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Geometric Greenhouse Filters Household Toxins

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The modular 'Filtration Block' can be hung from a ceiling or wall to purify indoor air

This cool-looking modular greenhouse, developed by researchers from RAD (Responsive Architecture at Daniels) at the University of Toronto, addresses dirty air concerns in the home. Dubbed the "Filtration Block," the unit contains common household plants with exposed roots that absorb typical indoor toxins like benzene and fromaldehyde. Lead researcher Elaine Tong explains: The......read more

The Plastic Problem

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BPA and other everyday toxins are being linked to major health problems. How can policymakers protect us?

If you're reading this, chances are you've been exposed to bisphenol A (BPA). A key ingredient in many modern plastics, the chemical compound has been used since the 1940s in everything from baby bottles to goggles to lining for food containers. In recent years, animal studies have demonstrated links between BPA and a host of ill health effects, including breast and prostate cancer. ......read more

SHFT Sampler 3-18-11

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Greenland's shrinking, Brooklyn's getting bike sharing, Rush Limbaugh is still an asshole, and more.

Plant Plastic: Drinking soda is bad for you, yes, but petroleum-based plastic bottles bad for everyone. In 2012, Pepsi will drop the world's first fossil fuel-free plastic bottle, made from 100% plant-based materials like switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. Bike Share, Yo: Inhabitat reports that Brooklyn will join Washington D.C., Boston, Denver, and Minneapolis as the first cities in the......read more

Cork Door Wedge by Hugo Passos

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A simple household object made from one of the world's most renewable materials $19.00

If you're into smart, simple household objects, you'll find a happy place in London's Jasper Morrison shop, which carries a well curated array of functional design products. This Cork Door Wedge is a fine example. Designed by Portuguese-born, London-based designer Hugo Passos, the wedge is handmade using highly renewable Portuguese cork, adding a natural vibe to a useful everyday object.......read more

Solazyme Inks Deal With Unilever for Algae Oil

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SF company will deliver 10,000 metric tons of renewable oil to the household products giant

Solazyme, the South San Francisco-based biofuel startup, has signed a deal to deliver large quantities of algal oil to Unilever. Under the agreement, announced this week, the Dutch consumer products giant will buy at least 10,000 metric tons (about three million gallons) of Solazyme's renewable, algae-derived oil. The deal represents a major milestone for Solazyme, which was co-founded ten years......read more

How To Stay Warm Without Cranking The Heat

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Bambeco offers up some household tips for staying warm this winter

Brrr! There’s a chill in the air that means winter is on the way. Before Jack Frost settles in, take a few easy steps to prepare your home. You’ll stay cozy all winter long knowing you’ve been good to your wallet and the planet. Get audited – before you do anything, have a home energy audit done. You’ll find the areas of your home that really need work, and......read more

Fantastical Salt Sculptures by Motoi Yamamoto

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Japanese artist creates breathtakingly complex works from a simple household material

To us brutish North Americans, salt is just a spice that makes food taste good. To the Japanese, it carries deep symbolic meaning as an essential element for purifying body and soul during death rituals. Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto starting making his intricate, maze-like "saltworks" after the untimely passing of his sister due to brain cancer. Traces of brain scans and......read more

A Leap Forward in Recycling Tech

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New technique could process 100% of Christmas wrapping and other household plastics.

In the shift from the wasteful and earth-damaging ways of the past toward a more sustainable future, technology is our pal. Advances in renewable energy systems, materials production, and waste recycling have transformed our ability to live greener lifestyles. Recently, researchers at the University of Warwick made one such advance in the realm of plastics recycling. Typically, only around 12%......read more

Lip Delivery Nutrition by Intelligent Nutrients

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Certified organic lip balm, packed with antioxidants and free of toxins $12.50

Featuring antioxidant Intellimune Seed Oil Complex, certified organic Lip Delivery Nutrition from Intelligent Nutrients guarantees healthy, hydrated lips, without any nasty petrochemicals. Soft and smooth, not waxy and sticky. The list of ingredients--coconut, sunflower, castor seed and palm kernel oils and waxes--is a direct reflection of the Intelligent Nutrients philosophy: "If it’s good......read more

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