‘House of Trash’ proves how waste can transform into beautiful home design

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Located on Foro Bonaparte in the centre of the city, the ‘HOUSE OF TRASH’ as it will be known, will be dedicated to the exploration and showcase of technologies and applications using waste. From fashion waste and food packaging, coffee cups to mobile phones – it can all be found in beautiful new applications throughout the expansive location. The living spaces, hot desk hubs and bedrooms are all fitted and fixtured using post-consumer materials.

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Check out this Amsterdam house created with trash and items from eBay

Garbage doesn’t need to simply be garbage; it can be utilized to build new things, according to Frank Alsema. Gizmodo shared Alsema’s story: he’s a retired TV producer who’s been fashioning his home, Palais Récup, or Palace Recover, out of such garbage and items he uncovered on the Dutch eBay. His north Amsterdam home serves as a laboratory for sustainable living.

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Billions of pieces of plastic trash are sickening the world’s coral reefs

As if coral reefs didn’t have enough to contend with, a new study shows that 11 billion pieces of discarded plastic are spreading disease across the world’s reefs. Plastic tumbling along the coral causes small cuts in the corals, which exposes them to diseases, increasing the likelihood that they will get sick from 4% to an astonishing 90%. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

INTERVIEW: Designer Daan Roosegaarde on smog temples, space trash, and what’s next

We’ve built cities that do us harm, according to Netherlands designer Daan Roosegaarde. Along with his team at Studio Roosegaarde, he’s tackling the pollution we’ve generated in our metropolises with design. His Smog Free Project is currently touring China – their most recent stop is Tianjin – and Inhabitat spoke with Roosegaarde about the project and how design can help us create cleaner, more beautiful cities. Check out the interview after the break. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Pentatonic launches new brand of modern furniture made with nothing but trash

There are more to these chairs and table than you might expect. New brand Pentatonic, launching this week, is making furniture out of trash, but their commitment goes beyond simply recycling. They aim to use solely waste as a starting point, and create their own materials out of trash like old DVDs, plastic water bottles, and glass from smartphones. They pledge to take back their recyclable products when a consumer is finished with them, and turn them into new pieces.

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We’ve made enough plastic trash to bury Manhattan under 2-miles of the stuff

 

Whether one is getting an iced latte to-go in the morning, received their restaurant leftovers in a plastic takeaway container, or forgot to take their reusable bags to the store, there are numerous ways one can obtain disposable plastic — and that is a problem. According to the first global analysis of the production of plastics, humans now produce more plastic than anything else and, as a result, have created 8.3 billion tonnes (9.bn tons) of the stuff since the 1950’s. If the trend… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Myanmars eco-friendly startup transforms trash into treasureand jobs

Trash is a big problem in Myanmar. Garbage is scattered in the streets with smells of burning trash never far behind—but an innovative social enterprise has found a way to turn that adversity into advantage. Tucked in the rural backwaters of Dala near Yangon city, ChuChu Design is an eco-friendly startup lifting families out of poverty with the art of upcycling. Created by Italian NGO Cesvi, the ChuChu project collects waste and teaches locals to transform trash into recycled crafts with an environmental… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s first ocean trash recon mission is complete – and the results are way worse than we thought

 

Between September 26 and October 7, Ocean Cleanup has been surveying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch from high up in the sky to assess how serious the problem of plastic waste has become. Today, after CEO and founder Boyan Slat gave a press conference to members of the scientific community and media in Mountain View, California, the organization released the initial findings of its Aerial Expedition. The findings show the amount of plastic debris in the accumulation zone to be worse than… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleanup takes to the air to count plastic trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Dutch-born Boyan Slat was just 19 years old when he developed a net-like device to collect and sort trash from the ocean. Three years later, the Ocean Cleanup Project is gearing up to take on one of the biggest messes on the planet: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest marine trash vortex which spans an area larger than the size of Texas. Slat and his team are in the midst of an aerial survey of the floating island of debris, with a specific focus on “ghost nets,” the name given… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Horrifying ‘river of trash’ flows through the capital of Lebanon

When officials in Beirut, Lebanon closed their main landfill last summer, they provided no replacement. Now a health crisis mounts as trash spills into the streets, creating what people have begun to call a ‘river of trash.’

Four months ago, a ramshackle dump begun near buildings housing families, and overflowed into the streets. Now the river has grown to reportedly around two million tons of trash. Violent protests by the people have brought no reprieve, only armed resistance… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building