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Category: sustainability

Millennials and Home Remodeling

Via WoodworkingNetwork.com -- MENLO PARK, Calif. – Data analysts at Kukun, an online platform that helps homeowners learn about the home remodeling process, say the home renovation market is poised for significant growth in 2016, led by Millennials who are among the most active home renovators - at least among those who use online tools to aid in the process. “More [existing home] sales means more renovations. More renovations means more people needing tools to help ease the... Read More
Posted by Kristina Bran at Monday, March 7, 2016 | 0 comments
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Wood-based Carbon Fibre Used to Build Model Car

Via TechMic  ---- Cars could soon be made out of plants instead of metal. Researchers in Sweden are working on a new car material made out of a wood-based carbon fiber. The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has created a car roof out of wood composite and a carbon fiber car battery made with lignin, an substance found in the cell walls of plants, according to Science Daily.  Lignin is one of the earth's most plentiful natural polymers Scientists are using it to... Read More
Posted by Kristina Bran at Monday, February 15, 2016 | 4 comments
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Grown In Seconds, A New Website Launched By AHEC, Demonstrates Sustainability of American Timber

To illustrate the sustainability of American hardwoods, a new interactive platform: Grown in Seconds , has been launched by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) to show how swiftly wood used for a variety of projects regrows naturally in American forests. Supported by environmental consultants ThinkStep .  AHEC aims to promote a better understanding of the true environmental benefits of using American hardwoods in design and manufacture. The new platform, Grown in Seconds, uses... Read More
Posted by Kristina Bran at Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | 0 comments
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Children’s Book Grows Into Tree After Being Read

In March 2015, Pequeño Editor, a small children’s book publishing company in Argentina, launched a new initiative to educate children that paper comes from trees. With 1500 new titles published in Argentina each year, as well as 6 million copies per month and more than 45 million pages per day, paper is an essential part of our culture and education. In order to teach children the importance of trees and everything they provide to the earth, Pequeño Editor partnered with FCB Buenos Aires to... Read More
Posted by Kristina Bran at Thursday, June 4, 2015 | 2 comments
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Swap steel, concrete, and brick for wood – wooden buildings are cheaper and cleaner

Architecture Design - April 2015- Although it may seem counter-intuitive, it would be better if we built buildings from wood than from concrete, brick, aluminium and steel. We use millions of tonnes of these modern materials every year. They have many valuable properties, but are energy-intensive to create, accounting for around 16% of the entire planets' fossil fuel production. Instead we could be using wood, which is also strong, renewable, and plentiful – we use only a fraction of the world’s... Read More
Posted by Kristina Bran at Friday, April 24, 2015 | 3 comments
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