Yuka Yoneda

 

Yuka is a writer and reporter from Queens, New York. She received her bachelor’s in business management from Stony Brook University and holds a degree in exhibit design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition to being the NYC editor of Inhabitat, Yuka is a practicing turophile and a known JeDIY master. Her love of maker culture and crafting has a lot to do with what she's seen around her in NYC, and she believes that if you can make stuff here, you can make stuff anywhere. Yuka's refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, HGTV.com and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

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DIY: How to Make a Bodacious Bodega Costume for Halloween

DIY: How to Make a Bodacious Bodega Costume for Halloween

MATERIALS - An empty pizza box - Bags of chips, gum, condoms, Advil - whatever small items you would find at your local bodega. Feel free to use healthier options too! - Safety pins - A

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Synthetic Clothing May Be Causing “Microplastic” Pollution in Our Oceans

Synthetic Clothing May Be Causing “Microplastic” Pollution in Our Oceans

Could your washing machine be polluting the world's oceans? If your clothes are made out of synthetic fibers such as acrylic, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyamide, or polyester, it could be.

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The Methow Cabin is a Cozy Washington Ski Retreat with a Tiny Footprint

The Methow Cabin is a Cozy Washington Ski Retreat with a Tiny Footprint

The cabin sits adjacent to the cross-country ski and bike trails that the owners love to enjoy, and is in close enough that they can pretty much step out the door, strap in, and go. Despite its

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Announcing the Inhabitots 2011 Green Halloween Costume Contest!

Announcing the Inhabitots 2011 Green Halloween Costume Contest!

ATTENTION ALL CUTELY COSTUMED BOYS AND GHOULS (and their parents)! Halloween is less than two weeks away - are you ready to get crafty? If you've concocted a creative costume (or are planning

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10 Ridiculous “Pinkwashed” Products That Might Even Increase Your Risk of Breast Cancer

10 Ridiculous “Pinkwashed” Products That Might Even Increase Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Pink fried chicken? We're all for advancing breast cancer research, but it's sickening how some corporations are playing up to the public's desire to find a cure by turning all of their products

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Greenpeace Protests Brazilian Leather and Amazon Deforestation at Italian Trade Show

Greenpeace Protests Brazilian Leather and Amazon Deforestation at Italian Trade Show

Greenpeace members rallied last week in Italy to protest Brazilian leather and the mass deforestation it has been causing in the Amazon. The Greenpeacers dressed up in bark-like sustainable

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6 Groundbreaking Green Innovations We Spotted at Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards

6 Groundbreaking Green Innovations We Spotted at Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards

OSORB We've written about Osorb before, but we were eager to see this miracle material in person. Made out of what is essentially glass, the substance acts like a nanomechanical sponge that

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Win $150 Worth of Organic Cotton Undies From PACT!

Win $150 Worth of Organic Cotton Undies From PACT!

Starting fall off with a fresh feeling is difficult when you're wearing grody old underpants. Luckily, our friends at PACT want to help you out with that - so they're giving away $150 worth of

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Find Out How Many Slaves Work for You With Disturbing New Online Tool

Find Out How Many Slaves Work for You With Disturbing New Online Tool

Last month marked the anniversary of the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, which we all know ended slavery for good 149 years ago, right? Wrong. While that's what we in America are

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PHOTOS: Ohio State University’s Solar Decathlon enCORE House Does More with Less in a 900 Sq Foot Space

PHOTOS: Ohio State University’s Solar Decathlon enCORE House Does More with Less in a 900 Sq Foot Space

The name "enCORE" refers to their house's central core, which is what the foundation that the other components are layered around. Because all of the mechanical systems of the home are condensed

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Roundles: Modern Pool House Made of Local Limestone is a Peaceful Addition to a Country Cottage

Roundles: Modern Pool House Made of Local Limestone is a Peaceful Addition to a Country Cottage

Roundles, h2 architecture from Logan MacDougall Pope on Vimeo. The pool house's design is decidedly minimalist with a muted, natural color palette evocative of the landscape that envelops it.

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Man Decides to Live Completely Off of His Wife’s Breast Milk

Man Decides to Live Completely Off of His Wife’s Breast Milk

Concerned about rising food costs? Well then why not take a tip from one courageous man who has decided to live off of a form of nourishment that is both locally made and free - his wife's

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VIDEO: Costello Tagliapietra Spring 2012 Runway Show at New York Fashion Week

VIDEO: Costello Tagliapietra Spring 2012 Runway Show at New York Fashion Week

Based on their burly beards and lumberjack outfits, you'd be loathe to think that Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra were romantics. But they certainly proved us wrong with

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Architect Jeanne Gang Wins $500,000 MacArthur Genius Grant

Architect Jeanne Gang Wins $500,000 MacArthur Genius Grant

The architecture world is buzzing this morning with big news - architect Jeanne Gang, best known for the groundbreakingly curvaceous Aqua Tower in Chicago, has won a $500,000 MacArthur Genius

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Our Editors Share their Favorite Picks at D&A Eco-Fashion!

Our Editors Share their Favorite Picks at D&A Eco-Fashion!

