BOOK REVIEW: The Eco Chick Guide to Life

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The Eco Chick Guide to Life is a roadmap to greener living for the modern girl. Author Starre Vartan covers fashion, makeup, cleaning supplies, pets, drinking, food and more in this easy-to-read guide. When it comes to transitioning into a greener lifestyle, Vartan leaves no questions unanswered. She explains food and clothing labels, breaks down the reasons to go vegetarian, and spells out every acronym. Read on to see what we thought of this comprehensive book for the green living.

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Inhabitat Talks to Lisa Katayama About 'We Are All Radioactive': a Crowdfunded Video Series About Surfers Rebuilding Japan

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INTERVIEW: Why John Bartlett Thinks Cruelty-Free Fashion is Going to the Dogs (Literally!)

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Fashion designer John Bartlett is best known for his classic American garments, but when he’s not creating impeccable clothes, he’s passionate about spreading awareness about animal welfare. We recently caught up with Bartlett at the Healthy Food in Fashion Gala, and got a chance to talk to him about why he chooses to embrace cruelty-free fashion and the The Tiny Tim Collection, his latest line of clothes that benefit organizations that rescue dogs from kill shelters (just like his own 3-legged best friend Tiny Tim) and find them new homes. Read on for the full interview!

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom!

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Inhabitat readers might remember that we interviewed California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in 2009, back when he was the mayor of San Francisco in a live webcast that was open to any of our readers who wanted to attend. The finale of our Green Talks series of live chats with green thought-leaders, this interview touched on subjects such as mandatory composting, electric vehicle infrastructure and political leadership in CA. Our interview with Mayor Newsom was provocative and inspiring, and was a can’t-miss bit of Inhabitat journalism, if we do say so ourselves. Happily, for those of you who missed this amazing interview – we finally have the videos together of the interview in its entirety. We’ve chopped the full 35 minute transcript down into 4 shorter, themed segments for easier viewing. Enjoy!

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INTERVIEW: How Grace Bonney Explores Green Interiors & DIY In Design*Sponge at Home

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INTERVIEW: Summer Rayne Oakes Talks to Kavita Parmar About the IOU Project

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The IOU Project is a movement to rethink how goods are produced and sold in order to benefit people and the planet, not just big business. Recently, Summer Rayne Oakes, co-founder of Source4Style, spoke to IOU’s founder and creative director Kavita Parmar to find out more about IOU garments and how they’re bringing work to artisan communities and changing how we think about clothing. Read on for the whole interview.

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Designer Fumi Masuda About Sustainable Design

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Japanese designer Fumi Masuda, who is responsible for the Pile Chair (an Inhabitat favorite) is the director of the EcoDesign Institute, a professor at the Design Department at Tokyo Zokei University, President of Open House Inc., a member of the Japan Design Consultant Association and founder of the O2 Global Network in Japan. So you can imagine how glad we were when he made some time to talk to us about green design. We recently had the chance to speak to Fumi about his history with design and he offered some interesting perspectives on the sustainable design market. Read on for his thoughts.

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INTERVIEW: Edison2's Chief of Design Ron Mathis

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Artist Benjamin Jones About His Incredible Sustainable TreeHouse

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Some of us were lucky enough to have moms or dads build treehouses for us – for the rest of us, there’s Benjamin Jones. The artist recently brought his colorful TreeHouse made of sustainable materials to Governor’s Island in NYC for the annual Figment Festival and it was an instant hit with kids and adults alike! We wanted to know more about the inspiration behind the arboreal home’s recycled design so we caught up with Benjamin to ask him everything from where he sourced his supplies to what cool interactive art projects he’ll be hatching next. Read on to see what he shared with us – including the real reason he decided to go for building the treehouse (read: a girl)!

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architecture for Humanity's Co-Founder Kate Stohr

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INTERVIEW: Panasonic's Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions' Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Interview with Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner

by , 07/18/13

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A few years ago, I had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner about prefab architecture and sustainability. I asked him about his trajectory as a designer, and what opportunities he sees for prefab to have a larger impact on a wider, more affordable market. His response was thoughtful and optimistic, and provided some great insight into the mind of a forward-thinking and increasingly green designer. Hit the jump to watch the interview or read below for the full interview transcription.

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The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating "Ocean Cleanup Array"

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As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit 5Gyres.org, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. In case you didn’t know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current that circulates within one of the world’s oceans – and recent research has found that these massive systems are filled with plastic waste. There are no great estimates (at least scientific) on how much plastic is in the ocean, but I can say from firsthand knowledge (after sailing to four of the world’s five gyres) that it’s so pervasive it confounds the senses. Gyre cleanup has often been floated as a solution in the past, and recently Boyan Slat’s proposed ‘Ocean Cleanup Array’ went viral in a big way. The nineteen-year-old claims that the system can clean a gyre in 5 years with ‘unprecedented efficiency’ and then recycle the trash collected. The problem is that the barriers to gyre cleanup are so massive that the vast majority of the scientific and advocacy community believe it’s a fool’s errand – the ocean is big, the plastic harvested is near worthless, and sea life would be harmed. The solutions starts on land.

