Seametrics Infographic Sheds Light On How Much Water Is Used In Agriculture

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We all know that agriculture requires an incredible amount of water – but what sort of impact does the industry have on the earth? In an infographic titled “Interesting Facts About Farm Water Conservation”, the brains over at Seametrics illustrate some fascinating facts about the world’s farm water consumption. Check out all the details ahead — you’ll be surprised to see how the water footprint of your coffee compares to your bowl of cereal.

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Levi's Stadium Field of Jeans project saves 12 tons of denim from landfill

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Back in November, Levi Strauss teamed up with the San Francisco 49ers to collect unwanted used jeans to donate to Goodwill. Before the jeans were donated, however, the partnership called in Bay Area artist Hannah Stizer to transform the impressive collection of 18,850 pairs of jeans into an enormous art installation to raise awareness of the impacts of reuse and recycling. The resulting “Field of Jeans” laid out the haul end to end, carpeting Levi’s Stadium with denim — with a notable area of omission in the center. The stats for a project of this magnitude are mighty impressive. Hit the jump for more details on this inspiring collaborative project.

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Inhabitat Holiday Gift Guide: Unique Handmade Gifts

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If you’re looking for an eco gift to that will truly surprise your loved ones, feast your eyes on our collection of exquisitely handmade and sustainably sourced gifts for this year. Produced by under-the-radar designers, you’ll discover unique items for everyone on your list. From foraged botanical perfume oil to hand-drawn floor plans of your favorite TV characters’ cribs, we’ve got you covered with awesome gifts that will inspire.

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Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

by , 12/07/14
filed under: Eco Tourism, San Francisco

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Forget Doritos and sugary sodas, the goodies that this vending machine in San Francisco recently dispensed were out of the ordinary! Instead of junk food, the machine, which was installed by Tourism British Columbia, delivered large goodies that would be used in adventure travel. To the delight of the crowd that gathered around it at San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza, oversize vending machine doled out bikes, inflatable kayaks and surfboards to promote outdoor activities in British Columbia. See the video after the jump!

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Black Friday shopper numbers embarrassingly surpass voter turnout for the midterm elections

by , 12/07/14
filed under: Ecouterre

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It was a black day for American politics on November 2. Nearly twice as many people scrambled for Black Friday bargains than showed up to vote at the 2014 midterm elections. The pitiful 77 million-voter turnout was the lowest participation rate for midterm elections since 1940, leaving many to wonder if these dismal numbers mean that Americans actually value consumerism more than democracy.

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How to: Make your own vegan peppermint chocolate truffles

by , 12/06/14

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Who doesn’t love chocolate truffles? Make your own for the holidays using completely vegan ingredients and surprise everyone at your next party with a plate full of these delectable treats. They are even guilt-free because they are packed with antioxidants from all that dark chocolate. Read on to find out how.

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'Cooking With Mama' Uses Skype and Unloved Vegetables to Whip Up Yummy Meals

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A year ago we showed you Prinzessinnengarten, a mobile urban garden that blooms in Berlin. Well, in addition to growing lots of organic vegetables, they also organize open events centered around food. Last week we were at ‘Cooking With Mama‘, a social gathering where artist Hiwa K. cooked up vegetables leftover from local markets as he followed his Iraqi mum’s instructions via Skype!

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DIY: Make your own festive upcycled holiday wreath

by , 12/06/14
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Looking for a weekend craft that will brighten up your holiday decor? How about making a festive wreath using nothing but items headed for the garbage bin. Whether you have tons of wrapping paper lying around or were just about to toss out all those old wine corks, there’a perfect wreath just waiting to be made.

