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New York City bans polystyrene foam starting January 1

by Perry Miller from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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New York City has officially become the largest jurisdiction in the United States to ban polystyrene foam food and beverage containers. On January 1st, the city’s new policy went into effect after a five-year lobbying and litigation effort from the plastics industry to upend the city’s environmental initiative. Back in 2013, the City Council authorized the statute that states NYC restaurants, food vendors, and stores can’t possess, sell, or offer polystyrene foam containers for food and...

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Sean Parker's wedding violations result in new app for California coastline

by Dawn Hammon from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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What started out as a high-profile beachside wedding turned into a useful and long-term solution to beach access issues along the California coastline. When Napster founder and original president of Facebook, Sean Parker, started planning his 2013 beachfront wedding to then fiance Alexandra Lenas, he had no idea that he was breaking usage rules. With a redwood grove in mind, he simply leased the space from the hotel that fringed the area. He then spent months having the perfect set built. It included...

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9 sustainable living tips to take from our grandparents

by Perry Miller from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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Our grandparents and great-grandparents lived in a simpler time, and we aren’t just talking about technology. During the Great Depression, many rural areas didn’t have running water and electricity, and things like proper refrigeration, freezers, or air conditioning were a luxury. What’s more, big-box chains and massive supermarkets didn’t exist, and you didn’t have the option of throwing a pre-packaged meal into a microwave or hitting a drive-thru for lunch. Many modern conveniences...

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Historic hotels in Spain switch to renewable energy in the new year

by Perry Miller from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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A state-owned chain of historic hotels in Spain is going green in 2019 and setting an example for the rest of the country. The Paradores hotel brand - which are grand hotels housed in ancient castles and monasteries - has announced that starting this year all 97 of their properties will use electricity from renewable resources. “Paradores is a company that supports sustainable tourism in every sense of the word,” said company chair, Óscar López Águeda. “What’s more, as a public company,...

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17 easy ways to upcycle worn out sweaters

by Dawn Hammon from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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Wardrobe upcycling is nothing new. After all, when you think about it, clothing is made from cloth. Lots of other things are made from cloth. So when your clothes have served their functional purpose as attire, why not use that material for other things? Sweaters are a great example of apparel that can be given new life in a variety of ways. From leg warmers to satchels, the pieces and parts of your old sweater will serve a new purpose. If you’re onboard with refusing to trash that old sweater...

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Veganism on the rise, record number of sign-ups for Veganuary

by Perry Miller from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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Could 2019 be the year of the vegan? This past week, people all over the world promised to make lifestyle changes with various new year’s resolutions. And, this January, more people than ever have pledged to go meat-free - for at least a month. A movement known as Veganuary started five years ago, and each year the number of participants committing to a plant-based diet during the first month of the year has more than doubled. This year, more than 250,000 people in 193 countries have signed...

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Farmhouse-inspired family home combines salvaged and sustainable materials

by Lucy Wang from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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Salvaged materials from a century-old farmhouse and barn have been given new life as Ben’s Barn, a spacious family home in Kennebunk, Maine that takes inspiration from New England’s rural architecture. Designed by Portland, Maine-based architecture practice Caleb Johnson Studio for a young family, Ben’s Barn was constructed with a mix of reclaimed materials sourced not only from the former farmhouse and barn that had stood on another portion of the site, but also from a mid-century modern teardown...

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Get cozy this season with these 7 hot vegan drinks for winter

by Dawn Hammon from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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Thoughts of crisp fall nights and snowy winter days bring to mind snuggling by the fire, slippers, sweaters, blankets and warm drinks. It makes sense since they are the perfect combination of coziness. While traditional tea or coffee is a lovely choice, it’s fun to explore new flavors. For those that are vegan by choice or by circumstance, traditional drinks can be limiting so we’ve conjured up a varied blend of hot drink options to fit your vegan lifestyle. Note that most of these options can...

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Zero-waste packaging is coming to a freezer aisle near you

by Perry Miller from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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This past year frozen food made a comeback thanks to healthier and tastier options hitting your grocer’s freezer, and the debunking of the myth that fresh is always healthier than frozen. For the first time in five years the frozen food market has grown, and consumers are starting to see frozen products as a healthy option for easy meal prep. In recent years, frozen food companies have shortened their ingredients list by removing artificial ingredients from frozen dinners and meal kits, and...

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Triple-skin facade brings daylight, fresh air and beauty to a tropical home

by Lucy Wang from Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building  (design blog) — Jan 12, 2019 02:04 AM
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Hanoi-based design studio Nghia Architect has completed Maison A, a beautiful home that brings to life the cherished childhood memories of the client. Located in Nam Định, a coastal village southeast of Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi, the house was created for the client’s aging mother and is large enough to accommodate her children and grandchildren who visit during the holidays. Inspired by the traditional countryside vernacular, Maison A is built for comfortable modern living and features a...

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