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8 sustainability podcasts to listen to this Earth Day

Give your daily commute a boost by subscribing to an eco-friendly podcast. Not only do these podcasts make your drive pass by a little faster, but they will also keep you informed on the latest trends in sustainability — just in time for Earth Day. Here is a quick list of the best sustainability podcasts for your morning drive. Sustainable Jungle This podcast tackles current and future problems in the environmental realm. The hosts of the podcast, Lyall and Joy, tour the planet to discuss bi...
Tags: Conservation, Eco-friendly, Climate Change, Electricity, Plastic Waste, Green Talks, Podcasts, Ecosystem, Features, Tiny Home, Eating Vegetarian, Eco-friendly Podcasts, Sustainability Podcasts

Climeworks wants to clean the atmosphere with a fleet of truck-sized vacuums

Using machines that resemble jet engines, Climeworks wants to fight climate change by extracting CO2 from thin air. The gas can then be sold to carbonated drink and agriculture companies, or sequestered underground. The post Climeworks wants to clean the atmosphere with a fleet of truck-sized vacuums appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Design, Trends, Features, Robot, Plant, Hybrid, Emerging Tech, Climeworks, Tech For Change, Troubleshooting Earth

National Parks are offering free entry on April 20 to celebrate National Park Week

Take advantage of the warmer weather by visiting any number of the hundreds of national parks across the country on April 20 for absolutely free. The National Parks Service is celebrating National Park Week by offering free entry into all of the 418 parks spread throughout the United States. If you have never been to a national park or if it has been a while since your last visit, you may be surprised to learn about all the fun and excitement that awaits you. Here is a quick guide on some of th...
Tags: Design, Camping, California, America, Features, Atlantic, United States, National Parks, Wyoming, Maine, Fishing, Yellowstone, Great Smoky Mountains, Smoky Mountains, Parks / Wildlife, National Parks Service

A sustainable meal plan filled with recipes for Earth Day

Not all food is created equal, and not all foods are healthy for the planet. You’ve seen the headlines. Manufacturing plants suck up water, pollute with chemicals and damage the surrounding landscape. Raising cattle and other livestock is also associated with earth-damaging consequences. Most environmentalists agree that plant-based products offer the best balance of nutrition and sustainability. Earth Day is right around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to focus on foods that show our love...
Tags: Food, Design, Cook, Features, Recipe, Recipes, Spring, Brussels, Vegan, Vegetarian, Earth Day, Eat & Drink, Broccoli, Plant-based, Earth Day recipes, Sustainable recipes

A guide to the different types of plastic

BPA, PET, HDPE. You’re trying to do the right thing by recycling, following health alerts and shopping wisely, but you’re not fluent in molecular chemistry. So how do you decipher exactly what it all means and how to stay green? We’re here to help with a handy guide on different types of plastic and how they impact the planet and your health. Fast facts about our plastic problem According to Earth Day, here are some stats that give you an idea of the scale of our plastic addiction. • Since ...
Tags: Design, Minneapolis, Environment, Earth, Features, Pollution, Plastic, Recycle, Waste, BPA, Types Of Plastic, Ocean Debris, New York San Francisco Seattle

These are the best 7 tips to follow for a more eco-friendly backyard

Incorporating and eco-friendly lifestyle to your home can be easier than you think, especially when it comes to your backyard. While we do our best to use energy efficient light bulbs, reduce the use of everyday plastics and limit food waste throughout our homes, why not bring our environmental awareness to the place where we have celebrations and weekend barbecues— our backyards. The backyard is the best place to add our eco-friendly touch and transform into a thriving sustainable environment....
Tags: Design, Features, Pesticides, Green Building, Composting, Clover, Eco-friendly, Tata, Landscape Architecture, Moss, Howard, Native Plants, Better Homes and Gardens, Pesticide Alternative, Ground Covers, Green Lawn Mowing

