Green Materials

Canada Becomes First Country to Ban Toxic BPA

Canada Becomes First Country to Ban Toxic BPA

Photo by Steven Depolo As avid Inhabitat readers know, BPA is a nasty substance. The organic compound, found in everything from reusable water bottles to soup cans, is thought to cause both hormonal

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Multi-tasking Eco Stools are a Modern Take on Traditional Design

Multi-tasking Eco Stools are a Modern Take on Traditional Design

Portuguese designers Cláudio Cardoso and Telma Verissimo designed these fun multi-tasking Open stools that combine environmentally-responsible design with a playful modern aesthetic. Inspired by

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“Dry Water” Could Absorb and Store Carbon Dioxide

“Dry Water” Could Absorb and Store Carbon Dioxide

Researchers recently discovered a new way to store carbon dioxide and other harmful chemicals using a a powdered, sugar-like substance called “dry water“. According to scientists at the

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Leonardo Bonanni Talks About Sourcemap.org

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Leonardo Bonanni Talks About Sourcemap.org

If you haven't discovered it yet, Sourcemap.org is an amazing free open-source software project that allows people all over the globe to track the origin and source of all of the materials that go into

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Colorful Bowls Made from Real Coconuts Shells

Colorful Bowls Made from Real Coconuts Shells

We’ve boasted the merits of the coconut before, but we forgot to mention that this delicious fruit is also provides for an incredible renewable material! Designed by Bambu, these colorful bowls come in

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Eco Emergency Shelter Built Entirely From Shipping Pallets

Eco Emergency Shelter Built Entirely From Shipping Pallets

In a brilliant example of material reuse I-Beam has created a sustainable emergency shelter built completely out of shipping pallets. Originally designed as temporary housing for refugees of the Baltic

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Thai Building Facade Handmade From Natural Banana Fiber

Thai Building Facade Handmade From Natural Banana Fiber

In 2008, Architectkidd was asked to design an architectural facade for a residential building called Happyland Townhouse in Bangkok, Thailand. The team chose to focus on natural materials and fibers, so

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Mini Modular Eco-Homes from Modern Playhouse

Mini Modular Eco-Homes from Modern Playhouse

Today’s kids are quite the lucky bunch - not only are they more tech savvy than any other generation before, but they’ve got some awesome parents who are die hard to instill a little bit of modernism

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A “Craigslist for Materials” Helps Recycle Construction Waste

A “Craigslist for Materials” Helps Recycle Construction Waste

Photo by Incase There are tons of serviceable materials discarded from construction and renovation projects every day. Sometimes, a thoughtful or enterprising individual will find a way to reuse a

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Concrete Re-visioned at the Elegant Hanil Visitors Center

Concrete Re-visioned at the Elegant Hanil Visitors Center

The Hanil Visitors Center is positioned between a restored hillside and an industrial complex to the west. As a vivid example of how concrete can be used with a lowered environmental impact, the Center

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Corrugated Fiberboard House Makes Great Use of Waste Material

Corrugated Fiberboard House Makes Great Use of Waste Material

As our waste stream continues to expand at an ever-increasing rate, we need to look at reclaimed and recycled materials as a resource for building. One ingenious solution is to use waxy corrugated

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Spider Silk Produced from Metabolically Engineered Bacteria

Spider Silk Produced from Metabolically Engineered Bacteria

Stronger than steel, yet thinner than a human hair, spider silk is an incredible material created by nature that has amazing potential in real-world application. Unfortunately, accumulating enough of this

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Can Whole Foods’ Deli Containers Really Be Composted?

Can Whole Foods’ Deli Containers Really Be Composted?

We love Whole Foods for their wide selection of health conscious packaged goods and organic fruits and vegetables. But one popular spot in this shop that gets a lot of attention is the store’s salad bar

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Are Low-E Windows Melting Your Neighbor’s House?

Are Low-E Windows Melting Your Neighbor’s House?

