Green Materials

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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Lex Pott Turns Fragments of Trees Into Playful Wooden Furniture

Lex Pott Turns Fragments of Trees Into Playful Wooden Furniture

Lex Pott, founded by a Design Academy of Eindhoven graduate, creates inspiring furniture out of processed, and not so processed, trees. His 'Fragments of Nature' collection consist of wooden tables and

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Creepy Crawly Kaleidoscopic Bug Installations Wonder and Amaze Visitors

Creepy Crawly Kaleidoscopic Bug Installations Wonder and Amaze Visitors

The beauty of Angus' work is not only the incredible patterns she forms with the insects, but also the insects themselves. She neither paints nor doctors them in any way, so when you see these amazing

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Did You Know That Plant-Based Bottles by PepsiCo and Coke are Actually Not Biodegradable?

Did You Know That Plant-Based Bottles by PepsiCo and Coke are Actually Not Biodegradable?

We badly wanted to believe that plant-based PET bottles would solve our plastic woes, but that is not the case, according to a recent Slate story. Although PepsiCo's 100% plant-based PET bottles have a

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The Best Green Designs from NeoCon 2011!

The Best Green Designs from NeoCon 2011!

Turnstone is a modern and youthful brand from Steelcase office furnishings. Their newest office system includes bent sheet metal bike and skateboard storage racks complete with coat hooks, and even a

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Paper Punk: Recyclable Paper Blocks for Kids Ages 6 to 99

Paper Punk: Recyclable Paper Blocks for Kids Ages 6 to 99

Design guru and entrepreneur Grace Hawthorne has spent the last 15 years of her life encouraging people to be creative and make things with their hands. Her new Paper Punk project, a fun collection of

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Amazing Amsterdam Office Built Entirely From Wood Shipping Pallets

Amazing Amsterdam Office Built Entirely From Wood Shipping Pallets

Photo © Rogier Jaarsma When Dutch advertising and brand activation agency Brandbase relocated to the concentric canal city last year they made their temporary office’s interiors from simple wooden

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IS IT GREEN?: The Biodegradable Soft Drink Can

IS IT GREEN?: The Biodegradable Soft Drink Can

The cans themselves don’t present a problem, as aluminium can be recycled infinitely without a loss in quality. About half of the cans consumed in the US are recycled. The problem is the other half -

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Lovely Stacked Wood Outdoor Theater in Estonia Will Be Recycled After 12 Plays

Lovely Stacked Wood Outdoor Theater in Estonia Will Be Recycled After 12 Plays

This wonderful outdoor theater incorporates the adjoining pond, trees, and park into its set design, taking advantage of the natural backdrop to enhance the drama. When the season begins to turn, all 280

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Report Reveals That Three Common Building Materials Are Now on the Cancer List

Report Reveals That Three Common Building Materials Are Now on the Cancer List

A newly released report by the US Department of Health and Human Services shows that three very common building materials have now been added to the cancer list.  Among the 8 chemicals that were added

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Cheap Cardboard Packaging Protects One of the World’s Most Expensive Olive Oils

Cheap Cardboard Packaging Protects One of the World’s Most Expensive Olive Oils

Choosing a cheap, recyclable cardboard to protect one of the world's most expensive olive oils is not the most obvious of design choices, but Spanish multidisciplinary design studio CuldeSac™ packed a

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Glowing Nourishment Lamp Feeds the Eyes with Elegant Design

Glowing Nourishment Lamp Feeds the Eyes with Elegant Design

Carolyn Joan Lau's Nourishment Lamp transforms commonplace plastic bottles into beautiful organic forms reminiscent of coral reefs. The lamps are made from bottles of Yakult, a Japanese probiotic milk

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Loyal Dean Builds Beautiful Longboards from Reclaimed Hardwood

Loyal Dean Builds Beautiful Longboards from Reclaimed Hardwood

Started by two childhood friends Loyal and Dean, California based Loyal Dean longboards has built a business with over 25 combined years of master wood craftsmanship. The creative duo, who have dedicated

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