Green Materials

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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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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