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Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

It's almost that time of year again. Where did summer go? As the kids go back to school, they may be feeling some stresses along with all the excitement. One of the most important things you can do as a

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UK farmer grows his own eco home from sustainable hemp crops

UK farmer grows his own eco home from sustainable hemp crops

When UK farmer Nick Voase switched his croplands from potatoes to hemp after severe flooding in 2007, he probably didn’t know he’d one day be using part of his harvest to build a home. Fast forward to

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Solar-powered Elevate Structure is wrapped in a living, breathing wall of green

Solar-powered Elevate Structure is wrapped in a living, breathing wall of green

Family-run Elevate Structure Inc. is bringing gorgeous new contender to the rapidly growing collection of eco-friendly homes and constructions that seem to be catching everyone’s eye. These buildings

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World’s first moldable glue lets you fix and improve nearly anything

World’s first moldable glue lets you fix and improve nearly anything

Sugru is a handy moldable glue ideal for any number of household, DIY and craft projects.

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This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

Anna Webster, fourth-year student at the Cass, London Metropolitan University’s School of Architecture, has designed a simple but sturdy house that fits right into the Ghanaian countryside where it has

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Australia reveals the world’s first solar powered “e-paper” traffic signs

Australia reveals the world’s first solar powered “e-paper” traffic signs

Sydney is leading the way in eco-friendly traffic signs by using solar-powered, “electronic ink” signs. Completely sustainable and able to be updated at the drop of a hat, the technology, which uses

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Cantilevered shipping container coffee shop pops up in Johannesburg

Cantilevered shipping container coffee shop pops up in Johannesburg

Made from stacked and cantilevered shipping containers, the Foghound Interactive Coffee Company in Johannesburg is a sustainable flagship for the ambitious company. Designed by Earthworld Architects &

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Palo Santo is a lush, eco-friendly hotel wrapped in 800 varieties of plants

Palo Santo is a lush, eco-friendly hotel wrapped in 800 varieties of plants

< Palo Santo opened last October in the green and trendy 'Palermo Hollywood' neibourgh. Inspired by the Patric Blanc's vertical gardens at Musée du Quai Branly and Caixa Forum, its front and back

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Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

We love technology and even those of us who don't love it, probably still use it to some degree. Even some of our common appliances like TV's, some refrigerators, microwaves, watches and other items use

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Denmark’s massive circular Around Pavilion is made entirely from locally-sourced wood

Denmark’s massive circular Around Pavilion is made entirely from locally-sourced wood

The circular Around Pavilion is located on the grounds of the 17th-century Rosenborg Castle within the Danish capital. Its geometric design matches the garden's meticulous layout and the material choice

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Japanese wedding chapel is lined with intricate hand-carved flowers to connect the past with the future

Japanese wedding chapel is lined with intricate hand-carved flowers to connect the past with the future

Hopeful visitors to the chapel will need to travel to the Ana Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. There, they’ll find a steel-arched dome, measuring 6m (20 ft) high and 19m (62 ft) long. The

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Jason Middlebrook paints geometric shapes on found wood to illustrate the mark man leaves on nature

Jason Middlebrook paints geometric shapes on found wood to illustrate the mark man leaves on nature

Although Middlebrook has been working on the man-nature subject for the past decade, his recent Wall Works and vertical Planks really stand out. They are made from found chunks of Maple and other

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Emergent Structures challenges furniture design students to transform waste into striking work desks

Emergent Structures challenges furniture design students to transform waste into striking work desks

Jobs needed one. Gates needed one. Even Alexander Graham Bell needed one. Without a table to work on, there’s not an entrepreneur in history who could’ve gotten their ideas off the ground (bad pun

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Bolivia’s charming Wiracocha offers pilgrims a thatched adobe refuge

Bolivia’s charming Wiracocha offers pilgrims a thatched adobe refuge

We found out about Wiracocha because its owner, Alfonso Choque Tricona, was also the captain of the boat that took us from Copacabana right across to the island. But instead of sailing, he spent most of

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Fern & Roby make high-end electronics out of reclaimed wood

Fern & Roby make high-end electronics out of reclaimed wood

  Richmond, Virginia-based Fern & Roby produces high-end furniture, audio, and hardwares that reflect the founders’ desire to celebrate the narrative and history of the materials they use.

