Awesome Green Gift Wrap Idea: Silk Scarves!

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While it makes a fun tradition, gift-wrapping packages with paper and tape is an inherently unsustainable practice – think of all the paper and ribbon that goes into the trash each holiday season for the sake of making presents pretty. Here’s a lovely green gift-wrap idea to greenify your packaging regime: wrap your present in a silk scarf this year! Not only do scarves make beautiful, easy gift wrap that requires no tape or scissors – but the durability and multiple uses of scarves mean that the gift-wrap itself becomes part of the present that can be worn and reused again and again. BOBO wrapping scarves are silk scarves that are designed for the express purpose of wrapping presents. They can mold into a variety of shapes and the cloth material can be re-used over and over again!

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Google just unveiled the first functional prototype of its self-driving car

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Google has revealed the first functional prototype of its new self-driving car, following the debut of the “early mockup” this last May. The shape of the Google’s self-driving car hasn’t changed that much over the last few months, but Google says that the latest prototype now has all of the parts that it needs to drive on the road.

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Budapest's Charity Christmas Tree is made from 5,000 pieces of firewood that will be donated after the holidays

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In research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, a team at the University of California developed a multi-use option for one of our most ancient mediums: a reusable “paper” that has been created without harming a single tree. Right now, the “paper” is actually a thin plastic film that comes coated in one of three shades of nontoxic dye: blue, red, or green. To “write” on the paper, it’s exposed to ultra-violet light and the dye is rendered colorless in the areas of text. It can be reused up to 20 times and never needs new ink.

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NASA's robotic airships could create a cloud city on Venus

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We haven’t even laid eyes on the surface of Venus yet, but that’s not deterring NASA from daydreaming about sending manned missions to the planet. Although much of Venus is still a completely mystery, we do know that the surface of the planet is far too hot, and the atmospheric pressure too high, to sustain human life. As such, rather than targeting the planet itself, NASA is shooting for the clouds: the space agency recently announced its intention to send the robotic airship HAVOC (High Altitude Venus Operational Concept) to collect initial observations before delving into the planning of a manned mission.

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A wirelessly charged electric city bus is about to hit the streets of Sweden. Scania is launching a sustainable public transit project in the streets of Södertälje, Sweden in June 2016 to see if the technology could be viable across the world. The system works by allowing the bus to charge in just six or seven minutes wirelessly from the road surface at a bus stop, eliminating the need for long recharges or bulky plugs so the bus can keep going on its journey.

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Inspired by a Twitter exchange about street style earlier this year, ethical fashion bloggers Sabina Eichmann (Consciously Sartorial) and Sonia Flotats (soGOODsoCUTE) from Spain, launched a challenge for fellow style bloggers from around the globe. The challenge consisted in submitting a look created from exclusively ethical brands, and eventually sharing it on social networks with the hashtag #SlowStreetStyle. The main aim was to prove that dressing ethically does neither entail style sacrifices nor other limitations, and secondly, it created an opportunity for readers to get to know a large variety of ethical/sustainable fashion brands from different countries. The result of this challenge is a beautiful ISSUU Lookbook for the current A/W 2014/15 season, including a cover illustration by French blogger ApollineR.

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Sinato adds space for three and a mezzanine reading room to Fujigaoka T apartment

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