Green Materials

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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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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Spanish Cabezo de la Almagra Museum and Archeological Park Rises from the Ruins

Spanish Cabezo de la Almagra Museum and Archeological Park Rises from the Ruins

The green hill on which the structure sits is imbued with history, seeing everything from Roman to Muslim settlements. Rising from the mound, the Cabezo de la Almagra makes a striking contrast to the

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Undulating Downland Gridshell in England is a Self-Supporting Structure Built from Local Oak

Undulating Downland Gridshell in England is a Self-Supporting Structure Built from Local Oak

The Downland Gridshell is part of The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, which covers a total of 50 acres exhibiting nearly 50 historic buildings from different periods and styles, along with gardens,

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Amazing Pupa Pavilion Made From Recycled Shipping Pallets and Cardboard

Amazing Pupa Pavilion Made From Recycled Shipping Pallets and Cardboard

The cardboard came in damp bales so it had to be pulped and re-fabricated locally. Nearly four thousand triangular components were assembled by folding strips to make triangular frames and inserting with

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Vin Varavarn’s Striking Botanica Office Roots Itself Within Thailand’s National Park

Vin Varavarn’s Striking Botanica Office Roots Itself Within Thailand’s National Park

The Botanica Office & Showroom is located very close to Khao Yai National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site, in the Pakchong District of Thailand. The area is famous for its luscious forests and

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Beautiful Brazilian Beach House Made from Sustainable Wood, Stone and Recycled Tetra Pak Cartons

Beautiful Brazilian Beach House Made from Sustainable Wood, Stone and Recycled Tetra Pak Cartons

Located within an area where the root vegetable tapioca crops grow, the house was constructed using 12-foot modules and simple, locally available, green and long lasting materials. In order to enjoy the

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Fantastic Prefab Read-Nest is a Tiny Wooden Cube Perfect for Booklovers

Fantastic Prefab Read-Nest is a Tiny Wooden Cube Perfect for Booklovers

Read-Nest is a pre-fabricated structure, so no noise, scrap materials, wood dust or builders are necessary to build it. The tiny wooden box could land in any garden, forest or even an urban terrace,

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Furniture and More Made from Recycled Paper and Bovine Waste!

Furniture and More Made from Recycled Paper and Bovine Waste!

With the ability to be transformed into furniture, signage, displays and more, Ecor is an amazing moldable material made from recycled cardboard, old newsprint, and a variety of fibers, including those

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7 Reusable Drink Containers for Adults & Kids

7 Reusable Drink Containers for Adults & Kids

Designed by creative guru Karim Rashid, the Bobble is one of our favorite reusable water bottles. These modern colorful drink containers are BPA-free, made of recycled plastic, and have a built-in carbon

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Films on Fridges: Outdoor Cinema Made Entirely from Recycled Refrigerators Pops Up in London!

Films on Fridges: Outdoor Cinema Made Entirely from Recycled Refrigerators Pops Up in London!

Thanks to a $7,000 cash injection from Kickstarter and a joint effort between Sims Recycling Solutions, Picture House Hackney, and the event´s organizers, Films on Fridges is now a reality. The sold-out

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