7 Ways to live an eco-friendly life while staying healthy

Being committed to sustainable living is all about balance. While staying healthy is a top priority, you also need to think about living as eco-friendly as possible. Balancing these two commitments can be challenging, but there are plenty of ways you can live an eco-friendly life while keeping yourself in top shape and all it will cost you is a little time and energy. From enjoying the benefits of fresh air to changing the way you eat, here are a few ways you can bring balance to your life and ...
Tags: Design, Features, Healthy Living, Cycling, Walking, Commuting, Health And Fitness, Farmers Markets, Indoor Air Quality, Community Garden, Fresh Air, Sustainable Living, Eco-friendly Gardening, UV rays

Car-free Sundays are the norm in Colombia's capital city, Bogot

Imagine your city without cars — every single Sunday. At first, you might be frustrated by the inconvenience and inability to complete errands, but once you embrace the throngs of bikes, recognize your friends and neighbors among the people out for a stroll or attend a Zumba class at what was once a congested intersection, it’s likely to become one of your favorite traditions. For 45 years, the Colombian city of Bogotá has closed its major roads for Ciclovía, a weekly event where cyclists and p...
Tags: Design, France, La, Features, Colombia, Public Health, Bicycles, South Africa, Cycling, Bicycle, Cape Town, Community, Vox, National Geographic, Bogota, Green Transportation

It might be time to let your garden grow wild

Think of a formal yard or garden, and you likely envision rows of neatly trimmed bushes along meandering walkways and sitting areas. Homeowners spend a ton of money, time and resources in an attempt to recreate that image. But another equally beautiful option for your home is a wild garden. What is a wild garden? A wild garden can carry a variety of definitions. For some, it means limiting the amount you tame your plants, letting them become what others might define as overgrown and unsight...
Tags: Garden, Gardening, Design, Features, Plants, Green Design, Gardening And Plants, Natural Design, Sustainable Garden Design

Are you accidentally eating the toxic parts of fruits and veggies?

Nearly every reference to healthy eating will list fresh fruits and vegetables at the top of the must-eat list. That’s no surprise, considering that together, they can provide nearly every vitamin and mineral a body needs. While some produce options can be gobbled up from the outer skin to the inner seed, there are parts of certain fruits and vegetables that contain dangerous substances. While most of these substances are not toxic in small doses, they can definitely make you sick, especially i...
Tags: Design, Vegetables, Produce, Features, Fruits, Toxins, Vegan, Vegetarian, Eat & Drink, Fruits And Vegetables, Food Toxins, Poisonous Food

Eco-friendly replacements for common bathroom products

Common bathroom products, like toilet paper, cotton swabs and baby wipes, are a convenience for people around the world, but they come at a cost to the environment. These products take centuries to biodegrade and contribute to our growing problem of carbon emissions. Luckily, there are great eco-friendly alternatives to these common bathroom products that will not break your budget. Here is a quick list of the most common bathroom products and suggestions on how to find sustainable alternatives...
Tags: Design, Features, Canada, United States, New Jersey, Baby, Products, Bathroom, Green Products, BPA, Deodorant, Clean Ocean Action, Eco-friendly Products, Baby Wipes, Cotton Swabs, Dental Floss

Are we living in a simulation? This MIT scientist says it’s more likely than not

The simulation hypothesis, which was famously probed in the 1999 film The Matrix, is the subject of a new book by Rizwan Virk, a computer scientist and video game developer who leads Play Labs at MIT. In his book, Virk endeavors to unpack the heady arguments that call our physical world into question. The post Are we living in a simulation? This MIT scientist says it’s more likely than not appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Design, Trends, Features, Mit, Robot, Plant, Hybrid, Emerging Tech, Virk, Rizwan Virk

