Dairy farmers’ excess milk gets a second life feeding the hungry

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When automation caused a significant surplus and price drop of dairy products, one non-profit stepped up to ensure food – and farms – don’t go to waste. Philabundance, a food bank in Philadelphia, is working with cow ranchers to sell their foods while keeping hungry families fed in the city.

After shifting farms from traditional milk packaging and sales, Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers struggled to keep family businesses afloat. According to a study by the Center for Dairy Excellence,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Beautiful bamboo arches breathe new life into a bland concrete building

Vietnamese architecture firm Vo Trong Nghia has unveiled their latest example of bamboo brilliance at Nocenco cafe, a renovated rooftop restaurant in the city center of Vinh in central Vietnam. The client asked the firm to insert a unique and eye-catching addition to the top of a seven-story concrete building using local materials. After studying several options, including brick and stone, the architects settled on bamboo to create an airy and lightweight space with dramatic vaulted ceilings.

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How lagom the Swedish concept of ‘just right’ can help you live a balanced life

If there’s one thing that defines our modern lives it’s this: too much. We have too much stuff, too many things competing for our attention (should I binge-watch on Netflix or check in on Snapchat. Or maybe both at the same time?), too much pressure to have the perfect life that everyone else on Instagram seems to have. It is overwhelming. That’s why you need to know about the Swedish concept of ‘Lagom,’ which celebrates the idea of “just enough,” the space between minimalism and too much.

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The first salty lakes discovered in the Arctic could hold the key to finding alien life

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Lush green roof of native plants breathes life into a Texan cabana

This minimalist concrete-and-glass cabana looks as if it rose straight from the ground thanks to its beautiful green roof that ties it into verdant surroundings in Palmer, Texas. Dallas-based architecture firm Wernerfield designed the PTX1 Cabana, a simple and transparent structure that provides a strong contrast to the wild and colorful plants like yucca and sage that grow atop its roof. The rectangular pool house also doubles as a “remote” entertaining space with an indoor lounge, bathroom… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

15 gifts that will wow the lady in your life

Is the lady in your life an adventure lover? A letter writer? A knitting fiend? Does she love to explore new wines, or indulge in exquisite chocolates? Whatever her tastes and leanings, we’ve got something for her in this year’s gift guide. We’ve scouted around for some of the most interesting, ethical, and eco-friendly gifts and stocking stuffers out there, from books and edibles to craft supplies and clothing, so you’re sure to find something special for your ladylove. Read on to check out some… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

16 great gifts for the guy in your life

Got a special guy in your life, but you aren’t sure what to get him for the holidays this year? Look no further. We’ve rounded up 16 incredible gifts that are just as unique as your guy. There’s a wood helmet for the biker, a solar grill for the barbecue-lover and a stackable tree tent for the adventure lover. Click on to see all the great options.

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Barrel-shaped wooden pod retreat in France inspired by real life ‘bird charmer’

Related: Egg-shaped GreenPod office lets you work from almost anywhere

+ Aurélie Poirrier
+ Igor-Vassili Pouchkarevtch-Dragoche
+ Vincent O’Connor

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NASA considers puncturing Yellowstone supervolcano to save life on Earth

As the gaze of the United States, carefully protected by glasses, faced towards the cosmos this week, the more anxious among us may have worried about potentially more harmful interstellar phenomenon, such as asteroids and comets. As devastating as such an event would be, a new study from NASA’s Jet Propulsion unit has determined that the threat of a supervolcanic eruption to life on Earth may be more pressing than any interstellar collissions with Earth. Such an eruption from a supervolcano, like… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

These 8 amazing van conversions will inspire you to ditch the grid for the nomadic life

Maybe it’s the spring weather, but hitting the road suddenly seems like a more appealing idea than ever. These 8 van conversions (many of which were crafted by DIYers with little experience and lots of creativity, persistence, and wanderlust) will motivate you to give the mobile life a try.ihrihgirh View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building