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Greywater is Good Water

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A new report looks into the reuse potential of wastewater.

With freshwater reserves becoming more and more scarce, strategies that save and recycle water are becoming more and more important. Greywater systems, which reuse wastewater generated by sinks, baths, showers and clothes washers, are one such strategy. According to a new report published by the Pacific Institute, an Oakland, CA-based eco think tank, 50% of the water used inside U.S. homes can......read more

Scraplights Disc by Graypants

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Cardboard scraps brilliantly repurposed as light fixtures $279.00

Seattle-bred design collective Graypants turns heads with their handmade Scraplights, which proudly tell the story of the journey from dull, discarded cardboard box to  stunning, unique light fixtures. The Scraplights come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to fit any space. Here we feature our favorite, the Disc-16, which instills a curvaceous new spirit into salvaged pieces of......read more

Graypants Recycled Scrap Lights - Hive

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Gorgeous reuse and brilliant design. $219.00

Graypants use their scrap lights to proudly tell the story of their journey from being a dull, discarded cardboard box to becoming a stunning, unique light fixture. Instilling new spirit into salvaged pieces of corrugated cardboard, a scrap light’s lively play on light and shadow invigorates once lifeless materials....read more

Graypants Recycled Scrap Lights - Bell

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Gorgeous reuse and brilliant design. $479.00

Graypants use their scrap lights to proudly tell the story of their journey from being a dull, discarded cardboard box to becoming a stunning, unique light fixture. Instilling new spirit into salvaged pieces of corrugated cardboard, a scrap light’s lively play on light and shadow invigorates once lifeless materials....read more

Aerial Beachscapes by Gray Malin

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Photo series 'A La Plage, A La Piscine' captures sunny bliss by the sea

For his ongoing series A La Place, A La Piscine, photographer Gray Malin takes to the air in a doorless helicopter to capture exotic beachscapes from the sky. The results, a sampling of which you can see here, aren't doing anything to suppress our desire for a seaside vacation.  Malin’s photography showcases beaches large and small, rocky and sandy, crowded and untouched, from......read more

Footed Platte by Gray Works

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Rustic cutting board/serving tray made from salvaged cherry wood $85.00

From their workshop in Woodstock, N.Y., Gray Works crafts handsome homewares from sustainable and salvaged woods, each lovingly hand rubbed in organic olive oil. Their rose-red cherry wood Footed Platte makes the easy transition from kitchen to table, operating doubly as a rustic serving platter and an excellent cutting board. Personalize it with a wood engraving to make a unique gift for that......read more

Harvesting Air for Water

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German engineering goes green with a fog-collecting system that serves the water needs of an arid Peruvian village.

Biologists Kai Tiedemann and Anne Lummerich are finding ingenious ways to help people living in arid regions find and develop new sources of water. Bellavista, a small, hillside settlement near Lima, Peru that is unconnected to the municipal water supply is enveloped in fog through most of the winter. There, the pair designed a fog-catching system that captures and collects fog-water for use by......read more

Charity: Water Vid

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Great promo short for one of our favorite charities, featuring music by Beck.

What's the number one cause of disease in the world, causing more death than all forms of violence combined? If you guessed unsafe water, you're correct. Your reward is this sweet charity: water PSA. Check out the time lapse at 1:30, fantastic! ...read more

Swelling Glass Cleans Polluted Water

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Sponge-like glass picks and chooses pollutants from water.

This is the discovery that could put the College of Wooster on the map: glass that swells like a sponge. Put together like a nano-matrix, the new glass can unfold to hold up to eight times its weight. The glass binds with gasoline and other pollutants containing volatile organic compounds but it does not bind with water, so it acts like a “smart” sponge, capable of picking and choosing from......read more

The Ice Woman Cometh

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From melting ice caps to volcanic hot springs, Roni Horn's art is inspired by Iceland's shifting landscape.

New York artist Roni Horn makes sculptures, drawings, photographs, and books informed by her frequent excursions to Iceland. The island nation's volatile geology, the volcanoes and the hot springs, the ice and the sea, suffuse Horn's work, which deals with metaphors of climate change and shifting identity. In one piece, columns of glacier water harken the core samples drilled by climate......read more

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