Green Materials

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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No Early Birds Showcases New Habits in Furniture Form

No Early Birds Showcases New Habits in Furniture Form

No Early Birds is a modern Swedish furniture company created by architect Per Söderberg and creative director Peter Simonsson. During their extensive experience in the creative industry, the team saw a

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Staybull Makes Recycled Wood Flooring Out of Lumber Scraps

Staybull Makes Recycled Wood Flooring Out of Lumber Scraps

Recycled flooring manufacturer Staybull Flooring is working to cut out the waste cycle in the flooring industry by salvaging over 20 species of discarded lumber from mills across the world. The strips are

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Starbucks Unveils Seat Upholstery Made of Recycled Coffee Sacks

Starbucks Unveils Seat Upholstery Made of Recycled Coffee Sacks

London's venerable Savile Row was transformed into a country fairground on Monday as sheep frolicked in the streets to herald the start of Wool Week. Amidst the fluffy conflagration stood (or perhaps more

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Nano Ink Allows Simple Office Paper to Conduct Electricity

Nano Ink Allows Simple Office Paper to Conduct Electricity

Decker Yeadon is back at it, inventing incredible materials with architectural applications. This time they've made simple office paper capable of conducting electricity with ink made out of

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Nation’s First Hemp House Makes A Healthy Statement

Nation’s First Hemp House Makes A Healthy Statement

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the 3,400 square foot Push House features a mainstream design with some very different systems behind its walls. The home's use of hempcrete was only the start -- for

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New Water-Based Heat Pump is 600 Times Smaller

New Water-Based Heat Pump is 600 Times Smaller

Ground source heat pumps (GSHP) are becoming a mainstream option for those looking to efficiently heat and cool a building. This innovative water-based design showcased by our friends at Treehugger is a

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Amazing Desk Made From Recycled Books at Delft University

Amazing Desk Made From Recycled Books at Delft University

The colorful and carefully arranged desk is a testament to the school's love for design and books. The strong, solid corners give the desk a solid foundation and the pattern has been arranged so that in

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Packaging the Future: Amazing Mushroom Packaging!

Packaging the Future: Amazing Mushroom Packaging!

Fungus amongus! Mushroom filler is fire resistant and biodegradable Mushrooms are amazing. Not only do they tasty-up pizza, pasta, soup and salads; not only are edible 'shrooms pretty much calorie-free

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Sustainable Bamboo Pavilion for Communal Living

Sustainable Bamboo Pavilion for Communal Living

As bamboo is easily sourced around the Indian Ocean Rim, this renewable and inexpensive material is perfect for those in need of shelter. Bamboo's super strong and light physical characteristics also made

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MIT Develops Self-Assembling Solar Cells

MIT Develops Self-Assembling Solar Cells

Get ready for super-charged solar cells! MIT researchers announced this week that they have developed self-assembling solar cells that can be broken down and rebuilt repeatedly, much like plant cells. The

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Quirky and Comfy, Stackable Stools Made From Cork

Quirky and Comfy, Stackable Stools Made From Cork

We love seating arrangements that inspire people to play, but these stools designed by Marina68 are especially awesome thanks to their quirky nature. Set side-by-side or stacked on top of one another,

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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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