Green Materials

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 in the hills of

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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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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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