DIY fall decor using upcycled items from thrift stores

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Fall is a great time to bust out new decorations, but you don’t have to break the budget to make your house stand out. Making your own fall decorations is a great way to save money and help the environment at the same time. From floating shelves to fall clothing accessories, here are 8 fall decorations you can make from common thrift store items.
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Nothing says fall like fresh pumpkins. You can proudly display these fall staples using an old cake stand, or build your own from… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Burberry vows to stop burning unsold clothes and using real fur

Burberry will no longer destroy fashion items they cannot sell. The British company has officially vowed to stop its long-standing practice of burning clothes and bags they do not sell at the end of the year. Burberry’s policy change comes after the company was criticized by environmental agencies for how they disposed of their unsaleable products.

In 2017, Burberry burned over $28 million worth of items to keep the products out of the hands of its competitors. The company feared that the materials… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MAD reactivates an abandoned Japanese tunnel using surreal immersive art

How do you bring young people back into Japan’s rural areas? One popular answer seems to be with art and architecture. In one of the country’s latest rural revitalization efforts, Beijing-based design studio MAD Architects was invited to reactivate the long-forgotten Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in the Niigata prefecture. Created for the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, this series of permanent artistic interventions aims to help bring back “the cultural energy that once empowered the region.”

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Deli-turned-distillery renovated using materials reclaimed on-site

Architecture studio tres birds workshop used reclaimed and locally available materials to turn a former Mancinelli’s Market in Denver into a modern distillery and cocktail lounge that emphasizes the relationship between distiller, chef, bartender and guest. The designers paired industrial elements with rich wood details in order to create a gathering place that feels familiar and cozy.

A large wooden door made from from reclaimed, on-site materials is the entry point into The Family… 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.

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Florida residents prohibited from using solar energy after Hurricane Irma

Millions of Florida residents lost power after Hurricane Irma. But homeowners with solar energy installations couldn’t use them – or they’d be breaking the law. Florida’s electricity board made it illegal for people to power their houses with solar panels.

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This gorgeous ‘Tree House Tower’ was built using repurposed timber and old ship materials

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Honolulu is the first US city to ban using your phone while crossing the street

Though people may claim they can walk and text, statistics prove otherwise. Between 2015 and 2016, for instance, there was a 10 percent spike in pedestrian fatalities in the United States. It’s because of this that Honolulu, Hawaii, recently passed legislation which will target texters and other “smartphone zombies” as they step off the curb.

On Thursday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed the “Distracted Walking Law” which is the first law of its type to be passed in the U.S. Reuters… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

15 stunning examples of interior design using natural stone

Successful interior design is a practice that creates aesthetically pleasing environments while enhancing how we live, work, and play. Since so many of us spend the majority of our time indoors, it is important that the spaces we inhabit work to make us happier, healthier, and more connected to the world around us. From rapidly growing, renewable bamboo, to hardy woods that develop rich patinas over time, it is no secret that nature produces some of the most beautiful building materials around, but… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sustainable bioclimatic home was built using volcanic ash and prickly pair fibers

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