Flawed recycling results in dangerous chemicals in black plastic

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Unsafe recycling of electronic waste has resulted in the distribution of dangerous chemicals into new products made out of black plastic. Published in Environment International, a new study documents the presence of bromide and lead found in 600 consumer products made out of black plastic and clarifies its potential negative impact on human and ecological health. “There are environmental and health impacts arising from the production and use of plastics in general, but black plastics pose greater… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



‘House of Trash’ proves how waste can transform into beautiful home design

Located on Foro Bonaparte in the centre of the city, the ‘HOUSE OF TRASH’ as it will be known, will be dedicated to the exploration and showcase of technologies and applications using waste. From fashion waste and food packaging, coffee cups to mobile phones – it can all be found in beautiful new applications throughout the expansive location. The living spaces, hot desk hubs and bedrooms are all fitted and fixtured using post-consumer materials.

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The number of electric vehicles on the streets could triple in two years

The electric vehicle (EV) industry hit a new record last year: more than one million EVs were sold, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). There are now over three million electric cars on roads worldwide. Bloomberg reported electric cars traveling the streets could triple in just two years.

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The IEA just released their Global EV Outlook 2018 report, and it contains some exciting news for the EV industry. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Henning Larsen Architects brings sustainable Scandinavian design to Minneapolis

Henning Larsen Architects and MSR Design have unveiled their competition-winning designs for Minneapolis’ New Public Service Building—a municipal building that will integrate the Scandinavian ethos with sustainable design. Located across from Minneapolis City Hall, the multi-purpose building is envisioned as the city’s new face of public service and will offer healthy workspaces for the City’s employees as well as more transparency for the citizens and business community of Minneapolis. Optimized… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The United Kingdom might soon create new national parks

In an op-ed for the Sunday Telegraph, United Kingdom Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced a new review process which could result in the creation of new national parks in England. Nearly seventy years after the creation of the first English national parks, Gove wrote that “the time is right” to consider creating new protected areas in the United Kingdom. As the human population grows and natural habitat declines in the United Kingdom, Gove wrote that the British people should “look afresh… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This sustainable district in Sweden features carbon-positive towers

Stockholm-based Kjellander+Sjöberg Architects has won a competition for Nacka Port, a new urban district between Nacka and Stockholm. Envisioned as a sustainable destination, the urban block would consist of a rich mix of programmatic functions including residential, retail and public spaces accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In addition to new green space, the architects plan to insert “carbon positive” architecture constructed from renewable materials that promote a healthy microclimate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

6 ways that scientists are hacking the planet

Our planet Earth is struggling through an historically challenging era, thanks in no small part to the actions of our species. Some scientists have proposed labeling this period as the Anthropocene epoch due to the outsized influence that humans have had on the planet’s ecosystems, especially in the past several centuries. Climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions produced by human-created machines View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists at the San Diego Zoo find some hope for saving the nearly-extinct northern white rhino

Only two northern white rhinos remain on Earth — two females, Najin and Fatu. But scientists have hatched a scheme to save the subspecies, and recently published a new study revealing preserved cells could hold enough genetic diversity to seed a viable population.

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UNStudio designs cocoon-like pavilion made of 100% recyclable materials

If you’ve ever dreamed of cocooning yourself in nature, this woven prefabricated pavilion may be right up your alley. Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has unveiled the Ellipsicoon, a digitally developed and handwoven pavilion that can pop up anywhere as a sculptural and meditative retreat. The curvaceous Ellipsicoon was created as part of the pavilion series for Revolution Precrafted, a collection of limited-edition prefabricated homes and pavilion designed by the world’s leading architects,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Man plans to swim the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness for plastic pollution

You’ve heard a lot about the ocean plastic crisis, and may even know a fair amount about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But for many us, the issue can still seem far away when we drink out of a plastic bottle or carry groceries home in a plastic bag. Swimmer Ben Lecomte plans to offer a new, up-close perspective on ocean health as he swims 5,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean. During his potentially record-setting trek, he’ll collaborate with 27 science institutions and gather over 1,000 samples… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building