MetaWear wants to make textile manufacturing ethical and sustainable

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Textile factories aren’t exactly known for their ethical manufacturing processes. Virginia-based MetaWear wants to change that by launching America’s first Global Organic Textile Standard-certified factory. Solar and geothermal powered using organic cotton, MetaWear wants you to ask: “who made your clothes?”

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Artisan Design Source to debut luminous recycled cardboard lighting at BKLYN Designs 2015

05/02/15
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Artisan Design Source to debut luminous recycled cardboard lighting at BKLYN Designs 2015Raouf Sarwari used to design custom furniture, display cases and living walls for architects, interior designs and artists, but then he stumbled across laser-cutting, and decided to design a new line of gorgeous interior lights that play with shape and shadow. Sarwari’s Brooklyn-based studio Artisan Design Source will debut this new line of repurposed

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Interlocking windmills make green energy as easy as assembling LEGOs

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To protect migrating birds, it's 'lights out' in New York

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New York is stepping up and shutting off to protect migratory birds from light pollution. On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all non-essential outdoor lights at state buildings will be shut off from 11PM local time until dawn. This order will be in effect during the peaks of seasonal migration, from April 15 through May 31 and August 15 through November 15. Why turn off the lights? Migrating birds often use the light of the stars to guide them on their epic journey. However, outdoor lighting can disorient birds and cause them to crash, particularly during inclement weather. Between 500 million and one billion birds die annually in the United States due to this “fatal light attraction.” After Minnesota, New York becomes the second state to join National Audubon Society’s Lights Out Campaign. Cities such as Boston, Baltimore and Washington DC also partner with Lights Out to keep birds safe along the East Coast.

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China's World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can exist in harmony

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Learn how you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake

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The massive 7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal last week near Kathmandu has devastated the region and left thousands dead. A natural disaster like this leaves people, their homes, and cities torn asunder, and tens of thousands of families have been displaced from their homes and have been left out in the cold, as medical facilities and emergency shelters are overwhelmed. Many of us who are safe and far from the quake’s effects wonder how we can help. We’ve compiled a list of organizations you can support to aid the victims of this traumatic event.

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Brazil's porous World Expo pavilion erases boundaries with net-like ramps and walls

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The UK's immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live beehive

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The Milan Expo's modular Azerbaijan pavilion is wrapped in wavy timber louvers enclosing multiple different biospheres

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Vietnam's sustainable bamboo "lotus pods" sprout on time for Milan Expo 2015

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Scientists discover the secret to Antarctica's 'bleeding glacier'

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We’ve reported on Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier before. Better known as ‘Blood Falls,’ it’s an awe-inspiring, bone-chilling sight as a deep red, five-storey waterfall steadily seeps through cracks in the glacier’s facade. The eerie natural phenomena, located in the McMurdo Dry Valley, was first discovered by explorers in 1911, and it’s long been known that the water gains its distinctive hue from excess levels of brine. Now, a team of scientists led by Jill Mikucki, a microbiologist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have used electromagnetic sensors to track the subglacial briny waters that lie beneath one of the most arid places on earth. They found that on the Taylor Glacier, these waters stretch back at least three miles, and contain twice as much salt as seawater. Not only does this indicate that Blood Falls may be part of a much larger subglacial network of groundwater, but—with a climate that is considered the closest on Earth to Mars—some are hypothesizing that similar briny waters may exist beneath the surface of the red planet.

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UAE's Foster + Partners pavilion is inspired by traditional desert villages

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Daylit STGM Head Office uses reclaimed wood, solar power and a green wall to create a truly sustainable work environment

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Help Nepal earthquake survivors and renewable energy by Kickstarting the Solarpuff portable solar lantern

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The devastating 7.8 earthquake in Nepal last Saturday left thousands dead and tens of thousands of others homeless in the wake of this tragic natural disaster. The survivors are struggling to find shelter and after sundown the reality of their dire situation sets in with no electricity to no access to light for safety, cooking, reading, etc. But a new solar-powered, portable light source could make all the difference for Nepalese survivors. The SolarPuff is a little lantern that is making a huge impact, and now you can help make it even bigger. The lantern’s solar charging capabilities allow refugees to charge their lights at no cost during the day, providing a much-needed light source for cooking, washing and way-finding at night.

Right now, SolarPuff is offering Kickstarter rewards that will benefit the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. For $50, you can purchase a SolarPuff for yourself and one for Nepal Disaster Relief, or for $125 you can get three and give two. For the truly generous, they are even offering the option to send an entire box of SolarPuff’s to Nepal to help those who need it most right now. Check out their Kickstarter page to help make a difference.

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Green-topped boathouse harmonizes with lush landscape in Western France

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Architect unveils new renderings of world’s first 3D-printed estate and pool

Architect unveils new renderings of world’s first 3D-printed estate…

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Architects and other building experts called on to aid in Nepal's post-earthquake recovery

Architects and other building experts called on to aid in Nepal's…

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), has teamed up with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to "help identify Nepalese nationals or…

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ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat's 2015 Green Awards at BKLYN Designs!

ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat's 2015 Green Awards at BKLYN Designs!

Check out Inhabitat’s Green Awards Sunday, May 10th at BKLYN Designs! Calling all New York design fans! As one of Inhabitat's favorite design events kicks off, BKYLN Designs sets…

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Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La Kagu

Kengo Kuma transforms a Tokyo warehouse into a stylish shop called La…

A Tokyo warehouse has been transformed into a sprawling lifestyle store and café by Kengo Kuma and Associates. Now called La Kagu, the industrial warehouse is met with a massive timber…

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