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Norwegian artist fills an entire Oslo gallery with a huge grassy landscape

by , 12/06/14
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Stunning wood Vortex sculpture uses LEDs to show its site’s energy consumption

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Archeologists dig up what could be the largest human-carved stone block ever

by , 12/05/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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It’s one thing to use a bunch of heavy, petroleum-fueled equipment to make a massive structure – but doing it by hand, the old fashioned way, is truly a feat. And archeologists recently discovered a grand example, in what could be the largest single stone block every created by the human hand. German archeologists recently discovered a 2,000-year-old stone dating back to the Roman Empire in a quarry in Baalbek, Lebanon. At 64 feet long by almost 20 feet wide, the new stone weighs in at a massive 1,650 tons. It was found next to some equally hefty neighbors that were previously discovered; the 1,000-ton Hajjar el-Hibla, or Stone of the Pregnant Woman, and another unnamed stone weighing in at 1,240 tons.

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Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

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The Niger Delta has seen oil spills before, with leaky oil pipes being a regular event. However, local fisherman were shocked at the scale of the latest spill from Shell’s facility at Bonny Island in Nigeria, which has poured into the delta’s swamps and nearby ocean. According to an investigation launched by Shell and the local government, oil equivalent to 3,800 barrels has been released, ranking it as the worst spill in Nigeria for years.

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VIDEO: Watch Sriracha and beer glide off the world's first stain-proof shirt!

Could this be the last white t-shirt you ever need? It’s water-repellent, dirt-repellent… virtually everything-repellent – and once you see it you’ll never want to go back to a regular old Hanes again. Threadsmiths clothing, based in Melbourne, Australia, has developed a cotton material that completely repels liquids, dirt and stains. Hot sauce? No problem. Ketchup? Gone. All while still looking and feeling just like your favorite shirt.

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Inhabitat is Hiring New Writers - Apply Today!

by , 12/05/14
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Do you have a way with words and a passion for design and the environment? Inhabitat is hiring dedicated writers interested in covering breaking developments in the fields of sustainable design, green architecture, clean technology, and environmental news. Our ideal candidates avidly follow developments in one or more of these fields and are able to source and write daily stories with speed, clarity, precision and wit. We’re offering a platform to broadcast your voice to millions of monthly readers around the globe as well as the ability to work from anywhere and competitive per-post pay. If you think you’d be a great new addition to the Inhabitat team, send the following information to editor [at] inhabitat.com with the headline “New Inhabitat Writer“:

1. A cover letter telling us a bit about yourself, what your interests/specialties are, and why you would make a fantastic writer for Inhabitat.

2. Three published story clips or links to online articles you have written.

3. Three story ideas that you would like to write for Inhabitat.

 

Buckminster Fuller's sparkling Fly's Eye Dome unveiled in Miami

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Buckminster Fuller‘s patented prototype for low-cost portable dome housing, designed in 1965, has just been reproduced and installed in the Miami Design District for this year’s Design Miami. A 3d parametric model of the Fly’s Eye Dome was placed atop a pool of water in front of Sou Fujimoto’s Palm Court shopping center in Miami and features contemporary technology that makes it water resistant and passively ventilated.

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Toiletry chemicals linked to testicular cancer and infertility cost the EU €592 million each year

Toiletry chemicals linked to testicular cancer and infertility cost…

Hormone-mimicking endocrine disruptor compounds (EDCs) are commonly used in toiletries, cosmetics and medications around the globe. However, alarm has been growing for some time now…

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Build your own bike with Bamboo Bicycle Club's DIY kit

Build your own bike with Bamboo Bicycle Club's DIY kit

London based Bamboo Bicycle Club is an organization that teaches people how to engage their hands and rework a raw material by providing bamboo bike building opportunities…

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3 great holiday gift ideas that help protect wild birds

3 great holiday gift ideas that help protect wild birds

If the people on your gift list this year are ardent bird lovers, then you might like to look into gift ideas that also benefit our little feathered friends. Since wild bird numbers…

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Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

The chunky Jupiter line comes with a dual watch face, with two Miyota movements to let you keep track of time in your top two destinations. We chose the fashionable Blackwood watch,…

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Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures…

The Rammed Earth House by Steffen Welsch Architects was their first project to apply environmentally sustainable design principles throughout. Located to the northeast of Victoria, the…

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