The Boomer makes a big bang in the tiny home market

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Not everyone goes gaga over tiny houses at first sight. Claustrophobes run in the opposite direction, likely to never return, but many feel the need to take a tiny house for a test drive, so to speak, before making a commitment. Build Tiny’s newest design, The Boomer, is aimed to fill the short-term rental niche made popular by Airbnb to offer a try-out before going all-in.

 

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Dominica makes historic pledge to combat plastic pollution

Many countries enforcing harsher regulations on plastic production on use from special labeling to consumer taxation, but the island nation of Dominica is pulling ahead in the pack-ing race by announcing that it will ban styrofoam and common plastics by 2019. With less than five months left to go the heroic stand plans to eliminate the use of single-use items such as plastic straws, plates, forks and knives as well as styrofoam cups and containers effective this January.

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This kitchen in a box makes it easy to cook in micro-apartments and tiny homes

Young professionals living in micro-homes can install a fully functioning kitchen in their spaces soon, without additional space or even complicated hardware. A recent graduate of Britain’s Royal College of Art unveiled her capstone work aimed at helping , titled Assembly – a single-package, flexible cooking set for millennials.

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This plant-based coating makes fruits and veggies last up to four times longer

How do you preserve fruits and vegetables after harvest? Generally, you need cold temperatures. But what if there was an alternative to refrigeration? That question inspired Santa Barbara-based Apeel Sciences, which created Edipeel, a post-harvest protection product created with edible extracts from plants. Inhabitat spoke with CEO James Rogers about the product, which forms a micro-climate around each piece of food so it lasts at least double the amount of time it would otherwise.

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This company makes leggings with biodegradable, compostable fabric

Have you ever heard the words ‘biodegradable’ and ‘compostable’ associated with activewear? Fitness company Aqua Vida offers leggings and shorts made with Amni Soul Eco fabric that is 100 percent recyclable and reusable – and in an anaerobic landfill or compost heap, will decompose in less than three years.

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Graphene filter made out of soybeans makes water from Sydney Harbor drinkable

Imagine if we could create clean water from any freshwater source – no matter how dirty – in just one step. Australian scientists have done just that with a filtration technique that utilizes graphene film. It’s so effective that even the filthiest water was clean enough to drink after passing through the filter. 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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Gorgeous modern home makes stunning use of recycled and salvaged materials

Architecture studio tenfiftyfive paired modern luxury with sustainable and nature-centric design in their design of this gorgeous house extension in Melbourne. Named the Park House, this Instagram-worthy dwelling is built around two mature gumtrees and clad in timber to blend into the surroundings. More than just a pretty picture, this stylish abode also boasts energy-efficient principles as well as a natural-materials palette largely foraged from recycled and salvaged items.

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Tesla makes good on South Australia promise with world’s largest Lithium ion battery

Elon Musk is a man of his word. In March the Tesla CEO tweeted a promise that he would help South Australia solve its energy woes in 100 days with a new power storage system – or give the whole thing away for free. Now he’s following up on that promise, having inked a deal with the State government to build the world’s largest Lithium ion battery. If he can’t finish in 100 days, the energy titan estimates he’ll lose a cool $50 million.

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Scientists invent graphene paint that makes your house super efficient

Graphene – the strongest material known to science – has been used to create everything from condoms to night-vision contact lenses. Thanks to the ingenuity of Spain-based The Graphene Company, paint containing the world’s “thinnest, strongest and most conductive” substance will soon be sold on shelves in the UK. Because Graphenstone is composed of a lime-base with a hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms one atom thick, it is incredibly thin, beneficial for the environment and capable of improving… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building