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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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Modumetal’s revolutionary technology grows super-tough metal like a tree

Modumetal’s revolutionary technology grows super-tough metal like a tree

The processes used to extract and utilize metals are typically highly energy intensive, with ores extracted through mines using smelting, or with recycled scraped melted down to be recast. But one Seattle

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15 awe-inspiring semi-finalists announced for the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

15 awe-inspiring semi-finalists announced for the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

596 Acres Living Lots Identifying unused urban spaces and working with disenfranchised residents to reclaim them for public use, Living Lots has already transformed dozens of spaces in New York City.

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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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A new kind of glass could create next-gen OLEDs and solar cells

A new kind of glass could create next-gen OLEDs and solar cells

For a long time, one of the key defining factors of glasses has been their molecular randomness; but when a team at the University of Chicago, led by Professor Juan de Pablo, were analyzing a glass that

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Undulae lamps are made out of cornstarch-based bioplastic

Undulae lamps are made out of cornstarch-based bioplastic

Undulae is a series of table and pendant lamps made of cornstarch-based bioplastic tubes. Bioplastic is made from the mixture of cornstarch, water, vinegar and glycerin with particular proportion and

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David Chipperfield’s Villa Eden honors Lake Garda’s traditional limonaias

David Chipperfield’s Villa Eden honors Lake Garda’s traditional limonaias

Northern Italy’s stunning glacial lake location has a rich traditional architectural heritage, now star architects such as David Chipperfield and Richard Meier have arrived, building exclusive homes as

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Peru’s Chontay house was made using locally-sourced wood and clay to help it blend in with the surrounding mountains

Peru’s Chontay house was made using locally-sourced wood and clay to help it blend in with the surrounding mountains

This rustic house on a mountain slope near Peru's capital accentuates the stunning beauty of the Andes mountain range and proves that the most beautiful living spaces are achieved by integrating them with

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The Big Green Bus is a retired city bus renovated into a mini traveling hotel

The Big Green Bus is a retired city bus renovated into a mini traveling hotel

Collier-Woods bought the 31-year-old public transport bus on eBay for £4,500 (approx $7,400). "I had a look on eBay and found that double deckers were not as expensive as I would have thought, so bought

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Students in Rotterdam are turning wasted fruit into a leather alternative

Students in Rotterdam are turning wasted fruit into a leather alternative

Food waste is a major problem across the world, and while food sharing and conservation programs are making a dent in the issue, some students in Rotterdam decided that they wanted to tackle this issue in

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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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Iceculture’s Incredible 15,000 Pound Ice Truck is Totally Roadworthy

Iceculture’s Incredible 15,000 Pound Ice Truck is Totally Roadworthy

The ice truck started off its journey in Texas where the frame originated. In the lone star state Bronson Automotive stripped the cab and body before lowering the engine bay's height and width. The truck

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The passive MOS Museum of Outdoor Arts can expand in a Fibonacci sequence

The passive MOS Museum of Outdoor Arts can expand in a Fibonacci sequence

Visionaries Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample from MOS are very keen on modular architecture as it allows them to make a project naturally grow just like a living organism's pattern. Their MOA and

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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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Artist Monsieur Plant created this incredible Batman suit out of bark

Artist Monsieur Plant created this incredible Batman suit out of bark

From the artist who brought you the Nike Just Grow It! topiary sneaker comes this crazy Batman suit made  out of moss, bark and fungi. Christophe Guinet, or Monsieur Plant as he is known, created the

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UFO-shaped Mazatlan Museum is heading to Mexico

UFO-shaped Mazatlan Museum is heading to Mexico

Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) have just unveiled their design for the UFO-shaped Mazatlan Museum in Mexico. The building's form, which resembles a minimalist alien spaceship, was actually inspired by

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Bolivia’s atmospheric Jardín de Asia features cozy cocoons made of natural materials

Bolivia’s atmospheric Jardín de Asia features cozy cocoons made of natural materials

The stunning Jardín the Asia is part of Los Tajibos Hotel, Santa Cruz de la Sierra's most luxurious accomodation. Envisioned by local architect Juan Carlos Menacho, it features a grand tunnel-like

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This book about trees can be planted to grow into a tree

This book about trees can be planted to grow into a tree

Inhabitat has made a habit of highlighting amazing products which integrate the life cycle of a plant into its design. There's the plantable table that invites nature to dinner, the plantable coffee cup

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Tree Church is a living, breathing chapel made of real trees

Tree Church is a living, breathing chapel made of real trees

After Barry Cox traveled the world admiring churches, he decided to build his own--out of trees. Using five different tree species and a tree spade from his work at Treelocations, the New Zealand resident

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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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Colorful community center was built from recycled materials from the London Olympics

Colorful community center was built from recycled materials from the London Olympics

London-based design studio LYN Atelier designed a temporary community center in Hackney Wick, constructed using recycled materials from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The community center,

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BOOK REVIEW: Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World

BOOK REVIEW: Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World

Climate change, air pollution, and water scarcity—these are just a handful of reasons why you may be worried for Earth’s future. But all hope is not lost, at least that’s the attitude of writer and

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Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

These multi-functional pavilions look like a floating village in Songyang County in China. The cluster of open-plan structures was built in only eight weeks using locally sourced bamboo topped with

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Beautiful adobe hotel in Bolivia belongs in a fairy tale

Beautiful adobe hotel in Bolivia belongs in a fairy tale

With shelters shaped like a tortoise, a teepee, a sea tower and a snail among other natural forms, Las Olas can be easily spotted down from the bay. As it's built on a slope, each room gets both, privacy

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LEGO is investing $150 million to make better, more sustainable toy bricks

LEGO is investing $150 million to make better, more sustainable toy bricks

Whether it's used in architecture or animal prosthesis, we have an enduring affection for LEGO—but it does have a nagging problem; the blocks and all their packaging are made of plastic, which makes it

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Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

Although the tree houses are custom made to order, the company builds each project with eco-friendly principles. Cutting edge computer technology is first used to detail every building aspect, and then

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Eden furniture is made from tree branches found in the woods

Eden furniture is made from tree branches found in the woods

Everything in the economy revolves around consumption. Manufacturers constantly provide new designs or models, making existing products redundant or old fashioned. This phenomenon causes tons of

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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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Google and Levi are turning clothing into touchscreens

Google and Levi are turning clothing into touchscreens

Google's Advanced Technology and Projects is developing a smart fabric called Jacquard, which has the potential to turn your shirt into a touchscreen. The fabric will look and feel like your typical

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