18-year-old builds one-man DIY submarine out of a drainpipe

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Facit Homes' D-Process creates buildings that snap together like LEGO bricks

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Grand Cancun eco island cleans up the ocean while generating renewable energy

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Lotus Belle Outback Tent provides a temporary luxury space with multiple purposes

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HOW TO: Decorate Easter eggs using flowers and foliage

by , 03/29/15
filed under: Art, DIY, Green Holidays, Inhabitots

Decorate Easter eggs with flowers

Easter season is upon us, and many families enjoy decorating eggs as a way to celebrate and spend time together. You’re not stuck fiddling with messy dye kits from the grocery store, however. Decorating eggs with flowers and foliage is just as easy! As a bonus, it’s an excuse to get your family—especially those rambunctious little ones—outside for a while, to take in the crisp spring air and forage for little natural gems to take home and affix to your Easter eggs. Read on to learn how simply and elegant your Easter eggs can be with this natural approach to holiday decor.

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Daniel Libeskind's funky metallic apartments will purify the Berlin air

by , 03/29/15
filed under: Architecture

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Architect Daniel Libeskind just unveiled plans for a modern, metallic apartment complex located in the heart of Berlin. Projected for competition by the end of 2016, the eight-story tall Chausseestrasse 43 building will feature large asymmetric windows to maximize natural light and a shining ceramic facade etched with a striking geometric pattern. The building’s most awesome feature, though, is that its shimmering ceramic tiles will consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the air, just like plants do.

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The UK’s first natural public swimming pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean

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WastED: Behind the design of NYC's food waste pop-up serving dishes made from dinner scraps

by , 03/29/15
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Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

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Temperature-regulating textiles take inspiration from polar bear fur

by , 03/29/15
filed under: Ecouterre

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A thick coat of fur keeps polar bears warm in below-freezing temperatures, but did you know that the hairs on their pelts are hollow to provide extra insulation? Inspired by nature’s genius design, UK fashion brand HotSquash unveiled an innovative new clothing line that uses the same insulating qualities found in polar bear fur. The temperature-regulating textiles not only help retain warmth in cold climates, but are also engineered to wick away moisture on hot days and are very low maintenance.

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A++ Architecture Unveils Plans for Shipping Container Homes in Bodrum, Turkey

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A++ Architecture recently unveiled plans to construct a cluster of net zero energy buildings in Bodrum, Turkey. The new development will feature a number of highly efficient, low cost homes made from recycled shipping containers. The high-performing, low-cost homes will be finished so that the original form is perfectly disguised within the new architecture, and the interiors will be designed by Architect Carlo Colombo.

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Brilliant Mold-Detecting Fruit Bowl Alerts You to Rotting Fruit Before it Goes Bad

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Who hasn’t experienced the frustration of picking a piece of fruit out of a bowl only to toss it out because it’s covered in a nasty layer of mold? Student designer Jagjit Chodha hopes to put an end to wasted fruit with a new bowl that can actually alert you that your fruit is going bad before it starts to happen.

 

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From trash to Transformers: A father-son team earns over $160,000 building giant robots from junk

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Grandparents Build a Fairytale Treehouse for Lucky Grandchildren

by , 03/28/15
filed under: Architecture

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A couple of lucky boys in Dallas have their very own fairytale treehouse that was built for them by their grandparents. Steve and Jeri Wakefield hired James Curvan to design the multi-level treehouse, which boasts some extra special details including decks, a suspension bridge and even a zip line, and the interior is decked out with all kinds of furniture and amenities that make this just like a real home but better.

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Flour power DIY: use a coffee grinder to make gluten-free flours at home

by , 03/28/15
filed under: DIY, How To, Recipe

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As I’m writing this, I’m stuffing a delicious piece of toast into my face and crunching on it rather happily. That might not seem like a big deal for most people, but for those of us who have to adhere to a gluten-free (GF) diet, a gorgeous piece of toast is worthy of a fair amount of celebration. Although more GF products are appearing on shelves, there’s something to be said for being able to bake one’s own items from scratch as well, but many GF flours are still insanely expensive. Luckily for us, milling our own flours isn’t just cost effective, it’s crazy easy too.

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Find out which companies are cleaning up with the Greenpeace Detox pledge

Find out which companies are cleaning up with the Greenpeace Detox…

Greenpeace calls out major suppliers -  including LVMH, Gap, H&M and Levi's - with their Detox Catwalk to take the Detox pledge to encourage them to remove toxic chemicals from…

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Nation’s largest shipping container restaurant was installed in just 3 days

Nation’s largest shipping container restaurant was installed in just…

Located on a former brownfield along the French Broad River, the Smoky Park Supper Club is a shining example of adaptive reuse and brownfield reclamation. Logan, owner of the downtown…

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Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda

Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the…

One of the biggest culprits of disease and death in slum areas around the world is the lack of sanitary toilets. There are several places in Uganda’s capital Kampala where, on…

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These Beautiful Customized 3D-Printed Prosthetic Legs Are Made to Be Seen

These Beautiful Customized 3D-Printed Prosthetic Legs Are Made to Be…

Unlike the one-size-fits-all mentality that is dominant in the medical device manufacturing industry, the company uses image-based 3D scanning technology to capture the shape of the…

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Russia has ambitious plans to build a superhighway to Alaska

Russia has ambitious plans to build a superhighway to Alaska

Russia has announced big plans for a superhighway that would effectively connect all the continents in the Northern Hemisphere, making it possible to travel from New York westward…

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