There is no spoon: An MIT computer scientist discusses the simulation hypothesis

The simulation hypothesis, which was famously probed in the 1999 film The Matrix, is the subject of a new book by Rizwan Virk, a computer scientist and video game developer who leads Play Labs at MIT. In his book, Virk endeavors to unpack the heady arguments that call our physical world into question. The post There is no spoon: An MIT computer scientist discusses the simulation hypothesis appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Design, Trends, Features, Mit, Robot, Plant, Hybrid, Emerging Tech, Virk, Rizwan Virk

Keep your tiny home safe with these 9 security tips

Tiny home security is becoming a major concern amid a recent slew of thefts. Given the mobile nature of tiny homes, people have been hooking them up to their trucks and driving away with them. The majority of these stolen tiny homes have been recovered, but it is still unnerving to think that people can steal your entire home in a matter of minutes. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your tiny home from being stolen. From locking hitches to installing motion detectors and c...
Tags: Design, Dogs, Features, Smart Technology, Security Camera, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Tiny Home, Maui, Motion Light, Home Security System, GPS technology, Tiny Home Security

Tips and tricks to make spring cleaning more eco-friendly

When the spring cleaning season comes around, many homeowners turn to their favorite cleaning products to tidy up. But not all of your go-to cleaners are good for the environment. Many products on the market feature harmful chemicals that leach into the ecosystem, causing harm to people and the environment alike. If you are looking to get into spring cleaning mode without potentially hurting your health, here is a quick guide on what chemicals to avoid and how to clean with the environment in m...
Tags: Design, California, Environment, Features, Bacteria, Pollution, Biodegradable, Epa, Carbon Footprint, Alex, Green Products, Truman, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, Cleaning Products, Spring cleaning, Green Spring Cleaning Tips

The problem with coffee pods and the eco-friendly alternatives to use instead

Many Americans have become accustomed to using single-serving brewers to make their morning cup of coffee. Not only are these coffee pods — such as K-Cups and Nespresso pods — convenient to use, but they come in an assortment of flavors and coffee types to meet anyone’s taste. While coffee pods are a convenience of modern times, they come with a dark side. The vast majority of these plastic capsules end up in our landfills every year, contributing to the growing problem of plastic pollution. Fo...
Tags: Design, Environment, Earth, Features, United States, Keurig, Usa Today, San Francisco Bay, Composting, Eat & Drink, Hamilton Beach, Kraft Heinz, Landfills, Coffee Pods, Plastic Alternatives, Single-use

Kooshoo introduces the first plastic-free, sustainable hair ties

Amid growing concerns of plastic waste around the world, one company has created sustainable hair ties that are better for the environment. Made from organic materials like cotton and rubber, Kooshoo has come up with the world’s first plastic-free hair ties that are completely biodegradable. These hair ties come in a variety of colors and styles and are made with sustainability in mind — from the way the materials are sourced to how the products are manufactured. About the company Jesse and...
Tags: Design, California, Los Angeles, Organic, Features, Canada, Innovation, Biodegradable, Plastic Waste, Rachel, Jesse, Victoria Canada, Plastic Free, Kooshoo, Sustainable Hair Ties, Global Organic Textile Standard Natural

15 fresh ideas for leftover fruit that will reduce your food waste

With 40 percent of America’s food going to the trash each year, food waste has become a major factor in climate change, because most of it ends up in landfills and then releases methane, a major greenhouse gas. If you are looking for some creative ways to use the random leftover fruit sitting in your kitchen, try some of these recipes. We all have the best intentions when we make trips to the grocery store, and the plan is never for the food to end up in the trash. But many of us still find our...
Tags: Apple, Design, Climate Change, America, Features, Recipe, Fruit, Food Waste, Greenhouse Gas, Eat & Drink, Berry, Neil, Gim, Leftover Fruit, Montana Happy Salad, Baker 's House

