – a conceptual solar-powered leaf that produces water in the desert. Now he’s back with WaterDrop, a handheld solar-powered device that produces condensation for drinking. Ap acknowledges the concept is a bit like science fiction, but solar technology has taken huge strides in recent years, so it’s worth giving it a closer look.

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New artificial leaf technology could revolutionize renewable energy production

The big challenges standing in the way of a full frontal assault on petroleum by the clean energy industry are the cost of production and a dearth of ways to store the energy after its produced. But a team from Caltech’s Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) came up with new technology that could bridge that gap: an artificial leaf that mimics the process of photosynthesis by plants. The artificial leaf efficiently produces and chemically stores energy using nothing but the sun’s rays.

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Three category 4 hurricanes developed in the Pacific simultaneously for the first time in recorded history

by , 08/31/15

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Bill McKibbem warned us three decades ago that climate change would create a series of devastating phenomena that we have never before seen, and we are already starting to see that prediction come true. On Saturday evening, for the first time in recorded history, three category 4 hurricanes were churning in the central and eastern Pacific basins at the same time as illustrated in the above satellite image. Two of the hurricanes have since subsided, but the incident should be a major wake-up call for anyone still insisting that climate change is normal.

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Macro Sea revamps 100-year-old factory as shabby chic student housing in Berlin's hippest neighborhood

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Arizona rules all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from shelters

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A federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona just ruled that all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from animal shelters or non-profit organizations. The ruling upholds an ordinance passed in 2013 that was challenged by a store called Puppies N’Love, which claimed it violates constitutionally-granted interstate commerce laws. Those in favor of doing away with puppy mills and encouraging pet owners to adopt or rescue companions see the decision as a great step forward.

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New map shows where large mammals would exist without humans

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How would the world look if humans had never spread out across the Earth? For a start, we’d have a lot more forest, much less pollution, and the stars would look unbelievably bright. But, as a new map shows, the planet would also be absolutely teeming with large mammals, from the Serengeti to Northern Europe and all the way across the Americas. Researchers at Denmark’s Aarhus University have created a global map which shows the distribution of large mammals as it may have been if humans had never left Africa.

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Giant LEGO bricks snap together into life-size modular furniture

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Solar-powered Josey Pavilion beats wicked hot Texas summers without air-conditioning

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Obama's Mt McKinley renaming as Denali infuriates Ohio lawmakers

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Over the weekend, President Barack Obama announced plans to formally restore Mt. McKinley’s original name Denali, an Athabascan word meaning “the high one.” This move, which will take place during the president’s trip to Alaska this week, re-ignites a decades-long conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio, where the mountain’s namesake hailed from. Although locals have called the mountain Denali for ages, its official name comes from William McKinley, the 25th U.S. president, who was assassinated during his second term.

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The Barbarian Group's crazy 4,400-sq-ft desk puts your work surface to shame

by , 08/31/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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MAD Architects unveil futuristic Cloud Corridor skyscrapers for Los Angeles

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Modumetal's revolutionary technology grows super-tough metal like a tree

Modumetal's revolutionary technology grows super-tough metal like a…

The processes used to extract and utilize metals are typically highly energy intensive, with ores extracted through mines using smelting, or with recycled scraped melted down to be…

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The only Sumatran rhino in the U.S. is headed to Indonesia to save his species

The only Sumatran rhino in the U.S. is headed to Indonesia to save his…

The Cincinnati Zoo has been home to the only breeding project in the United States for the critically endangered Sumatran rhino, but this year marks the end of an era. 8-year-old…

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Stunning Beach Avenue is an eco-friendly home in Australia

Stunning Beach Avenue is an eco-friendly home in Australia

Australian studio Schulberg Demkiw Architects completed Beach Avenue, an eco-friendly and spacious home that makes the most of its small 9-by-12-meter lot size in Melbourne, Australia.…

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Tiny ‘hut on wheels’ is the perfect vacation home to escape the concrete jungle

Tiny ‘hut on wheels’ is the perfect vacation home to escape the…

Hristova describes her inspiration for this portable marvel, “Our limited budget as a young family kept the idea of buying a plot and building on it distant and impossible. And by…

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Wooden Flight House is a mountain home inspired by the prospect of escape

Wooden Flight House is a mountain home inspired by the prospect of…

The two wings of the house offer very different experiences – in the main living space the large room has polished concrete floors that extend outside, while the bedroom wing rests…

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