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Shinrin Yoku to Improve Health

  Spending time in natural environments has been linked to lower stress levels, improved working memory and feeling more alive, among other positive attributes. In an effort to combat our indoor epidemic and reap these health benefits, a growing number of Americans have become followers of a Japanese practice called Shinrin-yoku. Coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 1982, the word literally translates to “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing” and refers to the process of soaking up the sights, smells and sounds of a natural setting to…

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Home Living 

Shipping Containers Turned Into Living Spaces

  With the green premise growing in popularity across the globe, more and more people are turning to cargo container structures for green alternatives. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on shipping docks taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to their origin. In most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. The result is an extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just…

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Home Living 

Upcycling Vintage Home Decor

  Upcycling old items is always a good idea. You can always reuse some old unused items from your garage or basement and transform them into interesting pieces of furniture for your modern home. If you have some old item, clean it, and insert it in your interior, and you will make remarkable home decor. If you need a some inspiration, see the following examples!        Via Architecture Art Design

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Home Living 

Atelier 8000 EcoLodge

  Atelier 8000 developed the proposal for the Kežmarská Hut architectural competition, which asked applicants to design a building offering accommodation, a restaurant, a medical facility, skiing storage and a garage for a snowmobile. The competition was won by a team made up of architects Karel Havliš, Filip Havliš, David Zámečník and Ondřej Novosad, so Atelier 8000’s concept is now unlikely to make it off the drawing board. According to the designers, the orientation of the structure would allow three sides of it to be visible from any given point around…

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WesternThrash: Turning Wine Bottles into Lights

  WesternTrash is designer glassware and lighting with Berlin soul. All products are handmade with love and attention from discarded bottles, so that no two items are exactly alike. Look closely and discover your very own mosaic of bumps, bubbles, and curves. You’ll never find that same pattern twice – every product tells a different part of the Berlin story. Visit the webshop: Shop.WesternThrash Don’t let the name fool you: WesternTrash is waste-neutral and 100% sustainable. The materials are upcycled or recyclable, the packaging is reusable, and bottles are sourced…

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Fast Drying Eco Towels by Danny Seo

  Looking to start incorporating eco friendly products into your home?  The Danny Seo Eco-Existence towels are true eco-indulgence with new technologies and beautiful, timeless colors. Made with a special loop design, the towels feature a “quick dry” technology that allows them to dry more quickly either in the dryer or when you air-dry them.    Faster drying also means they stay fresh longer, making them less prone to smelly mildew. The color palette is inspired by nature: creamy white flowers, seaglass ocean green, hydrangea  blue, desert sand khaki, tree bark…

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Home Living 

Dove Cottage Eco Home in St. John

  Aurora Tower, a New York Vanderbilt descendant, designed and built her eco-home friendly home in St. John using sustainable materials, eco-conscience design; everything inside and out runs on sun and rain water. The home was finished in 2009 but Aurora puts allows others to enjoy this eco home by listing it for rent on jetsetter.com. Tower is a Brown University alum who majored in urban planning. After traveling to St. John for spring break, a different path beckoned, and she decided to relocate to the Virgin Islands and choose…

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British Loo Turned Into “The Attendant” Coffee Bar

  Peter Tomlinson took redundancy from his marketing job and ploughed much of his money into converting a former public toilet near Oxford Circus to create a sandwich and coffee bar.  In jolly olde England, a toilet is called a “loo“. There used to be lots of public ones around but they seem to have disappeared. The former Victorian lav, which has been closed down in the 1960’s and unused for more than fifty years, is now turned into a coffee and sandwhich bar aptly named the Attendant and is  located in…

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The Eddy, Ottowa’s Green Urban Condos

  The Eddy — six storys of green, urban condos built for life in Hintonburg. This used to be one of Ottowa’s oldest neighborhoods but is now one of its newest due to a renovation upswing. Eddy used to be a garage and used car lot. Now, it is a unique building that has 27 different floor plans for its 57 units. Windmill Developments and Christopher Simmonds Architect have designed the really  green and gorgeous six storey building. The parking lot uses the 5BY2 system which shuffles cars around. Therefore it…

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Denmark’s Meeting Dome Explores Future Housing

  To generate ideas for future housing, Canadian architects Kristoffer Tejlgaard and Benny Jepsen have slightly altered the mathematical elements of a geodesic dome to form a new modular pavilion. The project was commissioned by BL, Denmark Public Housing, for this year’s People Meeting held on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, a manifestation dedicated to generating debate on the future of housing. The introvert geometry of the conventional dome is restructured to respond more constructively to the architectural conditions of the contemporary city. The structure becomes more flexible and responsive to…

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Vegas Strip Beer Bottle Glass Used in Greenstone Building

    McCombs, founder of Henderson-based Realm of Design, recycles glass bottles into a building product called GreenStone, which he used in building his own 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 1188 Center Point Drive. Virtually everything in the recently completed $1.4 million building next to Realm of Design’s existing showroom has some recycled glass in it. Construction of the building utilized more than 500,000 beer bottles which amounted to over 290,000 pounds of recycled glass for the exterior building façade. This saved over 400,000 CU yds of landfill space which is equivalent to…

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Eco-City Home Living 

World’s 7 Largest Landfills

  The EPA estimates an average American produces 4.4 pounds of waste a day. Let’s look at the 7 Largest Landfills in the world listed on TakePart. 1. Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Pacific Ocean Stretching for hundreds of miles, and possibly the size of Texas, the giant migrating mass also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex can be seen in patches floating along the Pacific Ocean. 2. Bordo Poniente Landfill, Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico Mexico City’s largest landfill was accepting 12,000 tons of garbage a day before its closure at the end of 2011….