8 ways to make your bathroom more eco-friendly

An outdated bathroom isn’t just an eyesore; it can also be quite harmful to the environment, because old toilets and faucets waste a ton of water, most of the building materials aren’t sustainable and many water heaters use way more energy than needed. In recent years, there have been significant changes in the world of bathrooms, with many eco-friendly fixtures, decor and accessories hitting the market. If it is time for a bathroom remodel in your home, take the opportunity to go green with so...
Tags: Design, Organic Cotton, Features, Green Building, Epa, Bright Ideas, Environmental Protection Agency, Bamboo, Teak, U S Energy Information Administration, Energy Efficient, Kaldewei, Recycled Tile, Low-flow Water Fixtures, Eco-friendly Bathroom, Organic Towels

Truman's wants to reduce single-use plastics in the household cleaner industry

The household cleaning aisle at the store features dozens of spray cleaners for different surfaces, and the ingredient lists are a mile long with chemical names that are impossible to pronounce. While many of those cleaners are effective for getting rid of dirt and germs, some of the chemicals inside are environmental hazards. Then, there are the plastic bottles, which get thrown into the trash once they are empty, adding to the plastic pollution problem. As the marketplace shifts to products w...
Tags: Cleaning, Design, Life, Environment, Features, United States, Innovation, Recycling, General Electric, University Of California, Alex, Green Products, Plastic Waste, Recyclable, Cleaners, Plastic Pollution

Brazilian Biodiversity Information System is bringing Brazil's biological diversity to the internet

As one of the most biologically diverse countries on Earth, Brazil is taking steps to consolidate all of the nation’s biodiversity data and information into one place to support scientific research, as well as decision-making and creation of eco-friendly public policy. In an effort to achieve those goals, the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) has created the Brazilian Biodiversity Information System (SiBBr), which is an online platform that gives free acces...
Tags: Design, Earth, Features, Conservation, Farmers, Innovation, Brazil, Un, Biodiversity, Cargill, Endangered Animals, Sustainable, Species, Eco-friendly, Nunes, Scientific Research

Reduce food waste with your new best friend Meal Prep Mate

In a world filled with convenient fast-food wherever you go and a focus on instant gratification, it can be a serious challenge to eat healthily and keep your food waste to a minimum. For many of us, our busy lives cause us to make daily food decisions that fill our diets with highly processed foods, which are often wrapped in single-use packaging. But there is a way you can not only eat healthily, but you can reduce food waste while saving time and money, too. The answer is meal prep. In an ef...
Tags: Health, Food, Design, Features, Recipe, United States, Healthy Eating, Food Waste, Vegan, Eat & Drink, NRDC, Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC, Meal Prep, Single-use, Meal Prep Mate, Save the Food Back

Add this all-in-one natural skincare to your bathroom counter

Imagine having silky smooth, intensely hydrated skin, even in the dead of winter. This dream can be a reality with Lalicious, a brand we discovered earlier this year at the Indie Beauty Expo. We instantly fell in love with the company’s whipped sugar scrubs, body butters and our personal favorite, a magical product known as the “velour body melt.” With a passion for luxurious, cruelty-free skincare at an accessible price point, Lalicious has made a permanent home in our daily skincare routines....
Tags: Design, Los Angeles, Features, Beauty, Innovation, Green Products, Skincare, Natural Skincare, Cruelty Free, Green Product Review, LaLicious, Inhabitat Editor, Jessica Kernochan

The Refill Shoppe enforces zero-waste packaging, provides bulk refill solutions for myriad household and beauty products

With the nearly constant conversation about zero waste and minimization in general, single use packaging is a hot topic. For many consumables, customers don’t seem to have many options in avoiding packaging waste. Think about the liquid products in your home and you’ll know what we’re talking about here. Shampoo bottles, hand soap containers, dish soap, cleaners, bubble bath and massage oils are just a few commonly-used items that come to mind. One company has taken a stand against single-use p...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Oregon, Environment, US, Sustainable Business, Features, Gmo, United States, Conservation, Beauty, Shipping, Usps, Recycling, Packaging, Waste

