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Low-Impact One Tonne Living in Sweden

The average American will produce something like 20 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year; however, in Sweden the average amount is something like six-eight tons (or tonnes) per year.  So when several companies join forces to put a four-person Swedish family on one-ton-per-year lifestyle, perhaps there might be something for us to learn from the experiment.  That experiment is the One Tonne Life project.

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Unique Green Birth Chart Art by StarArc

I don’t know much about astrology, but I can still see having one of these pieces with a unique astrological aspect pattern.  They’re beautiful, modern, and available in two designs, eight sizes, and 27 colors.  StarArc takes your birthday, birth time, and birth location to create a personal pattern, which is then printed using environmentally friendly canvas (“Urth” by Breathing Color) and inks.  Pieces range in size from 10″ – 48″ square and price from $280-$830 (although there is currently a 40% off sale).

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Container-Based SushiBOX in Austin

Following on the heels of the successful launch of La Boite, Mark Meyer and Austin-based designSTUDIO designed and built another container-based eatery.  SushiBOX just opened at 2nd and Congress in downtown Austin, so you’ll want to drop by if in the area.  The re-purposed container features bio-based spray foam insulation, rainwater HOGs, and some nifty waterjet-cut details.  Executive Chef Ben Crockett leads the sushi-making experience and there’s already one positive review on Yelp.

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Blu Perfects Iconic Breezehouse Prefab

Blu Homes is on a tear lining up projects and relaunching iconic homes such as the Glidehouse.  This month, the Massachusetts-based start-up is “Perfecting an Icon” in the form of unveiling the new and improved Breezehouse.  In fact, just barely into the relaunch, Blu already sold two of these homes and is working on a few more in the pipeline, according to Maura McCarthy, co-founder and VP of sales and marketing.

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Beautiful Land Yacht Docked in Texas

Reclaimed Space, an Austin-based company that crafts custom prefabs out of reclaimed materials, recently installed this project in Bastrop, Texas.  It’s a small home of 512 square feet that wears the character of salvaged materials well.  The owners work full-time on a private yacht and ground here with their horses and Brangus cattle when not sailing the world, making this their “land yacht.

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Off-Grid itHouse Going Up in California

This 800-square foot Clearlake itHouse is under construction in California right now.  Similar to another itHouse that we mentioned previously, the home will be off-grid and solar-powered.  It will also be the first, elevated, above-ground itHouse, leaving the site relatively untouched by the structure.

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