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Astonishing water-sensitive building material acts just like pine cones

Astonishing water-sensitive building material acts just like pine cones

Royal College of Art design student Chao Chen has developed a revolutionary new building material that responds to the presence of water.

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Bright and bold QUO shipping container mall springs up in Buenos Aires

Bright and bold QUO shipping container mall springs up in Buenos Aires

QUO Container Center is a bold and bright idea by architect Cecilia Bertezzolo, founder of BZZ Arquitectura, and built by EcoSan.  It is situated in a leafy up and coming small town, and hour and a half

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WIN a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

WIN a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

My Green Mattress founder Tim Masters was first drawn to the business not for financial reasons, but as a worried parent. Soon after Tim and his wife Cindy's second daughter Emily was born she began

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Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

Happy Meadows Courtyard House is a modern, age-in-place, net zero passive house designed by Chapel Hill, NC, architect Arielle Condoret Schechter. Constructed primarily of 5500 psi concrete, the

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Playful and resourceful designs from Argentina’s Puro Diseño Fair

Playful and resourceful designs from Argentina’s Puro Diseño Fair

It was Postigo Design's first time at the fair, where they presented a wonderful recyclable metal bench inspired by leaves and its nervatures. The same design studio unveiled an innovative

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OOPEAA crafts Finland’s tallest wooden apartment block from sustainable CLT modules

OOPEAA crafts Finland’s tallest wooden apartment block from sustainable CLT modules

Created for housing developer Lakea Oy, Puukuokka is 'the tallest wooden apartment block in the country' according to its architect, Anssi Lassila. Situated in Kuokkala, the 8-storey building shelters a

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Duncan Meerding transforms tree stumps into lamps that double as tables and stools

Duncan Meerding transforms tree stumps into lamps that double as tables and stools

Who knew tree stumps could have so many uses! Tasmanian furniture designer Duncan Meerding transformed ordinary tree stumps into gorgeous, weather-resistant lamps that can double as indoor and outdoor

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HOW TO: Make a $5 wind-powered phone charger for your bike

HOW TO: Make a $5 wind-powered phone charger for your bike

[gallery_extended] To make this all-in-one wind turbine power bank you need to get an old CPU fan, an old phone battery (or a 18650 cell), a small switch and a bike support element. Also get

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Texas-based EzGro Garden allows anyone, anywhere to grow crops vertically

Texas-based EzGro Garden allows anyone, anywhere to grow crops vertically

Larry Johnson used to be a computer guy, but he decided he wanted to work outside instead. Although he didn’t know much about plants at the time, Johnson got into vertical farming and designed a growing

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Surfer Gary Linden and Jose Cuervo create the world’s first 100% agave surfboard

Surfer Gary Linden and Jose Cuervo create the world’s first 100% agave surfboard

Born out of passion, adventure and the never-ending commitment to positive social impact, Jose Cuervo Tradicional has unveiled the world’s first sustainable, 100% Agave surfboard in partnership with

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Inflatable RGBubble brings the RGB color spectrum of your digital screen to real life

Inflatable RGBubble brings the RGB color spectrum of your digital screen to real life

Rhode Island-based design collective Pneuhaus created small inflatable bubbles that place visitors in the ever-changing environment of the RGB color spectrum. As if inhabiting pixels within a digital

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Tiny isolated cabin in Norway is only accessible by foot or horse

Tiny isolated cabin in Norway is only accessible by foot or horse

The stunning tiny cabin stands along a lake, in between high Norwegian peaks. Its humble, curvaceous design integrates into the landscape causing minimal footprint to its pristine surroundings. As it can

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AART Architects Norwegian housing development is shaped like a wooden mountain range

AART Architects Norwegian housing development is shaped like a wooden mountain range

Featuring a whopping 209,900-square-foot area, the Waterfront is one of Europe's largest wooden residential developments. Its shape takes inspiration from the Norwegian mountains while paying homage to

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UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and Pee

UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and Pee

Edinburgh College of Art student Peter Trimble has built a ready-made machine for making compostable furniture. Called Dupe, the machine converts sand, urine and bacteria into a new biomaterial similar to

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The Urbanite Home rescues oil barrels from landfills to create upcycled modern furniture

The Urbanite Home rescues oil barrels from landfills to create upcycled modern furniture

Every single day MILLIONS of oil barrels are produced and disposed of across the globe, and since they have little scrap value, most of them are tragically discarded into landfills, contributing to global

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