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New purification facility will take water from toilet to tap

Most people don’t like to think about flushing the toilet and having that same water come out of the tap. But as the California megadrought grinds on, Governor Gavin Newsom has become very enthusiastic about a new plan to render sewage water drinkable. “There’ll have never been a project like this in US history,” Gavin said during a tour of a water...

This water dispenser uses smart technology for a clean drink

Innovative solutions are essential for removing petroleum-based plastics from our daily life. Bevi, a bubbly, bottleless water dispenser for offices and commercial spaces, is dedicated to offering a variety of drink options, sans the plastic bottle.  Bevi currently has two models of water dispensers. The Standup 2.0 is a floor model much like the...

Modern home in Ukraine merges residence and art gallery

The Residence in the Garden of Rocks is located in the southern suburb of Kyiv, Ukraine along the canal. The client wanted the house to suit his family’s needs while showcasing his collection of modern sculptures. The owner had already constructed the house’s shell when he asked the team at Palamarchuk Architects to assist with the design. He had...

Here's what you can do on Endangered Species Day

The health of our planet depends on a rich and diverse ecosystem. That includes all types of plants and animals, in conjunction with humans. When the environment is in balance, everyone benefits. But when natural and human forces create an imbalance, the fragile ecosystem doesn’t always recover. Such is the case for dozens of endangered species that...

Material Kitchen's bowl and board are made from sugarcane

They say it’s a picture that paints a thousand words. But if you look at a picture of the colorful cutting board and bowl from Material Kitchen, you won’t know most of the story. What you won’t see is the cutting board and bowl are entirely made from kitchen plastic scraps and renewable sugarcane. Material Kitchen is a kitchenware brand that makes...

First carbon positive hotel in the US breaks ground

The first carbon positive hotel in the U.S. is currently under construction in Denver, Colorado. Designed by environmental steward Urban Villages, it is called Populus. It is expected to open in late 2023.  The 265-room hotel will offer everything visitors to the mile high city expect, including a rooftop restaurant and bar with 360 degrees views....

Reclaimed Laranjal House sits in an orange orchard

Laranjal House by Alves Architects is located in a field of orange trees on the premises of the company Zircom, S.A. The house is part of an industrial installation created by the demolition company. The challenge from Zircom to the architects was to reuse materials used from the demolitions to build a modern space for staff lunch breaks. Zircom...

Protect bees this World Bee Day on May 20

Where possible and within reason, adopt a more tolerant attitude to feral bee colonies in buildings, and of hived bee colonies in ones neighborhood. If we want bees, we need to make space for them.- Dr. David Heaf, The Bee-friendly Beekeeper A world without bees would be void of flowers and food. In fact, it would be void of all living things. Bees...

Combine skin and emotional health with selfmade

Beauty products are a lot more than lipstick colors and finding the right foundation. There’s something almost ritualistic about applying and wearing beauty products. Humans have a long history with cosmetics and beauty items of all kinds. Now, there’s an entire company dedicated to creating beauty products that marry skin health with emotional health....

These modular furniture focus on sustainable production

The premise behind Loose Parts, a sustainably-minded furniture company, is to make furniture from organic materials and ensure a long lifespan. The goal is to keep furniture out of the landfills, investing instead in a modular design and repair services.  Founder Jennifer June believes in circular design. Inasmuch, the mission at Loose Parts is to...

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