Editor’s Note: This piece was written in response to a story published in 2013. As of 2014, Boyan Slat has conducted a feasibility study for the Ocean Cleanup Array and published a 530-page report that addresses criticismcheck it out here.

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BOOK REVIEW: Angela Youngman's Light and Enjoyable Read Will Increase your Green Roof Smarts

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Author Angela Youngman has released a guidebook that will immerse you in world of green roofs through case studies, imagery, and must-know terminology related to design, build, and installation of these vegetated scapes. Green Roofs is not a self-help manual, but rather a light read that takes a broad stroke look at many of the variables and considerations surrounding what should really be called “living buildings.”

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HGTV’s David Bromstad Shares 5 Tips to Maximize Your Tiny Apartment

HGTV’s David Bromstad Shares 5 Tips to Maximize Your Tiny Apartment

Looking for ways to give your small space big style? Inhabitat recently got a chance to tap HGTV Design Star David Bromstad for some of his top tips for making the most of tiny…

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of 'Urgent Architecture'

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of 'Urgent Architecture'

When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start…

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to botObjects Founders About ProDesk3D, The World's First Full-Color 3D Printer

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to botObjects Founders About ProDesk3D, The…

Just over a month ago, we showcased a product with the potential to revolutionize the still-new 3D printing industry: the ProDesk3D by botObjects. Hailed as the world's first full-color…

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INTERVIEW: Artist R Nelson Parrish Talks About His Eye-Popping Bioresin Color/Fast Installation

INTERVIEW: Artist R Nelson Parrish Talks About His Eye-Popping…

INHABITAT: How does the term Colorfast describe your latest show? R Nelson Parrish: The term Colorfast originally is a textile industry term derived at the beginning of the last…

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio's Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio's Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

Photocredits: Architect Koen Olthuis - Waterstudio.NL and Pieter Kers FLOAT! is a beautiful volume that explores the world of floating architecture through historic, current, and…

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VIDEO: Inhabitots Interviews Dr. Alan Greene About Toxic Chemicals and Your Family’s Health

VIDEO: Inhabitots Interviews Dr. Alan Greene About Toxic Chemicals and…

Over on Inhabitots I recently had the chance to speak with Dr. Alan Greene, pediatrician, father of four and leading authority on the subject of green and healthy parenting, about how…

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INTERVIEW: Freeman Thomas, Director of Strategic Design at Ford Motor Company

INTERVIEW: Freeman Thomas, Director of Strategic Design at Ford Motor…

Freeman Thomas won his first drawing competition in the first grade—it was a fire truck. Today, Thomas is credited with delivering some of the hottest designs in the automotive…

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the…

Last week we reported on the groundbreaking new media platform Earth 2 Hub which aims to create a space for the world's most creative artists, designers, scientists, and storytellers to…

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INTERVIEW: Ecouterre Chats with Russell Simmons About His New Cruelty-Free Fashion Line

INTERVIEW: Ecouterre Chats with Russell Simmons About His New…

It's no secret that we're big advocates of cruelty-free fashion, but we also think there's a lot of money to be made by companies who make clothes without harming animals. Well, who…

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How Do We End Our "Fast Fashion" Addiction? An Interview With…

Elizabeth L. Cline has spent over three years researching the American fast-fashion industry. The result? Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, the insightful story…

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VIDEO: Boston 'Bike Czar' Nicole Freedman Talks Bike-Share & Urban Cycling

VIDEO: Boston 'Bike Czar' Nicole Freedman Talks Bike-Share & Urban…

For years, the city of Boston has been considered one of the WORST cities in the world for biking - with no bike lanes to speak of and crazy drivers. Nicole Freedman, Boston's new 'Bike…

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle…

What started as the 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa concept just a few months ago is now an actual built computer learning center and library thanks to architect Charles Newman and the…

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INTERVIEW: Gensler's Irwin Miller on Sustainable Architecture and Opportunity Green

INTERVIEW: Gensler's Irwin Miller on Sustainable Architecture and…

Gensler has more than 3,000 professionals in 41 locations around the world, and together they have managed to make quite an impact with sustainable architecture. Granted, not every…

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Pedro Kok's Video Shows Beautiful Metropol Parasol In Action in Seville

Pedro Kok's Video Shows Beautiful Metropol Parasol In Action in…

Can't get enough of the Metropol Parasol? Neither can we, and we just love this new video narrative of the urban sculpture. Filmed by Brazilian artist Pedro Kok, the short video…

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INTERVIEW: Gustavo Penna on Building the Lincoln Residence in the Highlands of Minas Gerais, Brazil

INTERVIEW: Gustavo Penna on Building the Lincoln Residence in the…

Inhabitat: How would you describe your architectural style? Gustavo: I start with the ground. In order to design, the architect has to have their feet on the ground, eyes on the…

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