Architects Newspaper recently shared some surprising news suggesting that new low-E windows could be responsible for melting the vinyl siding on neighboring homes. Reflections from the windows are

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Karvt Introduces the First Bamboo iPhone 4 Skin

Karvt Introduces the First Bamboo iPhone 4 Skin

The iPhone is a sleek piece of minimalist design, and this beautiful piece of modern technology shouldn't be spoiled by an ostentatious skin made from earth-unfriendly silicones and plastics. If you've

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NZ Company Creates Revolutionary Nanofibers from Fish Skins

NZ Company Creates Revolutionary Nanofibers from Fish Skins

A New Zealand company is taking a major leap forward in commercializing nanotechnology -- Revolution Fibres Ltd plans on making nano-fabrics from the collagen in discarded fish skins. (New Zealand is an

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The ReStyle Modular Coffee Table Is Perfect for Compact Spaces

The ReStyle Modular Coffee Table Is Perfect for Compact Spaces

ReStyle is not one object, but a cluster of multi-functional modular forms! Designed by James Howlett, each piece of the ReStyle has been individually designed to serve multiple purposes, and sits

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Artist Creates Awesome DJ Console from Recycled Materials

Artist Creates Awesome DJ Console from Recycled Materials

The latest design by Chicago artist Trevor O'Neil is a funky console created for San Francisco-based DJ, Shoddy Lynn. The incredible DJ destination has been constructed using recycled materials and

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Materials Smackdown: What’s Greener – Wood, Metal or Plastic?

Materials Smackdown: What’s Greener – Wood, Metal or Plastic?

If you're moving or renovating, you may find yourself in the market for new furniture. In the past, shopping for furniture mainly meant comparing colors, price and style, but these days many conscious

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Beautiful Bamboosero Bikes are Sustainably Crafted in Ghana

Beautiful Bamboosero Bikes are Sustainably Crafted in Ghana

Fans of cycling were aglow this month after watching the Tour de France peloton glide through the alps. We're also excited about bicycles here at Inhabitat, because we just heard about these beautiful

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Materials SmackDown: What is Green Furniture Made From?

Materials SmackDown: What is Green Furniture Made From?

When people shopped for furniture in the past, the main decision points were usually around color, style and price. Nowadays, more and more consumers are looking at a piece of furniture's environmental

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Luminous LED Pots Will Make You See Planters in a New Light

Luminous LED Pots Will Make You See Planters in a New Light

Bored to tears by run-of-the-mill, non-glowing plant pots (so very 2009)? Then feast your eyes on these babies. Illuminated by LED lights, these luminescent planters from Rotoluxe are translucent, giving

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Organoclays Could Create Next-Gen Eco Plastics

Organoclays Could Create Next-Gen Eco Plastics

Clay: it's good for more than just pottery. A report in the American Chemical Society's Macromolecules journal claims that natural clay could be used to produce a cheap, flame-retardant substance that

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‘Pile on Game’ Creates Stackable Stones from Waste Wood

‘Pile on Game’ Creates Stackable Stones from Waste Wood

The last time we checked, Jenga wasn’t constructing their pieces from sustainable wood, but here’s a clever design that takes a game of strategic block stacking to an eco-friendly level. Created by

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Wine Rack Made from Recycled Bottle Corks

Wine Rack Made from Recycled Bottle Corks

Starting your own wine collection, but have yet to reach full scale? Here’s a great piece from one of our favorite eco-designers that gives you a way to store some bottles before you open up a full-on

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Stunning Bamboo Forest Continues to Grow Atop Met Museum

Stunning Bamboo Forest Continues to Grow Atop Met Museum

This summer the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art sprouted an incredible bamboo jungle as artists Doug and Mike Starn erected their “Big Bambú: You Can’t, You Don’t and You Won’t Stop”

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Toast Shaped Cork Coasters Make Breakfast More Fun to Eat

Toast Shaped Cork Coasters Make Breakfast More Fun to Eat

Why not make the most important meal of the day a bit more appealing with these cheeky toast-shaped coasters? Made by Oiti, each one is crafted from sustainable cork and looks surprisingly similar in both

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“Smart” Metal to Make Air-Conditioning 175% More Efficient

“Smart” Metal to Make Air-Conditioning 175% More Efficient

You know the drill: the temperature shoots up, the central air-conditioning goes on full-blast, and your electric bill climbs into the stratosphere. A new “smart” metal developed by

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Leaning Shelves and Seating Made from a Dismantled Water Tower

Leaning Shelves and Seating Made from a Dismantled Water Tower

These new shelves designed by Deger Cengiz perfectly embody the contemporary spirit of sustainability. Constructed from reclaimed redwood salvaged from a dismantled New York water tower, Cengiz’s

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