Green Materials

Dots Design Studio’s Beautiful PLYbikes are Handcrafted From Wood

Dots Design Studio’s Beautiful PLYbikes are Handcrafted From Wood

Bangkok-based Dots Design Studio makes handcrafted bicycles with glorious timber parts. Their PLYbike is made from strong stripy pieces of sandwiched wood veneer. The bikes are perfect for taking a spin

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Nimbus Eco Tree-free Bamboo and Sugarcane Toilet Paper Makes a Splash at Coachella

Nimbus Eco Tree-free Bamboo and Sugarcane Toilet Paper Makes a Splash at Coachella

According to estimates, Americans alone use an average of 23.6 rolls of toilet paper per person annually, which results in some serious damage to the environment. Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist at

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Archium’s Rocking Radio Building Blends Into the Nepalese Landscape

Archium’s Rocking Radio Building Blends Into the Nepalese Landscape

The new stone building sits 3,000 meters above sea level and it features a rising antenna with strings and colorful flags attached. The project was inspired by vernacular architecture, and the rooms are

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Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Sweden-based designer Hampus Penttinen created his Svartskär chair out of the flotsam that washes up on the shore of Kosterhavet—Sweden's only national marine park. He used grafting techniques to bind

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Stark White Autobahn Church Hides a Wonderous Surprise Inside

Stark White Autobahn Church Hides a Wonderous Surprise Inside

On the outside, Schneider + Schumacher Architekten's fantastic church looks like a white three-dimensional interpretation of traditional village church. But its interior is completely different, featuring

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Gorgeous Glazed House at Rupanco Lake Blends With the Woods in Chile

Gorgeous Glazed House at Rupanco Lake Blends With the Woods in Chile

Squella's idyllic gateway in Chile was envisioned as if it had no walls. Made from glass and wood, it beautifully blends with its natural environment and its few furniture pieces are fixed to the

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VIDEO: 6 Smart Home Products Which Will Cut Your Energy Bill

VIDEO: 6 Smart Home Products Which Will Cut Your Energy Bill

Feeling the pinch when it comes time to pay your monthly bills? Lucky for you there are a few simple steps you can take to cut down your energy costs. With just a few simple and inexpensive products -

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UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and Pee

UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and Pee

Edinburgh College of Art student Peter Trimble has built a ready-made machine for making compostable furniture. Called Dupe, the machine converts sand, urine and bacteria into a new biomaterial similar to

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Richard Hutten’s Colorful Cloud Chair is Made From 545 Stacked Sheets of Wool

Richard Hutten’s Colorful Cloud Chair is Made From 545 Stacked Sheets of Wool

Dutch designer Richard Hutten just unveiled his new Layers Cloud Chair, which is set to debut at the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair. The chair is made entirely from Kvadrat's multicolored Divina fabric, and it

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Biodegradable Batteries Could Revolutionize Medical Implants

Biodegradable Batteries Could Revolutionize Medical Implants

Doctors who want to be able to monitor a patient’s vital signs or easily deliver treatments could soon have a new tool at their disposal: a new breed of electronic implants can be inserted under the

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Shigeru Ban’s Incredible Cardboard Bridge Can Hold 20 People at a Time!

Shigeru Ban’s Incredible Cardboard Bridge Can Hold 20 People at a Time!

You wouldn't expect cardboard to be strong enough to build load-bearing infrastructure, but that's exactly what ingenious architect Shigeru Ban used to build a bridge across the Gardon River in France.

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INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INHABITAT: Tony, our recent story about your Hemp House in South Africa spurred a lot of interesting discussion. Can you briefly tell us how you initially became interested in hemp as a building

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Uruguayan Surfer-Girl Builds Charming Off-Grid Accommodation Powered by Nature

Originally from Montevideo, Victoria Gonzales migrates every year between Punta del Diablo and the shores of L.A. She leads a healthy lifestyle full of surfing, yoga and raw food, a philosophy that is

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Japanese Students Create Brilliant Straw Home Heated by Compost

Japanese Students Create Brilliant Straw Home Heated by Compost

The project, called “A Recipe To Live,” stands in the coastal town of Taiki-cho in Hokkaido. It was designed by students Masaki Ogasawara, Keisuke Tsukada and Erika Mikami to follow the natural cycles

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Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

