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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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FARM:London Creates an Urban Food Production Hub in Dalston

FARM:London Creates an Urban Food Production Hub in Dalston

Urban farming projects are popping everywhere! A derelict shop in Dalston, London, is yet another site set on urban rejuvenation with its innovative FARM: project. The project, which has transformed an

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5 Tips for Greening Your Finances

5 Tips for Greening Your Finances

When you're considering ways to green your lifestyle, revamping your personal finance practices probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But considering the energy and materials wasted through

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Architects and Building Professionals Team Up To Rebuild London After the Riots

Architects and Building Professionals Team Up To Rebuild London After the Riots

Since a fatal shooting on August 4, riots have swept across London and spread to other parts of England. Rioters have been looting stores, robbing homes, setting fire to buildings, and destroying property

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Colorful and Quirky Tree Planter Art Brightens Up Toronto’s Streets

Colorful and Quirky Tree Planter Art Brightens Up Toronto’s Streets

Tree planters are often placed on the streets with good intentions of adding a necessary boost of green space, yet they can often become neglected within large sprawling cities where no one takes direct

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Surprise! Yet Another Report Shows that Eating Meat Contributes to Global Warming

Surprise! Yet Another Report Shows that Eating Meat Contributes to Global Warming

In news that will come as no surprise to the green-minded, a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that eating meat significantly contributes to global warming. Now, you may be

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inhabitat Visits New York City’s Future Freshkills Park!

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inhabitat Visits New York City’s Future Freshkills Park!

Inhabitat recently toured the future site of Freshkills Park, a reclaimed landfill in New York City's Staten Island that is currently being capped and repopulated with native flora and fauna. The

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US Kids Targeted by ‘Fracking’ Cartoon

US Kids Targeted by ‘Fracking’ Cartoon

Energy companies are rarely the most popular bunch these days, with their enormous profits, executive bonuses and environmental impact. So how would you feel if you found out that a Canadian oil and gas

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Cable Car System Crowns Urban Revitalization Project in Rio de Janeiro’s Alemão Favelas

Cable Car System Crowns Urban Revitalization Project in Rio de Janeiro’s Alemão Favelas

©Bruno Filipe Soares Lira (Bruno Itan) The system is the work of Alemão PAC (Growth Acceleration Plan), and part of an urban revitalization program started under former President Luis Inácio Lula

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Interactive ‘Almost Extinct Calendar’ Raises Awareness of Endangered Species

Interactive ‘Almost Extinct Calendar’ Raises Awareness of Endangered Species

The Almost Extinct Calendar combines great simple design with an assertive environmental reminder. Each day is marked with an image of a different endangered animal, making it impossible to avoid the

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Lucerne’s Clever Street Decals Make Taking Out the Trash Fun

Lucerne’s Clever Street Decals Make Taking Out the Trash Fun

New York City could definitely take a cue from Lucerne when it comes to getting its citizens to properly dispose of their trash. To discourage residents tossing their empty cups and wrappers on the

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Golan Levin’s Info-graphic Stencils are for the Graffiti Loving Environmentalist

Golan Levin’s Info-graphic Stencils are for the Graffiti Loving Environmentalist

Making a bold, politically charged environmental statement just got easier with Golan Levin’s customizable graffiti stencils. Combining the worlds of data visualization and urban art, Levin’s easy

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ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

The competition's grand prize winner is Breathe House by Initiative Recover, a collaboration between a University of Virginia architecture professor, his students, and a team of medical professionals,

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Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Part of an effort to empower residents in their Chicago neighborhood, long time friends Jeff Munie and Bill Vassilakis conceptualized a mobile, participatory research center that will capture the stories,

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Sustainable Prison Project Connects Inmates to the Environment and More

Sustainable Prison Project Connects Inmates to the Environment and More

Prison-life operates around the clock, draining on both resources and funds. One example is the Department of Corrections in Washington, a facility responsible for 16,000 inmates in 15 Washington prisons

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Artist Ramon Coronado Transforms Reclaimed LA Shopping Carts Into Park Furniture for Kids

Artist Ramon Coronado Transforms Reclaimed LA Shopping Carts Into Park Furniture for Kids

MacArthur Park, which sits near downtown Los Angeles, is an area filled with trash on the sidewalks, homeless people sleeping on every corner, and an abundance of shopping carts. Shopping carts exist all

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‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

Artist Candy Chang's spirited "Before I Die" installation transforms the negative connotations attached to abandoned spaces by renewed a disused building in New Orleans to create an interactive public art

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Winning Design Re-purposes Old Los Angeles School Into an Inspiring Urban Food Center

Winning Design Re-purposes Old Los Angeles School Into an Inspiring Urban Food Center

As more and more abandoned spaces are being repurposed for urban farming projects, Caroline Hadilaksono has taken a cue from the movement and re-imagined an old Los Angeles Elementary School as an

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Budweiser Is Challenging Guys to Save Water By Growing a Beard for World Environment Day

Budweiser Is Challenging Guys to Save Water By Growing a Beard for World Environment Day

If you've been looking for a excuse to keep all that scruff, then here's you chance to do a little good while keeping it a little rough. Budweiser wants all you fine dudes to conserve 1 million gallons of

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Pirwi: Sustainable Designs Made in Mexico Make an Appearance at Milan Design Week

Pirwi: Sustainable Designs Made in Mexico Make an Appearance at Milan Design Week

The collection is comprised of designs from main players of Mexico’s design scene, as well as young emerging talents. Godoy and Castro are no strangers to the Milan Furniture Fair, in recent years they

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Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

A group led by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects -- who designed the Bayside Marina Hotel we featured not long ago -- has formed the Ex-Container Project with the intention of using shipping containers as

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