Eco-Inspiration

6 Simple Ways to Make Your Life Even Greener

6 Simple Ways to Make Your Life Even Greener

1. Reuse Bags and Containers It’s easy to carry around a reusable bag in your purse or pocket so you don’t have to buy a plastic one at the store. There are countless styles available in a variety of

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Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL pipeline has some big competition, and it is coming from a number of very small challengers. Scientists at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA are working under a

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Mom Builds an Amazing Dollhouse Inside a Guitar for Her Daughter

Mom Builds an Amazing Dollhouse Inside a Guitar for Her Daughter

Dollhouses are a great way to get kids' imaginations going, but imagine playing house with this amazing dollhouse built right into a guitar! Mom, Lorraine Robinson, built this incredible miniature

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Inhabitat Named One of 10 “Pinners to Follow” in 2013 by The Honest Company — Check Out Our Boards!

Inhabitat Named One of 10 “Pinners to Follow” in 2013 by The Honest Company — Check Out Our Boards!

Whether you’re looking for the coolest in + Honest Company’s 10 Pinners to Follow in 2013

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Marc Sparfel Crafts a Menagerie of Animals From Discarded Furniture

Marc Sparfel Crafts a Menagerie of Animals From Discarded Furniture

In every old piece of furniture lies a personality waiting to emerge. Artist Marc Sparfel has the unique talent of seeing the souls trapped in table legs and chair backs and gives new life and value to

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Green Design Predictions for 2013

Green Design Predictions for 2013

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org I think there's actually a chance 2013 will be a significant year in climate history — the year when the

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Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Photo via Shutterstock As holiday decorations are being packed up and New Years resolutions are being scribbled down, millions of Christmas trees across the country are headed to the landfill or the

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Inhabitat New Year’s Resolutions for 2013!

Inhabitat New Year’s Resolutions for 2013!

HAPPY NEW YEAR INHABITAT READERS! 2013 is finally here and we can't wait to see what the new year has in store for us! But before we get out of holiday-mode and back into the groove of things

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Top 9 Inhabitat Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 9 Inhabitat Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

We're quickly making our way towards 2013, and as as we countdown these last few days of 2012, we here at Inhabitat are looking back at all the best green design and news stories from the past year. We

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Corey Corcoran Has Fun With Fungi In His Beautiful Mushroom Etchings

Corey Corcoran Has Fun With Fungi In His Beautiful Mushroom Etchings

Boston-based illustrator forgoes the traditional paper or canvas for the underside of a giant mushroom. His organic backdrops allow for a sculptural quality to his work, each pierced piece taking

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The Million Trees Project Lets You Design and Plant a Tree From the Comfort of Your Computer

The Million Trees Project Lets You Design and Plant a Tree From the Comfort of Your Computer

Instead of chopping down a stately conifer this holiday season, give the gift of a real live tree from the Million Trees Project! By designing your own tree online for the price of a cup of coffee, the

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The BeetBox Kicks Out the Jams With the Help of Root Vegetables

The BeetBox Kicks Out the Jams With the Help of Root Vegetables

Want to throw down some sick underground beats using vegetables that actually grow underground? Get back to your musical roots by jamming on the BeetBox, a simple musical instrument powered by a Raspberry

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Kim Preston Morphs Plastic Trash Into Living Sea Creatures

Kim Preston Morphs Plastic Trash Into Living Sea Creatures

Human beings produce and toss so much plastic out into the ocean that we have created the Pacific Trash Vortex, also known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Gyres swirl this floating rubbish heap

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MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills

MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills

Porcupine quills might seem more hurtful than helpful - but researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are examining the structure of the spines for use in the medical field. For the first

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Commute is a Fun Interactive Toy and Sculpture that Lets You Design Your Own Subway Map

Commute is a Fun Interactive Toy and Sculpture that Lets You Design Your Own Subway Map

Commute is a handsome, wooden representation of the boroughs of New York that also allows you to redesign the subway system. Created by Bobby Genalo, each piece is manufactured locally in the NY metro

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Sandcastle Builder Calvin Seibert Creates Incredibly Precise Geometric Sculptures Out of Sand

Sandcastle Builder Calvin Seibert Creates Incredibly Precise Geometric Sculptures Out of Sand

Influenced by Gottfried Bohm and and Aldo Rossi, Calvin Seibert transforms particles of sand into strikingly precise geometric shapes. Each sandcastle emerges from the rough surrounding terrain as a

