Green Materials

Euroshield Eco-Friendly Roof Shingles Made from Recycled Tires

Euroshield Eco-Friendly Roof Shingles Made from Recycled Tires

These recycled rubber roof shingles from Euroshield are an economic as well as environmentally responsible green building material. Made from 75% recycled materials, they’re designed to replicate

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Scientists Developing Self-Healing Plastics Inspired by Rubber Tree Plants

Scientists Developing Self-Healing Plastics Inspired by Rubber Tree Plants

Research centers around the globe are working to develop eco-friendly self-healing plastics.

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The Jani Is a Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin Made From Invasive Water Hyacinth

The Jani Is a Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin Made From Invasive Water Hyacinth

The water hyacinth grows without bounds in Lake Victoria, Kenya. As an invasive plant with an appetite for environmental and economic destruction, the hyacinth has grown so with vigor, that it has even

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Frankenstein’s Curious Biodegradable Designs Are Made of Sand, Water and Poo

Frankenstein’s Curious Biodegradable Designs Are Made of Sand, Water and Poo

Natural, local, long-lasting, cheap and biodegradable - adobe just seems to be the perfect sustainable material for experimenting with new shapes! Inspired by her experience in India, designer Karin

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Traverwood Library Built From Beetle-Damaged Trees Harvested On-Site

Traverwood Library Built From Beetle-Damaged Trees Harvested On-Site

The gently sourced ash trees on the site were damaged by the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive species that has killed million of ash trees and threatens all of North America’s ash population. The library

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Colorful Hexagonal Wall Tiles Made From Sound-Absorbing “Wood Wool”

Colorful Hexagonal Wall Tiles Made From Sound-Absorbing “Wood Wool”

Fresh from the scene of Stockholm Design Week, these colorful hexagonal wall tiles by Form Us With Love strike a brilliant balance between sustainable materials, economy and functionality. The modular

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Quirky Tree Trunk Tables Handmade From Salvaged Lumber

Quirky Tree Trunk Tables Handmade From Salvaged Lumber

While these tables may look like they're about to get up and walk out the door, don't worry -- they'll stay put. Designed by Nicole Belanger these spectacular Nickadoo Tree Trunk Tables have been

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Designer Ron Miriello Creates 100 Worlds from Found Materials

Designer Ron Miriello Creates 100 Worlds from Found Materials

Inspired by his childhood fascination with globes, designer Ron Miriello has created a remarkable array of miniature worlds made almost entirely from found objects. The designer recently exhibited 50

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Chinese Designers Build 5-Ton Transformers Megatron Tank from Scrap Metal

Chinese Designers Build 5-Ton Transformers Megatron Tank from Scrap Metal

Chinese metal crafts factory Wing Wah created a 5 ton replica of the Megatron Tank from Transformers 2 using mostly scrap materials.

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The Best Sustainable Ceramics From Cevisama 2011

The Best Sustainable Ceramics From Cevisama 2011

Lifearq Ceramic Bamboo Tiles by Natucer Natucer showcased a series of beautiful bamboo tiles that can be used to create stand-alone shade screens and room dividers. Dubbed Lifearq, the extruded porcelain

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Heinz to Use Plant-Based Bottles Made by Coca-Cola

Heinz to Use Plant-Based Bottles Made by Coca-Cola

This summer, Heinz will being using Coca-Cola's PlantBottles for all 20 oz. ketchup packaging.

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Armadillo and Co’s Flower Collection Rugs Tread Lightly on the Environment

Armadillo and Co’s Flower Collection Rugs Tread Lightly on the Environment

If you have been looking for a fashionable floor rug that not only suits your décor, but has been produced from natural materials under Fairtrade work conditions, your search may well be over.

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Make Your Own Wall Art With 3form’s Ditto Modules

Make Your Own Wall Art With 3form’s Ditto Modules

Who didn’t love playing with Legos and Construx as a kid? Now that we’ve grown up, 3form has made the adult equivalent: Ditto, a modular cross-shaped product that forms together to create partitions,

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Green Blade: New Bio-Sourced Material Made from Banana Plant Trunks

Green Blade: New Bio-Sourced Material Made from Banana Plant Trunks

French luxury tablewear specialist Pigment France recently revealed their new collection in a never-before-seen sustainable material at the Paris Maison & Objet exhibit. They are the first company in the

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Energy-Saving Ecom4 Tiles Could Shave 16% Off Your Power Bill

Energy-Saving Ecom4 Tiles Could Shave 16% Off Your Power Bill

When is the last time you got excited about advances in ceramic tile technology? Get ready - Spanish tile manufacturer Ceracasa just unveiled a new breed of high-tech tiles that could cut your energy bill

