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What do Americans think about fake meat products?

The topic of how we produce food is commonplace and more relevant than ever. After all, the way we choose to grow produce affects waterways, soil and air, which in turn, affects each of us. When it comes to raising animals for meat, the stakes are even higher. Report after report doles out alarming numbers regarding pollution related to the practice. Plus, animal activists frequently remind us about how animals are treated when they are raised as food sources. The rise of fake meat With all ...
Tags: Food, Design, Washington, Animals, Environment, Features, South Dakota, Sustainable Food, Perdue, Vermont, Tyson, Hormel, Alternative Meat, Meat Substitute, Piplsay


Craft beer waste saves Montana town $1M for wastewater treatment

A Montana town has found a money-saving solution to its sewage and wastewater treatment expenses, thanks to a nearby craft brewery. The innovation caught the eye of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which provided the town and its water reclamation facility an Honorable Mention accolade in one of the federal agency’s annual awards. Havre, Montana has a population of 10,000. Its 40-year-old water reclamation facility, as the EPA has described, “needed upgrades to help meet their final am...
Tags: Design, News, Montana, Environment, US, Beer, Epa, Npr, Water Quality, Water Issues, Ewg, Havre, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Revis, Wastewater Treatment, Water Treatment


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Innovation in space food and slime, an artist's sudden success, and why we should eat more sea urchins The Future of Space Food MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative focuses on all kinds of research and preparation for “the day when humanity becomes a space-native civilization, as comfortable in thFrom slime to space, tech and textilese cosmos as we have been on Earth.” The team …
Tags: Food, Art, Space, Science, Design, News, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Sustainability, Cellphones, Nature, Architecture, Ocean, Artists, Seafood


Rubbish mixtape: fan reunited with cassette 25 years after losing it

Stella Wedell astounded to spot tape in exhibition of art made out of plastic marine debrisA music fan has been reunited with a cassette tape she lost while on holiday 25 years ago after it washed up on a beach hundreds of miles away.Stella Wedell was 12 when she took the tape on a Spanish holiday to listen to songs by the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Shaggy and Bob Marley on her Walkman. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Germany, Environment, UK News, World news, Culture, Pollution, Art and design, Bob Marley, Plastics, Stella Wedell


Scoby Slime a Sustainable, Edible Packaging Possibility

As single-use plastic waste continues to pile up, packaging solutions comprised of alternative materials are in high demand. While recycled material offers the opportunity for adaptive reuse, options that are naturally available could provide even more sustainable solutions. Scoby, an edible and natural byproduct of the process of fermenting kombucha, could be a zero-waste option for packaging dry and semi-dry goods. Polish designer Roza Janusz …
Tags: Wellness, Food, Drinks, Science, Design, Environment, Packaging, Plastic Waste, Linkaboutit, Kombucha, Plastics, SCOBY, Single Use Plastics


How hobbyists are saving endangered killifish from extinction

Killifish biology has long intrigued fish enthusiasts and scientists. But human encroachment, habitat loss and climate change are dwindling killifish populations in the wild. Thankfully, collection efforts by conservationists are saving these creatures. The conservationists distribute specimens and their eggs to academic and hobbyist circles for captive breeding and stewardship. To date, at least 1,270 killifish species are known worldwide, according to Portland State University’s Podrabsky Lab...
Tags: Design, Interviews, Australia, Mexico, Animals, Environment, Earth, Bbc, Conservation, Antarctica, San Diego, Hobby, Southern California, Inhabitat, Portland State University, Monty


The Mission Behind Nike’s Space Hippie Sneakers

The brand's new program for scrap material reuse has the potential for vast positive impact across the industry Part of Nike‘s move toward more sustainable practices, the new Space Hippie collection (from the overarching Space Hippie Program) is crafted from scrap materials reclaimed from factory floors. Several other companies use discarded fabrics and yarns, but this is the first foray for the sportswear giant—and a …
Tags: Design, Interviews, Environment, Shoes, Nike, Eco Friendly, Sportswear, Desing, Sustainable, Sneakers, Manufacuring, Scrap Materials, Space Hippie, Mission Behind Nike


Taylor Guitars and the sustainable approach to instrument-making

Since 1974, Taylor Guitars has been a champion guitar brand, renowned for its signature sound and instrument-manufacturing innovations. In this feature, Inhabitat goes behind-the-scenes at the company’s headquarters and factory in El Cajon, California, where tour guide Ryan Merrill shares the Taylor Guitars approach to sustainability, sourcing wood and making guitars.   Inhabitat: What can you share about the process of making a Taylor Guitar? Merrill: The very first step of building our guitar...
Tags: Design, Environment, Sustainability, Features, Hawaii, Innovation, Cameroon, Taylor, Wood, Big Island, Green Business, Merrill, El Cajon California, Taylor Guitars, Ryan Merrill, Is It Green


