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Clever Infinite Light Turns a Recycled Plastic Bottle Into a Solar Lamp

Clever Infinite Light Turns a Recycled Plastic Bottle Into a Solar Lamp

Millions of people around the world live without access to electricity - and upon nightfall, many families are forced to use dangerous and expensive kerosene lamps. The Infinite Light is a high quality

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INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about what drew you to work for Starbucks as Vice President of Global Responsibility? Ben: I came to Starbucks 14 years ago as Environmental Affairs Manager, after

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Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

Have you heard of Edith Macefield? This old lady turned down a million dollar offer to sell her home to make way for a shopping mall in Seattle, Washington. Without Edith's land, the developer had to

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London’s First Cat Cafe is Open for Play

London’s First Cat Cafe is Open for Play

London's very first cat cafe, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium opened its doors over the weekend. Located in Shoredich, just off Brick Lane, this unique teashop offers the prrrfect space for playing with

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Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

The great philosopher Macklemore said it best in his hit song “Thrift Store” that one man’s trash is another man’s come up. This statement rings particularly true for artist and sculptor George

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Cricket Silent Bike Alarm Alerts Your iPhone to Prevent Theft

Cricket Silent Bike Alarm Alerts Your iPhone to Prevent Theft

A new silent alarm could make bicycle theft a thing of the past. The Cricket works in a similar way to standard security alarms, except it is combined with a free iPhone app. If anyone touches or moves

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CANstruction Sculptures Made from Nearly 30,000 Cans of Food Fight Hunger in San Francisco

CANstruction Sculptures Made from Nearly 30,000 Cans of Food Fight Hunger in San Francisco

This year's CANstruction exhibition was part of the Architecture and the City Festival, and it was displayed in the atrium of the downtown Rincon Center, a popular lunch spot for office workers in San

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The BFI Announces the 2013 Semi-Finalists for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The BFI Announces the 2013 Semi-Finalists for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

This week the Buckminster Fuller Institute announced the 19 semi-finalists that will take part in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The competition recognizes projects that solve some of humanity's

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Ffrash Project Transforms Trash Into Recycled Furnishings in Indonesia

Ffrash Project Transforms Trash Into Recycled Furnishings in Indonesia

Garbage is everywhere in the streets of Jakarta. Bottles, caps, plastic bags - the scrap heap is enormous. New Dutch/Indonesian initiative Ffrash hopes to help by turning the trash into recycled furniture

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Aquaovo’s Portable Alter Ego Water Filter is a Stylish Alternative to Buying Bottled Water

Aquaovo’s Portable Alter Ego Water Filter is a Stylish Alternative to Buying Bottled Water

This portable water filter from Aquaovo is a fantastic alternative to buying bottled water. The Canada-based team has launched a new campaign to get their new Alter Ego filter system off the ground, and

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Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

The toys Massoud and his brother Mahmud built as children were created from a variety of  found materials, but all were propelled by the desert’s string winds. For his final project at the Design

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PLEASE HELP: Desperate Lower Manhattan Struggles For Water, Food, Communication

PLEASE HELP: Desperate Lower Manhattan Struggles For Water, Food, Communication

Many people in Lower Manhattan live in tall high-rise buildings, and without access to power elevators stop working, refrigerators stop working and food spoils, water stops pumping, and it is extremely

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Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Richardson Apartments: David Baker’s Affordable Housing Project in Hayes Valley Wows Design Enthusiasts at AIA Homes Tours

Photo by Bruce Damonte One of the most impressive aspects of the Richardson Apartments is that all of its 120 residents were formerly homeless. David Baker joked that these are his most appreciative

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Activists Stage Flash “Faint-Ins” at Clothing Stores in Europe to Protest Sweatshop Conditions

Activists Stage Flash “Faint-Ins” at Clothing Stores in Europe to Protest Sweatshop Conditions

Cheap fashion often comes at a high price for the sweatshop workers who create the garments, which is why activists from the Clean Clothes Campaign took to clothing stores throughout Europe last week and

