Green Materials

Spain’s San Telmo Museum Boasts a Perforated Green Façade

Spain’s San Telmo Museum Boasts a Perforated Green Façade

The San Telmo Museum was originally a convent, and the team of architects in charge of the renovation worked towards respecting its primitive shapes and original looks. First opened in 1902, the building

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The AETHERstream is an Amazing Pop-Up Apparel Shop Recycled from an Old Airstream Trailer

The AETHERstream is an Amazing Pop-Up Apparel Shop Recycled from an Old Airstream Trailer

The original 34 foot Airstream, which was discovered in Denton, Texas, was completely gutted and then retrofitted with reclaimed wood floors, modular shelving, and all kinds of vintage storage and

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Oracle Beater: Bike-Powered Paper Mill Turns Invasive Plants Into Paper in Ghana

Oracle Beater: Bike-Powered Paper Mill Turns Invasive Plants Into Paper in Ghana

Mary Hark’s interest in Kumasi, Ghana began with a year-long Fulbright fellowship that allowed her to get to know the local community. She and a team of students, artists and faculty from the Kumasi

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Beautiful Bamboo Symphony Promotes Building With Natural Materials

Beautiful Bamboo Symphony Promotes Building With Natural Materials

The curvilinear building extensively makes use of locally sourced, recycled, and natural building materials like bamboo, fly ash, recycled wood, scraps metal, and stone. Built surrounding the Lotus Pond,

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Packaging the Future: Can Plantable Seed Paper Give Way to a Blooming Garden?

Packaging the Future: Can Plantable Seed Paper Give Way to a Blooming Garden?

A memorial plant Card by Botanical Paperworks I didn't think about my experiment through the fall and winter, and by springtime, I had forgotten I'd even planted the seed embedded paper. But then an

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Beautiful Canvas Sails Repurposed as Furniture Evoke the Sea’s Boundless Spirit

Beautiful Canvas Sails Repurposed as Furniture Evoke the Sea’s Boundless Spirit

Summer may be coming to an end, but our longing for the sea and sand hit us with full force when we saw this gorgeous collection of Living Sails Furniture by Dvelas. Repurposed by hand from canvas no

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Atelier Tekuto’s Earth Brick House is the Epitome of Efficient, Local Design

Atelier Tekuto’s Earth Brick House is the Epitome of Efficient, Local Design

Atelier Tekuto's goal for the project was to utilize an environmentally friendly building material that was not limited or hindered by the economy. They focused their attention on soil and researched

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Barcelona’s First LEED Certified Restaurant Serves Up Yummy Locally Sourced Sandwiches

Barcelona’s First LEED Certified Restaurant Serves Up Yummy Locally Sourced Sandwiches

The cool turquoise interior sets the stage for comfortable dining and the perimeter of the restaurant is lined with a series of shelves. The top shelf holds lush potted plants that line the entire

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SUSTAIN: 7 Exciting Green Designs from the Royal College of Art at the London Design Festival

SUSTAIN: 7 Exciting Green Designs from the Royal College of Art at the London Design Festival

Working for Inhabitat doesn't feel like work when we get to check out the best talent coming out of 100% Design, or when we get to hang around a functioning greenhouse made entirely out of thousands of

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Health Care REIT Headquarters Named Ohio’s 9th LEED Platinum Building

Health Care REIT Headquarters Named Ohio’s 9th LEED Platinum Building

The rehabbed Healthcare REIT Building is only one of nine LEED Platinum Buildings, out of 212 LEED Certified buildings in the state. The colonial façade, complete with Doric columns, welcome visitors to

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Johnnie Walker House Combines Recycled Materials With Refined Shanghai Style

Johnnie Walker House Combines Recycled Materials With Refined Shanghai Style

In a joint effort with Singapore based agency Asylum, Love developed the interiors out of a variety of materials and resources used in the whiskey making-process. The idea of developing an ‘Embassy for

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New Material Made From Recycled Glass Cleans Up Polluted Groundwater

New Material Made From Recycled Glass Cleans Up Polluted Groundwater

Even though you might send all your used glass containers to the recycling center, only a fraction of them actually get remade into glass. A lot of glass gets shipped to China for processing and ends up

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PHOTOS: Danish Students Inspire Us to Recycle and ‘Think Twice’ at Copenhagen Design Week

PHOTOS: Danish Students Inspire Us to Recycle and ‘Think Twice’ at Copenhagen Design Week

Malene Lund Rasmussen created this funky seat made from knitted plastic bags. The material add some color to an old, classic chair while saving some bags from polluting our landfills. Anna

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PHOTOS: Quirky Eco-Designs Unveiled at CODE11 for Copenhagen Design Week

PHOTOS: Quirky Eco-Designs Unveiled at CODE11 for Copenhagen Design Week

The 'Coral' pendant is a flat-pack, DIY lamp designed by David Trubridge and sold by Danish Roomstore. It is made from bamboo plywood and nylon clips, and it comes completed with instructions for quick

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Brooks’ Green Silence Running Shoe Treads Lightly on the Environment

