Green Materials

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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The Aluminum Recycling Industry Could Be in Trouble Unless New Technology is Adopted

The Aluminum Recycling Industry Could Be in Trouble Unless New Technology is Adopted

About half of all the aluminum used in the United States is being recycled these days, which is great news - but there's a catch. Although a lot of energy is saved in the recycling process -- since it

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Spiders Spin Silk into Violin Strings Able to Create Superior Symphonic Sounds

Spiders Spin Silk into Violin Strings Able to Create Superior Symphonic Sounds

Japanese scientist and music lover, Shigeyoshi Osaki, has discovered that spider silk can be spun into much more the pesky cobwebs. After studying the eight-legged creepers and their silky habits for over

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Avatar Architettura’s Recycled Pallet Pavilion Pops up in Italy

Avatar Architettura’s Recycled Pallet Pavilion Pops up in Italy

Italian design firm Avatar Architettura is well-known for their ability to turn recycled wooden pallets into inspiring works of art - like this fun pavilion in Italy. Designed as a temporary art

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Product Fitness 80: New MUJI Exhibition Showcases Elegant, Efficiently Designed Products in London

Product Fitness 80: New MUJI Exhibition Showcases Elegant, Efficiently Designed Products in London

There is an old Japanese saying that goes "eat in measure and defy the doctor", which means that eating an adequate amount of food (instead of stuffing oneself) will ensure a joyful, balanced and healthy

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Alex Féthière Creates Eco Art in His Sustainable Metalworking Studio

Alex Féthière Creates Eco Art in His Sustainable Metalworking Studio

Alex Féthière's metalworking studio operates more sustainably than traditional metal artist studios. Castings are poured from reclaimed scrap aluminum in a homemade blast furnace powered entirely by

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Takayuki Hori’s Beautiful X-Ray Origami Animals Shine Light on 8 Endangered Species

Takayuki Hori’s Beautiful X-Ray Origami Animals Shine Light on 8 Endangered Species

From solar cell origami lamps to cute nano-origami animals, we can't get enough of the Japanese art of folding paper. The newest origami creations to catch our eye are Takayuki Hori's beautiful folded

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Formafantasma’s Natural Botanica Vessels Look Like Archaeological Artifacts

Formafantasma’s Natural Botanica Vessels Look Like Archaeological Artifacts

We recently showed you Formafantasma's crafty vessels made from flour, agricultural waste and limestone, but the design studio has developed another amazing set of archaic-looking objects. Commissioned by

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Dome-Shaped Eco-Tourism Center in France is a Living Room in the Woods

Dome-Shaped Eco-Tourism Center in France is a Living Room in the Woods

Inca Architectes designed this dome-shaped eco-tourism center that feels like a cozy living room in the woods. Commissioned by the Department Tourism Committee of Seine et Marne to protect the Gorges de

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Artist Anja Markiewicz Folds Amazingly Tiny Origami Out of Inch-Long Pieces of Paper

Artist Anja Markiewicz Folds Amazingly Tiny Origami Out of Inch-Long Pieces of Paper

Cranes, dragons, mice, snowflakes, flowers and all sorts of insects are recreated by paper in an extraordinary scale. Working from her Postdam studio near Berlin, Markiewicz folds her tiny paper

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Valerio Romondia’s Kyoto Clock is a Recycled Wood Wool Time Block

Valerio Romondia’s Kyoto Clock is a Recycled Wood Wool Time Block

Wood wool is a material made from leftover slivers cut from logs - it's mainly used in packaging, filling, or bonded to form boards. As a celebration of this wonderful eco-friendly material, Italian

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Pablo Curutchet’s Monstrous Recycled Cardboard Box Man Emerges from the Water

Pablo Curutchet’s Monstrous Recycled Cardboard Box Man Emerges from the Water

Box was constructed from 882 pounds of packaging boxes taped together by artist Pablo Curutchet and ten of his friends. The team used local company Cartoco's cardboard boxes and built the structure first

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The Colorful Eadie Armchair Fuses Pop Style With Eco Craftsmanship

The Colorful Eadie Armchair Fuses Pop Style With Eco Craftsmanship

Designer Donna Wilson mixes classic styling with quirky, colorful, hand-woven textiles to create fresh contempory pieces that are anything but old-fashioned. Her Eadie eco armchair replaces the use of

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The Bird Hangar: A Poetic Public Installation Designed for Blowing Vegetable Seeds Around Japan

The Bird Hangar: A Poetic Public Installation Designed for Blowing Vegetable Seeds Around Japan

A couple of Finnish artists embarked on a project to create a poetic public art installation called Bird Hangar that uses the wind to spread seeds across Japan. Unveiled at a past edition of the Yokohama

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Recycled Sauna in Finland Flies Past Planning Hurdles With Clever Mobile Design

Recycled Sauna in Finland Flies Past Planning Hurdles With Clever Mobile Design

A woman in Finland wanted to convert an abandoned boathouse into a sauna for 12 years, but she couldn't get municipal approval - so Denizen Works traveled from London to her home in Åland and came up

