Green Materials

We’re giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

We’re giving away 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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Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch like trees

Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch like trees

In order to illuminate contemporary social issues, Beitz creates numerous artworks that include a 18-foot-long looping table entitled Not Now, as well as functional 50-foot-long picnic table that branches

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Udo Heimermann’s eco-friendly architecture seeks socio-environmental harmony

Udo Heimermann’s eco-friendly architecture seeks socio-environmental harmony

Clay design is a much-utilized medium in Heimermann’s buildings, touted to be a forgotten sustainable material which can provide warmth and insulation. Budget-friendly and energy-saving are also

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IKEA is launching a new line of ultra low-cost furniture made entirely of paper!

IKEA is launching a new line of ultra low-cost furniture made entirely of paper!

Swedish manufacturer of flatpack furniture, IKEA, keeps pushing the envelope when it comes to affordable design. The company is currently developing a new line of furniture made out of paper. These new

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Yamazaki Kentaro’s House in Kashiwa showcases the art of leaving things unfinished

Yamazaki Kentaro’s House in Kashiwa showcases the art of leaving things unfinished

Situated in the small city of Kashiwa, not far from Tokyo, this family house was imagined as an adaptable space that the inhabitants design by living in it. Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop used wooden

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Wood Innovation Design Center rises as world’s largest timber office building

Wood Innovation Design Center rises as world’s largest timber office building

WIDC was designed as both a functional center, but also as a showcase of the durability and design potential of timber. The bottom floor and foundation are made from reinforced concrete, but the remainder

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Plug n Play is a modular classroom that can be modified to suit local conditions

Plug n Play is a modular classroom that can be modified to suit local conditions

The aim is to provide creative and comfortable spaces for children where they can grow learn and “play” This is achieved through the proposed modular design that offers the end user with the

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Six of the largest school districts in the US are ditching polystyrene

Six of the largest school districts in the US are ditching polystyrene

Six of the largest school districts in the nation announced that they are ditching polystyrene trays (more commonly known as styrofoam) for eco-friendly compostable plates. The move is the result of a

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Hong Kong’s Community Green Station blends bamboo screens and shipping containers

Hong Kong’s Community Green Station blends bamboo screens and shipping containers

The Community Green Station in Sha Tin was built as a temporary shelter to held exhibitions and workshops that promote the importance of recycling. It consists of a cluster of closed, opened and

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New concrete can repair its own cracks with bacteria

New concrete can repair its own cracks with bacteria

Widely used by the Roman Empire to construct enduring architectural wonders, concrete has proven to be one of the most durable building materials. Though concrete reigns supreme, that does not mean it

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Bolivia’s Ecolodge del Lago takes inspiration from traditional Lak’a Uta architecture

Bolivia’s Ecolodge del Lago takes inspiration from traditional Lak’a Uta architecture

The Ecolodge del Lago is 20 minutes walk from Copacabana's town center, across the road from a pebbled beach on the Lake Titicaca. It offers sustainable accommodation in many earth cabins inspired by

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Casa Invisibile is an innovative, tailor-made prefab home with mirrored walls

Casa Invisibile is an innovative, tailor-made prefab home with mirrored walls

Delugan Meissl's idea of the future home was designed with flexibility and spatial quality in mind. Its modular tailor-made design gives clients' the freedom to choose its facades, materials and size,

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Absolutely enchanting AirBNB home in Brazil was built from demolished houses in the area

Absolutely enchanting AirBNB home in Brazil was built from demolished houses in the area

The Floripa cabin is located on the north of the island, overlooking rough but crystal clear waters and a fine white sand beach. Jaime settled in the island 30 years ago, where he decided to base his

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Lommel Observation tower is wrapped in over 3.5 kilometers of rope to reflect the surrounding sand dunes

Lommel Observation tower is wrapped in over 3.5 kilometers of rope to reflect the surrounding sand dunes

Dutch design studio Ateliereen Architects designed a thirty-meter-high wooden observation tower inspired by the sand dunes of Lommelse Sahara in the Belgian town of Lommel. The triangular structure is

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Couple spent 20 years building Freedom Cove, their self-sufficient floating oasis

Couple spent 20 years building Freedom Cove, their self-sufficient floating oasis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tIkzvloehc Adams and King have been living in their own self-made floating island since 1992. They are both artists, Adams is a carver and King, a retired ballerina

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Bacteria “mini-factories” could someday replace consumer plastics

Bacteria “mini-factories” could someday replace consumer plastics

The developers envision their machines as, one day, being part of “mini-factories” which can mass produce needed products for today’s consumers. The Growduce machine holds a SCOBY which feeds on

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This abandoned 300-year-old home was turned into a cafe wrapped in a bamboo frame

This abandoned 300-year-old home was turned into a cafe wrapped in a bamboo frame

The cafe's house was part of a dozen of abandoned homes, where families flew the small town of Kasang-ri Kyung-book to go to the city. The cafe arises after the architects removed and added new walls

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City Library Bruges’ new rusty facade gets more beautiful over time

City Library Bruges’ new rusty facade gets more beautiful over time

The clients' brief was to make the library more visible from the street and that it will stand out with its very own identity among other services in the same building. But the architects' task wasn't

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