As the exclusive media sponsor of the Green Room, an eco-focused space within premiere fashion trade show Designers & Agents, we were thrilled to see some of top designers in eco-fashion all

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Another Rape Victim Comes Forward at Factory That Makes Clothes for Target and Macy’s in Jordan

Another Rape Victim Comes Forward at Factory That Makes Clothes for Target and Macy’s in Jordan

As fanatic shoppers fought one another to grab up pieces from Target's new Missoni collection, they probably weren't thinking about Anowara, a woman who was raped in the factory where the

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Duro Olowu’s S/S 2012 Line Delivers Optimism Through Adversity at New York Fashion Week

Duro Olowu’s S/S 2012 Line Delivers Optimism Through Adversity at New York Fashion Week

If you think your last cross-country flight was grueling, think about what it must have been like for the courageous West Indian immigrants who arrived in England in the ’50s. Inspired by the

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Mara Hoffman’s S/S 2012 Collection Brings the Tropics to New York Fashion Week

Mara Hoffman’s S/S 2012 Collection Brings the Tropics to New York Fashion Week

Photos by Amanda Coen Few designers can bring a live mariachi band to New York Fashion Week and make it work - but that's exactly what Mara Hoffman did for her lively Spring 2012 collection.

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PHOTOS: Take a Peek at John Patrick Organic’s Adventuresome Spring 2012 Line for New York Fashion Week

PHOTOS: Take a Peek at John Patrick Organic’s Adventuresome Spring 2012 Line for New York Fashion Week

Come along and ride on a fantastic voyage - Organic by John Patrick's Spring/Summer presentation for New York Fashion Week. Just like his past collections, his newest is filled with a timeless,

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Cornell Student Invents Clothing That Traps Toxic Gases and Odors

Cornell Student Invents Clothing That Traps Toxic Gases and Odors

Protective gas-masks are extremely helpful in many emergency situations, but they're usually the size and shape of a small, unwieldy animal. But all that is about to change because Cornell

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Top 6 Solar Powered Bags to Take You Back to School in Style

Top 6 Solar Powered Bags to Take You Back to School in Style

Our top 6 picks for solar powered backpacks to take your back to school in style: Eclipse Solar Backpack - $179.95 at Ethical Ocean Sakku Buddy $497 at Sakku Voltaic Converter Solar Bag -

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The Oostvaarders: A Cliff-Like Nature Center Clad in Geometric Prefab Panels

The Oostvaarders: A Cliff-Like Nature Center Clad in Geometric Prefab Panels

In order to best teach visitors about the preserve, the center is situated at a spot where the various landscapes - land, water, forest and fields - meet. From the inside, guests can look out

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7 Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Looks for Dapper Dudes

7 Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Looks for Dapper Dudes

Just because you haven't been back to school since hackysacks were in doesn't mean you can't still don some dapper fall fashions. From crisp oxfords to preptastic chinos, here are 7 green

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Made Out Portugal: A Pop Up Gallery in the Back of a Truck for DMY Berlin

Made Out Portugal: A Pop Up Gallery in the Back of a Truck for DMY Berlin

In case you'd never heard of them, Made Out Portugal is a design platform for Portuguese designers developing work abroad, and works as an ever-changing collective of brands hoping to call

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Win a Back to School $190 Vegan Laptop Tote From Crystalyn Kae

Win a Back to School $190 Vegan Laptop Tote From Crystalyn Kae

Looking for a stylish, roomy laptop bag for the back-to-school season but don't want to break the bank? Well, Crystalyn Kae has teamed up with Ecouterre to give away their sophisticated

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Tommy Hilfiger’s Berlin Shipping Container Installation Stacked with Dynamic Imagery

Tommy Hilfiger’s Berlin Shipping Container Installation Stacked with Dynamic Imagery

While other similar trade show installations use brand new containers, all of the ones used for the Hilfiger show were recycled. The containers are refurbished at Bootsmanufaktur, a shipyard

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A Series of Clever Circular Cutouts Transforms Two Historic Structures into Mlicki’s Modern Offices

A Series of Clever Circular Cutouts Transforms Two Historic Structures into Mlicki’s Modern Offices

"The goal of this 6800 square foot commercial office renovation project was to recycle a pair of older, historic structures, giving them a new identity and purpose while retaining their historic

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Win an Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Kit Worth $90!

Win an Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Kit Worth $90!

The back to school season is exciting but it's also expensive - books and pencils might be made of paper and wood but they don't just grow on trees, ya know? So why not alleviate your financial

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VIDEO: Ecouterre and Hessnatur Ask What’s in Your Eco-Fashion Closet?

VIDEO: Ecouterre and Hessnatur Ask What’s in Your Eco-Fashion Closet?

Want to see how some of eco-fashion's top designers and thought leaders wear sustainable style? Check out this video of Ecouterre and Hessnatur's panel discussion on the future of green fashion.

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Chalet K is a Wood-Wrapped Circular Home in the Austrian Mountains

Chalet K is a Wood-Wrapped Circular Home in the Austrian Mountains

Located in Vandans, Austria, the home has a circular floor plan that allows the spaces within to feel private even though they are essentially all connected. The kitchen, living room, dining

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