Green Materials

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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Hannastina Crick Transforms Simple Straw Into Luxurious Seating

Hannastina Crick Transforms Simple Straw Into Luxurious Seating

Hannastina Crick, a graduate fresh from Brighton University, believes that we should all live closer to nature. Inspired by the great outdoors and more, Hannastina pulls from classic Scandinavian design

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Ingenious Students Make a Machine That Turns Art School Waste into Pretty Pencils

Ingenious Students Make a Machine That Turns Art School Waste into Pretty Pencils

Art school can be an expensive place - aside from tuition and living expenses, the cost of materials can really take a toll on students’ wallets. Some bright students at the Royal College of Art decided

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LEGO Commits to Using Only Environmentally Friendly Packaging

LEGO Commits to Using Only Environmentally Friendly Packaging

LEGO bricks have been an inspiring staple for blossoming young minds all over the world for over sixty years, and to continue carrying this tradition into the future the Danish company is incorporating

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PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Royal College of Art Graduate Show

PHOTOS: The Best Green Designs at London’s Royal College of Art Graduate Show

British designer Alkesh Parmar created a series of objects under the Cradle to Cradle philosophy. Made from dried and ground orange peels, these objects give new use to a waste material. The process keeps

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Crazy-Looking AME-LOT Student Housing is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Pallets

Crazy-Looking AME-LOT Student Housing is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Pallets

The pallets - a remarkably flexible building material that can be manipulated to create a variety of geometric shapes - are connected via horizontal hinges and are built upwards to allow for privacy and

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U.S. Energy Dept. Gives $105M to Make Fuel From Corn Waste

U.S. Energy Dept. Gives $105M to Make Fuel From Corn Waste

In an effort to reduce our dependency on foreign oil, the U.S. has been working to ramp up its plant-based ethanol production in recent years, and while we're falling short of Congress's 500 million

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VIDEO: The Inhabitat Editors Chat About Sustainability With YOU!

VIDEO: The Inhabitat Editors Chat About Sustainability With YOU!

WHAT'S NEXT IN GREEN TECH? WHY IS GREEN SO EXPENSIVE? WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR INHABITAT? These are the questions that you asked us back in October 2009, as we harnessed the power of the interwebs

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360° Fly-in is a Panoramic Bird Feeder for the Avifauna Enthusiast

360° Fly-in is a Panoramic Bird Feeder for the Avifauna Enthusiast

360° Fly-in is a cleverly crafted bird feeder made from organic materials, and does no harm to trees on which it is installed. Created by Mexican design consultancy NOS -- best known for their

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Ford Incorporates Soy-Foam Seats Into Explorer Encouraging Bio-Foam Usage

Ford Incorporates Soy-Foam Seats Into Explorer Encouraging Bio-Foam Usage

The release of the 2011 Ford Explorer comes with some amazing news of progress for the automobile industry's use of sustainable materials. Harking back to the company's roots, Ford is set to implement

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PHOTOS: An Exclusive Look Inside Buenos Aires’ Greenpeace Offices

PHOTOS: An Exclusive Look Inside Buenos Aires’ Greenpeace Offices

Kind and enthusiastic Pablo Blefari showed us around the space, and as soon as we entered the building, we were welcomed by a reception space that is both colorful and clean. Small replicas of  local

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CO2 Bambu Makes Prefab Bamboo Homes in Hurricane Ravaged Nicaragua

CO2 Bambu Makes Prefab Bamboo Homes in Hurricane Ravaged Nicaragua

In 2007, Hurricane Felix devastated the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, destroying multiple indigenous villages of Mayagna and Miskito ancestry. Flash forward to 2011 and these communities have become

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CartonLAB Creates High-Design Structures out of Humble Cardboard

CartonLAB Creates High-Design Structures out of Humble Cardboard

CartonLAB's playful design approach adds to the appeal of using the lightweight, strong, and flexible material. They designed a display for Microsoft that could change shape at every collage stop on a

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New Building Panel Promises High R-Values and Comfortable Interiors

New Building Panel Promises High R-Values and Comfortable Interiors

Try to imagine the perfect wall system -- it would be durable, super-efficient, thin and simple to install. Researchers at HTWK Leipzig, a German university of allied sciences, are currently working on

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Integer Bamboo House: The World’s First Multi-Story Laminated Bamboo House

Integer Bamboo House: The World’s First Multi-Story Laminated Bamboo House

With a growth cycle of four years, bamboo is a quick growing material that can be raised almost anywhere, making it one of the more natural and eco-friendly building materials -- assuming it is harvested

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Sherwin-Williams Wins EPA Award for Paint Made From Recycled PET Bottles

Sherwin-Williams Wins EPA Award for Paint Made From Recycled PET Bottles

Sherwin-Williams recently received an Environmental Protection Agency award for their paint made in part from recycled PET bottles and soybean oil. First unveiled in 2010, the three new Water-Based

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Fabio del Percio’s Transparent Hey* Chair is Stuffed with Hay!

Fabio del Percio’s Transparent Hey* Chair is Stuffed with Hay!

The Hey* armchair first made its appearance in Milan at this year's Fuorisalone. A seemingly questionable design when it comes to wear and tear -- at least at first glance -- the Hey* has actually been

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Boeing Plant Camouflaged Beneath a Fake Neighborhood Tapped as Salvaged Lumber Source

Boeing Plant Camouflaged Beneath a Fake Neighborhood Tapped as Salvaged Lumber Source

South of downtown Seattle is an old Boeing airplane assembly plant that produced nearly 7000 Flying Fortresses while hidden beneath a roof with a fake suburban neighborhood on top. The site is now the

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Hemp House: South Africa’s Most Sustainable Home Made From An “Illegal Narcotic”

Hemp House: South Africa’s Most Sustainable Home Made From An “Illegal Narcotic”

Tony Budden and his partner Duncan Parker aimed to give the Hemp House the lightest carbon footprint possible, but had to import most of the materials since South Africa lacks a domestic supply of hemp

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