Tag: Sustainable Living

Mandatory Composting in New York? It Could Happen

Millions of New Yorkers may soon need to separate scraps of fruit, vegetables and meat into separate garbage receptacles every time they cook and do dishes — learning another new habit just as they did with plastics recycling in the 1980s and are now doing under a recent ban on plastic shopping bags. The City […]

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The Most Planned Unplanned Place Around

This article is part of our latest Design special report, which is about getting personal with customization. In architecture, the tension between freedom and restrictions animates the best work. We wonder how a building by, say, Frank Gehry can stand up, given the striking twists and turns of its form. No matter how visually striking, […]

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The King of D.I.Y. Dwellings

BOLINAS, Calif. — Self-sufficiency is like perfection, said Lloyd Kahn, the guru of guerrilla architecture and dean of all things D.I.Y. “You never quite get there, but you’re moving toward it all the time.” On this late February morning, the chickens had been fed, the sourdough loaves baked and left cooling on a rack. The […]

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How Green Are the Greens?

This article is part of our International Homes special section, which takes a look at homes and golf, from planned communities and sustainability to course designers and where they live. When it comes to buying a golf property, whether it is in Phoenix, Portugal or another part of the world, sustainability is a factor that […]

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It

PARIS — The empty auditorium of the drowned world was black with foreboding. A gaseous, lemony scent filled the air. Every once a while a drip would ripple out through the pool of water that had swallowed the seats three rows deep. Then furious gray storm clouds rolled across an LED screen on the ceiling. […]

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How to Be Good

By the end of the year, I felt tired and overwhelmed, ready to peel away onionskin layers of regret. That’s most likely why, when I wandered by a Little Free Library, Nick Hornby’s book “How to be Good” called out to me, the bright yellow cover a beacon, the title offering redemption for mistakes large […]

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What Makes Sustainable Fashion?

For all that the climate crisis has been at the center of the international conversation; for all it has been at the forefront of the Democratic presidential debates; for all the talk about it around the Oscars; for all that it was one of the biggest trends to emerge from the shows last season — […]

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Nothing Says ‘I Love You’ Like Secondhand Roses

Roses on Valentine’s Day don’t seem like such a kind gesture when you think about them getting shipped to the city on cargo planes from Ecuador, or decomposing in landfills and converting to methane gas. So what’s a climate-conscious romantic to do? Consider the case of Leatal Cohen, an idealistic young florist and the owner […]

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The Electric Hummer and the Rise of the Eco-Beast

What would it take to unite this divided country? At this point, we seem to be down to one option: electric pickup trucks. What? You haven’t heard about zero-emission pickups? That will change on Sunday, at least if you are among the 100 million or so people tuning into the Super Bowl between the San […]

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Mapping Potholes by Phone (the West Bank’s Roads Were Smoother)

A far-flung group of engineering students, from schools like M.I.T., Harvard and Birzeit University in the West Bank, have developed an app that turns a smartphone into a tool to track potholes and measure overall road quality. No one needs an app to confirm hitting a pothole, but this project could improve life in many […]

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France’s Unofficial Minister for Fashion Isn’t Afraid of a Redesign

In France, where fashion is considered part of the patrimony and first ladies have been front-row regulars (and supermodels), the government has long treated the industry with kid gloves. Then, in 2017, Brune Poirson arrived. “In the beginning, everybody thought I was crazy,” said Ms. Poirson, who is officially one of three secretaries of state […]

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The New Generation of Self-Created Utopias

THE EAST WIND COMMUNITY is hidden deep in the Ozarks of southern Missouri, less than 10 miles from the Arkansas border, surrounded by jagged hills and tawny fields. Getting there requires traversing country roads that rise, dip and twist through chicken-wire-fenced farmsteads and grazing pastures cluttered with rusty agricultural equipment until you reach 1,145 acres […]

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