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From SpaceTrees Reveal Income Difference

  Research published a few years ago shows a tight relationship between per capita income and forest cover. The study’s authors tallied total forest cover for 210 cities over 100,000 people in the contiguous United States using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s natural resource inventory and satellite imagery. They also gathered economic data, including income, land prices, and disposable income. They found that for every 1 percent increase in per capita income, demand for forest cover increased by 1.76 percent. But when income dropped by the same amount, demand decreased…

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The Yelp for Green Buildings: HonestBuildings.com

  There’s Yelp for restaurants, TripAdvisor for hotels, and now Honest Buildings for green buildings. Honest Buildings, which launches today in beta, aims to fill that gap and simultaneously encourage building owners to make greener choices. Search an address in one of 5,570 cities, and ratings on the building’s walkability, energy use, and LEED compliance shed light on its green performance. Join the network, and you can review, comment on, or add photos of a building. Members who design, build, and repair buildings can showcase particular projects and link them to…

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Home Living 

CA Homemade Food Act

  All around the country, home picklers, jammers, and bakers have been looking for ways to transform hobby food production into small artisan businesses. In many states, however, selling food you’ve made in your home is against the law. In California, for instance, it’s currently a misdemeanor for home artisans to sell their goodies in the open marketplace. Last June, Department of Public Health officials in San Francisco shut down ForageSF’s popular Underground Market, which featured mostly home producers, because its sellers were not compliant with local and state regulations….

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LEED Increases Property Value

   The results of two recent studies—one carried out by the New Buildings Institute (NBI), the other by CoStar Group—show that green building standards are not only effective, but also escalate property values. The post-occupancy studies, attempted to measure the value of buildings with sustainability features compared to conventional buildings. They also aimed to demonstrate the effectiveness of third-party certification programs, specifically LEED, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Energy Star, managed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. One study confirmed that…

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Eco-City Home North America 

Americans Leaving Suburbs

  There are many in America who don’t like or trust cities, primarily because they harbor a disproportionate number of Democratic voters. They don’t like investments in transit, either, preferring the privacy and freedom of the car. But whether they like it or not, America is changing. First, the existing supply—that’s right, today’s stock—of conventional lot (> 1/8th acre) single-family detached homes exceeds the projected demand for these homes in 2035. There is no need for building another single family detached house, period, for the next 23 years. So if…

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Home Living 

Solar Windows

  Rainbow Solar Inc. (RSi) has transparent, photovoltaic-glass windows that generate 80 to 250 watts of electrical power, while saving up to 50% on heating and cooling requirements too. Since one of the biggest heat losses from a home is through a glass window, it looks like RSi has a winning combination, stopping heat loss on cold days and keeping heat out on hot days, while generating electricity at the same time. The RSi PV-Glass Window uses sunlight to generate electricity, reduce heat, and provide a semi-transparent window that allows…

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Hometta Sustainable Architecture

  What is Hometta? Hometta sells online plans for small, modern, sustainable homes designed by modern leading architects. Its the sweet spot between custom, architect desgined houses and mass market housing. The plans encourage the use of sustainable materials and energy systems. Hometta the place to buy blueprints for progressive and modern sustainable modern houses under 2,500 square feet. It’s an international group of architects and designers determined to improve the residential landscape, one house at a time. Johnson, the founder, is a real estate developer and builder, and he…

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Logging Wood

  Logging does not need to harm or destroy the world’s forests. Natural forests can be managed carefully in ways that preserve their diversity and the services they provide. Buying sustainably harvested, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)  certified wood pushes the timber industry in a more responsible direction, discourages illegal logging, and helps create economic value for a forest ecosystem that might otherwise be cleared for agriculture or development. Forest certificationallows consumers to use their purchasing power to support forestry that conserves forests for future generations. The destruction of forests contributes…

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Conserve Home Energy

  When it comes to Energy Savings for your home, a simple measure can have a large impact. Simple Changes: Install a timer thermostat. Insulate water heater and pipes. Place door stoppers and install heavy curtains. Install weather stripping around windows and door frames. Instal additional installation in the attic and fill skirting board gaps. More Expensive Solutions: Add insulation to walls and floors. Fit solar panels on the roof and south facing walls. Install home heat-recovery ventilation system to replace kitchen and bathroom fans. Replace old furnaces or electric…

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