What’s More Sustainable Eye Glasses Material – Wood or Human Hair?

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If you think these sunglasses are made from tortoise shell, guess again. Accessories may be one of the most important places for an ecologically minded designer to start.  Accessories are the victims of quickly changing trends and fads, and so their unsustainable fashionable-ness makes their ecological sustainability greatly needed.  We’ve seen other green designers tackle […]

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Novel Bus-Stop Libraries in Israel Promote Green Transportation

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Would mini-libraries at bus stops encourage residents of your city to use public transportation? Here’s a novel idea: create a system of mini-libaries at bus stops in order to encourage reading and green transportation. Think it could never happen? Think again. Two urban artists, one of whom graduated from Israel’s Technion Faculty of Architecture, submitted […]

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Masdar’s Carbon Capture Program Could Lead to Mass Delirium and Comas

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Oil and gas companies believe that CCS will allow fossil-burning to continue unabated, but health leaders expose the potential for widespread human fatalities in the event of accidental leaks. The United States Department of Energy has pledged to match Masdar’s $700,000 carbon capture research program with $3 Million of US taxpayer money. In collaboration with […]

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Israeli Cleantech Benefits from Australian Climate Legislation

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When Prime Minister Julia Gillard narrowly succeeded in passing Australia’s first carbon tax last month, she probably wasn’t thinking of how Israeli innovation will be a beneficiary. Not everyone is happy that Gillard passed Australia’s first carbon “tax.” Big Coal is furious. And coal is a huge industry in Australia. But Australia’s Greenearth Energy is […]

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Squeaky Clean Bath Tub Chair Design

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Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub (chair). Designers often talk about “clean” design, with crisp lines and an absence of frou-frou decoration.  But apparently there’s another kind of clean design – the kind that’s clean because it’s upcycled from objects formerly used to keep people clean, like a bath tub.  The Bath […]

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Turkey’s First “Slow City” Promotes Local Agriculture, Slow Food Movement

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Seferihisar, a city on Turkey’s western Aegean coast, is part of Cittaslow, an international movement founded to promote the Slow Food movement around the world. Agriculture is the economic foundation of Seferihisar. The region is famous around Turkey for its juicy satsumas and mandarin oranges, while olives and vineyards also comprise a significant portion of […]

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Better Place Announces First Trade-In Agreement for Electric Cars in Israel

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Better Place launches another brand new business in Israel – used electric car sales. Better Place, the company bringing an electric car infrastructure to Israel, has been changing so much about how the Israeli public thinks about transportation.  It has educated the public about the benefits of using electric cars, taught us that a whole […]

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The Passing Of A Green Muslim – Ayman Ahwal

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We celebrate the Muslim environmental campaigner and green activist Ayman Ahwal (right) who passed away last week I think it’s fair to say that Ayman Ahwal was not your average Muslim. A British Muslim convert, he worked tirelessly to support tree-planting projects in Indonesia, campaign for clean streets in his hometown of Birmingham in the […]

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RAFAA Designs Next Generation Solar Tower for Bright Source Competition

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Zurich-based RAFAA Architecture & Design propose the next generation of super sustainable solar power towers. An often overlooked component of the growing number of solar power plants popping up in Egypt, the United States, Spain, and elsewhere is that someone was responsible for their design. Bright Source Energy recently solicited proposals from international firms for […]

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Know When To Stop Eating

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Miriam pointed out the perils of eating in front of the computer. Now, discover the cues that keep you munching when you’ve really had enough. Last week I lunched with a friend at an inexpensive Indian restaurant. We ordered the platter for two. Attractively arranged on a round platter were spiced rice, spoonfuls of chutneys, […]

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Water And Israel – The Facts

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Water rich or water poor? Doomed by desalination or dealing with the problem? Get the facts on Israel’s water situation. Following my latest post on water recycling and desalination in Israel, some commentators have raised questions about the seemingly contradictory facts on Israel and water. Whilst the Israeli water authority constantly warns of a water […]

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Landmines and Eco-Tourism Protect Lebanon’s Vulnerable Cedar Forests

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The Shouf Cedar Reserve is working tirelessly to protect Lebanon’s cedar forests from climate change. Fifteen years ago, civil war posed the greatest threat to Lebanon’s majestic cedar forests, but today climate change is their most prominent foe. The largest of Lebanon’s natural reserves and home to one quarter of the nation’s almost mythological cedar […]

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Eco-Map To Combat Chemical Pollution in Jordan

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A database of all the chemical industries in Jordan and their risk to the environment has been mapped Following recent revelations that chemicals dumped in landfills maybe disintegrating into toxic cocktails, it’s great to hear that Jordan has finalized an eco-map which will monitor industrial pollution in the country. Funded by USAID, the project has […]

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Finally, Eco Friendly Shoes for Men

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Finally, some eco-friendly shoes for the fashionable green men out there. We’ve seen an abundance of eco-friendly shoes here on Green Prophet of late – from Sharon Golan’s mix-and-match Shell 256 shoes to Daniela Bekerman’s “ze o ze” shoes that let you change the heels to fit your mood.  But what’s an eco-friendly man to […]

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