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Burchfield Penney: New York State’s First LEED-Certified Art Museum

Burchfield Penney: New York State’s First LEED-Certified Art Museum

The new Burchfield Penney Art Center, in Buffalo, New York, is the state’s first museum to earn LEED Silver certification. Opened in November in 2008, the new facility earned the necessary 26 points

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The Cevisama Ceramic Tile Show Kicks Off Today in Spain

The Cevisama Ceramic Tile Show Kicks Off Today in Spain

This week marks the start of the Cevisama ceramic tile show in Spain, and Inhabitat is reporting live from Valencia on the world's most cutting-edge ceramics. You heard that right - we're in Spain to

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The Date Farmers Create Striking Collages from Found Materials

The Date Farmers Create Striking Collages from Found Materials

Artists Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez, aka “The Date Farmers,” take regular trips from their homes in Southern California to scavenge Mexicali and Oaxaca for found materials to create their

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Houston Hive to be a Sustainable Village Made from 500 Shipping Containers

Houston Hive to be a Sustainable Village Made from 500 Shipping Containers

Inspired by the former artists colony TemplO/Zocalo, a group of Houston-based artists created HIVE, a self-sustaining village and living work of art constructed from nearly 500 recycled shipping

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Tom Hatfield Upcycles Christmas Trees into Sleds for Winter Fun

Tom Hatfield Upcycles Christmas Trees into Sleds for Winter Fun

While the excitement of the holidays are long over, we’re still left stuck in the thick of winter. But there's no escaping this wintry mix, so we might as well enjoy it with some old-fashioned winter

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Energy-Generating T-Shirts Could Someday Power Your Electronics

Energy-Generating T-Shirts Could Someday Power Your Electronics

Tired of the tangle of chargers and cords at your feet? Scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas have discovered a way to create energy generating textiles from powder-infused carbon nanotubes. The

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Incredible Rock Office is Built From the Ground Up With Simple Stones

Incredible Rock Office is Built From the Ground Up With Simple Stones

Rock Office is a unique structure that sits on a precarious piece of land in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Commissioned as an architecture and construction office with an included gallery, the

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New Flat Turns Boring Cardboard Into Awesome Lamp Shades

New Flat Turns Boring Cardboard Into Awesome Lamp Shades

So you’ve finally got your own apartment, but you've just moved in only to find that your lighting fixtures are harsh and unflattering bare bulbs! Well, don't fret because Berlin-based Formfjord has an

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Design a Symbol for Bioplastics in Cereplast’s “Make Your Mark” Contest!

Design a Symbol for Bioplastics in Cereplast’s “Make Your Mark” Contest!

Calling all green graphic designers! Did you know you can't recycle bioplastics? A single bioplastic container thrown in a batch of recycled PET will ruin the whole batch and make it non recyclable.

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Awesome Portuguese House Has an Entirely Cork-Clad Exterior

Awesome Portuguese House Has an Entirely Cork-Clad Exterior

The Cork House is a simple, rectangular block with a pitched roof, and is clad almost completely with cork blocks, except for the windows and corrugated metal covers over the garage. The home's owners

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ByProducts Transforms Waste Wood Offcuts Into Flat Pack Furniture

ByProducts Transforms Waste Wood Offcuts Into Flat Pack Furniture

Looking for a simple seating alternative that's eco-friendly and won't take up a lot of space? Then check out ByProducts' eco-conscious, clever, and compact tables and stools, which are made from

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Architect Adam Kushner Revamps NYC Penthouse Using Recycled Subway Parts

Architect Adam Kushner Revamps NYC Penthouse Using Recycled Subway Parts

Many of the duplex walls are lined with recycled New York City Subway tiles. Guests enter the apartment through an old subway car door, which also adorn all of the closets in the house, adding a touch New

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Classic Stools Made from Sawdust and Recycled Plastic Bags

Classic Stools Made from Sawdust and Recycled Plastic Bags

It's always a good idea to have extra seating on hand - you never know who's going to crash your holiday party. But don't see an extra chair as a battle for space - created by Kulla Design, the 50%

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Modern Dutch Thatched House Links With The Past

Modern Dutch Thatched House Links With The Past

A modern design that borrows from its ancestors, the “Living on the Edge” house forges a union between tradition and simplicity. The home's remarkable thatched roof and walls are only the beginning of

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Thoreau-Inspired Sustainable Cabin Rises Up in West Texas

Thoreau-Inspired Sustainable Cabin Rises Up in West Texas

More than a century ago, Henry David Thoreau asked, “What’s the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” He might not have been pondering climate change or green design,

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