Green Materials

MIT Researchers Create Self-Cleaning Glass that is Anti-Fogging and Glare-Free

MIT Researchers Create Self-Cleaning Glass that is Anti-Fogging and Glare-Free

Beads of water on glass photo via Shutterstock Glass is a fundamental building material with thousands of practical applications, and if you believe what the folks at Corning are selling, our use of

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The Best Green Designs in Ventura Lambrate at the Milan Furniture Fair

The Best Green Designs in Ventura Lambrate at the Milan Furniture Fair

Ento by Julene Aguirre, Jacky Chung, Aran Dasan and Jonathan Fraser from RCA, is a project investigating the nutritional value of eating of insects. The project examines and how they are processed in

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From Yuhang Unveils Bamboo Paper Gú Chair at Milan Design Week

From Yuhang Unveils Bamboo Paper Gú Chair at Milan Design Week

From Yuhang is a design collective based in China that applies local paper making techniques to furniture design. During this year's Milan Design Week they unveiled their Gú Chair, which is molded from

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Pepe Heykoop’s Leather Loops Stools Entice at the Milan Furniture Fair

Pepe Heykoop’s Leather Loops Stools Entice at the Milan Furniture Fair

Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop transforms the disused into the exquisite with his Leather Loops stools. Using remnant leather collected from the furniture industry, Heykoop has created a line of furniture

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IKEA PS Unveils Smart, Sustainable Designs at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2012

IKEA PS Unveils Smart, Sustainable Designs at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2012

This bamboo table has three changeable tabletops - a planter, a fruit bowl and a normal flat table. It can also be put together to create different compositions. Poltrona is a minimalist take on

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‘Perspectives’ by Belgium is Design Offers a Refreshing Take on Sustainability in Milan

‘Perspectives’ by Belgium is Design Offers a Refreshing Take on Sustainability in Milan

For us, the highlight of this exhibition the Nomad Portable Solar Lamp by Alain Gilles. The lamp provides a safe and eco-friendly substitute to the dangerous kerosene lamp that is often used in

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Oasegroen Greens Up Dull Interiors With Living, Breathing Moss Walls

Oasegroen Greens Up Dull Interiors With Living, Breathing Moss Walls

Oasegroen's moss walls are virtually maintenance-free, which is a real boon for those whose thumbs are more brown than green. This is because they are able to obtain their own light and air, and require

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Back To Wood: Andrej Malinin Recycles Old Newspapers Into New Furniture

Back To Wood: Andrej Malinin Recycles Old Newspapers Into New Furniture

Swedish designer Andrej Malinin uses recycled newspaper and colorful paper waste to create a strong, compostable material that resembles wood. By gluing together hundreds of paper layers using a

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A1′s Tea House in the Garden is a Natural Sanctuary in Prague

A1′s Tea House in the Garden is a Natural Sanctuary in Prague

Situated within a slightly wild, graceful private garden, the Tea House offers a great space to retreat from the world. Its round shape takes the guests' attention to the center where the tea is

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My Eco Can is a 100% Biodegradable Travel Mug Shaped Like a Soda Can

My Eco Can is a 100% Biodegradable Travel Mug Shaped Like a Soda Can

Winner of the iF Design Award in 2010, My Eco Can is a cool portable cup that is completely biodegradable. Cleverly shaped like a soda can to stand out amongst all those drab tumblers, each cup is made

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6 Amazing Origami Designs!

6 Amazing Origami Designs!

Anja Markiewicz's Amazingly Tiny Origami German artist Anja Markiewicz makes tiny origami figures from pieces of paper that are less than an inch long. Using a toothpick, her skilled hands and a load

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Blue Forest’s Thatched Cliffside Lodge Wraps Itself Around a Tree

Blue Forest’s Thatched Cliffside Lodge Wraps Itself Around a Tree

Designed for a private client and set in their luscious garden next to a pond, Cliffside Lodge is raised just a few meters above ground. Constructed on stilts and wrapped around a centenarian tree, this

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SmartDeco Builds Eco-Friendly and Easy to Assemble Flat-Pack Furniture

SmartDeco Builds Eco-Friendly and Easy to Assemble Flat-Pack Furniture

If you've been looking for some basic furniture for your home, check out SmartDeco's eco-friendly creations. Founded in 2011, SmartDeco produces 100% recyclable furniture that is proudly made in the USA.

