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Africa’s First Ethanol Cooking Fuel Plant Opens in Mozambique

Africa’s First Ethanol Cooking Fuel Plant Opens in Mozambique

Yesterday Africa’s first bio-ethanol cooking fuel plant opened in central Mozambique. The partnership between Novozymes and CleanStar Mozambique, NDZiLO, will provide cleaner, safer and cheaper cooking

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Greece ‘Potato Movement’ Directly Connects Farmers & Consumers During the Debt Crisis

Greece ‘Potato Movement’ Directly Connects Farmers & Consumers During the Debt Crisis

In the face of stringent budget cuts and economic instability in Greece, a new movement of agricultural workers are taking matters into their own hands. Dubbed “The Potato Movement,” tens of

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Typographic “O” Footrest Is Made Entirely from Recycled Cardboard

Typographic “O” Footrest Is Made Entirely from Recycled Cardboard

The 3-in-1 recycled cardboard chair was a hard act to follow, but Sanserif Creatius has done it again with this curved typographic footrest. Inspired by the letter “O”, the stool/footrest is

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Klaus Pichler’s Stunning Photos of Rotting Food Examine Excess of Wasted Food

Klaus Pichler’s Stunning Photos of Rotting Food Examine Excess of Wasted Food

Each photograph comes complete with information about the harvest of the food. The Vienna-based photographer details the exact location, time of year, and cultivation method used for each produce. He also

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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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Coca-Cola’s Graffiti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four

Coca-Cola’s Graffiti Hits Historic New Orleans Neighborhoods Ahead of Final Four

Apparently Coca-Cola is really into New Orleans lassez-faire lifestyle, so much so that they decided to cover the sidewalks of the historic French Quarter and Treme neighborhoods with company logos as

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Mike Daisey’s Lies Lead NPR to Retract Story About Apple Factory Abuse

Mike Daisey’s Lies Lead NPR to Retract Story About Apple Factory Abuse

On Friday This American Life, a popular public radio show, retracted a story on Apple factory abuse in China that turned out to be full of fabrications. In January, the show, hosted by Ira Glass,

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Repair Cafes in The Netherlands Give Life Back to Broken Objects

Repair Cafes in The Netherlands Give Life Back to Broken Objects

A new brand of DIY self-sufficiency is spreading across The Netherlands. Skilled craftswomen, mechanics, seamstresses, and handypersons are banding together to resist disposable consumer culture. It is

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Obama May Wait Until After Election to Rule on Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants

Obama May Wait Until After Election to Rule on Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants

Rules introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants may not receive presidential approval until the U.S. is in a less turbulent political

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New Report Finds 3.7 Million U.S. Residents at Risk from Rising Sea Levels

New Report Finds 3.7 Million U.S. Residents at Risk from Rising Sea Levels

A new report from Climate Central presents troubling data to suggest that rising sea levels, a result of global warning, could cause significant areas of the U.S. coastline to be flooded by the end of the

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Kony2012, Invisible Children, and Where Your Donations are Going

Kony2012, Invisible Children, and Where Your Donations are Going

If you've listened to the news or checked Facebook in the last few days, you've probably heard of - or watched - the record-breaking viral video called Kony 2012, which was produced and directed by the

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Paradigm Project’s Wood Walk is a Heartfelt Stunt to Raise Awareness for Clean Cook Stoves

Paradigm Project’s Wood Walk is a Heartfelt Stunt to Raise Awareness for Clean Cook Stoves

Nearly 3 billion people in the world do not have a stove to cook on and must walk miles just to gather enough wood to cook meals for their families. The Paradigm Project is seeking to end that constant

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INTERVIEW: Ray Anderson on Climbing the Mountain of Corporate Sustainability

INTERVIEW: Ray Anderson on Climbing the Mountain of Corporate Sustainability

Ray Anderson is more than just the founder and chairman of the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpeting, he's also the grandfather of corporate sustainability. In 1995, Anderson embarked on a

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POLL: Would You Boycott Apple Products Until They Improve Working Conditions in China?

POLL: Would You Boycott Apple Products Until They Improve Working Conditions in China?