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128 Cardboard: A Clever Recycled Cardboard Fruit Bowl by SEMdesign

128 Cardboard: A Clever Recycled Cardboard Fruit Bowl by SEMdesign

Utrecht-based SEMdesign created this low-impact faceted bowl that is made entirely from cardboard so it can be easily recycled or composted at the end of its life. Named "Fruit Bowl 128 Cardboard", this

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Colors Tokyo’s Earth Blocks are an Eco-friendly LEGO Alternative

Colors Tokyo’s Earth Blocks are an Eco-friendly LEGO Alternative

LEGO blocks are one of the most enduringly popular toys around. With endless possibilities for reinvention, they challenge minds and cultivate creativity. But as much as we love these colorful little

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Formafantasma Crafty Vessels are made from Flour, Agricultural Waste and Limestone

Formafantasma Crafty Vessels are made from Flour, Agricultural Waste and Limestone

Using sustainable design as a bridge between craftwork and the industry, this collection of earthy vessels combines low-impact materials and old world techniques to create durable, functional objects.

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Tomas Schön’s Flat-Pak ‘A-Board’ Becomes a Full Shelf with the Pull of a String

Tomas Schön’s Flat-Pak ‘A-Board’ Becomes a Full Shelf with the Pull of a String

A finalist at the Green Furniture Awards 2012, the ‘A-Board’ by Argentine-born Italy-based Tomas Schön's is a bookshelf that consists simply of an eco-labeled plywood board and one strong orange

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Dutch Designer Dave Hakkens Creates Cool “Rubble” Floors From Recycled Materials

Dutch Designer Dave Hakkens Creates Cool “Rubble” Floors From Recycled Materials

Demolished houses usually leave behind lots of scrap materials that, with a little bit of clever thinking, can be turned into fantastic new building supplies. Inspired by Italian-style terrazzo floors --

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Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction was very careful to ensure that their Silverbeaver Hausboot was made of the most efficient materials so that the project has a tiny footprint. To this end, they clad the boat in

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Prefabricated Parabolic Camping Pods in Steamy Australia Require no A/C

Prefabricated Parabolic Camping Pods in Steamy Australia Require no A/C

The Drew House was also restricted by serious bush fire requirements, so Laws chose to "build the pods using a simple steel and plantation timber frame with low density cement sheet walling and steel

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Cradle is a Flat Pack Chair Designed Specifically for Autistic People

Cradle is a Flat Pack Chair Designed Specifically for Autistic People

The thoughtfully designed Cradle is a sustainable rocking chair created by a collaborative effort to aid people with autism and Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD). Developed by Richard Clarkson, Grace

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Kiev’s Twister Restaurant Serves Molecular Food & Cocktails In an Earthy Atmosphere

Kiev’s Twister Restaurant Serves Molecular Food & Cocktails In an Earthy Atmosphere

Ukraine's capital Kiev has a new restaurant where you can feel like a bird while drinking a cocktail or eating molecular style food. Designed by local architects Serghii Makhno and Vasiliy Butenko,

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IKEA Transforms its Flat Pack Cardboard Packaging Into Funky Furniture

IKEA Transforms its Flat Pack Cardboard Packaging Into Funky Furniture

IKEA is marketing its big annual sale with a line of clever furniture pieces made entirely out of the company's very own flat pack furniture packaging. IKEA commissioned advertising agency AUGE

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Wandschappen’s Curious FeltPlants Cast a Familiar Shadow

Wandschappen’s Curious FeltPlants Cast a Familiar Shadow

Sculptural and certainly peculiar, Wandschappen's Feltplants were obviously not designed to replace our oxygen-supplying friends. Instead, they give a little hope for those less than green thumbs looking

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Andrea von Chrismar Weaves Giant Structures Out of Wicker

Andrea von Chrismar Weaves Giant Structures Out of Wicker

According to von Chrismar, "The wicker woven surfaces change their behavior in an opposite way from design to architecture." Essentially woven architecture is more flexible and therefore more resistant to

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Thonet’s VouwWow VW01 is a Flat Pack Recycled Honeycomb Cardboard Chair

Thonet’s VouwWow VW01 is a Flat Pack Recycled Honeycomb Cardboard Chair

Respecting Michelle Thonet's original idea of furniture that could easily be disassembled for optimizing space during transportation, Dutch studio Nuy of NOORT created this angular chair made from

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Laboratori Creates a Playful Tree Pencil Holder from Pruning Wood

Laboratori Creates a Playful Tree Pencil Holder from Pruning Wood

The designers of Buenos Aires-based Laboratori have created this cool Arbol -- a pine tree-shaped pencil holder crafted from locally sourced pruning wood. Measuring 7 inches high, the object takes on fun

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Nobel Laureate Develops World’s Cheapest and Most Effective CO2 Sponge

Nobel Laureate Develops World’s Cheapest and Most Effective CO2 Sponge

One of the holy grails of clean technology is now one step closer to reality as Noble Prize-winning chemist George Olah just developed a breakthrough low-cost plastic material than acts as

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