The top ten posts of the week, from good apartments to bad eggs

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Tiny houses are popular on TreeHugger, but tiny apartments are really a lot more relevant. The top two posts of the week tour two of them, one in Mexico City and on in New York.

10. Europe thinks it's time for 'best before' dates to expire

Mark Turnauckas/CC BY 2.0 Really, these dates are for the convenience of the retailer and don't really tell you if the food has gone bad, and they lead to a lot of waste.

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9. 10 safe sunscreens for the whole family this summer

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Two million Americans are developing skin cancer each year. But sometimes it seems like the sunscreens might be worse. Here are a few made of less toxic chemicals.
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8. Four year study on bee killing pesticides released: bad news doesn't stop at bees

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Turns out the Neonic pesticides are killing more than just bees. And of course, almost nothing is being done because "the science isn't settled."
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7. 9 tips for Zero Waste entertaining this summer

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Channel your inner hipster with canning jars for glasses and growlers for beer.
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6. The three most important things about passive houses are comfort, comfort and comfort.

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Everyone thinks Passive Houses are all about saving energy, but there is a nice byproduct: They are really comfy.
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5. Breakthrough grid-scale renewable energy storage in a battery made from... gravel?!

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This energy storage system just rocks, because it's made of just rocks.
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4. Project Livewire: Harley-Davidson unveils its first electric motorcycle! (videos)

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The hog owners I know tune there bikes to make a lot of noise and annoy everyone around. Would they go for a quiet electric bike?
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3. World's first trampoline park to open in abandoned slate mine

© Bounce Below Nice adaptive reuse of an old mine. Bouncy.

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2. Touring Enrique's tiny Mexico City apartment

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This small apartment is is designed with style, intelligence and humor. I love it.
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1. Roommates convert small studio to two bedroom apartment with one month's rent

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How to convert a studio into a two bedroom apartment on the serious cheap.
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