These bold, eco-friendly bathrooms reduce water usage by 80%

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Hong Kong-based design practice Ida&Billy Architects have completed an unusually eye-catching bathroom redesign for a Guangzhou shopping mall that boasts striking looks and sustainable elements. Crafted with human comfort in mind, these renovated toilets at the Taikoohui mixed-use development are almost a destination in themselves due to the colorful patterned aesthetic, sculptural clean lines and adherence to eco-friendly principles. In addition to the use of recycled materials and gray water… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



US Forest Service allows Nestl to continue taking water from California national forest

New protections on California’s Strawberry Creek watershed will ensure the bottled water industry will not overdraw the supply. The U.S. Forest Service offered Nestlé Water North America a three-year permit on water rights in the San Bernardino Mountains – but with limits on how much they can take.

Under the proposed agreement, Nestlé would continue to use the excess water for their Arrowhead and other water brands. Water would be drawn “when there is water available consistent with the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Michigan adopts most robust lead water rules in US

In the wake of the Flint crisis, Michigan is adopting new lead water rules — the strictest in the United States, according to Reuters. Lead service lines will have to be replaced, and the lead concentrations allowed in drinking water will be lower than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s standard. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Michigan Senior Policy Advocate Cyndi Roper said in a statement, “There is no safe level of lead in drinking water, so despite some troubling loopholes,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Nomad Pavilion is a woven goat hair desert shelter that collects its own water

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This zero-emissions flying water car lets you ditch traffic and sail to work

Ever been stuck in traffic and wished you had a floating car you could just drive off into the water? Then check this out: The Bubble is an electric water taxi that can get you out of rush hour and onto the water. The car, made by French company SeaBubbles, is silent, has zero emissions and creates no waves as it glides through the water.

SeaBubbles wants to change transportation by lowering emissions and making your commute quicker. According to the company, ditching roads and taking to the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Evaporative off-grid toilets don’t need plumbing, water or electricity

2.6 billion people around the planet don’t have access to safe toilets. Not only does this lack impact health, but empowerment as well: women and girls “face high rates of violence when they don’t have access to safe and dignified sanitation,” according to protein biochemist and entrepreneur Diana Yousef, CEO of change:WATER Labs. She’s working on a solution: a portable, self-flushing toilet.

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This self-sustaining Australian home harvests its own food, energy, and water

Building a self-sustaining home can involve a higher upfront investment, but having it designed by experienced architects will make it pay off in the long run. Design-build CplusC Architectural Workshop renovated this 1980s terrace house in Australia into an environmentally friendly home that allows its owners to grow their own produce and track daily energy consumption.

The house, named Aquas Perma Solar Firma, is located in an inner suburb of Sydney and owned by a couple that works… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This hexagonal indoor farm grows more food in less space with 90% less water

Design meets indoor gardening in Hexagro Urban Farming’s Living Farming Tree, a modular growing system suited for everyone from apartment dwellers to hotels. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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

Cape Town’s water pipes could run dry by April

Cape Town in South Africa is experiencing its worst drought in a century, according to Reuters, and their water supply is in trouble. City authorities are scrambling to drill boreholes or construct desalination plants, but Day Zero – when water taps could run dry – is now April 22.

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