Green Materials

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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Deryn Relph’s Knitted Retro Lights Have a Colorful 1960s Flair

Deryn Relph’s Knitted Retro Lights Have a Colorful 1960s Flair

Textile designer Deryn Relph’s Retro Lights are made out of knitted upcycled materials and have a playful 1960s look to them. Inspired by nature, these creations are meant to “evoke a

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Julie Morringello’s Sea Urchin-Inspired Uni Lights Can be Customized in a Snap

Julie Morringello’s Sea Urchin-Inspired Uni Lights Can be Customized in a Snap

Modern Maine‘s beautiful Uni light is a customizable pendant lamp named after the Japanese word for “sea urchin”. Designed by Julie Morringello, each lamp consists of a central light

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Rebel Designers Ride Cross-Country on Hand-Made Bamboo Bikes

Rebel Designers Ride Cross-Country on Hand-Made Bamboo Bikes

Just last week a team of inspiring designers began to ride their hand-built bamboo bikes across America to share the story of the Alabamboo initiative. Alabamboo is a collaborative effort by non-profits

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Whirling Flock Floor Lamp Crafted from FSC-Certified Wood by Tom Raffield

Whirling Flock Floor Lamp Crafted from FSC-Certified Wood by Tom Raffield

The Flock Floor Lamp is a coiled beauty set in bloom by the hands of dedicated and talented craftsman Tom Raffield. Delicately handcrafted out of steam bent FSC-Certified Sycamore wood, the shade is

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World’s First 3D-Printed Bikini Unveiled

World’s First 3D-Printed Bikini Unveiled

Futuristic designer Continuum Fashion and 3D printing experts Shapeways have teamed up to bring you the world's first commercially available 3D-printed bikini. The innovative manufacturing process used to

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Forkalier Lamp Crafted from Upcycled Utensils

Forkalier Lamp Crafted from Upcycled Utensils

Utilizing neglected forks, Wendy W. Fok of We-Designs has produced the Forkalier lamp. Using everyday objects that are often overlooked or quickly discarded, the Forkalier takes a stab at reclaiming them

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Delightful Cork ‘Pinha’ Lamp Can Be Customized in a Snap

Delightful Cork ‘Pinha’ Lamp Can Be Customized in a Snap

The Pinha Lamp is a delightful green lamp that is made from renewable cork and can be easily customized to suit any room. Designed by Tel-Aviv-born Royal College of Art graduates Yael Mer and Shay

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Blowfish-Inspired Lamp Creates Hypnotic Circles of Light

Blowfish-Inspired Lamp Creates Hypnotic Circles of Light

Using simple materials like a fish bowl and plastic tubes, Andrea Carvajal’s “Fugu” is a stunning light fixture inspired by the Japanese for puffer fish (from which it also takes its

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The “Ella” Plastic Bottle Chandelier Is an Umbrella of Energy-Efficient Light

The “Ella” Plastic Bottle Chandelier Is an Umbrella of Energy-Efficient Light

This dynamically structured chandelier designed by Sarah Turner is made from the bottoms of 310 plastic bottles collected from coffee shops and homes. Nicknamed “Ella” for its early

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“Field of Jeans” is the First Collection of Air Purifying Denim

“Field of Jeans” is the First Collection of Air Purifying Denim

Playing off the classic sports fantasy film “Field of Dreams,” this “Field of Jeans” is actually made from blue denim dungarees. Fashion designer and professor at the London

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