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MTV’s Green Picks Machine Recycles Credit Cards Into Shredding Guitar Picks

MTV’s Green Picks Machine Recycles Credit Cards Into Shredding Guitar Picks

Recycling expired credit cards, gift cards and membership cards can be difficult because they’re made from PVC; you can’t just toss them into your recycling bin. Instead of hoarding them, turn them

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Falcon-Inspired Qatar National Pavilion Lands at Rio+20

Falcon-Inspired Qatar National Pavilion Lands at Rio+20

The Qatar delegation to Rio+20 hired Grimshaw Architects to design a temporary pavilion for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Qatar National Food

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Report Says Number of Environmentalists Killed Has Doubled Over Last 3 Years

Report Says Number of Environmentalists Killed Has Doubled Over Last 3 Years

Environmental activists sometimes put themselves in harm's way to protect natural resources, and according to a new report from Global Witness the number of people killed defending the natural world has

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The Rio+20 Conference: Academic Panel Urges Governments to Seize “Historic Opportunity”

The Rio+20 Conference: Academic Panel Urges Governments to Seize “Historic Opportunity”

Rio de Janeiro Image from Shutterstock The Rio+20 Conference (20 years after the original Earth Summit) was called to bring together world leaders, along with thousands of participants from

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Isay Weinfeld’s Light-Filled Grecia House in São Paulo Has Blooming Vegetation Inside

Isay Weinfeld’s Light-Filled Grecia House in São Paulo Has Blooming Vegetation Inside

Although Grecia House's entrance is covered with greenery, it's hard to miss the bright, sunny door. While otherwise inconspicuous from the street, the home provides views of its pristine gardens and

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Recycling Co-operatives In Sao Paulo, Brazil Light the Path for Sustainable Development

Recycling Co-operatives In Sao Paulo, Brazil Light the Path for Sustainable Development

The city of São Paulo, the largest metropolis in South America, produces massive amounts of solid waste on a daily basis. In order to manage this constant flow of trash, the municipal government provides

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron is Not Attending the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is Not Attending the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference

The Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development is being held in Brazil later this month to bring together world leaders, the private sector, NGOs and other groups to discuss how the world can reduce

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Rio+20: Climate Change Damage Could Cost Latin America $100 Billion Per Year

Rio+20: Climate Change Damage Could Cost Latin America $100 Billion Per Year

With the Rio+20 conference set to start on June 20th, a report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has warned that if climate change continues to go unchecked, the damage costs to Latin

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Carmen Miranda Meets LEGOs In Bizarre Brazilian Fruit Branding Campaign

Carmen Miranda Meets LEGOs In Bizarre Brazilian Fruit Branding Campaign

Tired of peeling labels off of your fruit? The Brazilian advertising agency AGE Isobar has found a solution with its cubic mold, which presses a brand's label into the surface of pieces of fruit. The mold

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Rio de Janeiro Set to Replace The World’s Largest Open-Air Landfill With a Recycling Plant

Rio de Janeiro Set to Replace The World’s Largest Open-Air Landfill With a Recycling Plant

After 34 years of operation, the Brazilian government has decided to close Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho dump, the world's largest open-air landfill. Located on the outskirts of the city, the dump is

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‘Cooking With Mama’ Uses Skype and Unloved Vegetables to Whip Up Yummy Meals

‘Cooking With Mama’ Uses Skype and Unloved Vegetables to Whip Up Yummy Meals

A year ago we showed you Prinzessinnengarten, a mobile urban garden that blooms in Berlin. Well, in addition to growing lots of organic vegetables, they also organize open events centered around

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Alessandro Jordão’s Giant Lego Chair Debuts at “Fresh from Brasil” During NY Design Week

Alessandro Jordão’s Giant Lego Chair Debuts at “Fresh from Brasil” During NY Design Week

This was the second edition of Fresh From Brasil, which showed its first collection at the Wanted Design show in 2011.  Jordão first showed pieces from his collection of Lego art last year in São

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Broadway Malyan Unveils Plan for Convida Suape, a Sustainable City in Northeast Brazil

Broadway Malyan Unveils Plan for Convida Suape, a Sustainable City in Northeast Brazil

Design firm Broadway Malyan is taking its architectural talents to the next level, designing an entire city in northeastern Brazil. The gorgeous new neighborhood was designed by a team of

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6 Mind-Boggling Examples of Intricate Tiny Art

6 Mind-Boggling Examples of Intricate Tiny Art

Japanese Bonsai Series Make Tiny Architecture With bonsai style as his inspiration, Japanese artist Takanori Aiba created a series of incredibly intricate worlds. Using standard craft materials, he

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David Suhami’s Pocket Knife Transforms Tools into Jungle Safari Creatures

David Suhami’s Pocket Knife Transforms Tools into Jungle Safari Creatures

The original swiss army knife is an essential tool for many of us, and now David Suhami has created a revamped version of the ubiquitous pocket-gadget with a unique and amusing twist. Each element of

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Vinyl From London Olympics Will Be Recycled for the 2014 World Cup

