The Square Water Bottle by Clean Bottle has a Brilliant Modular Design

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What if a team of Apple designers decided to create the perfect water bottle? It would have to be functional, innovative and, of course, good looking. Enter the Clean Bottle Square, version 2.0. The original Clean Bottle Square won a Red Dot Design award, and the newest version is even better. BPA-free and leak proof, the bottle comes in a funky and functional square shape that fits anywhere and won’t roll away. The modular design includes a removable bottom that lets you change the function of the bottle. Right now there are two modules, one for filtering water and one that can be used to create infusions. The bottle is looking for funding at Kickstarter where can get one of your own for 1/3 of the price of the original bottle.

+ The Square by Clean Bottle on Kickstarter

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DIY Holiday Decor Idea: Spiced Citrus Pomanders

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If you ask anyone which scents they associate with the holiday season, chances are that several of them will name warming spices, and citrus fruits. From gingerbread cookies to blood oranges tucked into stockings, these scents have been associated with winter celebrations for over a thousand years, and bringing these aromas into your home with scented decorations is both easy and fun to do. The type of pomanders that I’ll be describing below have been used as ornaments since the 14th century, and work as well in modern homes as they do alongside rustic, vintage decor.

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Will You Celebrate Buy Nothing Day or Black Friday?

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Thanksgiving is coming up quick this Thursday, and it’s immediately followed by Black Friday – the infamous consumer holiday that drew 138 million shoppers into stores last year. That’s a lot of consumption, and this stressful event also encourages overspending and gas use as shoppers drive from store to store. Fortunately, there’s a more wholesome alternative – why not celebrate Buy Nothing Day instead and spend some quality with your friends and loved ones? Hit the jump for a look at the facts and figures of Black Friday and 20 fun Buy Nothing Day activities that don’t involve shopping!

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Le FabShop's DIY 3D-Printable Accessories Transform Fruit and Vegetables into Fun Toys

Le FabShop's DIY 3D-Printable Accessories Transform Vegetables Into Toys

French company Le FabShop has come up with a great way to make fruit and vegetables fun for kids. They have just released 14 3D-printable components that transform potatoes, carrots, eggplants and apples into planes, four-wheelers, helicopters and submarines. These accessories, called Open Toys, are open source and can be downloaded for free, then printed and attached to your kid’s favorite  – or not so favorite — fruit and veggies.

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Design Museum Tank's Wavy Light Sculpture Shows Off Energy Efficient Plumen 002 Lightbulbs

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Lighting giant Hulger recently returned to London’s Design Museum Tank with a gorgeous new light sculpture comprising 96 Plumen 002 light bulbs. The energy efficient designer bulbs are hung from copper Drop Cap pendants and arranged in a dynamic wave-like form that evokes the bulb’s curvaceous shape. The light sculpture is viewable from all angles through the tank’s four glazed openings, which along with the mirror placed on the floor, reflect the light and enhance the depth and brightness of the piece. The Plumen Tank is on display until February 2015.

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Franklin the Turkey Lives to Strut Another Year at Prospect Park Zoo

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While this wasn’t the best week for most turkeys in the United States, Franklin, a distinguished North American wild turkey named after Benjamin Franklin, has been living a life of relative luxury at the Prospect Park Zoo. The lucky bird has survived 12 Thanksgivings so far, and seems pretty happy about it, if his energetic strut around the zoo grounds is any indicator.

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Indonesia's New President Announces Action Against Rampant Deforestation

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Indonesia has the worst rate of deforestation in the world, with much of its logging activity illegal and therefore unreported. However, the country’s new president, Joko Widodo, has taken an early stand against the destruction, announcing a review of plantation companies’ operations and protective measures for the country’s peatlands. Indonesia is the world’s third-largest carbon dioxide emitter, so curbing deforestation is a vital step for the country in achieving its substantial 26 percent emissions reduction targets by 2020.

