Green Materials

Banana Plastic: Researchers Create Strong Plastic from Fruit that Rivals Kevlar

Banana Plastic: Researchers Create Strong Plastic from Fruit that Rivals Kevlar

A team of Brazilian researchers developed a way to create strong, lightweight plastic with the fibers in fruit.

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Brilliant Recycled Cardboard Plamp! Lamp is its Own Packaging

Brilliant Recycled Cardboard Plamp! Lamp is its Own Packaging

Chilean designer Paloma Agliati's Plamp! lamp is a blooming pendant light made entirely of recycled, recyclable, and biodegradable cardboard. Inspired by the need to reduce packaging, Agliati designed a

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New Eco-Friendly Nano-Bricks Packaging Helps Food Last Longer

New Eco-Friendly Nano-Bricks Packaging Helps Food Last Longer

A group of researchers from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas has developed a new, more environmentally friendly plastic material -- which they call nano-bricks -- that will help keep

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Ford Investigates Bubble Technology to Make Cars 10% Lighter, More Efficient

Ford Investigates Bubble Technology to Make Cars 10% Lighter, More Efficient

Ford Motors is looking into a new technology produced at MIT labs that could make cars lighter and more fuel-efficient by injecting micro bubbles into plastic components. The technology, which is now

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Beautiful Green Village of Balinese Bamboo Homes Crafted by Ibuku

Beautiful Green Village of Balinese Bamboo Homes Crafted by Ibuku

Ibuku (formerly called PTBambu), a design-build firm located outside of Bali’s cultural center of Ubud, is the visionary behind both the Green School and the Green Village. So far one home in the

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Brilliant Salt Crystal Lamp is Grown in a Bucket

Brilliant Salt Crystal Lamp is Grown in a Bucket

Swedish designers Apokalyps Labotek mixed chemistry with innovation to create a crystalline lamp made almost entirely from salt. The brilliant lighting fixture emulates the glimmering look of a glass

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Dirk Van Der Kooij Creates His Modern Endless Chairs from Recycled Refrigerators

Dirk Van Der Kooij Creates His Modern Endless Chairs from Recycled Refrigerators

Dirk Van Der Kooij’s Endless chair is a marvel that uses just one plastic string bent back and forth to form its innovative structure. The best part? The chair is made entirely from recycled

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Norwegian Students Build Airy Bamboo and Teak Library for Thai Orphans

Norwegian Students Build Airy Bamboo and Teak Library for Thai Orphans

Looking for more than a vacation in southeast Asia, an amazing set of young, skilled students from Norway set out to change the future for a group of orphans in Thailand. TYIN Tegnestue is a non-profit

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Gigantic Tree Trunk Benches Made From Recovered Elms Pop Up in Stockholm

Gigantic Tree Trunk Benches Made From Recovered Elms Pop Up in Stockholm

Designer Lies-Marie Hoffmann recently dropped a series of sculptural benches made from Elm-trunks throughout the streets of Stockholm. Dubbed "Homage to the Elm trees", the project investigated how

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Used EV Batteries Will Help Power Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant

Used EV Batteries Will Help Power Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant

Ford is working with Xtreme Power to test the reuse of electric vehicle batteries for solar power storage at its Michigan Assembly Plant.

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3D Printed Air Bike is as Strong as Steel but 1/3rd the Weight of Aluminium

3D Printed Air Bike is as Strong as Steel but 1/3rd the Weight of Aluminium

This funky bike is making news today not just  for its design but for how it is made. UK engineers printed the bike using a powder composed of nylon and metal which results in a frame that has the

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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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