UK-based Cyclehoop has found a way to use pieces of recycled plastic to keep cyclists safe on the road. Their clever "Armadillo" lane dividers can be easily installed on roads to divide bike lanes from

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Kengo Kuma Wraps Tokyo’s Sunny Hills Cake Shop in a Latticed 3D Wooden ‘Cloud’

Kengo Kuma Wraps Tokyo’s Sunny Hills Cake Shop in a Latticed 3D Wooden ‘Cloud’

Kuma's eye-catching cake shop stands in the middle of a residential area in Tokyo's Aoyama, with a memorable cloud-like shape. The intricate structure takes inspiration from traditional bamboo baskets,

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Wind and Water Bar is Made Almost Entirely of Bamboo in Viet Nam

Vo Trong Nghia’s Wind and Water Bar is Made Almost Entirely of Bamboo in Viet Nam

In contrast to the café, the bar is an enclosed whole that is accessible via stepping stones connecting it to the shore. The structural dome is 10m high, spanning 15m across. The main frame is built from

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Danielle Trofe’s Brilliant Mush-Lume Lamp is Grown From Fungi!

Danielle Trofe’s Brilliant Mush-Lume Lamp is Grown From Fungi!

We've featured Danielle Trofe's amazing energy-generating hourglass lamps in the past, and the designer just unveiled a new table lamp called Mush-Lume that is grown instead of being manufactured! The

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Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

  After Treeson water company founder Carlton Solle took a trip to Costa Rica with his family five years ago and saw the dreadful plastic pollution littering the beach, he learned that less

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Nicola Spinetto Unveils Stunning Multi-level Pop Up Garden in Italy

Nicola Spinetto Unveils Stunning Multi-level Pop Up Garden in Italy

Designed in collaboration with Daniele Mainetti, this layered garden is located at the back of a family home in the town of Chiavari on the Italian Riviera. The garden measures 540 x 40 square feet, and

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E’terra Samara is an Amazing Treehouse Retreat Designed for the Forests of Canada

E’terra Samara is an Amazing Treehouse Retreat Designed for the Forests of Canada

E’terra Samara is a five-star eco resort designed by Farrow Partnership studio that consists of twelve treehouse villas sensitively nestled into Canada's Bruce Peninsula forest, which is listed as a

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Massive Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace Nears Completion in Upstate New York

Massive Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace Nears Completion in Upstate New York

Ever year a crystalline palace rises proudly as a celebration of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival in upstate New York. The 10-day festival includes sports, performances, parades and spectacular

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Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Washing dishes may soon be a thing of the past thanks to an incredible new coating that makes food simply roll of your plates and bowls. It sounds too good to be true, but according to Swedish design

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Watershed Materials’ New Building Block Uses Half the Concrete of a Conventional Masonry Block

Watershed Materials’ New Building Block Uses Half the Concrete of a Conventional Masonry Block

Watershed Materials produces beautiful and sustainable masonry blocks that use half the cement of traditional concrete blocks. Concrete has a giant carbon footprint yet concrete blocks are a ubiquitous

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Student Builds Beautiful Latticed Community Garden Shed From Charred Cedar

Student Builds Beautiful Latticed Community Garden Shed From Charred Cedar

The Woodlands Community Garden shed is surrounded by raised vegetable beds. It was crafted entirely from cedar wood with an angled roof that forms a puzzling lattice. This way, cool breezes and natural

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Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Juri Troy Architects’ Passive Wooden House in Austria Rests Peacefully on Stilts

Measuring 1,000 square feet, the House Under the Oaks is a wide wooden box overlooking a luscious landscape. Its structure was made from prefab FSC timber and assembled on site, reducing

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SolTech’s Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech’s Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech Energy, a Swedish company selling solutions for clean solar power, has developed a unique home heating system contained within roofing tiles made out of ordinary transparent glass. The attractive

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INTERVIEW: NuClic Founder David Kim Shares His Green Flooring Tips with Inhabitat

INTERVIEW: NuClic Founder David Kim Shares His Green Flooring Tips with Inhabitat

INHABITAT: Why did you decide to start Nuclic? David: I've always considered myself a creative person and having studied at Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), I have surrounded myself with creative thinkers

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Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

© Michael DePasquale  Chapitre Zero started early last year when a group of Paris-based designer friends, encouraged by Gambi and Rizzi, decided to make use of found scrap materials. They first

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