California becomes the first state to ban animal-tested cosmetics

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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



Germany premieres the first hydrogen-powered train in the world

At last, the world’s first hydrogen powered trains have made their global debut in the northern countryside of Germany. As of Monday, two Coradia iLint locomotives have been transporting passengers back and forth between the towns of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude found just west of the majoring Hamburg. The eco-efficient models were produced by French transportation engineers at Alstom, the same manufacturers who amazed the world in the early 1980s with their world record setting… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Natural Habitat Adventures launches world’s first zero-waste vacations

In a travel-industry first, Natural Habitat Adventures is spearheading the first ever zero waste vacation package. The groundbreaking trip will take place in summer 2019 where 14 travelers are set to visit Yellowstone Park from July 6-12. The Safari America: Yellowstone Country adventurers will pioneer the sustainable travel industry, refusing, recycling, composting, upcycling, and reusing at least 99% of all waste produced during the trip. Sponsoring organisation, Nat Hab hopes to be able to avoid… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Montana judge to rule on first grizzly bear hunt in 40 years

This week a U.S. judge will hear the arguments case presented by Native American tribes and animal activists for the protection of recently demoted Yellowstone area grizzlies from the endangered list. The removal of the grizzlies’ protection status has caused states such as Montana, Idaho and Wyoming to launch trophy hunting expeditions in and around Yellowstone park for the first time in over 40 years. All in all 700 american bears are at risk of staring down the barrel since their elimination from… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Egypt set to open its first solar farm – and it’s the largest in the world

Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, has long relied on environmentally taxing fossil fuels. Over 90% of electricity is generated from oil and natural gas in the country that subsidizes fossil fuels making them a cheap option for its 96 million citizens. However, the government plans to change courses and put itself on the clean energy map with the inauguration of the world’s largest solar park, the Benban Complex, under construction in Egypt’s Western Desert and said to open next year. The first… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

UK’s first energy positive classroom produces 1.5x the energy it uses

After one year in operation, the numbers are in: the United Kingdom’s first energy net positive classroom is capable of producing 1.5 times the amount of energy it needs to operate. Known as the Active Office, the energy producing classroom stands as a shining example of what is possible as the United Kingdom and other nations attempt to transform their energy systems in response to climate change. The building was designed by experts at SPECIFIC, a UK Innovation and Knowledge Centre led by Swansea… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

First paper straw factory in decades to open as UK bans plastic

As the United Kingdom moves forward with its planned ban on single-use plastic products, the first paper straw factory to open in decades is rising in Wales to meet the consumer need. Transcend Packaging, the owner and operator of the new plant, has already reached out to 1,361 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the United Kingdom, as well as other restaurants, to provide them with more environmentally friendly straws. “We spotted a huge opportunity, and we went for it,” Transcend sales and marketing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Zaha Hadid-designed Morpheus Hotel with worlds first high-rise exoskeleton opens in Macau

Macau has officially opened the doors to Morpheus, a sculptural, 40-story luxury hotel that also boasts the “world’s first” high-rise exoskeleton—a curvaceous lattice-like covering that gives the building its iconic appearance. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the sleek and building serves as the new flagship hotel for the City of Dreams resort. The $1.1 billion architectural icon is one of the last projects that architect Zaha Hadid worked on before her untimely death.

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Chinas first Slow Food Village will promote local foods and traditions

Rural-urban migration in China is at an all-time high, with experts estimating an influx of 243 million migrants to Chinese cities by 2025. In a bid to combat this wave of migration and raise living standards for farmers, Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed Slow Food Freespace, China’s first Slow Village that follows the philosophy of the Slow Food Movement. The Slow Village pilot project will be presented this week at the 16th Venice Biennial.

Founded in Italy in 1986, the Slow… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk’s first tunnel is almost complete and he’s offering free rides

Another day, another genius marketing scheme from Elon Musk. He said in an Instagram post he plans to offer free rides in The Boring Company’s first tunnel — which he described as almost done. He included a video in the post, revealing progress made.

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