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Repurpose This!

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Our friends at Repurpose Compostables asked people to submit their best ideas for refashioning old stuff. Here are your winners!

The good peeps at Repurpose Compostables are on a mission to replace single-use, petroleum-based plastic cups with greener, plant-based alternatives. Needless to say, we're down for their cause. The company's Repurpose This! campaign asked people to show off their creative repurposing ideas, with sweet prizes for the best projects. SHFT was approached by Repurpose to judge the contestants and......read more

Why the House Transportation Bill is a Bad Idea

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Proposed legislation would slash bike and pedestrian funding in favor of Big Oil

Bad ideas abound in the House Transportation Bill released this week, and green transportation activists are rightly miffed. The proposed bill would slash funding for federally-mandated bike and pedestrian programs, and use the funds made available for highway improvements. It would also increase the size of trucks allowed on highways, and reduce the amount of time required for environmental......read more

3 Ideas for Stimulating Green Growth

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Why cutting carbon emissions is good for the economy

With the new year underway, we are at a crossroads. While the world economy doggedly refuses to turn around, global warming continues to accelerate, posing increasing threats to vulnerable communities. Many, like our friendly Republican presidential candidates, argue that dealing with climate change in the midst of an economic crisis will hinder recovery efforts. The truth, as Manish Bapna......read more

Wrapping Paper and the Recycling Bin

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Eco-friendly ideas to wrap up the holiday season

If you're anything like us, Christmas present wrapping gets done on Christmas eve or, if we're lucky, the day before. For all us last-minuters out there, MNN has outlined some simple instructions for wrapping things in an eco-friendly manner. Here's the low-down on keeping your gifts gorgeous but green, from MNN correspondent Cy Tottleben: If you love the game of creating a beautiful mystery......read more

Signal Shed by Ryan Lingard

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A $10,000 micro-hideaway in the Oregon woods

When Mariah Morrow and Ryan Lingard saw an ad in the Joseph, Oregon local paper for a $47,000, 100- by 150-foot parcel of land, they lit up. "Where most people would have seen a steep, partially burned, partially logged slope that didn’t have utilities, we just saw possibilities," Mariah recalls. The Signal Shed, as they've dubbed their miniature wilderness outpost, was designed by......read more

Wind Power Partners Bridge Mideast Divide

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Two engineers, one Palestinian and one Israeli, unite to bring renewable energy to embattled region

In a place where peace between Muslims and Jews seems a far-off dream, an unlikely alliance is bringing the opposing sides together... in the name of renewable energy. Muhammad Salem, a Palestinian engineer who designs and installs small wind turbines, has teamed up Israeli engineer Yanir Avital to design and manufacture turbines for both the Israeli and Palestinian territories. At NYT's Green......read more

A Sleekly Sustainable Prefab in the Californian Desert

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Green ideas permeate elegant, modernist Desert House

The design practice of Los Angeles architects Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner, founders of Marmol Radziner and Associates, extends well beyond buildings and into jewelry and furniture. Whatever the project, green ideas reign supreme. The duo's prefab design and manufacturing business is but another example. The prefab operation launched with this vacation home prototype -- owned by Marmol and his......read more

Climate Legislation: Seizing the Chance

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Why diluting the climate bill is a bad idea.

It is undeniable that we need a climate bill to address the emissions that are causing global climate change. What is not so clear, however, is how to go about writing a law that is middle-ground enough to have a possibility of being passed -- without compromising its purpose. Thanks in large part to the Gulf oil spill, Obama currently has a wonderful opportunity to push for a hard-line......read more

After-Party Pondering

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David Vega dishes up some food and drink ideas for the morning after.

As I write this I think back on the past few days’ efforts to make small daily changes to my eating habits. Believe me, I’m not one to deny myself the things I enjoy; I’m more likely to find something that both satisfies my cravings and that I can feel good about eating. Applying it has actually been much easier than I expected. If I stick to satisfying the senses, I find......read more

A Skyscraper for Bees

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Architecture students from the University of Buffalo create a towering beehive

Between the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder and pesticide poisoning, it's been a rough few years for bees. According to recent estimates from the  Department of Agriculture, around ten million hives have been lost over the past seven years. The ecological tragedy is being met with all sorts of innovative approaches to creating new bee habitats. The latest, designed by students at......read more

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