Plant-covered buildings are taking over and we’re not complaining! Both beautifully designed and eco-friendly, Jean Nouvel has released plans for a 90-metre-tall hotel in Sao Paulo’s historical district that will have plants and trees growing from each terrace, mimicking the environment around it. Scheduled to open in 2019, the hotel will contain both guest rooms and apartments, and even luxuries such as three swimming pools and a spa.
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Shambala Festival is an award-winning green event, hosting a diverse mix of acts, ranging from music to acrobatics. 100% renewably powered, 100% vegetarian, and each year improving its recycling rates – it sets the standards for other festivals trying to be more green. One food stand even has a chickpea mincing bike to make falafels! And if the inevitable festival muck is getting to you there’s the option to drink champagne in a hot tub by the lake…mmm. www.shambalafestival.org
Graphene is an astonishing material that is both flexible and stronger than steel. The Graphene Company have utilized its powers to create an eco-friendly paint which is also long-lasting – ‘Graphenstone’. It is superconductive so acts as an insulator meaning you can switch off the central heating and air-con, helping both your pocket and the environment. Plus, a little goes a long way, as only one liter of paint is needed to cover eight square meters twice.
As soon as the sun’s out, so are the BBQs. Although they’re a great way to spend a summer’s day they don’t come guilt-free. Traditional charcoal has a huge carbon footprint and is even causing health implications for those inhaling the fumes. The ‘CasusGrill’ however has come to the rescue by using bamboo charcoal – you don’t need as much of plus it emits less CO2. It takes 5 minutes to set up and is biodegradable, so you can grill in peace.