Green Materials

Biodegradable Rattan Iglu by Berta Riera Pomés and Yunwei Zhu

Biodegradable Rattan Iglu by Berta Riera Pomés and Yunwei Zhu

Berta Riera Pomés and Yunwei Zhu have used sustainable materials to create a cute 'Iglu' shelter that serves as a quiet place to hide or a fun object to roll around the house. Measuring 2.6 feet in

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Inventors of Stronger than Steel Graphene Paper Receive Nobel Prize and Knighthoods

Inventors of Stronger than Steel Graphene Paper Receive Nobel Prize and Knighthoods

Last year, we published an article about the invention of super-thin graphene paper that is 10 times stronger than steel and a mere one atom in thickness. Now the two professors behind the groundbreaking

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Scientists Turn Cotton Thread into Electronic Transistors, Wearable Computers on the Way

Scientists Turn Cotton Thread into Electronic Transistors, Wearable Computers on the Way

Wearable computers just moved a stitch closer to reality with the development of cotton fiber electric circuits and transistors. An international team of scientists from the United States, Italy and

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Shira Keret Designs Sweet Reyclable Lamps Shaped like Animals

Shira Keret Designs Sweet Reyclable Lamps Shaped like Animals

Inflatable, recyclable, and super cute, Shira Keret's Animal Lamps are shaped like your favourite bird or mammal. Based in Tel Aviv, Keret creates sweet luminaires from Tyvek that emit a soft twinkling

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Giant Humpback Whale Made out of Recycled Materials Pops up in Santa Monica

Giant Humpback Whale Made out of Recycled Materials Pops up in Santa Monica

Samo is a giant humpback whale made out of recycled materials that was recently unveiled by Mattel's Children's Hospital UCLA at the Santa Monica Place Mall. The result of a collaboration between Bob

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GE Scientists Create 3D Printed Christmas Tree Ornaments!

GE Scientists Create 3D Printed Christmas Tree Ornaments!

Scientists at GE Global Research lab are getting into the holiday spirit with a slew of fun Christmas-themed experiments - from designing a state of the art sleigh for Santa to creating a brand new

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Sarah Frost Upcycles Thousands of Computer Keys Into Qwerty Wall Art

Sarah Frost Upcycles Thousands of Computer Keys Into Qwerty Wall Art

As more and more people move to thin laptops and sleek tablets, clunky old computer parts are quickly becoming relics of the past. We've seen artists find endless inspiration in these pieces, crafting

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Peter Marigold’s Polygonal ‘Split’ Furniture is Formed by a Simple Geometric Principle

Peter Marigold’s Polygonal ‘Split’ Furniture is Formed by a Simple Geometric Principle

Designer Peter Marigold has created a unique flexible storage system based upon the simple geometric principle that states 'the inverted angles of a shape split into pieces will always add up to 360

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Peter Marigold’s Log Chess Set is Made from a Single Branch

Peter Marigold’s Log Chess Set is Made from a Single Branch

The Log Chess Set is a handmade, woodland version of the classic board game. Designed by British designer Peter Marigold, the set was made using only a single tree branch. Originally created for use

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Stabilized Insulated Rammed Earth (SIRE) Walls Last a Lifetime Without Maintenance

Stabilized Insulated Rammed Earth (SIRE) Walls Last a Lifetime Without Maintenance

SIREWALL homes and buildings are constructed with a mix of local soils strengthened with rebar and a small amount of cement. This mix then wraps around approximately 4 inches of rigid insulation to create

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Packaging the Future: REI “Unpackages” Five of Their Popular Products

Packaging the Future: REI “Unpackages” Five of Their Popular Products

"Before" example of a kids Novara bike: Smarter, lightweight packaging means most of the waste above is eliminated. According to Eric Abraham, REI's packaging engineering manager, the future is all

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The Eco-Luxe Cacheuta Thermal Hotel & Resort is a Tranquil Health Sanctuary in the Andes

The Eco-Luxe Cacheuta Thermal Hotel & Resort is a Tranquil Health Sanctuary in the Andes

The resort's architecture is alpine and has an outdoor sitting deck overlooking the large garden with bamboo parasols that protect visitors from Mendoza's hot summer sun. The fresh green garden is fenced

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Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins

Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins

Born in a Jewish-Arab village in Israel called Wahat-al-Salam, Ori Sonnenschein is an optimistic young designer who loves experimenting with everyday objects. One of his latest surprising creations is a

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Waterproof Crumpled City Maps are Lightweight, Durable, and Recyclable

Waterproof Crumpled City Maps are Lightweight, Durable, and Recyclable

Crumpled City maps are durable, waterproof, light, recyclable and fun to use maps conceived by Italian designer Emanuele Pizzolorusso. They are designed to replace big and clumsy standard paper maps,

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Cool Paper Pulp Alarm Clocks by Joon & Jung Give Mass Produced Objects a Human Touch

Cool Paper Pulp Alarm Clocks by Joon & Jung Give Mass Produced Objects a Human Touch

By asking themselves how  to add a more human touch to objects in the age of mass production, Joon & Jung created these adorable recycled alarm clocks made from recycled paper pulp. Born in Korea and

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Supersudaka’s Kiltro House is a Resilient Locally-Sourced Home in Chile

