Green Materials

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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Eclectic Wooden Stools Made From Recycled Timber

Eclectic Wooden Stools Made From Recycled Timber

These colorful offcut bar stools by Edwards Moore Architects are a beautiful example of eclectic upcycling. Each stool is composed of a bundle of reclaimed timber pieces that have been parceled together

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The Outerio House is a 3 Meter Wide Modernist Renovation

The Outerio House is a 3 Meter Wide Modernist Renovation

In a small town in Oporto, Portugal, Ezzo Architects has transformed a townhouse still standing from the days of Romanticism into a vibrant Modernist dream space. The house was able to retain its

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New Printable Armor is Hardest Organic Substance Ever Designed

New Printable Armor is Hardest Organic Substance Ever Designed

Sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest of places. Case in point: scientists have just created a new super strong material based on the plaque found in Alzheimer's patients' brains. The new

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LEED Gold Building Made From Repurposed Pickle Barrels

LEED Gold Building Made From Repurposed Pickle Barrels

Old pickle barrels have found new life in the University of Minnesota's Duluth Civil Engineering Building designed by Ross Barney Architects. From the project's onset, sustainable values and eco-friendly

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Genetically Modified Bacteria Can Fix Cracked Concrete

Genetically Modified Bacteria Can Fix Cracked Concrete

Researchers at the U.K's University of Newcastle have created a new type of bacteria that generates glue to hold together cracks in concrete structures -- that means everything from concrete sidewalks to

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Compostable Packaging Test: Bambu Plates Breakdown

Compostable Packaging Test: Bambu Plates Breakdown

This week we're thrilled to bring you the latest installment of our Packaging the Future compost tests, where we break down the real-life biodegradability of eco packaging. Although I started this series

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Lumber Made from Newspaper Looks Like Real Wood

Lumber Made from Newspaper Looks Like Real Wood

Doesn't the material in the photo above look just like real wood at first glance? Upon further inspection, the text on the top plank gives away the "lumber's" true origin - newspapers! Developed by Mieke

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Transparent Solar Material Could Lead to Photovoltaic Windows

Transparent Solar Material Could Lead to Photovoltaic Windows

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Brookhaven and Los Alamos National Laboratories have created a new type of transparent photovoltaic film that can be spread over large areas to absorb light and

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Marin Sawa’s “Algaerium” Incorporates Algae Into Interior Design

Marin Sawa’s “Algaerium” Incorporates Algae Into Interior Design

Architect and textile designer Marin Sawa's beautiful work explores ways that we can incorporate the production of biofuels within our built environments. With her Algaerium, she has created a series of

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Indonesian Bamboo Restaurant Is a Striking Open-Air Design

Indonesian Bamboo Restaurant Is a Striking Open-Air Design

This extraordinary Japanese noodle restaurant located in Jakarta, Indonesia needed to be disassembled easily, so design firm DSA+s made the bold decision to build it entirely out of bamboo. The result is

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Amazing Bathroom Tiled With 13,650 Nickels

Amazing Bathroom Tiled With 13,650 Nickels

Inspired by the penny tile floors at the Standard Hotel in New York City, this unique home in Seattle was tiled with thousands of nickels - 13,650 to be exact! Apartment Therapy has the scoop, complete

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Freitag Launches Backpacks Made From Recycled Truck Tarps

Freitag Launches Backpacks Made From Recycled Truck Tarps

Freitag bags are made from truck tarpaulins, seat belts, bicycle inner tubes torn beyond repair and old car airbags to create durable repurposed pieces.

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Biodegradable Coffins Made From Recycled Paper Pulp

Biodegradable Coffins Made From Recycled Paper Pulp

Even though Halloween is over, here is one super sustainable design solution that is bound to keep the green spirits happy for the rest of the year. Direct from Denmark, Bendt Stov recently

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Trash Bag Tells You How Much Biomass Energy Is in Your Rubbish

Trash Bag Tells You How Much Biomass Energy Is in Your Rubbish

Biomass is a valuable energy resource – and one that almost all of us are accruing in our homes on a daily basis without realizing it! Designed by Ahhaproject, here is one trash bag literally spelling

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Could Eggshells Be Used To Fight Climate Change?

Could Eggshells Be Used To Fight Climate Change?

Many methods are being researched and tested in a bid to reduce the world's carbon emissions - however it's possible that none are as peculiar as this. Researchers at The University of Calcutta are

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Carbon Nanotubes Could Create Buildings That Move

Carbon Nanotubes Could Create Buildings That Move

File this in the creepy yet useful category: architectural research firm Decker Yeadon is currently researching how carbon nanotubes may one day create a building material able to move without motors.

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Modular Pop-Up Bar in Sydney Can Be Flat Packed Away

Modular Pop-Up Bar in Sydney Can Be Flat Packed Away

The bar is a living and drinking reminder of the 1920's, speaking of a simpler time filled with older world goods and secret names for cocktails. Harking back to the ambiance of the 20's, the bar

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