water conservation

Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns Urine Into Tap Water

Drought-Stricken Texas Town Turns Urine Into Tap Water

Texas is in the midst of a drought so severe that local water management teams have decided to distribute reclaimed wastewater (aka urine). From toilet to tap, the treated wastewater will be mixed with

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Link Roundup: Stay Cool Ways to Beat the Heat!

Link Roundup: Stay Cool Ways to Beat the Heat!

Whether you're battling a high of 100 or sitting a little comfier in the 80's, check out our links roundup for some sure fire ways to beat the heat and have some fun while doing it. From making your own

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Greenpeace Links Nike and Adidas to Toxic River Polluters in China

Greenpeace Links Nike and Adidas to Toxic River Polluters in China

Talk about dirty laundry. Enviro-watchdog Greenpeace recently nabbed Nike and Adidas for working with Chinese factories responsible for washing heavy metals and hormone-disrupting substances in the

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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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Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill’s New Vantone Center Will Be Tianjin’s Most Sustainable LEED Tower

Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill’s New Vantone Center Will Be Tianjin’s Most Sustainable LEED Tower

At a whopping 607 feet, the Vantone Center designed by Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill will be among Tianjin's tallest new towers. But it will also be the most sustainable as the architects aim for a

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U.S. Army Launches Plan to Make All Military Bases Net Zero

U.S. Army Launches Plan to Make All Military Bases Net Zero

Over the past couple of years, the U.S. Army has announced several initiatives ranging from solar-powered tents for troops to hydrogen-powered tanks, however this is their most ambitious program yet. With

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Raindrop Mini Watering Can Collects Rain from Urban Balconies and Rooftops

Raindrop Mini Watering Can Collects Rain from Urban Balconies and Rooftops

Rain barrels are a great way to reduce water use -- but they're not really convenient for those of us in smaller rental properties that have a shared rooftop or balcony which we call “outside.” Young

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Eco Wellness Retreat Lets You Unwind in Beautiful Rammed Earth Guesthouses

Eco Wellness Retreat Lets You Unwind in Beautiful Rammed Earth Guesthouses

Among the many projects that Mithun worked on for Miraval are the guestrooms, which make use of simple, natural and durable materials suited for the desert environment. The buildings are constructed of

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Levi’s Debuts “Water<Less” Jeans That Use Up to 96% Less Water

Levi’s Debuts “Water<Less” Jeans That Use Up to 96% Less Water

Creating that cool blue hue that comes with the typical pair of jeans can be one of the most water intensive processes in textile production, sucking up to 42 liters of water during finishing alone. But

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Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe.org is a project that has created a system and community to help distribute water across the globe. The team designed a durable reusable water bottle to act as a symbol and represent a bigger

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Cyclists Ride Their Bamboo Bikes 30,000 km for Water Awareness

Cyclists Ride Their Bamboo Bikes 30,000 km for Water Awareness

Two Dutch friends are trying to bring attention to the global water crisis by cycling 30,000 km down the Americas on bicycles. On July 4, 2010, Joost Notenboom and Michiel Roodenburg, began their 18-month

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Fishbowl Faucet Encourages Water Conservation – Or Else

Fishbowl Faucet Encourages Water Conservation – Or Else

So you're a conservationist, eh? Can you prove it? Can you stop washing your hands before this fish runs out of water? For his appropriately titled Poor Little Fishbowl Sink, designer Yan Lu created a

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Get the Drip Detective iPhone iPad Water Conservation App for Free

Get the Drip Detective iPhone iPad Water Conservation App for Free

Drip Detective is a smart new iPhone/iPad app that shows you exactly how much water and money is lost from a water leak. Designed with a fun, interactive interface, the app is a lot more appealing than

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An Eco-Shower Equipped with Water Filtering Plants

An Eco-Shower Equipped with Water Filtering Plants

Simulate living life in the wilds of nature by taking a shower in the Phyto-Purification Bathroom. Using a natural filtering principal, this mix of modern design and nature is a mini eco-system able to

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New Canary Islands Concert Hall Has a Semi-Intelligent Shading Facade

New Canary Islands Concert Hall Has a Semi-Intelligent Shading Facade

The shores of Arrecife on the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands will soon be graced by a beautiful new concert hall. Dutch architecture firm, Henning Larsen, took first place in a competition in

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Sleek Rotary Faucet Lets You Dial Down Wasted Water

Sleek Rotary Faucet Lets You Dial Down Wasted Water

Designer Eun Ji Byeon has come up with a new way to conserve water when washing our hands. Far more thoughtful than those pressure-packed push button faucets, the Dial is a stylish polished metal design

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Green Laundry 101: Tips to Save Some Green in the Laundry Room

Green Laundry 101: Tips to Save Some Green in the Laundry Room

Want to green your laundry routine but don't have the budget to switch out your old dinosaur top-loader for a new high-efficiency purring machine? Fear not - there's tons of green tips and tricks that you

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Wood Clad Science Academy Showcases Sustainable Design

Wood Clad Science Academy Showcases Sustainable Design

The recently unveiled Langley Academy in the Berkshires, UK, is yet another exemplary model of sustainable education facilities. Designed by Inhabitat favorite Foster + Partners, the gorgeous wood clad

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Links Roundup of the Week: Water

Links Roundup of the Week: Water

It officially became summer this week, and in anticipation of the heat we have talked about keeping cool, and why wind is important. This week we are thinking about water, because who can argue how

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My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior

My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior

So you think it's okay to continue with your 15-minute shower because you've got your super-efficient, on-demand water heater and extra-conservative shower head? Perhaps you've even gone as far as

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The Aqualim Cuts Lengthy Showers Short

The Aqualim Cuts Lengthy Showers Short

Are your teenage daughters taking way too long in the shower? Teenagers are known for their lavish morning rituals, and lengthy showers. When Australian Trevor Murphy saw his water bill skyrocketing on

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