Green Materials

Lumboo: Dimensional Lumber Made from Bamboo

Lumboo: Dimensional Lumber Made from Bamboo

Green designers are well aware that bamboo is a rapidly-renewable resource whose production has less of an environmental impact than the production of other wood products. Bamboo flooring is well-trod

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Modules Made from Material Waste Form Furniture, Walls and Rooms

Modules Made from Material Waste Form Furniture, Walls and Rooms

While the image above depicts a modern and sleek interior space, you’d be surprised to know that the other side of the wall carries an aesthetic debauchery more in line with that of Sweeney Todd. An

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Designloop’s Noshi Stools Are Origami You Can Sit On

Designloop’s Noshi Stools Are Origami You Can Sit On

These Noshi stools by Nick Seymour from Designloop look like they're made from paper, but they're actually made from a single sheet of laser-cut mild steel cleverly folded into a beautifully simple form.

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Phase-Changing GlassX Windows Offer Amazing Performance

Phase-Changing GlassX Windows Offer Amazing Performance

A remarkable Swiss window technology has just recently been introduced in North America. GlassX windows are super high-efficiency windows that use several technologies to make them possibly the most

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Luminous Lamps Made from Recycled Washing Machine Drums

Luminous Lamps Made from Recycled Washing Machine Drums

These spectacular lamps may appear as if they’ve been pulled off the latest superstar designer’s mass-production line, but look again -- they’re actually washing machine drums recycled into amazing

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Virginia Tech Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 Solar Decathlon!

Virginia Tech Lumenhaus Wins the 2010 Solar Decathlon!

The homes were packed all week with visitors who gazed at the unusually shaped Fablab house, doted over the cozy interior of the  Luukku House, and reveled over the superior craftsmanship of the Bambu

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The LOW3 House Brings Affordable Sustainability to the Solar Decathlon

The LOW3 House Brings Affordable Sustainability to the Solar Decathlon

The LOW3 combines passive solar architecture with bioclimatic optimization to minimize the house's energy demand. The team chose to use building integrated solar panels (BIPVs) on the roof and sides of

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Re:Focus Teaches an Old House New Tricks at the Solar Decathlon

Re:Focus Teaches an Old House New Tricks at the Solar Decathlon

The entire house is panelized to allow it to be flat packed and assembled around 7 square “ribs”. Because of the standardization of the system it can be configured in many different ways. Keeping cool

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Researcher Develops Plant-Based Non-Petroleum Fuel Additive

Researcher Develops Plant-Based Non-Petroleum Fuel Additive

Fuel additives are generally petroleum or chemical based supplements injected into fuel that serve a number of purposes -- cleaning the engine to reduce emissions related to global warming, lubricating

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The Best of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial

The Best of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial

The Cooper-Hewitt is the United State's national design museum -- it's also the only museum in the nation exclusively commited to historic and contemporary design. They focus their exhibits on how design

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Finland’s Luukku House Wins Architecture Prize at Solar Decathlon!

Finland’s Luukku House Wins Architecture Prize at Solar Decathlon!

The first place winner of the architecture portion of the European Solar Decathlon has just been announced, and the prize goes to... Team Finland's beautiful wood-clad Luukku House! The Luukku House (the

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Just in Time for the iPhone 4G Release, A Bamboo iPhone Case!

Just in Time for the iPhone 4G Release, A Bamboo iPhone Case!

Were you one of those iPhone 4 crazed, sleepy-eyed people in line at the Apple store this morning? Well if you were, we've got the greenest accessory for your shiny new gadget -- a bamboo iPhone case!

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Artist Uses 3D Printer to Turn Human Ashes into Objects

Artist Uses 3D Printer to Turn Human Ashes into Objects

Photo by Designboom Dutch Designer Wieki Somers just might have found the next new renewable building material -- human ashes. For the Grand Hornu Images gallery exhibit “In Progress,” she used a

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Minimalistic Living Equia Home Keeps Its Cool at Solar Decathlon

Minimalistic Living Equia Home Keeps Its Cool at Solar Decathlon

The 2010 Solar Decathlon is well underway in Madrid, Spain and a team of three universities from Berlin has already been attracting a lot of attention with their clean-lined Living Equia Home. Designed to

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Sun-Powered Bambu House Sprouts at Solar Decathlon Europe

Sun-Powered Bambu House Sprouts at Solar Decathlon Europe

Tonji University Shanghai's Bambu House at the European Solar Decathlon is a beautiful sun-powered abode inspired by nature. It has two elegant sloping roofs and is almost entirely constructed from

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Eco Friendly Whiteboard Paint Turns Any Wall Into an Artistic Canvas