Apple has been in hot water ever since a long and detailed New York Times report came out highlighting abuses and environmental hazards during the manufacture of its products in China. From chronically

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Detroit’s Urban Agriculture Movement Could Help ‘Green’ the City

Detroit’s Urban Agriculture Movement Could Help ‘Green’ the City

Often dubbed a “shrinking city”, Detroit has been plagued by urban decay and is known for its vacant houses and abandoned plots of land. But in some areas local residents are reinventing the

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Tips on How to Green Your Investment Portfolio

Tips on How to Green Your Investment Portfolio

At Inhabitat, we often talk about how design can be both environmentally sustainable and economically profitable - and the same principles can be applied to eco-conscious investing. The current market is

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EcoAfrica Transforms T-Shirt Clippings and Weeds Into Amazing Handmade Paper Crafts

EcoAfrica Transforms T-Shirt Clippings and Weeds Into Amazing Handmade Paper Crafts

When Janice went on holiday to Zimbabwe in 2008, she discovered handmade paper products with texture and colors she had never seen before. She immediately contacted their maker, Walter Ruprecht, who had

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Victoria’s Secret is Allegedly Using Child Cotton Laborers in Africa

Victoria’s Secret is Allegedly Using Child Cotton Laborers in Africa

Hardly angelic behavior, Victoria’s Secret was recently outed in a report by Bloomberg News that alleged the company has been using malnourished, underaged West African children to pick the cotton

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88bikes to Give Thousands of Bikes to Girls Who Have Been Victims of Slavery and Abuse

88bikes to Give Thousands of Bikes to Girls Who Have Been Victims of Slavery and Abuse

88bikes just announced their sixth project, dubbed Asha 2012, an initiative to give thousands of bikes to young girls from Eastern Europe to Southeast Asia who have been victims of slavery, abuse and in

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Ted Moallem’s Braille-It Labeler Prints Tactile Labels for the Blind

Ted Moallem’s Braille-It Labeler Prints Tactile Labels for the Blind

Blind people have been long overlooked when it comes to social advancement and technological innovation, and Moallem's labeler offers a simple, affordable solution that will have its largest impact in the

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Help Fund the Production of the Studio H Documentary!

Help Fund the Production of the Studio H Documentary!

We've written about the nonprofit design agency Project H Design, founded by Inhabitat colleague and humanitarian designer Emily Pilloton, many times before. Most recently, Emily and her Project H cohorts

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Opportunity Green Sustainable Business Conference: Final Wrap

Opportunity Green Sustainable Business Conference: Final Wrap

Many of the entrepreneurial minds at the conference are looking to create sustainable solutions, and the finalists from OG25 green start-up competition were no exception. Every one of the the 25 start-ups

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat’s Highlights from Day 1 of Opportunity Green

PHOTOS: Inhabitat’s Highlights from Day 1 of Opportunity Green

The fifth annual Opportunity Green sustainable business conference kicked off Wednesday evening at Los Angeles Center Studios to a VIP reception. Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer were on hand as

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Tree Cards by Seed Our Future Help Businesses Plant Trees Around the World

Tree Cards by Seed Our Future Help Businesses Plant Trees Around the World

In a happy marriage of brand marketing and global restoration efforts, Tree Cards are a way for a business to encourage clients and customers to help developing communities become self-sustaining. Tree

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OLPC to Air-Drop Laptops to the World’s Poorest Children

OLPC to Air-Drop Laptops to the World’s Poorest Children

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a non-profit that seeks to provide every child on earth with an inexpensive laptop to use as a learning tool, just announced they'll soon be air-dropping laptops into remote

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Why is JCPenney Refusing to Compensate the Families of Bangladesh Factory Fire Victims?

Why is JCPenney Refusing to Compensate the Families of Bangladesh Factory Fire Victims?

Last December a Bangladesh factory fire broke out that killed 30 people and injured dozens of others. The factory, That’s It Sportswear, is a garment factory just north of the capital of Dhaka that

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Plant a Wish Restores Native Plant Habitats Around America

Plant a Wish Restores Native Plant Habitats Around America

Founded by Hawaii-based husband and wife team Joseph Imhoff and Sara Tekula, Plant a Wish is a public awareness and documentary film project focused on encouraging the restoration of native habitats

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INTERVIEW: We Talk Repurposed Tire Rubber Sandals With Kyle Parsons of IndoSole

INTERVIEW: We Talk Repurposed Tire Rubber Sandals With Kyle Parsons of IndoSole

Inhabitat: Can you describe IndoSole? Kyle: IndoSole is a lifestyle brand based around resourceful thinking. We do that through footwear that we call “Indos,” which feature a repurposed motorbike

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PHOTOS: IKEA Unveils 10 Eco-Design Commandments at Copenhagen Design Week

PHOTOS: IKEA Unveils 10 Eco-Design Commandments at Copenhagen Design Week

1. Use Wood from Responsibly Managed Forests IKEA's first commandment is represented through their BEKVAM wooden stool. The design shows a commitment to using and creating demand for FSC

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11 Things We Took Away From Gap’s 2010 Social Responsibility Report

11 Things We Took Away From Gap’s 2010 Social Responsibility Report

Globalization has put the practices of many corporations under question - especially those with operations overseas. So in an age where heightened corporate responsibility is pertinent, what do anchor

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