PRODUCT REVIEW: Brooks’ Green Silence Running Shoe Treads Lightly on the Environment

I remember when I first got serious about running, and I went to a shoe store and the workers put me through a litany of tests: run on a treadmill; put your foot in water, and then stand on a piece of

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Fame: Why Toilet Paper Needs a Redesign

Egregious Packaging Hall of Fame: Why Toilet Paper Needs a Redesign

Image via Wikimedia Commons TP's Sustainable History In the past, (and commonly today, in developing nations) people used their hands and water after they did their 1's and 2's - and in fact some

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i-Go eBike Concept Powers You Through the City and Charges Your Smartphone

i-Go eBike Concept Powers You Through the City and Charges Your Smartphone

i-Go is an electric bike concept loaded with futuristic rider-friendly features such as regenerative wireless brakes, internal gears, smartphone charging ability, mobile app and GPS all integrated into a

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Diébédo Francis Kéré’s Great Mosque and National Park Sit Beautifully In the Heart of Mali

Diébédo Francis Kéré’s Great Mosque and National Park Sit Beautifully In the Heart of Mali

Photo © Iwan Baan Kéré is a world-renowned architect with projects in India, China, Spain, Yemen, Togo, and his home country of Burkina Faso. His integration of technology and vernacular

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Tom Back’s Straw “Thrive Hive” is a Cozy Home for Bees

Tom Back’s Straw “Thrive Hive” is a Cozy Home for Bees

While many beekeepers use boxes to encourage bees to get busy, Tom Back's project better approximates their natural habitat. By weaving straw to create a well-insulated barrel-shaped vessel that is

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Big Yellow Bunny Made From Local Swedish Materials is Easily the Size of a Building!

Big Yellow Bunny Made From Local Swedish Materials is Easily the Size of a Building!

Hofman sees the world as his giant playground and many of his installations are large scale replicas of toys and animals set within very public spaces as a way to challenge the concept of public space. By

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Gregg Parsell’s ORIGIN Pendant Lamp Evolves Elegantly from Recycled Materials

Gregg Parsell’s ORIGIN Pendant Lamp Evolves Elegantly from Recycled Materials

Designed from two very different and contrasting materials, ORIGIN is a two-part pendant lamp made from natural wood and partially recycled Corian®. Its creator is furniture and product designer Gregg

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Elegant No Glue No Screw Lamp is Made From Recycled Wood and a Chinese Lantern

Elegant No Glue No Screw Lamp is Made From Recycled Wood and a Chinese Lantern

Recently spotted at New Designers exhibition in London, this long and lean wooden lamp is made with neither glue nor screws. Designed by recent Plymouth University graduate Dan Murley, the design is made

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New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

Japanese construction and design firm TIS & Partners has just unveiled a strong and surprisingly low-tech brick that can be rapidly produced in disaster areas, and applied to the quick construction of

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New i2R E-Paper Doesn’t Require Electricity for Reading and Can be Reprinted Over 250 Times

New i2R E-Paper Doesn’t Require Electricity for Reading and Can be Reprinted Over 250 Times

Is reading green? With one option in the form of paper and the other channeling electricity through the latest gadget, it's easy to begin to feel a little green guilt about one of your favorite hobbies.

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Researchers Transform Girl Scout Cookies Into Graphene Super Material

Researchers Transform Girl Scout Cookies Into Graphene Super Material

When it comes to next-gen super materials, graphene is incredible stuff - it can be six times lighter than steel, two times harder, and 10 times stronger in terms of tensile strength - and now researchers

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Re-worked Brews Up Furniture from Recycled Coffee Grounds

Re-worked Brews Up Furniture from Recycled Coffee Grounds

To most folks, used coffee grounds aren't particularly useful -- but a couple of British designers figured out a way to turn those old grounds into new furniture. That's right, you can now you can rest

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100% Wool Rock Pillows are as Light as Feathers

100% Wool Rock Pillows are as Light as Feathers

When we spotted these awesome rock pillows on designer Ronel Jordan's website, we instantly fell in love with their nod to nature and their use of natural materials. Handmade, hand-dyed and hand-felted

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Rabobank Unveils Incredible Cardboard office in The Netherlands

Rabobank Unveils Incredible Cardboard office in The Netherlands

Sander Architecten was chosen out of 20 architects to implement their design for the 56,000 square meter project. The brief called for a social work environment that promotes collaboration and knowledge

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Kaikado: Classic Japanese Tea Caddies Made to Last Over a Century

Kaikado: Classic Japanese Tea Caddies Made to Last Over a Century

For more than 130 years, Kaikado has been producing hand-made Japanese tea caddies designed to last for generations. Last week we visited Kaikado’s shop in Kyoto, where Takahiro Yagi, the 6th generation

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Edible Chocolate Records Actually Play Music & Probably Taste Even Better Than They Sound

Edible Chocolate Records Actually Play Music & Probably Taste Even Better Than They Sound

Edible chocolate records are sweet music to our ears! Although Peter Lardong has been pumping out chocolate vinyl recreations for awhile now, we're enthralled with the novelty. The chocolatier combines

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