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THIS ADIDAS 3D-PRINTED SNEAKER IS MADE FROM OCEAN WASTE

Adidas has teamed up with Parley for the Oceans — a movement aimed at eliminating the plastic waste that ends up in our seas — to create a new 3D-printed sneaker concept. The design consists of an upper made from “ocean plastic content” and a 3D-printed midsole made from recycled polyester and fishing nets. 

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Who Needs A Shovel? Paramus Family Melts Snowfall Away
PARAMUS, N.J. — Unlike most New Jerseyans, the Parikh family of Paramus couldn't wait for Winter Storm Jonas -- it let them try out their one-of-a-kind geothermal/solar snow-melt system for the first time.

Unlike most New Jerseyans, the Parikh family of Paramus couldn’t wait for Winter Storm Jonas – it let them try out their one-of-a-kind geothermal/solar snow-melt system for the first time.

The snow might have climbed over two feet in some parts of Bergen and Passaic counties, but the heated driveway and walkway outside the Parikh house melted an inch and a half an hour.

When it was done, there was nothing left to shovel.

“What we are doing is using the environment to battle the environment,” said Asit Parikh, who helped his father Raj develop what they call “Zenesis House.”

From 2012 to 2015, Raj Parikh — an engineer and chairman of the engineering & architecture firm Metropolitan Building Consulting Group — rebuilt his Paramus home stud by stud to be eco-friendly and entirely self-sufficient, Asit said.

The home captures rainwater year round and then uses a solar thermal system to heat the water to 105 degrees, which is stored in multiple insulated tanks, explained Asit, who is a Passive House designer and NYC Real Estate broker.

The water then supplements two ground-source heat pumps developed by Raj to constantly supply 100-degree water to the driveway and walkways, which is distributed via a network of heating pipes underneath the concrete.

The melted snow from the driveway and walkway is recycled back into the system, re-heated, and then used for laundry, irrigation, and toilet water.

The home uses excess electricity produced by its solar photovoltaic system to pump the heated water through the snow melt system, Asit said.

Zenesis House is his family’s response to climate change.

“We wanted to draw a line in the sand against climate change and not have a house that used gas or oil,” he said.

Asit said Raj, who is also a research engineer with Cooper Union Laboratory for Energy Reclamation and Innovation, has plans to patent their system.

“Nobody is going to question our heating system when it melts away blizzards,” Asit said.  “We are creating a green building people want to live in.”

Yeah, SCIENCE!

EDIT: A key feature that will enable Zenesis House to achieve Passive House and LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification is Foamglas, a cellular glass insulator that is flame, moisture, and insect resistant.

This 3D printed bathing suit will clean the ocean while you swim

We live in a time when climate issues are real but so are the technologies that could potentially help rectify some of the harm we have caused our planet. Meet the SpongeSuit, a 3D printed bikini that has built-in nanotechnology that cleans the ocean while you swim. This eco friendly bikini recently won the first prize in the Reshape15 Wearable Technology competition 

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Hemp Sunglasses

Today we bring a piece of great news to all you fans of eco-friendly fashion accessories: believe it or not, now you can actually go green shade-wise, because designer Sam Whitten has come up with an innovative and environmentally-friendly model of sunglasses, which will hit the market as part of the so-called Hemp Eyewear collection. In addition to their high durability and eco-conscious design, these shades look truly remarkable, so all those who think that eco fashionistas can’t look really trendy should be prepared for a huge change of mind. 
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Baby Iman in her customized Baby Bubble bed! A baby bassinet that is top of the line safe, award winning, straight from Finland, eco-friendly, hygienic, and comfortable for babies. The mattress top is made of 3D fiber which prevents suffocation, is two sided (one side for the cold the other for the summer) the actual frame/sphere was created with plexiglass and acrylic which is what majority of products that are made for babies are made with. Topped off with her customized bed sheets! HOW CUTE! For more info & pricing visit bubblebabybed.com and special thank you the creator Lana Agiyan!

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So, my mom is pretty amazing. Awhile ago I showed her this roll of re-usable “paper towels” on Pinterest. She recently presented me with a roll of them she sewed herself & then had my uncle made a wooden holder for…

I was like “Ma, I just thought they were a cool idea!” She says “yeah I know, so I made you some!”

So yea they are terrycloth on one side and cotton on the other, they snap together and are wrapped around a hard cardboard tube then placed on a regular old wooden paper towel holder. They can be washed, dried & snapped back together for future use.

@ people who menstruate (or know someone who does)

if u can, please consider buying a mooncup! they are far far far more hygienic than pads or tampons, result in little to no waste and save SO much money in the long run!! i can’t even list all the reasons why it’s great bc there are SO MANY but here are the main reasons i’m telling y’all about it

i bought mine in store for like £22 but if you buy from their online store it costs £19.99, i know it seems pricey upfront but as someone on a low income i can tell you it’s so worth it bc this thing lasts for 10 YEARS, whereas even spending £1 a month on period supplies would come to at least £120 in that same amount of time, probably even more if you have a heavy flow, but guess what? the mooncup holds more than even a super plus tampon, and can be left in for 12 hours and still be hygienic. all u gotta do after that is clean it with water and reinsert!

ik this isn’t relevant to everyone but it was also kind of a godsend for me as a nonbinary person who experiences dysphoria, because with the mooncup i don’t have to feel constantly aware of that part of my body and i don’t have to be dealing with it as often, and a lot of my trans friends have said similar things!

tl;dr this thing is amazing and from experience i recommend it 10000% so much always for so many reasons

please reblog + share this post (even if u don’t think it’s relevant to you so ur menstruating friends and followers can see it), and if u can’t buy now but plan to later please bookmark the link in the post! tysm! <3 <3

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A Natural Order by Lucas Foglia 

Lucas Foglia grew up with his extended family on a small farm in the suburbs of New York City. While malls and supermarkets developed around them, they heated their house with wood, farmed and canned their food, and bartered the plants they grew for everything from shoes to dental work. But while his family followed many of the principles of the back-to-the-land movement, by the time he was eighteen they owned three tractors, four cars, and five computers. This mixture of the modern world in their otherwise rustic life made him curious to see what a completely self-sufficient way of living might look like.

From 2006 through 2010, Foglia traveled throughout the southeastern United States befriending, photographing, and interviewing a network of people who left cities and suburbs to live off the grid. Motivated by environmental concerns, religious beliefs or the global economic recession, they chose to build their homes from local materials, obtain their water from nearby springs, and hunt, gather, or grow their own food.

All the people in Foglia’s photographs are working to maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle, but no one he found lives in complete isolation from the mainstream. Many have websites that they update using laptop computers, and cell phones that they charge on car batteries or solar panels. They do not wholly reject the modern world. Instead, they step away from it and choose the parts that they want to bring with them.

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Who Needs A Shovel? Paramus Family Melts Snowfall Away
PARAMUS, N.J. — Unlike most New Jerseyans, the Parikh family of Paramus couldn't wait for Winter Storm Jonas -- it let them try out their one-of-a-kind geothermal/solar snow-melt system for the first time.The snow might have climbed over...

Zenesis House is his family’s response to climate change.

“Nobody is going to question our heating system when it melts away blizzards,” Asit said. “We are creating a green building people want to live in.”