Tired of struggling to find space for your stuff? This infographic from Solent Plastics has 24 great storage solutions for every home, big and small, old and new, to get you organized and make the most of your space. Do your clothes tumble out of your tiny closet every day? Is your tiny kitchen preventing you from hosting that family dinner? Click on to find the perfect solution for all your storage challenges.
Are you thinking of keeping some chickens in your backyard, but don’t know how you’re going to house them? The Poultry Guide has put together this fab little collection of 10 free coop designs to help you sort out your hens’ housing with as little stress as possible. Whether you’re planning to have 2 chickens or 20 of them, you’ll certain to find the right size and shape for your individual needs, ranging from a tiny portable coop on wheels to a small barn with an attached enclosure. If you happen to make any of these, please feel free to comment below with a link and pictures!
Like every great story, The Shoe That Grows began with someone seeing a need and figuring out a way to fill it. In 2007, Kenton Lee was living in Nairobi, Kenya. While walking to church one day, he noticed a little girl who was wearing shoes that were way too small. This of course lent itself to the question, “why?” and the resulting answer was an idea. “What if kids had shoes that could adjust and expand, so that they always had a pair that fit?”
Collaptes furniture company, based in Mexico, constructs pieces that are both environmentally mindful and visually stunning. Cyntia Briano Alamillo’s items are minimalist in nature, with the assembly often requiring only basic skills and including just one element: wood.
We've seen some great displays at this year's Milan Design Week, and the Spazio Rossana Orlandi exhibit was no exception. Established in 2002 in a former tie factory, the space is divided between two floors, and showcases creations from up-and-coming designers from across the globe. Many who exhibited at this show chose to display works created from recycled/upcycled materials such as plastic bottles, glass, wood, and metal, and have proven just how versatile reused items can be. Read on to check out some of the best and brightest that were on display!
Do you dream of building your own tiny house but don’t have the foggiest idea of where to start? Architect Joshua Woodsman can help. As Founder of Pin Up Houses, a company that creates easy-to-build house plans, Woodsman designed and constructed the Cheryl Cabin, a compact and multifunctional holiday home. The stylish DIY cabin can be built in three weeks with under $3,000 worth of material.
Project Epiphytes is a collection of suspended ceramic vases that don't just contain plants, but allow the plants to grow as they would in nature. Each vase functions as support that allows both the plants' aerial parts and their roots to be exposed. The vases, designed by Italian industrial design studio Dossofiorito, lets the plants grow freely in all directions, creating beautiful organic sculptures that change over time. Dossofiorito presented Epiphytes at this year's Salone Satellite 2015.
Philips wants to put LED bulbs in every home by making them so affordable that nobody will be able to resist. The global lighting leader, in partnership with Home Depot, launched the most affordable LED ever just in time for Earth Day. With a retail price of just $4.97, Philips’ new 60-watt equivalent LED sets a new standard in green lighting. To celebrate, Philips is sweetening the pot with a limited-time two-for-one deal, which lowers the price per bulb to under $2.50! This momentous achievement marks major change for both the green lighting industry and for regular folks who are finally able to embrace sustainable lighting without careful budgeting.
This Austrian home is more than what meets the eye at street level. Design firms March Gut and Wolfgang Wimmer renovated and enlarged the existing structure into the face for Clemens Strobl, an Austrian boutique winery. The recently converted building, called the Stroblkeller, hides a sleek and contemporary interior that dips down underground into a windowless and impressively large wine storage cellar.
NYC environmentalists are waiting with bated breath to see if Mayor de Blasio has plans to rebrand PlaNYC, the city’s eight-year-old sustainability blueprint originally implemented by the Bloomberg administration. As reported by Crain’s New York, local sustainability advocates are worried that the mayor is planning to steer the sustainability initiative away from environmental issues and towards inequality issues.
The World Health Organization recently declared that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp, “probably” causes cancer. Scientific experts around the world agree that the poison is likely more dangerous to humans than we currently understand, and several countries are currently considering a ban on its use. This petition is your chance to speak up, joining your voice with hundreds of thousands of other concerned citizens around the world who are demanding the chemical be barred from use until further studies can be done on the extent of its effects. The petition targets the Environmental Protection Agency as well as all government leaders worldwide who are responsible for public health policy. Tell them to protect our health and the health of our children by restricting the use of this dangerous poison!
Today, Japan’s maglev (magnetic levitation) train set a world speed record, traveling at a blazing 375 mph (603 kph) on a test track. Just a few days before, the train had set a world record when the Central Japan Railway Company’s high-speed train hit an also impressive 366 mph (590 kph) on its test track in Yamanashi Prefecture west of Tokyo. Prior to that, the previous world record was set by the rail company in 2003.
Earth Day is tomorrow, and to celebrate the beauty and bounty of Mother Earth, we've rounded up some of our favorite jaw-dropping aerial images by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Captured all across the globe, Arthus-Bertrand's amazing photographs remind us that Earth Day shouldn't be honored just one day a year; if we want to preserve these beautiful landscapes, we need to protect our planet with top-down and grassroots efforts every single day. Click through to see 14 amazing aerial photographs that are sure to leave you spellbound.