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JAILmake’s Reseeding Bricks Help Grow Living Buildings in London

JAILmake’s Reseeding Bricks Help Grow Living Buildings in London

Installing grassy facades on urban buildings are a great way to create a greener city. With this in mind, London-based design studio JAILmake has developed these 'Reseeding Bricks', which can be used to

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Download a Free Copy of ‘Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open’

Download a Free Copy of ‘Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open’

'Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open' by Julian M. Allwood and Jonathan Cullen was released today, and you can get a copy for yourself online for free! Production of materials accounts for

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iZen’s Bamboo Keyboard is for Eco-Conscious iPad Users

iZen’s Bamboo Keyboard is for Eco-Conscious iPad Users

If you've been looking for a keyboard to complement your iPad, why not opt for one of iZen's gorgeous bamboo models instead of a plastic one? iZen Bamboo is the first eco-friendly bluetooth keyboard

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‘Bamboo Wing’ is a Stunning Vietnamese Restaurant Made Entirely From Bamboo

‘Bamboo Wing’ is a Stunning Vietnamese Restaurant Made Entirely From Bamboo

To enter Bamboo Wing, customers walk through a series of stepping-stones surrounded by water and growing bamboo. Entirely made of the fast-growing, renewable plant, the open-air Vietnamese restaurant

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Cambridge Engineers Use LEGO Bricks to Grow Synthetic Bone

Cambridge Engineers Use LEGO Bricks to Grow Synthetic Bone

Designers everywhere continue to wow us with LEGO creations like robotic arms and fully functional printers, and now a group of engineers is even working on using the bright stacking blocks to grow

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Sanserif Creatius’ Recycled Cardboard Chair Hides a Footrest and Table In Its Seat

Sanserif Creatius’ Recycled Cardboard Chair Hides a Footrest and Table In Its Seat

This awesome recycled cardboard armchair from Sanserif Creatius is a curvy and comfortable piece that maximizes space by concealing a separate footrest and coffee table within its seat. Dubbed

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Julie Dodd Sculpts Delicate Nature-Inspired Artwork From Layers of Recycled Paper

Julie Dodd Sculpts Delicate Nature-Inspired Artwork From Layers of Recycled Paper

These paper egg sculptures are particularly beautiful, created entirely from layers and layers of pages glued together until they form a wood-like consistency. Dodd then carves them into egg shapes to

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“Killer” Silk Destroys Anthrax, Other Microbes in Minutes

“Killer” Silk Destroys Anthrax, Other Microbes in Minutes

Thanks to a groundbreaking discovery by Ohio’s Air Force Research Laboratory, ordinary silk is now good for a lot more than making pretty clothes. A group of researchers have developed a chemical

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Wine Barrel-Inspired Downley House in England is Built from a Former House’s Ruins

Wine Barrel-Inspired Downley House in England is Built from a Former House’s Ruins

Set in an idyllic landscape of gorgeous national parks, Downley House was erected using the ruins of an old stoned-house. The client wanted a relaxing yet playful environment with good use of natural

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Avant Garde Cineteca Madrid Glows With Dozens of LED Tubes

Avant Garde Cineteca Madrid Glows With Dozens of LED Tubes

Cineteca Madrid's library is intersected by a trapezoidal staircase woven with clear plastic tubes filled with energy saving LED lights that give off just enough light to allow visitors to browse an

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SITBON Wins PFFF Inflatable Architecture Competition With Glowing Red Grenade Pavilion

SITBON Wins PFFF Inflatable Architecture Competition With Glowing Red Grenade Pavilion

Paris’s SITBON ARCHITECTES have won the City Vision PFF Inflatable Architecture competition with their red domed “Grenade” design. Announced at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the competition

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Architect Dominic Stevens Builds His Dream House For Under $33,000

Architect Dominic Stevens Builds His Dream House For Under $33,000

Many of us dream of one day designing and building our own house - and with economic issues ravaging many countries around the globe and ensuing mortgage crises, it's not surprising that the self-build is

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Scientists Discover That Spider Silk Conducts Heat 800 Times Better Than Any Other Organic Material

Scientists Discover That Spider Silk Conducts Heat 800 Times Better Than Any Other Organic Material

From violin strings to beautiful golden garments, delicate spider silk is good for much more than trapping delicious insects. Scientists at Iowa State University have put the organic threads to the test,

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NewWood Composite Panels are Made From 100% Post-Industrial Wood and Plastic Waste

NewWood Composite Panels are Made From 100% Post-Industrial Wood and Plastic Waste

Elma, WA-based NewWood Manufacturing has developed an innovative line of composite building panels that are made of 50% recycled plastic and 50% recycled wood. In the process, they’ve breathed new life

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The Bali Ecological Center Creates a Modular Terracotta Green Wall with Local Craftsmen

The Bali Ecological Center Creates a Modular Terracotta Green Wall with Local Craftsmen

Designers at the Bali Ecological Center drew inspiration from giant wasp nests to create this charming green wall. The modular vertical garden is made from terracotta by skilled local craftsmen in Bali.

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