HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can reduce our dependency on plastic

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Plastics are one of the most versatile and convenient materials on the planet, but their improper disposal has had devastating effects on the environment. The amount of plastic waste in our environment has become so severe that an estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic float in each square mile of ocean. Custom Made developed an infographic that highlights the massive scale of the problem and the easy steps everyone can take to lessen dependency on plastics. Click through to read them all.

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Could rainy weather be connected to a deluge of burglaries in Bushwick?

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Blame it on the rain? According to Bushwick police, rainy weather may oddly be connected to the recent increase in local crime in the area. Local reports show the number of burglaries in Brooklyn’s 83rd precinct increased by a whopping 24 percent this year, with many of the thefts taking place on rainy days.

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Incredible images show Crossrail's dramatic underground tunnels beneath London's streets

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RS&H Inc. designs bright, colorful pediatric cancer care center

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The Institute for Patient-Centered Design held a competition for its Family Centered Cancer Care facility, and RS&H Inc.‘s design has been chosen as one of the top three submissions. Children who are in inpatient care are often scared and lonely, so the space was designed to nurture entire families while the kids are in treatment. There are nooks to explore, a giant marker board wall that can be colored from top to bottom, and a projection screen on which movies can be shown. The idea of “nooks” was a prevalent one, as the team wanted to create little pockets of safe space to support both the children and their families, while distracting the children from discomfort associated with their medical treatments.

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Did You Know About These Secret Rooms in the Brooklyn Bridge?

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Part of New York City‘s charm is in the many clandestine sites hidden throughout the city. In fact, there are secret passageways and rooms tucked away unnoticed in some of the most highly trafficked structures in NYC. Take the Brooklyn Bridge, which is crossed every day by commuters who have no idea that there is a Cold War-era bunker inside of it.

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New research reveals that culling wolves is actually bad for livestock

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When humans interfere with nature the results are rarely good and such is the case with culling wolf populations. According to a recent study, more livestock are killed after wolves are culled than when populations are left alone. Treehugger reports that Washington State University researchers combed through 25 years worth of data and uncovered that for each wolf killed, the odds of a sheep dying goes up by four percent and the likelihood of cattle getting killed jumps by five to six percent. The reason for this seemingly upside-down conclusion? According to the research, wolf pack stability is key when it comes to controlling the impact of wolves on livestock and culling them disrupts the packs, leading to more breeding.

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There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans

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For the first time ever, scientists have managed to collect data confirming just how much plastic trash is floating around in the world’s oceans. According to their research, right now there are ove 5 trillion pieces of plastic – that’s nearly 269,000 tons – out there strangling animals and poisoning wildlife. Most of the plastic is made up of micro pieces measuring less than 5 mm and much of it comes from food and drink packaging and clothing waste.

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14 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Gifts That Sparkle

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Make spirits bright this holiday with gifts of jewelry that pander the planet as much as their recipients. Add some polish to a loved one’s attire with a pair of hand-hewn cuff links made from recycled brass. Or double your impact with a repurposed bracelet from The Giving Keys, which donates part of its proceeds to help homeless and low-income individuals find and retain jobs. Want to offer something that’s truly one of a kind? Rebel Nell employs disadvantaged women from Detroit to make pretty baubles from fallen graffiti.

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COBE wins bid for adidas' new flagship building in Germany

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Nudie Jeans recycles worn-out jeans to make adorable camper seats and holiday gifts

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Swedish company Nudie Jeans recycled 2,700 pairs of their worn-out old jeans and used the material to build incredible furniture pieces and holiday gifts. Around 90 percent of every pair of denim jeans was recycled to make the rugs, camper seats and mats, all of which which used different parts of the original product.

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INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

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14 customized gifts that put a personal touch on the holidays

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Trying to guess which colors, patterns and styles your friends and family will prefer can be a daunting task – one that can be avoided with customized gifts. By emblazoning your present with a graphic or text that is near and dear to your recipient (their name, child’s photo or favorite quote), you can guarantee that it’ll be something they’ll want to hold onto. From personalized cufflinks to photo art canvases, check out our picks for customized gifts here.

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James Corner Field Operations wins major competition to design a new national park in San Francisco

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Striking London workspace wraps offices in bubble-like acrylic walls

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Dolphin cruelly shot with arrow and left for dead in Gulf of Mexico

Dolphin cruelly shot with arrow and left for dead in Gulf of Mexico

A dead dolphin has washed up on the shores of Orange Beach, Alabama after being fatally shot with a hunting arrow. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)…

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SOMA Architects break ground on uniquely challenging Beirut residential project

SOMA Architects break ground on uniquely challenging Beirut…

Although the plans for the residential tower were unique from the beginning, the architects had to think strategically to maneuver the tower construction site around the façade of the…

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HOW TO: Prepare healing teas from winter trees

HOW TO: Prepare healing teas from winter trees

People have been using plants for both food and medicine for thousands of years, and most of us are probably quite familiar with several healing teas or infusions. Have you ever made…

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Repurposed gramophone lamps shine old-world charm on modern-day spaces

Repurposed gramophone lamps shine old-world charm on modern-day spaces

Looking for some DIY lighting ideas to really spruce up your home? Try out these gorgeous repurposed gramophone lamps. Beautifully crafted out of antique gramophones, the hanging…

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Mars Curiosity rover bolsters case for life on Mars with evidence of ancient lake

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has turned up a curious find on the surface of Earth’s closest neighbor - evidence shows that a 96-mile-wide crater on the Red Planet may have been…

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