Eco Friendly Whiteboard Paint Turns Any Wall Into an Artistic Canvas

Turn any blank wall or smooth surface into a white board thanks to Idea Paint’s new line of Tabrasa water based paint! The paint was on display at MDC Wallcovering’s booth at this year’s NeoCon

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Retired 747 Airplane Transformed Into Striking Malibu Wing House

Retired 747 Airplane Transformed Into Striking Malibu Wing House

We love recycled airplane architecture, but (not surprisingly) real-life examples of it are pretty hard to find! That’s why we were stoked when we saw this awesome “Wing House”  right

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Eco Friendly Kids Glass from Skyline Design

Eco Friendly Kids Glass from Skyline Design

Skyline Design unveiled its ultra-fun line of graphic illustrated glass at NeoCon this week and it's a hit - especially with young designers. The material's brightly hued shapes provide the perfect

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Retired 747 Airplane Transformed Into Striking Malibu Home

Retired 747 Airplane Transformed Into Striking Malibu Home

Here at Inhabitat we're huge fans of recycled airplane architecture, and it turns out that if you're building a house on a sprawling property deep in the hills of Malibu, buying a retired 747, chopping it

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Awesome Area Rug Woven from Recycled Bicycle Tires

Awesome Area Rug Woven from Recycled Bicycle Tires

Danish designer Annemette Beck takes a creative new approach to textile design by utilizing an extremely inventive array of recycled materials. Her line of woven products include rugs, upholstery,

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$1 Trillion Afghan Mineral Deposits Will Affect Green Technologies

$1 Trillion Afghan Mineral Deposits Will Affect Green Technologies

Whether or not Afghanistan's mineral wealth, which includes a massive supply of lithium, proves to be good news for the troubled nation, it will almost certainly be good news for electric vehicle makers

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Loomstate’s World Cup Ready Organic Cotton Soccer Balls

Loomstate’s World Cup Ready Organic Cotton Soccer Balls

Could your child be the next Cristiano Ronaldo? The World Cup is in full play, so what better way to get the family going than with this eco-friendly mini-soccer ball from Loomstate?! Measuring at a

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Inhabitat Announces 2010 Spring Greening Contest Winners!

Inhabitat Announces 2010 Spring Greening Contest Winners!

AND WE HAVE A WINNER! We’ve got our 2010 Spring Greening Contest winners and boy are they impressive! This year we invited all of our enterprising readers to see if they could breathe new life into old

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Stunning Living Pixels Lamps Made From Recycled Banners

Stunning Living Pixels Lamps Made From Recycled Banners

These gorgeous lamps may look as if they’ve been excavated from ancient crystal caves, but they are in fact the product of an imaginative assemblage of recycled and eco-friendly materials. Created by a

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Modern Japanese Home Borrows From the Past With an Eco Twist

Modern Japanese Home Borrows From the Past With an Eco Twist

Under the modernist skin of this Japanese home is an updated interpretation of traditional Japanese building with a very unique feature. Spotted on Dezeen, this home by Architect Masato Sekiya features a

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Kief Table Creates a Sleek Modern Surface From Walnut Cuttoffs

Kief Table Creates a Sleek Modern Surface From Walnut Cuttoffs

It’s not always practical to implement deconstructivism into interior design (see: glasses slipping over non-rectilinear surfaces), so when you finally spot a piece that’s able to embody this

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Godoylab’s Drip Table Turns Thinning Wood into a Beautiful Table

Godoylab’s Drip Table Turns Thinning Wood into a Beautiful Table

It’s been some time since we last reported on Mexico City-based Godoylab, but this sustainability-focused design studio has certainly been hard at work with a slew of new pieces to show. One piece that

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Australians Get a Bike Path Made From Recycled Printer Cartridges!

Australians Get a Bike Path Made From Recycled Printer Cartridges!

(photo credit: Justin Brierty) Australia's National Park Service recently unveiled a new bike path in the West MacDonnell National Park that includes a bridge made out of recycled printer cartridges.

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Banquito Cardboard Stool is 100% Recyclable and Perfect for Parties

Banquito Cardboard Stool is 100% Recyclable and Perfect for Parties

Here’s a fun little seating unit brought to you by Buenos Aires-based Georgina Pizzabiocche. The Banquito Cartoon is a throwback to those fun accordion-style party favors that you may remember from

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The Top 12 Brands and Retailers Scooping Up Organic Cotton

The Top 12 Brands and Retailers Scooping Up Organic Cotton

With the latest release of Organic Exchange’s annual ranking of the top purchasers of organic cotton, we were more than pleased to hear that even in the face of a troubled economy, the global retail

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