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Swirl: A Washing Machine in a Ball for Laundry in Developing Nations

Swirl: A Washing Machine in a Ball for Laundry in Developing Nations

Imagine if you could kick, bunt and play your way to clean clothing. Well Swirl, an innovative new concept for easy laundering on the go lets people do just that. This colorful ball (which we wish had

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Portable Flatpack High Chair Made from 100% Recycled Cardboard

Portable Flatpack High Chair Made from 100% Recycled Cardboard

Have things gotten a bit cramped in your home since welcoming a new baby? Belkiz Feedaway is the perfect solution to recoup some space. Certainly sturdy enough to support a smiling little guy (or gal!)

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ROCCO: A Kinetic Energy Harvesting Rocking Horse

ROCCO: A Kinetic Energy Harvesting Rocking Horse

If you've got a toddler running about the house you may have asked yourself "Isn't there some way I could put all of that energy to good use?" Well the folks who came up with Rocco, one of the awesome

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Typography “Letterbox” Blocks Teach Kids the Art of Font Design

Typography “Letterbox” Blocks Teach Kids the Art of Font Design

Typical alphabet building blocks a bit too square for your kids? Letterboxes are a prototype toy from The Design Office that would foster their understanding of font design before they can even pronounce

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Caboodle is a Prefab Cardboard Condo for Your Cat

Caboodle is a Prefab Cardboard Condo for Your Cat

We're all about prefab homes for humans, but cats need shelter too! Luckily, there's Caboodle - a corrugated cardboard modular condo that your feline friends will be delighted to move their little cat

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Win an Exclusive Collection of Mama K’s Aromatic Play Clay Valued at $105!

Win an Exclusive Collection of Mama K’s Aromatic Play Clay Valued at $105!

Don't forget to enter this week's Inhabitots giveaway to win an exclusive gift pack of yummy smelling Mama K's Aromatic Play Clay for your tot! Worth $105, this awesome clay kit is kid-safe, 100% natural,

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Cola Powered Toy Car is Fueled by Sugar

Cola Powered Toy Car is Fueled by Sugar

Not to be outdone by Nokia's Coca-Cola powered concept cell phone, Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy's soda powered radio controlled car races onto the alternative energy scene. Fueled by a literal sugar high

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Jump Rope Transforms Kinetic Energy into Light

Jump Rope Transforms Kinetic Energy into Light

Eco-savvy fitness buffs will appreciate this jump rope flashlight concept by designers Hyun Joo Lee and Eu Tteum Lee. The Jumping Light skipping rope would take workouts to the next level by harnessing

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Water Tanks Recycled into Kids’ Palaces at India’s Dune Eco Resort

Water Tanks Recycled into Kids’ Palaces at India’s Dune Eco Resort

When one sees a discarded water tank, images of miniature kids' palaces don't typically come to mind. But Katell Gelebart, a very clever, eco-minded designer saw the old water tanks being cleared during

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Hill Hut: A Playful Abode Designed for Nature Loving Children

Hill Hut: A Playful Abode Designed for Nature Loving Children

Visiondivision's Hill Hut was designed with storybook flair and boasts opportunities for adventure at every turn. The southern Stockholm abode, built with two lucky children in mind, has an array of

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A Kitchen Table That Does Double Duty as a Secret Fort!

A Kitchen Table That Does Double Duty as a Secret Fort!

What kid couldn't use a secret fort to hide away in when it's brussel sprouts night at dinner (just kiddin', we love brussel sprouts), or a safe refuge when a scary ghost visits? This unassuming kitchen

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Kitchen Table Transforms into Secret Fort!

Kitchen Table Transforms into Secret Fort!

When we spotted this ingenious design by Ingrid Brandth, our unanimous chorus was, "I want one!" The Daily Shelter is an unassuming kitchen table that stealthily transforms into a playhouse or enclosed

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Vespa Scooter Transformed into a Revved Up Rocking Horse!

Vespa Scooter Transformed into a Revved Up Rocking Horse!

This ain't your grandpa's rocking horse! Well, okay, it actually is - sorta. This beautiful baby blue Vespa was recycled by one loving grandfather into a totally revved up "rocking horse" for his

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Recycly Robots take the Guesswork out of Recycling

Recycly Robots take the Guesswork out of Recycling

Even the greenest among us sometimes scratch our heads when it comes to knowing how to recycle certain objects. Recycly Robot Waste Containers, conceptualized by Oomy Design, help take the guesswork out

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Top 5 Green Baby Products of 2009 – VOTE FOR YOUR FAVE!

Top 5 Green Baby Products of 2009 – VOTE FOR YOUR FAVE!

