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Juniper Ridge's Christmas Fir Cabin Spray is a holiday tree in a bottle

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The scent of fresh evergreen is one of the hallmarks of the holiday season – but why cut down a living tree just for a few weeks of festivities? Faux Christmas trees offer a more sustainable alternative, however they don’t bristle with the bouquet of pine needles. Fortunately, the folks at Juniper Ridge have found a way to fit a tree’s worth of fragrance in a tiny bottle with their Christmas Fir Cabin Spray. Juniper Ridge’s wildcrafted spray is sustainably sourced from Fir, Cedar, and Pine trees in the forests of Mt. Hood, and it smells exactly like a living Christmas tree – so you can conjure up holiday cheer at home while letting the trees live on in the wild.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 7 cool crafts to make with your home printer

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Have you considered using your printer as a crafting tool? Whether you’re scrambling for some last-minute holiday decor ideas, or are looking for some unique, crafty gifts to make, your printer can actually be of a lot more use than just printing out instructions. You can use it to print on napkins, fabric, waxed paper, or even tissues, and those items can then be used to create a variety of different items. Check out the full-sized infographic after the jump for some cool crafting ideas that you can try out this weekend.

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Ferguson Riot Cleanup: Artists turn boarded windows into beautiful art

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree at MulchFest 2014!

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New Yorkers looking to recycle their Christmas trees after the holidays can do so the easy way at MulchFest 2015. On January 10th and 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the New York City Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC will be setting up their tree recycling stations at designated parks across the city! Simply bring your tree to one of the convenient locations, and have it transformed into mulch to be used at city parks or take some home for yourself.

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This flipped-over giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend

We all get into tight spots on occasion, and it’s at times when we’re particularly vulnerable that a helping hand from a friend is much appreciated. This giant Galapagos tortoise at a zoo in Taipei found himself in a bit of a pickle when he rolled over onto his back and couldn’t flip over on his own. Fortunately, his buddy was nearby and was able to help him out.

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It will soon be illegal to trash electronics curbside in New York

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In the state’s ongoing effort to reduce its massive amounts of e-waste, New York has finally made it illegal to kick your unwanted electronics to the curb. Effective January 1st, the NY State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act will make it a crime to leave computers and other electronics on the street for curbside trash pickup.

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TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

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Businesses urged to restore viability of the Gulf Coast

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The America’s Wetland Foundation is calling for a plan that will make restoration of the coast attractive to business, particularly along the Gulf Coast. A meeting held at the Tabasco headquarters on Avery Island, Louisiana revealed the need for the scientific community to communicate with the private sector and encourage investment in imperative coastal restoration projects.

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Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

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International carpet designer Interface created Reclaim, a carpet tile line that combines style and socially responsible manufacturing into a 100% recycled product. Inspired by the “natural beauty found in salvaged matter,” the earth-toned carpet tiles are made from reclaimed carpet fiber and salvaged fishing nets. Reclaim is available in eight color ways, from cool Antique Grey to the forest floor-like Worn Olive. Interface developed Reclaim as part of their Mission Zero promise to reach net-zero environmental impact by 2020.

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Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house makeover

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After years of delays, it looks like ABC No Rio‘s popular graffiti-clad art house will finally be getting its ultra-green makeover. Almost five years ago, news of the artist cooperative building’s demise was met with a flurry of controversy, but that soon died down as progress on the project stalled. Recently, however, Bowery Boogie published a new rendering of what the building could soon look like, showing one very impressive, ultra-efficient passive house design.

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14 Affordable and Green Gifts Under $20

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Green products have a reputation for being expensive, but we have proof that this isn’t always the case. Giving your friends and loved ones eco-friendly gifts doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, as evidenced by our Gifts Under $20 Guide. From hanging planters to DIY mason jar lamp kits to recycled wine bottle platters, check out all of our wallet-friendly picks here.

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Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

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NASA and the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) have data. Big data! Together the two organizations have amassed a wealth of open-access climate-related data and now they are calling on citizen-scientists to help make best use of it through the Climate Resilience Data Challenge. The Challenge’s goal is “to imagine new applications of climate data to address climate vulnerabilities.” And as if lending NASA a helping hand wasn’t exciting enough, the Challenge is offering a prize pool of $35,000 for the most innovative ideas. Read on for details.

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VIDEO: Biking just got easier with the world's first bike escalator

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Biking is an awesome way to get around because it helps the planet, saves you money and improves your health at the same time. Awesome, that is, until you encounter a monster hill. Then biking can swiftly turn into a nightmare. Norway is solving the problem with the world’s first bike escalator.

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Reinterpret ceramic floor tiles in the RESTILE competition for a chance at $12,000 in cash prizes!

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Italian ceramics company MIRAGE has launched RESTILE, a design competition for the reinterpretation of the ceramic tile. Aimed at young designers and innovators, RESTILE is specifically looking for a new product design approach to porcelain stoneware and will award over $12,000 in prizes to the three most innovative and appealing designs. The entries will be judged on their creativity and feasibility as a marketplace product. Submissions can be uploaded digitally and the submission deadline is March 1, 2015.

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Zaha Hadid's LEED Platinum-seeking Bee'ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Zaha Hadid's LEED Platinum-seeking Bee'ah headquarters will be 100%…

Surrounded by desert, the curvaceous 75,350-square-foot building was inspired by the shape of sand dunes and oriented to optimize the prevailing Shamal winds and limit exposure to the…

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Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world's highest BREEAM rating

Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world's highest BREEAM rating

PLP Architecture designed The Edge for OVG Real Estate, and Deloitte is the building's lead tenant. The project is one of the most innovative and energy-efficient commercial buildings…

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BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a 'smashing' design

BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a 'smashing' design

The ICEHOTEL is the world's largest hotel built entirely of ice and snow. Located in the hamlet of Jukkasjarvi, it was also the first of its kind. While Jukkasjarvi is a small village…

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1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature…

The extension of the Dulwich Residence was organized into two interlaced areas that provide additional space for the family and features a variety of different textures and…

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Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with laser beams, and the Passion of the Tesla

Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with…

What defines a "green car" can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with…

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