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DO Architects Envision Contemporary Tubular Homes Along Lithuania's Waterfront

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MVRDV's Pushed Slab Hyper-Efficient Office Opens in Paris

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Vladimir Putin's Tiger Blamed For Killing Goats in Northeast China

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Vladimir Putin loves nature. Well, according to his well publicized and orchestrated photo shoots, he does. Over the years Putin has been photographed leading crane migrations, tranquilizing polar bears, tagging whales for scientific research and releasing tigers back into the wild. However now, it seems his love for conservation could sour Russian-Chinese relationships – as one of Putin’s five released tigers has crossed the Chinese border and is killing goats.

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Pocket-Sized Lantern Connects You to the World Even When There's No Internet Service

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An estimated 4.3 billion people around the world don’t have internet access. In times of natural disasters, internet and phone connections also frequently fail. Lantern is a pocket-sized device designed to bring connectivity to those without internet access, using satellite-broadcast radio waves. The company behind Lantern, Outernet, aims to provide users with an anonymous, portable library that constantly receives free data from space. The device is currently acing its Indiegogo campaign, so read on for details on becoming an early adopter.

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Semtive's Wind Turbines are Ideal Home-Scale Energy Generators

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Argentine startup Semtive, a designer of wind turbines for urban and suburban areas, presents a sustainable energy generator for domestic use and humanitarian aid. Thanks to a vertical axis, low speed wind turbine, and a solar panel, this portable device can store up to 2500W of renewable energy; enough to power a refrigerator for 24 hours, or several appliances simultaneously for 8 hours on a single charge. The generator weighs less than 75 kilograms (165 pounds), and produces no smoke or noise. Since it doesn’t require any kind of fuel and it is portable enough to fit in a car’s trunk, it’s a perfect alternative to bring energy to areas affected by natural disasters. These products are made of high quality materials, are easy to assemble and install, and are 95 percent recyclable.

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The Glaciers of Glacier National Park May All Disappear by 2030

by , 11/27/14

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Glacier National Park, which was dedicated in 1910, occupies a dramatically beautiful span of the Rocky Mountains at the Montana-Canadian border, which has been covered in ice since time immemorial. 150 thick glaciers were recorded when the park was dedicated, but scientists are warning that they’re all likely to disappear by 2030. Right now there are only 26 ice sheets left, so the park as already lost 124 glaciers, and they’re disappearing quickly.

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DIY: 6 Delicious Herbal Teas You Can Make This Winter

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As the cold weather settles in, there is nothing like a hot cup of tea to take winter’s edge off. Rather than raiding your grocery store for pre-packaged flavors, why not try your hand at these easy DIY herbal tea recipes? Homemade tea is easy, fun, and affordable, and also makes for a great gift for your loved ones. Tuck into a steamy cup and enjoy the benefits of these warm herbal infusions.

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Banish Dry Skin: Here are 7 All-Natural Body Scrubs That You Can Make Yourself!

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The Inhabitat Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Day Recipes!

The Inhabitat Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Day Recipes!

Mike Chino, Managing Editor: Pan-Seared Brussel Sprouts 1 lb Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and cut in half 2 tbsp butter 1 tbsp oil salt and pepper to taste (I like lots of…

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Don't Forget to Thank the Pollinators That Made Your Thanksgiving Feast Possible

Don't Forget to Thank the Pollinators That Made Your Thanksgiving…

While you are sitting around the Thanksgiving table surrounded by pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and heaps of vegetables, sharing the things that you are thankful for, don’t forget to…

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6 Ways for You to Give Back This Thanksgiving and Beyond

6 Ways for You to Give Back This Thanksgiving and Beyond

Thanksgiving is a time of plenty, and of appreciation. It's a holiday in which we'll get together with friends and family to celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest, to share food…

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Make Your Own Thanksgiving Turkey Using Fruit and Vegetables

Make Your Own Thanksgiving Turkey Using Fruit and Vegetables

Vegetarians (and vegetable lovers) don’t need to be left out of the Thanksgiving festivities. Create your own colorful vegetable turkey and join in on the feast. The raw vegetable…

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Six Yummy Organic Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make for Thanksgiving!

Six Yummy Organic Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make for Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Breakfast Shake The anti-oxidants in pumpkin will get you feeling refreshed, so why not start your day with a healthy pumpkin shake? For the sweet treat, combine 1 cup canned…

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