Green Materials

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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BP Refuses to Use Donated Hair Mats to Clean Up Oil Spill

BP Refuses to Use Donated Hair Mats to Clean Up Oil Spill

We've written about a number of alternative ways to clean up oil spills using natural non-toxic materials ranging from peat moss to mats made from recycled hair. However even in the wake of several failed

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FAREstudios’s Green Women’s Clinic Inspires Hope in West Africa

FAREstudios’s Green Women’s Clinic Inspires Hope in West Africa

Some of of the greatest social and environmental challenges are focused around the issue of reproductive rights. Italian-based FAREstudios created a brilliant architectural solution to the issue by

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Sticky Rice is 1,500 Year Old Secret to Super-Strong Chinese Buildings

Sticky Rice is 1,500 Year Old Secret to Super-Strong Chinese Buildings

Photo by Bridgette Meinhold Sticky rice, which has been a staple of the Chinese diet for centuries, also played a huge role in the construction of their ultra-durable cities and walls. The glutinous

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New Eco-Friendly Modern Mobiles by Rogan Objects

New Eco-Friendly Modern Mobiles by Rogan Objects

We've always loved Rogan for their ethical fashion forwardness, but now we’ve become enamored with their uber-stylish collection of sustainable modern furniture and accessories! One of the latest

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Modern Palmyra House Showcases Local Sustainable Materials

Modern Palmyra House Showcases Local Sustainable Materials

The Palmyra House is a vacation home in the south of Mumbai that resonates not just for its clean modern look but also for its rich selection of local sustainable materials. Situated on the coast of the

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The Green School Showcases Bamboo Construction in Indonesia

The Green School Showcases Bamboo Construction in Indonesia

The Green School was established side-by-side with the non-profit Meranggi Foundation, which develops bamboo plantations by presenting seedlings to local rice farmers. The project also harnessed the

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Update to Daniel Liebermann’s Radius House Preserves Organic Vision

Update to Daniel Liebermann’s Radius House Preserves Organic Vision

Photo by Cameron Scott In 1960, architect Daniel Liebermann — who apprenticed under Frank Lloyd Wright — built a house on a hilly site in a new way, designing a structure that curved along a Marin

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Locally-Built Green Toilet Facilities Provide Safe Sanitation for India

Locally-Built Green Toilet Facilities Provide Safe Sanitation for India

Many villagers in rural India are in need of clean, safe toilet facilities and places to wash laundry. Seeking to provide a solution to this pressing need, the National Foundation for India asked New

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Ec-O is a Self-Sustaining Living Bench Made From Retired Airplanes

Ec-O is a Self-Sustaining Living Bench Made From Retired Airplanes

Street benches are essential fixtures in any urban environment -- after a whole day of walking around from place to place, it sure feels great to rest your feet and take a break. Architecture instructor

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Son Builds Mom a Bamboo House with a Moon View in Costa Rica

Son Builds Mom a Bamboo House with a Moon View in Costa Rica

What do you give the woman who brought you into this world and raised you? For architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe, the answer was a beautiful bamboo retreat in Costa Rica. Some years ago, his mom stole away

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Lexon Rolls Out Eco Office Supplies Made from Bamboo

Lexon Rolls Out Eco Office Supplies Made from Bamboo

For all of you who get giddy over purchasing new office supplies, we’ve found the perfect eco-friendly line that’s about to top your desk - and your design loving hearts - off with joy! Powered by the

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NYC EVENT: ‘Interconnected’ Design from Portugal and Brazil

NYC EVENT: ‘Interconnected’ Design from Portugal and Brazil

Hey NYC! If you’re looking for a leisurely activity to fill this fine Sunday afternoon, head on over to the Meatpacking District to check out TOUCH’s latest exhibition “Interconnected.” Featuring

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Bookshelf Built Simply from Waste Wood Blocks and Rope

Bookshelf Built Simply from Waste Wood Blocks and Rope

Call it Survivor: Designer's Edition or Project Eco-Design, but we've got one reality TV inspired challenge for you: What could you build with just some cotton rope and a pile of wood blocks? An

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Exceptional Earth-Walled Home is a Desert Oasis

Exceptional Earth-Walled Home is a Desert Oasis

This truly stunning home in Scottsdale, Arizona offers a great lesson in site-appropriate design. The large roof overhangs and massive rammed earth walls help keep it cool in a desert environment.

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New Photosensitive Smart Skin Could Cut Buildings’ Energy Use

New Photosensitive Smart Skin Could Cut Buildings’ Energy Use

Photo by Wonderlane University of California engineer Luke Lee and architect Maria-Paz Gutierrez are developing an advanced “skin” for buildings that would regulate temperature and humidity

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Fungi Could Break Down Toxic BPA

Fungi Could Break Down Toxic BPA

BPA is nasty stuff--the chemical is linked to obesity, cancer, and endocrine problems in fetuses and children. It's also ubiquitous in our daily lives, present in 2.7 million tons of plastic used to make

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Recycled Wine Corks Make Stylish Penny Tile Flooring

Recycled Wine Corks Make Stylish Penny Tile Flooring

Penny tiles are a popular look for interior flooring. While ceramic and glass are often used to make tiles, these beautiful penny tiles, which we noticed on 3rings blog, are actually cut from recycled

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Grow House Grow: Scientific Story Telling Green Wallpaper

Grow House Grow: Scientific Story Telling Green Wallpaper

Last weekend at BKLYN Designs 2010 we discovered a booth full of amazing wall-coverings by designer Katie Deedy from Grow House Grow. Each paper in Deedy’s newest collection, Naturalist, tells a superb

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Stunning Green Family Home Set in the California Redwoods

Stunning Green Family Home Set in the California Redwoods

Here is a house that we bet you wish you grew up in. Built for a large family and developed to reduce its environmental footprint, this home feels a lot like summer camp. Located on a twenty acre site in

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UM Project’s Cork U.M.O. is a Coffee Table, Bench and Desk All in One!

UM Project’s Cork U.M.O. is a Coffee Table, Bench and Desk All in One!

One of our favorite finds from this year’s BKLYN Designs is the U.M.O., a playful piece of multitasking furniture that transitions from a coffee table to a bench to a desk with a simple flick of the

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Super-Insulator Aerogel Could Be Used to Soak Up Oil

Super-Insulator Aerogel Could Be Used to Soak Up Oil

Not only does the space-age material Aerogel have super-insulating powers -- it is also remarkably effective at soaking up oil. AeroClay, one of the makers of the insulation, is currently working on a new

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Decommissioned Subway Signs Get a Second Ride as Cool Furniture

Decommissioned Subway Signs Get a Second Ride as Cool Furniture

One of New York City’s greatest features is undoubtedly the subway system. 718 Made in Brooklyn, which we had the pleasure of peeping last weekend at BKLYN Designs, pays homage to the underground with

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Researcher Grows Durable “Bio Bricks” From Sand, Bacteria, and Urea

Researcher Grows Durable “Bio Bricks” From Sand, Bacteria, and Urea

Photos by Siddharth Siva Assistant architecture professor Ginger Krieg Dosier recently unveiled a new breed of biologically “grown” bricks that are durable, sustainably manufactured, and

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