France plans to make recycled plastic bottles less expensive

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France has announced that it will intensify regulations on plastics use according to its Environmental Ministry. The movement includes making bottles manufactured using recycled plastic less expensive with the aim of deterring companies from introducing new plastics to the market. The government is also in the works of negotiating increased taxes on landfill while reducing those to value-added recycling activities.

Related: Coca-Cola rewards recycling in the UK with half-priced theme park tickets

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Carbon Engineering cuts cost of carbon capture to less than $100 per ton

Carbon Engineering, a British Columbia-based company that has the financial backing of Bill Gates, has released a peer-reviewed study that demonstrates how the company’s technology is capable of capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a cost of less than $100 per ton. This price represents a significant drop from current costs, which can run as high as $600 per ton. “This is a real step forward, and it’s not just our company saying it,” Carbon Engineering co-founder David Keith told BBC News…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Couple builds an ‘Earthship’ tiny home for less than $10K

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This hexagonal indoor farm grows more food in less space with 90% less water

Design meets indoor gardening in Hexagro Urban Farming’s Living Farming Tree, a modular growing system suited for everyone from apartment dwellers to hotels. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Less fertilizer, greater crop yields, and more money: China’s agricultural breakthrough

Nearly 21 million farmers in China adopted recommendations from scientists in a 10-year study in an effort to improve the sustainability of agriculture in the country — and according to a Nature news article, all together the farmers were around $12.2 billion better off.

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New 3D-printed house can be built in less than a day for just $4,000

One billion people on Earth lack access to adequate housing — but that statistic could change if construction technology company ICON and nonprofit New Story are successful. The two groups have developed a way to 3D-print 600 to 800 square foot houses for $4,000 in under one day — and they recently unveiled “the first permitted, 3D-printed home in America” as a step towards erecting the homes in developing countries. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Iceland makes it illegal to pay women less than men in world first

Iceland has been making headlines lately – first by electing a 41-year-old environmentalist as prime minister, and now by becoming the world’s first country to legalize equal pay for men and women. Al Jazeera reports that the tiny Nordic nation first introduced legislation last March to close the wage gap, but the law did not come into effect until the first day of 2018.

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40-foot shipping container farm can grow 5 acres of food with 97% less water

Communities that have had to import food in the past could start obtaining fresh local food right from their parking lots or warehouses with California-based Local Roots’ shipping container farms. The 40-foot containers house hydroponic farms that only draw on five to 20 gallons of water each day to grow produce like lettuce, strawberries, or kale. The scalable farms are popping up all around the United States, and Local Roots is even talking with SpaceX about the possibility of their hydroponic… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Kodasemas tiny solar-powered homes pop up in less than a day for 150K

Estonian design collective Kodasema just launched KODA, a line of tiny prefabricated homes with big goals for tackling the affordable housing crisis. Crafted with high-quality factory precision, these mobile modern homes pop up in as little as a day and come with highly energy-efficient features, from solar panels to built-in smart home systems. Already installed in the Netherlands and Estonia, the solar-powered KODA home popped up in the UK last month with a starting price of £150,000.

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Self-sufficient Skilpod home generates all its own energy, pops up in less than a day

Belgian construction company Skilpod has produced a prefabricated home that can generate all its own energy and pop up in as little as half a day. Designed by UAU Collectiv, the new #150 Skilpod solar-powered model is a zero-energy home constructed from cross-laminated timber and takes about 20 days in total to build in the firm’s factory in Geel. The timber modular home can be easily expanded and customized as needed and is insulated to passive standards.

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