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Reusing Nike Shoes

Reusing Nike Shoes

Nike has certainly had a major impact on the planet. The manufacturer of the world’s most popular trainer shoes has often come under criticism for labour conditions where the shoes are made, for SF6 (a mega-potent greenhouse gas called sulphur hexafluoride - 23,000 times more warming than carbon dioxide) that used to be in their Nike Air shoes and the overall environmental impact of all those disposable shoes on the landfills. Business Week reported at the peak of SF6 production in 1997, Nike Air footwear carried a greenhouse effect equivalent to an astonishing 7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide - about as much as the tailpipes of 1 million cars.

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The Anara Tower

The Anara Tower

Inspired by the Minaret, The Anara Tower may one day have the distinction of being the world’s tallest LEED certified building. The world's tallest building is...

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Is Neiman Marcus Going Green?

Is Neiman Marcus Going Green?

No, they are not but at least this year's infamous Christmas Fantasy Gifts catalogue contains one eco-item. Michael Jantzen’s limited edition M-velope struct...

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Swiss Eco-Mountain Hut

Swiss Eco-Mountain Hut

The foundation stones were recently laid for what will be the most innovative mountain lodge in the world, nested at the foot of the Dufour Peak in Switzer...

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Mini Houses in Sweden

Mini Houses in Sweden

In a world of North American McMansions and the enormous quantities of materials used to build personal ‘palaces’, increasingly designers and architects ar...

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Vote For Good Design

Vote For Good Design

The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum wants you – the public - to express your views on what constitutes good design for the annual People's ...

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The CFL Made Beautiful

The CFL Made Beautiful

So much of the eco-revolution used to be about drudgery – ugly, scratchy hemp clothes, socks and sandals, dilapidated Volkswagen vans with homemade psychedel...

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Why Build Green?

Why Build Green?

Green building, or green construction, is a catchall phrase that refers to a wide-spectrum of building types, styles and materials. Often green building si...

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Green Buildings -part 2

Green Buildings -part 2

Biomass

Biomass can be used for heating buildings and generating steam to make electricity. A wood (or biomass pellet) stove is perhaps the most obvious bio...

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Green Buildings-part 1

Green Buildings-part 1

Cob Homes

Cob homes are made from a mixture of sand, clay and straw, with just the right moisture content to build-up walls without using a form. Cob homes ...

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