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Marmol Radziner Bracelet

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LA architects craft jewelry from pre-consumer waste. $200.00

Marmol Radziner, the LA-based architecture firm well known for clean aesthetics and outside-the-box green thinking (check out their prefabs), has decided to apply its creative talents to jewelry design. The Marmol Radziner collection of bracelets and rings makes stylish use of the strips of bronze left over from making architectural models. The Wide Bracelet comes in both men's and women's......read more

Recycled Plastic Bottles Create Colorful Car Canopy

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Genius DIY project makes clever use of consumer waste

Nebraska designer Garth Britzman has made what may be one of the coolest recycling projects we've ever seen. Britzman collected 1,500 plastic pop bottles and partially filled them with colored liquid to create an amazing, wave-like parking canopy for his car. Called (POP)culture, the stunning installation seeks "to stimulate creative alternatives for recycling and reusing materials." More info......read more

Sustainability, Politics, and Consumerism

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Steven Cohen on the shift to a clean economy

As 2011 ends and we find some time for reflection, I am thinking a lot about the issue of material consumption and sustainability. Many of my students believe that a key answer to the crisis of planetary sustainability is for individuals to reduce their material consumption. When they say this, they are not thinking of the planet's poorest people, but the planet's richest people. There is a case......read more

Storing Wind Energy In-House

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When supply outstrips demand, utilities look to consumers to help stabilize power grid

In the Pacific Northwest, wind power has become an important source of income in rural areas, where energy entrepreneurs are eagerly erecting turbines in windy zones like the Columbia River Gorge. But wind is a volatile beast, and all the new turbines have presented utilities with a problem: when it's storming, the turbines create more electricity than the grid can soak up. In the New York......read more

Recycled Outdoor Furniture by Loll Designs

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Excellent eco furniture made from post-consumer plastic

It's always a score when you discover that a stunning bit of design has tight eco credentials to boot. Such is the case with the colorful outdoor furniture creations of Loll Designs. The Duluth, Minnesota company crafts stylish and durable outdoor chairs, tables, benches, and accessories from post-consumer, industrial high-density polyethylene. What the hell is that, you ask? It's the same......read more

Hemp House

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Handy website helps consumers find out what farm their dairy products come from.

Do you know where your yogurt came from? That cheese in your sandwich? The milk in your cereal.? If you said, "A cow," you're quite right, but where do you know where the cow lives and works? At whereismymilkfrom.com, you can enter the code on the the packaging of dairy product and instantly find out what farm it came from. A welcome tool for all you conscientious dairy consumers.......read more

Gas Station Rankings

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Research helps consumers choose the best (or least bad) gas stations based on environmental and human rights records.

In a perfect world we'd all be flying around the city in upcycled bathtubs with wings, powered by garbage-burning engines that emit nothing but cold, fresh drinking water. Last time we checked, those weren't invented. So for the time being, we'll have to make do with our hybrids and our—gasp!—fully gas-powered vehicles. Which means, as of now, gasoline is a necessary evil.......read more

Obama Announces Government Emissions Targets

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The largest consumer of energy in the US aims for 28% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

President Obama announced yesterday that his administration will aim to reduce the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 28% over the next decade. “As the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to American citizens to reduce our energy use and become more efficient,” said President Obama. “Our goal is to lower costs, reduce pollution, and shift......read more

Pig 05049

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Award-winning book compels consumers to think about where their things come from.

When Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma traced what happened to the body parts of one particular commercially raised pig — the glamorously named "Pig 05049" — she discovered a lot more than packaged meat. That single animal, Meindertsma found, contributed to an astonishing number of products — 185 items in all, including chewing gum, bone china, car paint and cigarette filters.......read more

By Madeleine Thomas  for Grist Turns out the secret to better climate models could be hiding in the dreaded storage closet of many a weather station around the world. Members of the International Environmental Data Rescue Organization (IEDRO) — a nonprofit organization that works with meteorological centers to digitize their climate data — think weather reports of yore......read more

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