How to properly and safely dispose of these 10 items in your home

Toxic chemicals, e-waste, light bulbs and batteries are just a few common household items that exit our homes and can end up in the landfill, where they may or may not break down or leach into the soil and water. Equally concerning is the potential for broken glass and chemicals to cause problems to sanitation workers, the water system and wildlife. Even when you make the best purchasing decisions upfront, you will eventually find yourself with toxic household waste. Before tossing items in the ...
Tags: Apple, Design, Environment, US, Features, Recycling, E-waste, Epa, Landfill, DEA, Waste, Chemicals, Toxins, Cfl, Waste Disposal, Ewg


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Belgium's beautiful bike route, Australia's guerilla environmental group, Sweden's floating hotel and more from the web Record-Setting NASA Astronaut Returns to Earth Record-setting NASA astronaut Christina Koch has returned to her home planet after an incredible 328 days in orbit—the second-longest single trip into space by an American astronaut. During those 11 months among the stars, Koch took part in the first three all-woman spacewalks, …
Tags: Travel, Art, Apps, Space, Science, Design, News, Sweden, Internet, Australia, Hotels, Environment, Advertising, History, Nasa, Bacteria


Light pollution, habitat loss and pesticides push fireflies toward extinction

There are more than 2,000 species of fireflies, and scientists are sounding the alarm that some of these species are on the brink of extinction. Research published in BioScience indicates that habitat loss, light pollution and pesticides are threatening these delightful insects. According to Tufts University biology professor Sara Lewis, the study’s lead author, “If people want fireflies around in the future, we need to look at this seriously. Fireflies are incredibly attractive insects, perhaps...
Tags: Design, News, Animals, Environment, Research, Cnn, Fireflies, United States, Firefly, Insects, Extinction, Endangered, Tufts University, Center for Biological Diversity, Sara Lewis, Fireflyers International Network


Sustainable agriculture cleans up rivers in Cuba

New scientific findings reveal that Cuba’s rivers are in better health than the Mississippi River. The research was a joint effort between Cuba and the United States, marking the two countries’ first collaboration in more than 60 years. The work was part of a study on Cuba’s hydrology, focusing on the water quality of the island’s rivers. Despite centuries of cattle and sugarcane farming, research results reveal there hasn’t been much damage to Cuba’s rivers thanks to the country’s other sustain...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, United States, Conservation, Agriculture, Cuba, Rivers, Gulf of Mexico, Sustainable Agriculture, Caribbean, Water Quality, Water Issues, Mississippi River, University Of Vermont, Hernandez


MycoWorks Debuts Their Plastic-Free, Non-Animal Premium Leather Alternative, Reishi

The sustainable biomaterial 'Fine Mycelium' tans, performs and ages like cowhide Amidst the tidal change rippling through the luxury sector—one that involves reduction of carbon footprint, protection of animal rights and dismissal of plastics—only one leather alternative adheres to such standards and still feels premium. That product, Reishi, launches this week. A fungi-based “fine mycelium” grown in labs under proprietary circumstances, Reishi emulates many sensory …
Tags: Science, Design, Style, Leather, Environment, Materials, Luxury, Mushrooms, Fashion Week, Sustainable, NYFW, Vegan Leather, Reishi, Material Innovation, Fine Mycelium, Leather Alternatives


Pacific Oceans elevated acidity is dissolving Dungeness crabs shells

A new study commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and published recently on Science of the Total Environment journal has found that the rising acidity level of the Pacific Ocean is eating away at the carapaces and exoskeletons of Dungeness crabs, damaging their sensory organs. Even more worrisome, the pace of the damage, according to the study’s authors, is accelerating faster than what had originally been projected, foreshadowing an unpleasant future for Dun...
Tags: Design, News, Animals, Environment, Hawaii, Noaa, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Crab, Ocean Conservation, Crabs, Ocean Acidification, Dungeness, Crab Shells, Dungeness crab, Nina Bednarsek


KUKU birdhouses combine sustainability and wildlife protection

Birds play an important role in the environment. They are responsible for dispersing seeds, pollination and pest control. However, urban growth contributes to driving them out of their homes. The KUKU birdhouse offers a solution to the problem in a cute, functional and sustainable design. Designed by Marco Antonio Barba Sánchez, KUKU was created to provide a place for birds to feel protected and to reproduce. The inspiration comes from the realization that bird populations are dropping in many ...
Tags: Design, Environment, Birds, Gallery, Sustainable Design, Parks / Wildlife, Bird Habitat, Wildlife Protection, Marco Antonio Barba Sánchez, Marco Barba, KUKU, Marco Barba Design


Sustainability career options you may not have considered

In the past 10 to 20 years, careers in sustainability have grown exponentially. This is partly due to increased awareness of climate change. It’s also a result of innovation in the field; for example, the use of wind turbines and solar panels create jobs that didn’t exist before. Looking into the future, more and more jobs will fall into the category of sustainability. Many industries will face stricter resource management, opening the door to an endless number of earth-focused jobs — including ...
Tags: Energy, Design, Environment, Features, Green, Green Jobs, Solar Power, Sustainability Jobs


New technological process transforms everyday trash into graphene

Rice University researchers have succeeded in creating graphene, not from costly purified starting materials, but from everyday trash. The amount produced is in kilograms per day, rather than the customary small batches of grams per day produced via traditional methods. With the researchers’ novel technique using electricity, even carbon sourced from food scraps, plastic waste and wood clippings can be the starting material for high-quality graphene. This breakthrough study holds both environmen...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Research, Carbon, Emerging Technology, Innovation, Graphene, Andre Geim, Rice University, University of Manchester, James Tour, Chemical Engineering News, Graphene Technology, Universal Matter Inc, Geim


Adventurous, sustainable cricket-based snacks

For Westerners, snacking on insects isn’t mainstream. But that may change, thanks to the rising trend of edible bugs and cricket-based snacks — like those from Chirps, Don Bugito, EXO, Hotlix, Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch and SEEK. There are even dog biscuits from Chippin (yes, even a cricket-based Scooby Snack!). A recent market study from Meticulous Research Ltd finds that “The global edible insects market is expected to reach 7.96 billion by 2030.” Food security worries have prompted food inno...
Tags: Food, Texas, Design, Colorado, Brown University, Environment, San Francisco, Sustainability, Features, Chile, Innovation, Sustainable Food, California Academy of Sciences, FAO, Exo, Green Business


Scientists announce the Doomsday Clock is within 100 seconds to midnight

Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has been warning the public about how close humankind is to irreversible destruction. The nonprofit does this via its iconic indicator, the Doomsday Clock. Recently, the Doomsday Clock advanced one-third of a minute to now be within 100 seconds to midnight, with the midnight hour symbolizing our planet’s apocalyptic demise and humanity’s possible extinction. “Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers — nuclear war and climat...
Tags: Design, News, Climate Change, California, Environment, University Of Chicago, Jerry Brown, Manhattan Project, Extinction, Environmental Destruction, Doomsday Clock, Security Board, Bulletin, Climate Crisis, Rachel Bronson, Bulletin 's Board of Sponsors


China plans to phase out single-use plastics by 2025

As the world’s most populous country, with close to 1.5 billion denizens, China also produces the largest quantity of plastic. In fact, the University of Oxford-based publication Our World In Data (OWID) has documented China’s plastic production rate at 60 million tons per year. To mitigate the resulting plastic pollution, the Chinese government is set to enact a plastic ban, phasing out the production and use of several single-use plastic items by 2025, thanks to a detailed policy directive and...
Tags: Europe, Design, News, China, Environment, Ireland, Middle East, University of Oxford, North America, Pacific, Latin America, Caribbean, South Asia, Plastic Waste, North Africa, Waste Disposal


Art installation uses science to age e-waste in geological time

Nathaniel Stern writes, "The World After Us: Imaging techno-aesthetic futures (Flickr set) is an art exhibition that asks, 'What will — and what can — happen to our gadgets over geological time?' For the last few years, I have been working scientists to artificially age phones and computers in different ways, growing plants and fungi in watches, phones, laptops, and more, and turning phones into ink (via blenders and oils), iMacs into tools (melting down the aluminum, and shaping it into a wren...
Tags: Art, Happy Mutants, Video, News, Environment, Installations, Nathaniel Stern, Ewaste, The World After US


Australia Benefit Long-Sleeve Tee

With all proceeds going to Australian wildlife rescue organization WIRES, Noah’s new “Australia” long-sleeve shirt features an ’80s-esque cartoon of a koala—one of the many animals unique to the country that has suffered immense loss during the catastrophic and continuing bushfires. The shirt is available in white or yellow, and in sizes small to XXL, but the brand also encourages customers to donate directly to …
Tags: Design, Australia, Animals, Clothing, Environment, Charity, Noah, Animal Welfare, Clothes, Gifts That Give Back, Noah Clothing


Artist Nathaniel Stern’s Depictions of Recent Technology in the Distant Future

It’s known that our iPhones will outlive us all. In fact, most mixed-material technology from the last few decades does not get properly recycled; waste management systems are not even in place to do so. Thus, as Fast Company states, “the scale of our technology waste is astronomical.” Wisconsin-based artist Nathaniel Stern probes this in his most recent exhibition, The World After Us: Imaging techno-aesthetic …
Tags: Art, Design, Technology, Environment, Tech, Culture, Wisconsin, Recycling, Waste, Linkaboutit, Nathaniel Stern, Art Exhibits, Museum of Wisconsin Art, Recycled Tech


