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RePack: paving the way for sustainable packaging

RePack: paving the way for sustainable packaging

| August 14, 2014

Packaging takes up an enormous amount of resources, often at the cost of the environment. Thankfully, a sustainable packaging solution could already exist with RePack. We had the opportunity to interview Jonne Hellgren about his venture with fellow Finnish sustainability experts and industrial designers, Juha Mäkelä and Petri Piirainen. 1) What is your mission with RePack? Why does packaging […]

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Californians turn to lawn painting in the midst of drought

Californians turn to lawn painting in the midst of drought

| August 13, 2014

Would you paint your lawn? A whole lot of people are saying: “Yes, please.” California is enduring the worst drought on record. With water scarcer than ever, residents have been forced to significantly cut back on watering their lawns—if they’re allowed to water them at all. The result? A lot of dead grass. You might […]

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Waste-to-energy plants successful in Europe, controversial in US

Waste-to-energy plants successful in Europe, controversial in US

| August 12, 2014

A recent report by Columbia University’s Earth Engineering Center reveals that diverting day-to-day waste to incinerators instead of landfills can actually generate electricity for 13.8 million households, and produce several other forms of energy simultaneously. But, given the reputation of these waste-to-energy (WTE) plants in the U.S., is burning better than burying? WTE plants remain […]

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Low-impact roundhouses bring sustainability home

Low-impact roundhouses bring sustainability home

| August 5, 2014

In 2004, Tony Wrench was nearly forced to demolish his home because the design made municipality planners nervous. Today, his home’s unique design is so compelling that Wrench has published a home building book so others can follow in his footsteps. What makes Wrench’s home design so special—and controversial? It’s known as “That Roundhouse” and […]

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California’s drought is only getting worse

California’s drought is only getting worse

| June 23, 2014

Since January, California had faced severe drought conditions throughout the state. And despite statewide efforts to conserve water, the situation is only getting worse, as a third of the state now deals with “exceptional” drought conditions. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in January, setting a goal for communities to cut water usage […]

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