Supersudaka’s Kiltro House is a Resilient Locally-Sourced Home in Chile

In Chile, mixed-breed dogs are called Kiltro, and these resilient animals are known to be survivors. Taking its name from these dogs, the Kiltro House was built under challenging conditions including a

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Made in China: Émilie Voirin Reinterprets Iconic Chairs in Biodegradable Bamboo and Rattan

Made in China: Émilie Voirin Reinterprets Iconic Chairs in Biodegradable Bamboo and Rattan

London-based product designer Émilie Voirin has courageously re-interpreted a crop of iconic modern chairs into fantastic biodegradable seats. Using woven rattan and bamboo, the designer created

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Mobile Urban Agriculture Blooms in Berlin’s Prinzessinnengarten

Mobile Urban Agriculture Blooms in Berlin’s Prinzessinnengarten

Inhabitat writer Ana Lisa Alperovich visited Prinzessinnengarten and talked to Marco Clausen, who together with Robert Shaw created the fantastic blooming space. Clausen told us how they were inspired by

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Awesome Best Hut Treehouse in New Zealand Has a Remote-Controlled Drawbridge

Awesome Best Hut Treehouse in New Zealand Has a Remote-Controlled Drawbridge

Jono explained to us in an email that when he was a kid he used to source his salvaged materials in sometimes not-so-legal ways (like from the neighbor's yard) but now he says he uses Facebook to ask

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Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella’s 20 Bright Green Schools in Gaza Will Educate up to 16,000 Children

Mario Cucinella has designed a gorgeous prototype for the first of twenty green schools that will soon pop up throughout the Gaza Strip at a price of $2 million a pop. Combining contemporary sustainable

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Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

Ábaton’s Converted Extremadura Stable is an Enviable Solar and Hydro-Powered Country Estate in Spain

The 1,056 square foot home really is the rustic home of anyone's dreams. Situated in a cozy corner of a 5 hectare plot, it is clad in original stone and finished off with other natural materials such as

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Sand-Brick Sossusvlei Lodge in the Namib Desert Protects the Land, People and Wildlife

Sand-Brick Sossusvlei Lodge in the Namib Desert Protects the Land, People and Wildlife

Sossusvlei's circular rooms were modeled after naturally-occuring "fairy circles" - patches of land devoid of vegetation up to 5 meters in diameter that occur throughout the plains. River sand was sourced

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Climate Smart Cape Town’s COP 17 Pavilion is Made of 1,884 Recycled Milk Crates

Climate Smart Cape Town’s COP 17 Pavilion is Made of 1,884 Recycled Milk Crates

The Climate Smart Cape Town pavilion's milk crates and 22,000 plastic milk bottles were attached to a 15 x 12m scaffolding frame and act as ‘cells’ that have a superior thermal mass for a project that

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Axion International Makes Rail Road Tracks, Bridges, and I-Beams from 100% Recycled Material

Axion International Makes Rail Road Tracks, Bridges, and I-Beams from 100% Recycled Material

The United States recycles only 27% of its plastic bottle waste - fortunately, Axion International is working on raising that number by developing building materials made from 100% recycled content, most

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Happy Cloud Coasters Made From Super Sustainable Cork Cost Less Than $20

Happy Cloud Coasters Made From Super Sustainable Cork Cost Less Than $20

If you're looking for a gift that will make the nature-lover in your life really really happy, look no further than Barefoot Dynasty's amazing cloud coasters made out of Portuguese cork. First of all,

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Alemagou Restaurant in Mykonos Takes Inspiration from Traditional Cycladic Architecture

Alemagou Restaurant in Mykonos Takes Inspiration from Traditional Cycladic Architecture

Set on an idyllic beach on Mykonos island in Greece, the Alemagou Bar and Restaurant was designed to sit in harmony with its natural site, rather than exist in discord. Designed by Studio-K, the seaside

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Awesome Flat-Pack Tent is Made From Renewable Cork

Awesome Flat-Pack Tent is Made From Renewable Cork

This cute cylindrical shelter made from renewable Portuguese cork is the perfect place to spend some quality time outdoors. Designed in collaboration between Ana Correia, Vasco Lopes, Vera Gomes and Bruno

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Otherlab Create Lightweight Inflatable Robots That Can Walk on Water

Otherlab Create Lightweight Inflatable Robots That Can Walk on Water

Otherlab is working on a new breed of inflatable robots that cast aside the heavy and expensive metal structures that most robots are based on, bringing down their cost and material use while increasing

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Digitas Decks Out Its Inspiring Chicago Office with Salvaged Factory Materials and Urban Graffiti

Digitas Decks Out Its Inspiring Chicago Office with Salvaged Factory Materials and Urban Graffiti

We remember a time when furnishings made from salvaged materials were considered too avant-garde for mainstream businesses, but international ad agency Digitas proves that era is all in the past with

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Scientists Develop World’s Lightest Metal, 100x Lighter than Styrofoam

Scientists Develop World’s Lightest Metal, 100x Lighter than Styrofoam

This, we assure you, is a real photograph. Researchers at the University of California Irvine have developed a material that is as strong as metal yet 100 times lighter than Styrofoam. The material is

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