Ocean cities add 'blue' to green engineering

As urban areas grow in population and footprint, many coastal cities are creating land where there once was ocean. This so-called “reclaiming” of land is not new — in fact, civilizations have been building land on top of bodies of water dating back to the Ancient Egyptians. However, urban planners and city dwellers are increasingly looking for ways to build more sustainably without damaging ecosystems and without increasing flood risk. A new trend, called blue-green infrastructure, marries ecos...
Tags: Design, Climate Change, Singapore, Environment, Features, Architecture, Urban Design, Shanghai, Urban Planning, St Vincent, Caribbean, Cayman Islands, Grenadines, Green Infrastructure, Nanhui New City, Lingang

8 sustainable innovations in construction materials

The construction industry is responsible for a large percentage of carbon emissions. From sourcing to design to material manufacturing to building construction, the carbon dioxide output from projects around the world has a significant environmental impact. This has led to sustainable construction innovations that not only reduce the production of carbon dioxide, but also improve a building’s longevity, reduce energy bills and increase the use of natural light. Here is a list of some innovative...
Tags: Design, Australia, Barcelona, Features, LED lighting, Oled, Cairo, Recycled Materials, Building Materials, RMIT University, Trudell, Institute For Advanced Architecture Of Catalonia, Sustainable Construction, Transparent Wood, Hydrogel, Eco-friendly Building Materials

Get ready to use soapnuts for everything from cleaning to self care

Cleaning with soapnuts (AKA soap berries) might seem like a new, eco-friendly trend, but the practice has actually been around for centuries. People in Nepal and India as well as Native Americans have known about the amazing cleaning powers of soapnuts for hundreds of years. But if they are new to you, keep reading and be amazed at what this all-natural, sustainable cleaning product can do. What are soapnuts? Sapindus mukorossi — the Soapnut Tree — is native to India and the Himalayas, and ...
Tags: Design, India, Features, Nepal, Himalayas, Green Products, Cleaning Products, Sustainable Cleaning Products, Soapnuts, Soap Berries

6 eco-friendly ways to incorporate hemp into your daily routine

After decades of “reefer madness”, the misinformation about Cannabis is finally starting to disappear, and the truth is coming out about the many benefits of the magical plant. However, many still don’t know the difference between cannabis, marijuana and hemp, and continue to believe they are one and the same — but, they are not. So, what are the many uses of hemp? Read on to find out. In a nutshell, cannabis is a family of plants that have two major classifications: Cannabis Indica and Cannabi...
Tags: Design, Clothing, Environment, Features, United States, Pesticides, Porsche, Fiber, Paper, Hemp, Plant, Green Products, Omega, Eco-friendly, Trump, Natural Products

Meet the all-natural face cleanser that will change your mornings

Most people wouldn’t mind starting the day with a bowl of warm, sweet oatmeal. So imagine taking that level of comfort and adding it to your skincare routine. This is exactly the kind of experience you get with Speak’s cleansing powder, a simple powder that comes packaged in an adorable glass jar. The best part of “01 Cleansing Powder” is the main ingredient, organic oats. After testing the cleanser for a few weeks, this product has become one of our favorite ways to start our day. Speak’s clea...
Tags: Design, Makeup, Organic, Features, Beauty, Packaging, Green Products, Skincare, Vegan, Speak, Inhabitat, Eco-inspiration, Cosmetics, Cruelty Free, Compostable, Green Product Review

9 ways to add more houseplants to your home

Adding plants to your living space is an easy way to add beauty and character to your home. But aesthetics aren’t the only benefit of indoor gardening as houseplants can make your home’s air healthier  and also make you happier . No to mention, you can easily grow useful plants and herbs that work great for healthy cooking and as natural medicines . Even if you weren’t born with a green thumb or have a tiny space to work with, there are ways to go green with your decor. If you choose the ...
Tags: Home, Design, Medicine, Etsy, Features, Things To Do, House, Plants, Herbs, Kitchen Garden, Decor, Indoor Plants, Houseplants, Hanging Plants, Wire Grid Jazz, wall Plant Corner If

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