Virgin Atlantic plane takes flight with fuel from recycled waste

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A Virgin Atlantic plane, flying from Orlando to London, has become the first commercial flight to use jet fuel partly made from recycled industrial waste. The Boeing 747 — which landed at London’s Gatwick Airport — used a blend of normal jet fuel plus ethanol made from waste gases.

“This fuel takes waste, carbon-rich gases from industrial factories and gives them a second life so that new fossil fuels don’t have to be taken out of the ground,” Virgin Atlantic founder, Sir Richard Branson… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



A sustainable campus is built from 22 recycled shipping containers

The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Thailand is taking their own teachings to heart with the development of a 17-shipping-container sustainable architectural design for their campus. The multi-unit complex includes classrooms, a library, gym, conference rooms, office, restrooms, kitchen, and outdoor spaces. Another container houses a cafe.

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As an institution aimed at teaching others about sustainability, the ISDSI made every effort to minimize… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

France plans to make recycled plastic bottles less expensive

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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This floating park in Rotterdam is made from recycled plastic waste

Over 1,000 square feet of plastic ultimately destined for the ocean is getting a second lease on life in Rotterdam. On July 4, 2018, Recycled Park opened their first phase to the public: a floating park made entirely of recycled waste.

According to a report commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, over 1,000 cubic meters of plastic is transported every year down the Meuse River and into the North Sea. The plastics come from landfills, agriculture, sewage and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Steve Areen’s incredible DIY wagon home built with mostly recycled materials

Steve Areen is one of those people who turns everything into gold. And by gold, I mean magic. I mean soul. We saw it with his lovely dome house in Thailand, and now, what was supposed to be a simple dwelling under the stars in Australia has evolved into an extraordinary modern caravan that he, friends and local artisans built by hand with mostly recycled materials. The flight attendant started with a 5×10 trailer and a curved steel frame, but then the muse stepped in. Called Unity Wagon, the project… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Son builds modern dream cabin from recycled materials for his aging father

Retiring to a cozy cabin in the woods is a dream of many, and one that Josh Wynne helped his father fulfill when he built and designed Mike’s Hammock, a compact dwelling located on his property in Nokomis, Florida. Designed for handicap accessibility, the modern one-room was crafted for aging in place and prioritizes sustainability in its use of recycled materials and low-energy footprint.

Stylish and sustainable, the 604-square-meter cabin was constructed with mostly local and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Students build a low-cost yet high-quality sustainable home from recycled materials

Affordable and sustainable housing is possible—and Studio 804’s many projects are proof. Working together with University of Kansas architecture students, Studio 804 produced their latest design/build project, called 1330 Brook Street, in a working-class neighborhood in the city of Lawrence. As with their previous projects, the energy-efficient home is designed with LEED standards in mind and makes use of passive solar strategies to save on energy.

The three-bedroom, two-bath home… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Bicycle highway in the Netherlands built using recycled toilet paper

 

Did you know? Every year, residents in the Netherlands use an estimated 180,000 tons of toilet paper. Because this amounts to a lot of trees, the Dutch province of Friesland repurposed the product to make a bicycle highway last fall. The stretch of roadway is 1 kilometer and connects the Frisian capital of Leeuwarden to the town of Stiens. It is the first bicycle lane in the world to be paved with toilet paper — but few can tell the difference based on appearances.

In… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Modular Lego Lunch restaurant built from recycled shipping containers pops up in Lithuania

A modular fast food restaurant popped up in Siauliai, Lithuania, to provide a healthy communal space that can be easily replicated anywhere. Architecture firm Hermann Kamte & Associates designed the restaurant, named Lego Lunch, as an affordable, reconfigurable space built from recycled shipping containers.

Lego Lunch is a replicable structure that combines affordability and a low carbon footprint. The architects used recycled 20-foot shipping containers and combined them into a space… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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.

Completed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building