Babies surely haven't been left out of the green revolution. Over the course of 2009 we saw numerous baby products hit the market, all geared at helping parents create a greener, healthier and safer

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Top 5 Green Toys of 2009 – VOTE NOW!

Top 5 Green Toys of 2009 – VOTE NOW!

What better way to introduce your little ones to sustainable design than through their favorite things - toys! From dollhouses complete with wind turbines and solar panels to giant ride-on Wheely Bugs

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EDITORS’ FAVORITE INHABITOTS STORIES OF 2009 – Vote for Your Fave!

EDITORS’ FAVORITE INHABITOTS STORIES OF 2009 – Vote for Your Fave!

We saw Inhabitots, our site devoted to green design for the next generation, grow so much in 2009! We celebrated its first steps as well as its very first birthday(!), and along the way we shared the best

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Outdoor Fireplace Illuminates Holiday Gatherings

Outdoor Fireplace Illuminates Holiday Gatherings

This radiant outdoor fireplace designed by Oslo-based architects Haugen/Zohar would certainly add a festive glow to upcoming holiday celebrations. Made from leftover materials from a nearby construction

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Original Sound Track: Toy Train Runs on Musical Rails!

Original Sound Track: Toy Train Runs on Musical Rails!

Musician and designer Ricardo Seola's 'Original Sound Track' is a toy train that is filled with a lot of soul! The train assumes the role of a musician as it plays its track by plucking metal keys, just

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Jellio Debuts their Xylophone Coffee Table

Jellio Debuts their Xylophone Coffee Table

The designers at Jellio have added a music table to their kid-friendly interior design collection. This working rainbow hued xylophone coffee table will provide eye candy for just about any room, and

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Modern Gingerbread House is a Sweet LA Pad

Modern Gingerbread House is a Sweet LA Pad

Is it just us, or are gingerbread houses taking a decidedly modern tack this year? Architect and LEED AP Kristina Hahn Atelier's sugary Cake Study House 09 is certainly no exception. It combines two

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M112 Pods: Miniature Shipping Container Homes!

M112 Pods: Miniature Shipping Container Homes!

These new M112 Pod Miniatures by Paris Renfroe Design are diminutive counterparts to the life-sized shipping container homes which are rising in popularity as green living space options. These tiny

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LED Motherboard Menorah by Roni Kabessa

LED Motherboard Menorah by Roni Kabessa

Founders of the Green Hanukkah Campaign received criticism for urging Jews to light one less candle during the sacred observance of Hanukkah to help reduce carbon emissions (one completely burned candle

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WoodStation is a Clock and a Weather Station in a Hunk of Wood!

WoodStation is a Clock and a Weather Station in a Hunk of Wood!

Green kids and their gadget loving parents will appreciate the time-telling WoodStation, designed by Sebastien Wallet for Inovaxion. Made from recycled wood, this innovative and intuitive clock displays a

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Polar Bear Robots Replace Dead Bears at St. Louis Zoo

Polar Bear Robots Replace Dead Bears at St. Louis Zoo

Officials at the St. Louis Zoo are preparing for their holiday Wild Lights exhibit by installing electronic polar bear proxies in place of the deceased polar bears who died in their captivity. The gesture

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‘Mons Lavabo’ Sink Helps Kids Save Water When Washing Hands

‘Mons Lavabo’ Sink Helps Kids Save Water When Washing Hands

With flu season upon us, parents can use all the help they can get when it comes to keeping their kid's hands clean and germ free. The bright and cherry 'Mons Lavabo,' a short-listed entry in Designboom's

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Gigantic LEGO House Destroyed!

Gigantic LEGO House Destroyed!

In a tragic turn of events, the supercool House of LEGOs constructed for the James May BBC television challenge was torn, hammered and shattered into nothing more than a pile of 3.3 million LEGO bricks,

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A Miniature Dollhouse Version of Arne Jacobsen’s Charlottenlund Villa!

A Miniature Dollhouse Version of Arne Jacobsen’s Charlottenlund Villa!

There's no better way to get kids interested in something than to incorporate it into their play! If you're modern design fanatics like we are, may we recommend this gorgeous 1:16 scale dollhouse

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Light Switch Ghost is Happy When Kids Save Energy, Angry When They Don’t

Light Switch Ghost is Happy When Kids Save Energy, Angry When They Don’t

When it comes to teaching kids to conserve energy, positive reinforcement is the name of the game. Combine that with a cute and fun toy, and you really can't go wrong. Case in point: Tio, an educational

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NYC: The Great Green Playdate at Kidville

NYC: The Great Green Playdate at Kidville

The Great Green Playdate for a Cause is eco-play company Unplugged on a Rug's traveling playdate that caters to families with young children from 0-5 years. Inhabitots editors Jill Fehrenbacher and

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