Vivian Suter: the rainforest-dwelling artist who paints with fish glue, dogs and mud

She was ignored for decades, but now Suter has been rediscovered as a pioneering eco-artist. We meet her, and her 97-year-old collagist mum, in the wilds of GuatemalaA large dog romps across a blue and white canvas, leaving a trail of brown paw prints. “Oh well,” shrugs Vivian Suter. “They’re part of the work now. I don’t think anyone will mind.” I realise Bonzo – one of three Alsatian crossbreeds that shadow the artist wherever she goes in her Guatemalan home – has just put the finishing touche...
Tags: Art, Climate Change, Environment, Women, Americas, Painting, Life and style, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Older people, Guatemala, Madrid, Suter


Purified Sewage Water Nourishes Forest in Egyptian Desert

To prevent desertification (the eventual progression of land from fertile to arid) in a region of Egypt where the issue is prevalent, scientists are rerouting sewage waste water from nearby cities, passing it through natural purification processes, and using the nutrient-rich solution to fuel the growth of a “green wall.” Named the Serapium Forest, this oasis exists in the barren area around the Suez Canal …
Tags: Design, Africa, Environment, Trees, Water, Sustainability, Nature, Egypt, Land, Recycling, Forests, Desertification, Deserts, Linkaboutit, Serapium Forest


Ice rink alternatives and their environmental impact

Ice rinks are an important fixture of winter sports, whether for ice hockey, speed skating, curling, ice dancing or figure skating. But with growing concerns about global warming, water scarcity and our planet’s climate crisis, even the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the National Hockey League (NHL) have been considering the environmental issues related to coordinating ice sports events and ensuring energy consumption and rink-operating ...
Tags: Design, Climate Change, Environment, US, Features, Canada, World Health Organization, Punch, Epa, NHL, EDF, Edinburgh Scotland, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, National Hockey League NHL, International Olympic Committee IOC, Environmental Defense Fund EDF


We wore Allbirds' Tree Runners around the world here's how they performed

Shoes made from wood pulp that are actually comfortable? Count us in! Allbirds took the internet by storm after its Wool Runners, made using New Zealand merino wool and tested by numerous consumers, were deemed “the world’s most comfortable shoes” by almost everyone. After selling 1 million pairs of shoes just two years after officially launching in March 2016, the brand developed a cult following pursued by celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and former President Barack Obama. At $95 a pair (the...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Design, Environment, Shoes, Barack Obama, New Zealand, Leonardo Dicaprio, Disneyland, FSC, Sustainable Design, Accessories And Fashion, Inhabitat, Sustainable Materials, Eco-inspiration, Allbirds


Best of CH 2019: Travel

From Bhutan to Budapest and Maasai Mara to Mexico, our most extraordinary adventures As the Earth made its way around the sun, our team of staffers and contributors traversed the globe in search of inspiration and the stories that come from diverse, in-depth experiences. We are more conscious than ever of the traumas imparted on the environment by long-haul flights—and this has only made the …
Tags: Travel, Design, NYC, Mexico, Hotels, Hiking, Africa, Environment, Bars, Earth, Budapest, Canada, Chile, Museums, Road Trips, Connecticut


How zip lining impacts tree health, according to experts

Outdoorsy people have long enjoyed hiking on remote trails or rafting on rivers. But aerial views have been harder to come by, until the recent popularization of zip lines. Although varieties of zip lines have existed for hundreds of years, they have become widespread in recent years. It’s a popular outdoor activity, but how does it impact trees? Zip lines originated 2,000 years ago in mountainous areas of China, India and Japan, where people first used them to transport supplies from one place...
Tags: Utah, Japan, Design, Interviews, Environment, West Virginia, United States, Ohio, Johnson, Costa Rica, Trinidad, Nature / Environment, Maui, Eco Tourism, China India, Roger Wilson


16 must-see environmental documentaries

From animals facing extinction to pollution to global warming, the world is changing — quickly. Some days you may feel like you’re the only one concerned with what is happening to the planet. But there are a host of scientists, environmentalists, authors, journalists, adventurers and Hollywood actors that share your mindset and went through the effort of getting it to the screen. Here are some top environmental documentaries to watch if you’re looking for a show that keeps sustainability in focu...
Tags: Hollywood, Design, Environment, Features, Netflix, Fast Fashion, Leonardo Dicaprio, Greenpeace, Waste, Green Technology, Gore, Al Gore, DiCaprio, Andrew Morgan, The World, Grant Baldwin



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