This sustainable home in Chile is designed as an ‘unplugged’ retreat for a family of six

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“The most important thing is that the house is totally ‘unplugged,’” LLaumett says. “The electricity is provided by solar panels, and the water comes from a nearby river. It is stored in two elevated containers, delivering the flow to the services by gravity.” The scenery may be a dominant force, but from the perspective of the residents, it’s an enchanting backdrop.

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California becomes the first state to ban animal-tested cosmetics

A new California law banning the sale of animal tested cosmetics is the first of its kind in the United States. The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday soon after its inception by colleague and fellow Democrat Senator Cathleen Galgiani. The newly adopted regulations will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020 restricting manufacturers wishing to “import for profit, sell, or offer for sale” all cosmetics produced with animal testing. Violators will incur… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building