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Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu is one of the leading green companies in the homewares and gift segment. The China-based company received Green America’s Gold Seal of Approval for its efforts to preserve the environment, promote

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$11 Billion Worth of Recyclable Packaging is Buried in American Landfills

$11 Billion Worth of Recyclable Packaging is Buried in American Landfills

Photo via Shutterstock Americans may produce more municipal waste per capita than any other country in the world, but improving our recycling rate is one major way we can turn the tide and become a

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HWKN’s Aging in Africa Will Be a Sustainable Retirement Village in Côte d’Ivoire

HWKN’s Aging in Africa Will Be a Sustainable Retirement Village in Côte d’Ivoire

The Aging in Africa Project, designed by architecture firm HWKN for the Foundation Saint Joseph d’Arimathie, aims to be the first retirement community in Africa dedicated entirely to caring for those

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‘Shadow Children’ is Moving Installation About Child Labor Made From Recycled Materials

‘Shadow Children’ is Moving Installation About Child Labor Made From Recycled Materials

Concerned about the unethical practice of child labor throughout the world, artist Cynthia Sibley has created an installation piece entitled “Shadow Children.” The intention is to help bring

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Swags’ Ultralight Waterproof Backpack Bed Provides Aid to Homeless

Swags’ Ultralight Waterproof Backpack Bed Provides Aid to Homeless

Swags for the Homeless is an Australian non-profit organization that has been getting global attention for its Backpack Bed. The contemporary light-weight backpack can be quickly converted into a full

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PHOTOS: More Green Designs from London’s New Designers Graduate Show!

PHOTOS: More Green Designs from London’s New Designers Graduate Show!

Produced by free hand steam bending of local Ash, 'Florence' table by University of Plymouth graduate Yvette Cox dances its way into sculptural design while being functional and unique at the same

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‘Fire Department’ iPhone App Could Save Heart Attack Victims

‘Fire Department’ iPhone App Could Save Heart Attack Victims

A new smartphone app named "Fire Department" empowers iPhone users to provide life-saving assistance to someone suffering from a sudden heart attack.

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LEED Gold Community Springs up in Hunters Point, SF

LEED Gold Community Springs up in Hunters Point, SF

Located along the highly anticipated Third Street Light Rail in San Francisco’s Bayview District, the project is part of a larger transit-oriented development that will set the precedent for future

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Time Flies With the Recycled Aluminum Epigram Clock

Time Flies With the Recycled Aluminum Epigram Clock

Times flies when you're helping out humanitarian efforts. Okay maybe that's not quite how the saying goes, but this Epigram Clock by Botanist gives us a little poetic license. Designed by celebrated

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BOOM! A Political Statement in the Form of Chocolate

BOOM! A Political Statement in the Form of Chocolate

Mexico is one of the largest producers of cacao in the world, cultivating this ancient currency for over three millennia. But while it’s the birthplace of chocolate, any production of this lucrative

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Apple Supplier Audit Reveals Apple Manufacturing Uses Child Labor

Apple Supplier Audit Reveals Apple Manufacturing Uses Child Labor

Apple announced this news in its Supplier Responsibility Report, a report released for three years running that audits of Apple's supplier factories. These factories aren't owned by Apple, but while

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Upward Bound: LA Designers Create Happy Spaces for Homeless Families

Upward Bound: LA Designers Create Happy Spaces for Homeless Families

A crowd that included actor/activist Don Cheadle gathered last week to celebrate the completion of the Upward Bound House Family Shelter in Culver City, Los Angeles, what is undeniably one of the

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Yes Men Fix the World

MOVIE REVIEW: The Yes Men Fix the World

Spoiler alert: The Yes Men do actually fix the world-- but only on paper. For years this two-man team has been pranking conferences, newscasts, and exhibitions by posing as representatives of the world's

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DINKINS GARDENS: Harlem’s First Affordable Green Housing

DINKINS GARDENS: Harlem’s First Affordable Green Housing

Spring is off to a fresh start in New York as Harlem's first affordable green community blossoms to life. Situated on West 153rd Street, David & Joyce Dinkins Gardens offers 85 units of affordable

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