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Clement Briend Projects Digital Deities Onto Trees in Cambodia

Clement Briend Projects Digital Deities Onto Trees in Cambodia

French photographer and founder of the Politics Illuminations Group has been projecting and photographing his artwork since 2008. Using the large scale installations as a free expression of public art, he

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Roulottes’ Colorful European-Style Caravans are a Place to Call Home

Roulottes’ Colorful European-Style Caravans are a Place to Call Home

When Hoekstra was a kid in the 60s, he saw these classic mobile caravans still in use and he promised himself that one day he would buy one. When he bought his first fixer-upper, he was a graphic

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SDA’s Stunning Wood-Wrapped Chelsea Workspace Features a Sweeping World Map

SDA’s Stunning Wood-Wrapped Chelsea Workspace Features a Sweeping World Map

Synthesis Design + Architecture has combined the trappings of a modern workspace with the timeless beauty of wood. The organic, sweeping shapes cleverly hide frosted Perspex storage units that are

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Cities Without Ground: A Handy Guidebook That Maps Out All of Hong Kong’s Pedestrian Walkways

Cities Without Ground: A Handy Guidebook That Maps Out All of Hong Kong’s Pedestrian Walkways

Cities Without Ground: A Hong Kong Guidebook is a new book that maps 32 networks of interconnected above- and below-ground pedestrian walkways in Hong Kong. Written by a team of architects (Jonathan D

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DIY Gift Idea: 10 Recipes You Can Gift in Jars

DIY Gift Idea: 10 Recipes You Can Gift in Jars

What you’ll need: Clean, lidded jars in assorted sizes The dry ingredients as per your recipe A list of the wet ingredients needed for each recipe (to send along with the jar) Ribbons, bows,

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DIY Holiday Gift: The Urban Gardener Kit

DIY Holiday Gift: The Urban Gardener Kit

Image © Mike Glass What you’ll need: Bucket or planter Trowel and garden fork Assorted seeds Small watering can Optional: cute trimming shears and coir starter pots As this is a kit

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Jessica Drenk Carves Pencils Into Incredible Organic Shapes

Jessica Drenk Carves Pencils Into Incredible Organic Shapes

The pencil is more than a writing implement - it's a symbol of creativity and potential. Exploring the structural possibilities of graphite and wood, artist Jessica Drenk turns familiar old Ticonderogas

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What the Phonics? Helps Non-Danish Speaking Tourists Navigate the Streets of Copenhagen

What the Phonics? Helps Non-Danish Speaking Tourists Navigate the Streets of Copenhagen

WTPh? (What the Phonics) is an interactive installation made by Momo Miyazaki and Andrew Spitz. Street names in Denmark are close to impossible for foreigners to pronounce, so they did a little

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‘The Tent’ Is a Large-scale Community Knitting Project in Israel

‘The Tent’ Is a Large-scale Community Knitting Project in Israel

'The Tent’ is a spectacular installation located Zichron Yaakov, Israel, that was knit by kids, parents and grandparents who came together to create art. Every Wednesday for three months, the inspired

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The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

The Citrus Clock is a Tart Timepiece Powered by Lemons

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or, if you are really clever, make a clock. The Citrus Clock by the international design studio Anna Gram harnesses the power of the tart fruits to power a

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HOW TO: Extend Your Garden’s Growing Season With Cloches and Cold Frames

HOW TO: Extend Your Garden’s Growing Season With Cloches and Cold Frames

Hardy vegetables like kale, cabbage, chard, lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, turnips, parsnips, and beets will over-winter well,  and you'd likely also have a fair bit of luck with herbs such as

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Mika Aoki Crafts Hauntingly Beautiful Glass Sculptures Inspired by Microscopic Life

Mika Aoki Crafts Hauntingly Beautiful Glass Sculptures Inspired by Microscopic Life

Taking a cue from nature, glass artist Mika Aoki transforms tiny grains of sand into flowing, organic forms reminiscent of spores, sperm, and viruses. For her pieces, Aoki frequently travels to labs for

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The Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference Comes to St. Louis on Oct 29

The Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference Comes to St. Louis on Oct 29

Natural disasters are physically, socially, and psychologically devastating to a town. It can be extremely difficult to rebuild civic infrastructures and restore the lives of residents. Where do

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