Apple announces plans to make all products from recycled materials

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Apple is redefining how we make gadgets after announcing that it plans to close the loop on using raw materials. We tend not to realize how damaging our electronic devices are for the environment, but between mining for materials and the toxic effects when we dump them, they are bad news for the planet. Apple starting tackling the problem last year with its recycling efforts and now the electronics giant wants to only use recycled materials in its devices.

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REMINDER: Monday is your chance to score a free organic mattress from My Green Mattress

Avoiding toxic chemicals in food, bath products, and home cleaning supplies is the start to maintaining a healthy home, but toxins might be lurking where you least suspect them: in your mattress. The scary reality is conventional mattresses are doused with flame-retardants containing VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are linked to allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, and even cancer. We spend a third of our lives sleeping, with our faces, nostrils, and lungs just above our mattresses, so… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

California’s super bloom is so gigantic you can see it from space

Poppies, dune evening primrose, lupine, and other wildflower species are making California colorful again in this year’s impressive super bloom. The state, which is finally drought-free, is receiving a burst of color from these wildflowers, and the crazy super bloom can even be seen from space. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

These campers made from 1970′s VW Bugs are the cutest things ever

Volkswagen Beetles have skittered across roads since the 1930′s as the company’s first model. But in the 1970′s, a third party company came up with the idea to turn these iconic cars into little campers. In the 1970′s, they sold these Super Buggers for $6,000 – and a few of these unusual hybrid RVs still exist today. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The view from this floating 40-story-high pool will totally freak you out

If you like your relaxing swim to come with a side of sheer terror, we’ve got just the swimming pool for you – floating over the street 40 stories in the sky. The pool at Market Square Towers in Houston cantilevers from the roof 500 feet above Market Square, so you can do a leisurely backstroke literally above it all, assuming you are brave enough.

 

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Mark your calendars for a chance to score an organic mattress from My Green Mattress

Avoiding toxic chemicals in food, bath products, and home cleaning supplies is the start to maintaining a healthy home, but toxins might be lurking where you least suspect them: in your mattress. The scary reality is conventional mattresses are doused with flame-retardants containing VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are linked to allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, and even cancer. We spend a third of our lives sleeping, with our faces, nostrils, and lungs just above our mattresses, so… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Cactus Park in Taiwan draws architectural inspiration from prickly succulents

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Seascape cottage is a self-sustaining getaway made from locally-sourced materials

Annandale Seascape Cottage, designed by New Zealand-based architectural firm Pattersons, is a gorgeous retreat set into a rock escarpment in a tiny boulder strewn South Pacific cove. The house, built using locally sourced materials and rock carved from View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tiny hobbit home carved from a stump is straight out of a fairytale

Wotten sourced the stump from a fallen burled Sitka Spruce, one of the largest conifer species in the world that can grow up to 300 feet in height. The enormous stump was hollowed out to create a one-room space and topped with cedar shingles and a peak. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

NASA releases images of the world’s largest solar farm from space

The prize for the world’s largest solar farm just transferred from India’s Kamuthi Solar Power Project to China’s Longyangxia Dam Solar Park. Boasting a capacity of 850 megawatts, the solar park includes around four million solar panels – and NASA captured stunning images of the new largest solar park in the world from space. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building