Vinyl From London Olympics Will Be Recycled for the 2014 World Cup

While we weren't thrilled to hear that the 2012 London Olympics would be using PVC to build many of their temporary structures, the good news is that the materials will be recycled for another big

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Biochar Promises to Provide Carbon Negative Fuel and Better Soil

Biochar Promises to Provide Carbon Negative Fuel and Better Soil

Could what's in this little container keep our planet healthy? The simple reality is we need to find a way to put carbon back into the soil, and making something called 'biochar' is perhaps the best way

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Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Plans for an Eco Office in Rio de Janeiro

Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Plans for an Eco Office in Rio de Janeiro

The Leblon Offices will be a 10 story office building with a leasable floor area of 6,500 sq meters. A generous lobby will connect the building to the street, a recessed open retail plaza and then to the

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Gigantic Rubber Duckie Floats Down the Loire River in France!

Gigantic Rubber Duckie Floats Down the Loire River in France!

Florentijn Hofman created his giant yellow duckie with the mission of simply bringing people together through the presence of art. Treating the Loire as a giant bubble bath, The Rubber Duck brings a

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Designers Create Luxury Furnishings from Recycled Waste for Italy’s Torre Coccaro 5-Star Hotel

Designers Create Luxury Furnishings from Recycled Waste for Italy’s Torre Coccaro 5-Star Hotel

Dutch artist Johan Peter Hol chose to re-use old, broken crockery, mounted onto a cardboard structure, to create an ornamental decoration. Savino Corvasce created an entire furniture collection by

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Shelley Miller’s Historical Murals Are Made From Sugar!

Shelley Miller’s Historical Murals Are Made From Sugar!

Using sugar cake icing, Miller replicates the images of historical Portuguese tiles, azulejo ceramic tiles, and even street art. Inspired by calligraphy, arabesques, ancient mosaics, mosque architecture,

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Eucalyptus House is a Low-Impact Brazilian Cabin on Stilts

Eucalyptus House is a Low-Impact Brazilian Cabin on Stilts

Eucalyptus House's big windows provide great views into the valley and make good use of natural light, while small windows on the side keep the heat inside in a passive way. Treated eucalyptus beams and

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California Regulators Find Dangerous Chemicals in Nail Polishes Despite “Nontoxic” Label

California Regulators Find Dangerous Chemicals in Nail Polishes Despite “Nontoxic” Label

If you’ve been feeling good about your “three-free” non-toxic polish, we have some bad news for you, your splash of color may not be as safe as you think. According to regulators in

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Chevron Finds Another Leak in Brazilian Offshore Oil Field

Chevron Finds Another Leak in Brazilian Offshore Oil Field

On Saturday Chevron detected an oil seep in another offshore Brazilian offshore oil field. The leak is 1,600 feet (500 meters) away from a site in the Campos Basin where oil seeped into the Atlantic last

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Urban-Think Tank Awarded Silver Holcim Award For Colorful Community Center in São Paulo

Urban-Think Tank Awarded Silver Holcim Award For Colorful Community Center in São Paulo

Although Grotão is located in the center of the city, only one road connects it to the larger circulation systems of Sao Paulo, which limits the residents access to essential amenities. The goal of

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Survey Finds Nearly 90% of Chinese 18-25 Year-Olds Want Greener Brands

Survey Finds Nearly 90% of Chinese 18-25 Year-Olds Want Greener Brands

A Carbon Trust survey of 2,800 18-25 year-olds in six countries has yielded some pretty startling results: 88% of respondents in China would “be more loyal to a brand if they could see it was

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Hotel Aliah is a Sustainable Luxury Hotel Complex for the 2014 World Cup

Hotel Aliah is a Sustainable Luxury Hotel Complex for the 2014 World Cup

Hotel Aliah is a sustainable luxury hotel complex for World Cup 2014 that is meant to re-establish a connection between man and the environment. The green-roofed hotel was designed by Hiperstudio and

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Gustavo Penna’s Lincoln Residence Embraces the Brazilian Highlands

Gustavo Penna’s Lincoln Residence Embraces the Brazilian Highlands

Gustavo Penna continues in the tradition of leading Brazilian architects including Oscar Niemeyer and Paulo Mendes da Rocha, but he has long stepped away from the reliance on concrete and quick

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Gustavo Penna’s Edificio Forluz Skyscraper Fuses Energy Conservation With Elegant Design

Gustavo Penna’s Edificio Forluz Skyscraper Fuses Energy Conservation With Elegant Design

Edifício Forluz is an elegant architectural proposal for the Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais (CEMIG) headquarters in Brazil. Designed by Gustavo Penna Arquiteto e Associados and Alexandre

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Greenpeace’s 3D Street Art Teaches About Toxic Chemicals in Our Laundry

Greenpeace’s 3D Street Art Teaches About Toxic Chemicals in Our Laundry

Greenpeace activists and Planet Streetpainting artists teamed up to create this amazing optical illusion at the World Fashion Centre in Amsterdam. The piece is bringing attention to hidden toxic

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