Tag Archives: sustainable

Local Furniture Manufacturing Case Study: Honolulu Furniture Company

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Globally, manufacturing facilities have shifted to the places where workers will generally work for the least amount of money and under the worst conditions. Subsidized shipping alongside these weak worker protection laws combined with international free trade agreements have led to the slow degradation of good paying manufacturing jobs. Certain industries, however, are starting to […]

Local Chicago Restaurant Produces Almost No Waste

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I know I’ve said this about other industries, but it is really hard to imagine a zero-waste restaurant. From food trimmings and packaging coming out of the kitchen to the paper napkins, cups, tray liners, etc., that one finds in the front of quick service establishments, a trash can – and a dumpster – seem […]

Build Your Own Sustainable, Bamboo Bicycle

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Bamboo is an incredible material- suitable for building or distilling high-test fuels, the fast-growing plant could be the cornerstone of a more sustainable future. It also makes for a sikk-looking bicycle frame. That’s what the guys at Bamboobee believe, at least- and they build some of the best-looking bamboo bicycle frames on the market. Recently, […]

Binhai Eco City Plan Transforms Chinese Coast

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Founded in 2010 by Danish architect Jens Holm, the New York-based HAO design firm has developed a comprehensive, eco-conscious city planning scheme that would transform the Chinese coastal town of Binhai, Tianjin into one of the world’s most sustainable cities. The 49.2 acre project was designed as part of features a museum campus, an exhibition […]

How You Can Make Bikes vs Cars Documentary a Reality

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The planned documentary Bikes vs Cars is more than a film, it is part of a global movement to fundamentally change how we get around. Although the simple bicycle is an affordable, sustainable, healthy and fun method of transportation, in many cultures the polluting inefficient automobile still continues to prevail. This powerful film analyzes the politics and consequences of subsidizing the car, and also highlights individuals from around the world who are fighting to improve bike access and infrastructure.

Airstream Rebuild Fact #7: Dogs Love Wool Insulation

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This summer my spouse and I have been renovating our Airstream trailer. We have already begun re-insulating the entire vehicle with sustainable sheep wool insulation, which we were able to purchase locally. Thus far this versatile natural material has been wonderful to use, and it has also been embraced by our Bull Terrier, Pandora.

Australian Building Codes Mandate Rainwater Harvesting

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Access to clean water is becoming increasingly scarce, but in an arid nation like Australia, water is most especially precious. Now many homes across the vast country are beginning to learn just how simple and important it can be to collect their own rainwater. Several areas in the country have even begun requiring rainwater catchment systems for all newly constructed buildings.

Adelaide Creates World’s First Solar-Powered Public Transit System

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Many local communities are looking at ways that they can incorporate green technology into their city’s municipal infrastructure. One impressive success story is the Tindo electric bus in Adelaide, Australia. Although many cities have experimented with using hybrid or electric technology in their public transport systems, this vehicle is the world’s first 100% solar-powered electric bus; and not only is it powered by the sun, but this service is also offered free of charge.

Safe and Sustainable: Insulating Your Home with Wool

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My spouse and I are in the process of renovating an old 1970 Airstream; presently we have the trailer entirely gutted, and are about to begin re-insulating it all with loose sheep wool fibers. Wool is a superb natural insulating material, as it not only keeps you warm and cozy, but also resists mold, readily absorbs moisture, and dries out easily, which helps prevent condensation.

10 Tips for a Healthier Diet: Could Eating Unprocessed Foods Improve Your Health?

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Eating a balanced diet that largely consists of plants and fresh whole foods is one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your health. Consuming large amounts of processed foods is risky behavior. Eating processed foods have been linked to an increased risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, auto-immune illnesses, atherosclerosis, and many more common sicknesses. If you would like to start feeling better, consider these 10 simple suggestions to help you begin your unprocessed diet: