Green Materials

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 positive emotional

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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 socket surrounded by

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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 name). This

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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 resemblance to an

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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 College of Fashion Helen

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Amazing Biodegradable Piezo-Art Pavilion by 3XN Generates its Own Energy

Amazing Biodegradable Piezo-Art Pavilion by 3XN Generates its Own Energy

Danish architects 3XN have created a swirling art installation that features some of the most advanced building and energy-generating technologies on earth. Designed for an exhibit at Louisiana's Museum

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Grit Tank’s Eco-Lighting Installation Curves Through a Milwaukee Coffee Shop

Grit Tank’s Eco-Lighting Installation Curves Through a Milwaukee Coffee Shop

Amidst hissing espresso machines and the daily bustle of a Wisconsin coffee shop, student design firm “Grit Tank’s” breathtaking installation “Double Overhead” winds through

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Researchers Develop a Way to Make Plastic From Yard Waste

Researchers Develop a Way to Make Plastic From Yard Waste

In an effort to make plastics more environmentally friendly, a group of researchers at the University of Florida has found a way to make plastics from yard waste. Traditional plastics are made from oil

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Torre Plaça Europa: Social Housing in Barcelona Made With 100% Recyclable Materials

Torre Plaça Europa: Social Housing in Barcelona Made With 100% Recyclable Materials

R+B Arqts had five innovation criteria in mind while designing this social housing project. First, they wanted each apartment to have multiple solar orientations and cross ventilation. Second, the

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Design Collective Suhab Works With Mexican Artisans to Promote Sustainable Living

Design Collective Suhab Works With Mexican Artisans to Promote Sustainable Living

Suhab’s broad range of eco-products are helping users shift easily towards sustainable habits through smart and sexy products with minimum environmental impact. The Mexican brand describes their work as

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RISD Students Use Recyclable Composites to Create Mind-Bending Furnishings

RISD Students Use Recyclable Composites to Create Mind-Bending Furnishings

The large majority of composite materials suitable for furniture design rely heavily on resins, which render them un-recyclable. Twintex® however, is a "commingled glass and thermoplastic polypropylene

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Human Hair as Packaging?

Amazing Natural Packaging: Human Hair as Packaging?

I've always had an overabundance of hair; when I was a little girl my grandma taught me to pull the wads from my Mason Pearson and throw it out the window. I lived on the end of a dirt road in a deeply

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Ephemeral Origami Tea Set by Yuya Ushida Reminds Us To Enjoy Life’s Simple Pleasures

Ephemeral Origami Tea Set by Yuya Ushida Reminds Us To Enjoy Life’s Simple Pleasures

While the reused paper’s own graphics add a unique aesthetic value to every piece, the fact that they are made to be only just once, remind us to slowly enjoy one of life's simple pleasures: drinking

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The Netherlands’s First Energy-Neutral Monumental House by Zecc Architects Wins BNA Building of the Year

The Netherlands’s First Energy-Neutral Monumental House by Zecc Architects Wins BNA Building of the Year

While the house appears to be pretty conventional from the outside, we can sense a mysterious that radiates from within. Surrounded by high trees, the has a solid front door facing the street and actually

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‘THIS’ is an Organic, Chewable Toothbrush And Toothpaste All-in-One

‘THIS’ is an Organic, Chewable Toothbrush And Toothpaste All-in-One

Sometimes sustainable design is not about creating new objects -- it is often more effective to promote, re-design, or even re-package an existing product. Lebanese designer Leen Sadder probably came to

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Best of Green Furniture Design at ICFF 2011!

Best of Green Furniture Design at ICFF 2011!

These incredible LED lamps by Aqua Creations are each made from a single, hand-folded sheet of paper. Japanese company Aki showcased their awesome 3D cardboard sculptures - including this adorable

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Tabisso Chairs Are a Fun Way to Spell Out Sustainable Design

Tabisso Chairs Are a Fun Way to Spell Out Sustainable Design

These lounge chairs spotted at Wanted Design during New York Design Week offer a quirky and sustainable way to spice up any interior. Designed by French team Tabisso, the typographic seats are built from

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Turn Your Magazines into a Seat With Organelle Design’s DIY Dowel Chair

Turn Your Magazines into a Seat With Organelle Design’s DIY Dowel Chair

Instead of stacking your old magazines under your coffee table where they will just collect dust, why not turn them into an extra seat for your home? During New York Design Week at the Model Citizens

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Elegant Wine Boxes Constructed from Canadian FSC Forested Wood

Elegant Wine Boxes Constructed from Canadian FSC Forested Wood

Graphic design student Erica Craig has designed a unique and cute wooden wine box for (fictional) brand Kingswood of Canada. The detailed packaging -- to be produced deep in luscious British Columbia

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Cool Recyclable Waste Paper Bin Can Also Be Composted

Cool Recyclable Waste Paper Bin Can Also Be Composted

If you've been looking for an alternative to eco-unfriendly plastic bags, then the Fabriano waste paper bin is the green solution you've been looking for. A project created by Italian designers Riccardo

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From the Source Uses Reclaimed Indonesian Wood to Create Chic Rustic Furniture

From the Source Uses Reclaimed Indonesian Wood to Create Chic Rustic Furniture

The new line accentuates the shape and origin of many of the pieces by leaving them whole, using the rough edges and interesting shapes to create unique chairs and table tops. For the dressers and

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Terreform One Developing Buildings Made From Blocks of Mushrooms

Terreform One Developing Buildings Made From Blocks of Mushrooms

Houses made from mushrooms used to be for smurfs -- but the creative folks at Terreform One and Planetary One intend to create real houses from the prodigious plant. They are developing a new breed of

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Corque Debuts Sustainable Home Furnishing Designs That Really Put a Cork in It

Corque Debuts Sustainable Home Furnishing Designs That Really Put a Cork in It

Boiled, cork turns dark and husky, varnished, it can be kept in the sun, and mixed with rubber (hopefully recycled), it creates a material that is similar to but much more sustainable than leather. These

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Ford Cars May Soon Sport Rubber Parts Made From Dandelions

Ford Cars May Soon Sport Rubber Parts Made From Dandelions

Rubber was traditionally made from rubber plant trees, and today it is made from oil. But if Ford is successful with their latest project, we could soon be seeing their fleets decked out in rubber made

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Tree Theory Bags: Origami-Style Carryalls That Minimize Waste

Tree Theory Bags: Origami-Style Carryalls That Minimize Waste

There are few bags that manage to forgo the manufacturing process of sewing, but Strand Design has created a range of bags that does just that. Believing that their products need to adhere to a

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