Adidas Created A Shoe That Is Literally Made Out Of Trash

German apparel giant Adidas has created a prototype for a sustainable new shoe made almost entirely from recycled garbage pulled from the ocean, the company announced on Monday. The upper shoe is made entirely of yarns and filaments reclaimed from illegal deep-sea gillnets and other ocean waste, while the base is made from sustainable cushioning material.

The new kicks are the […]

Lego Saying ‘No’ To Plastic, Invests Millions Into Search For ‘Sustainable’ Material

The toy company announced this week that it plans to invest 1 billion Danish Krone (or about $150 million) over the next 15 years in a program to develop new “sustainable” materials which will eventually replace the plastic currently used to make its iconic building blocks. Lego also plans to make its packaging more environmentally-friendly.

The move is a testament to […]

IAQ Study Finds Green Apartments Healthier for Renters

A study published last year says IAQ is an important predictor of health, especially among low-income residents. The study found green apartments healthier than conventional ones.

Those living in green homes, researchers found, “experienced 47% fewer sick building syndrome symptoms.” They also noticed that study participants who did have health concerns had “improved health outcomes” when they lived in green apartments, […]

The World’s Most Beautiful Power Plant?

An extraordinary heart-shaped solar farm is set to be built on the Pacific island of New Caledonia.

The 2MW “Heart of New Caledonia” is being built by solar company Conergy and should start producing power for 750 homes from early next year. The plant, comissioned by local beverage company Froico SA, is expected to save around 2m tonnes of carbon dioxide […]

How Sustainable Is 3-D Printing?

Although 3-D printing brings with it the promise to make manufacturing ‘cleaner and greener,’ the enabling technologies don’t boast those qualities yet.

Even as we extol 3-D printing, all of its advantages need to be taken with a grain of salt – at least until the time we see more sustainable solutions to bypass the following problems:

Source: Harmful emissions call for […]

California Prepares for Net-Zero Energy Residential Buildings

In an unanimous vote, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved energy efficiency standards for buildings that set the stage for big changes on the horizon.

In California, all new residential buildings must be net-zero energy starting in 2020, and new commercial buildings by 2030.

50% of new state buildings beginning design in 2020 must be net-zero energy, and all new state buildings […]

Giant Floating Solar Power Stations Are Japan’s Newest Power Source

According to Kyocera, the electronics manufacturer behind the floating solar systems, the two new stations in Kato City are expected to generate 3,300 megawatt hours annually, providing enough electricity to power about 920 typical households. The company is also behind another floating solar farm just east of Tokyo, slated to open next March, that will be even larger, powering almost […]

A Big-Hearted Man Manufacturing Tiny Houses for Oakland’s Homeless

To date, Kloehn has built 35 miniature homes for the homeless in Oakland and San Francisco. All construction materials (except for the wheels and a few other odds and ends), are sourced from garbage. He also runs workshops and gives lectures, teaching other artists and handypeople the tricks of the trade. Following his lead, other builders have made homes for […]

Factory vs. Fair Trade: New Businesses Battle to Revolutionize The Fashion Industry

With 98% of clothing purchased in the United States imported from overseas, some entrepreneurs are going straight to the source to reform the industry. They are offering improved conditions and pay for the people in developing countries who produce clothing and accessories for the West, but even laying the right groundwork for the new, ethical standard can take time.

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Six Myths of Sustainable Design

As I wrote last Fall, Yudelson’s program has been shown not to be all that “cheap” or “useful.” However, he is right to point out that green building has not gotten as much traction as it should, given its many benefits. Recent reports show that LEED-certified buildings can cut greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption by half, while costing 25 […]