Green Materials

BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

The term “upcycle” - used to describe the process of turning something old and used into a new and useful item - has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years. The term was popularized by Cradle

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8 Wooden Seaside Timrarö Vacation Houses Stand on Stilts in Sweden

8 Wooden Seaside Timrarö Vacation Houses Stand on Stilts in Sweden

There are eight Timrarö Vacation Houses built on stilts on a rocky Swedish archipelago. The wooden and metal stilts ensure the smallest environmental impact while also affording spectacular views.

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Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

The Nomadic Sand Bath, Rensink's latest work, was unveiled during the last Dutch Design Week. It naturally follows his previous installation, a pop-up inflatable spa that we spotted last year at the grand

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Stunning Arborg House is Covered in Icelandic Moss

Stunning Arborg House is Covered in Icelandic Moss

Located two hours drive from Reykjavik, the Árborg House stands on a hill above the glacial valley of Hvita river. Its exteriors are clad in long lasting hardwearing concrete with vertical lines and

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Agüevo Cork Egg Cup Keeps Soft-Boiled Eggs Warm

Agüevo Cork Egg Cup Keeps Soft-Boiled Eggs Warm

Agüevo is a new modern egg cup made from natural cork! Designed by IN-TENTA, these water-repellent, lightweight anti-slip egg cups protect soft-boiled eggs and keep them warm thanks to the great

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Beautiful Cardboard Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art Fair

Shigeru Ban Unveils Beautiful Cardboard Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art Fair

The Abu Dhabi Art Fair commissioned cardboard master Ban to design a temporary mobile pavilion, which was just unveiled this past November. The unique cardboard shelter attracted a great deal of attention

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Construction Specialties is Our Pick for ‘Best Green Booth Design’ at Greenbuild 2013

Construction Specialties is Our Pick for ‘Best Green Booth Design’ at Greenbuild 2013

One of the great ironies of Greenbuild is the disconnect between the myriad of “green” products and the anything-but-green booths in which companies show their wares. In relief to the candy-colored

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Michelin Launches ‘Bio Butterfly’ Program to Develop Greener Tires

Michelin Launches ‘Bio Butterfly’ Program to Develop Greener Tires

Last month, Michelin announced plans to develop alternatives to the synthetic, oil-based materials used in their tires. The company launched the program "Bio Butterfly" to investigate the viability of

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Iris Industries Launches a Cool New Textile and Building Material Made from Recycled Denim

Iris Industries Launches a Cool New Textile and Building Material Made from Recycled Denim

Iris Industries has just launched it's new sustainable composite: Denimite. This material utilizes recycled denim and resin to create a solid, lightweight, durable material that can be used for

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Dutch Willowman Creates Whimsical Sculptures in Enchanted Forest Settings

Dutch Willowman Creates Whimsical Sculptures in Enchanted Forest Settings

Will Beckers (known as The Willowman) creates stunning, ephemeral, site-specific sculptures made from re-used local materials. He started out working with clay but now incorporates a variety of natural

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Wrap Your Holiday Gifts in Plantable Eden’s Paper

Wrap Your Holiday Gifts in Plantable Eden’s Paper

Eden’s Paper lets your loved ones grow their own garden after tearing through the wrapping paper on their holiday gifts. The lush vegetable prints on the paper are embedded with seeds, such as carrots,

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The Top 10 Innovations at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia

The Top 10 Innovations at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia

The halls were packed with an enthusiastic crowd, and you could tell that the business of construction was back in a big way. The first place we hit was the Passive House Zone where a strong contingency

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Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

The Winners of the first Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge were announced this weekend at the Institute’s Innovation Celebration in New York City. Organized by the Cradle to Cradle Products

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Oudated 1970′s Home Gets Brilliant Green Makeover with Locally-Sourced Materials in Northern California

Oudated 1970′s Home Gets Brilliant Green Makeover with Locally-Sourced Materials in Northern California

In desperate need of a complete renovation for their outdated two-storey home, the owners specifically sought out a construction company that would provide an environmentally-friendly rebuilding process

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$10,000 Puzzle Piece Home Made from Reused Wood Could Solve Affordable Housing Crisis

$10,000 Puzzle Piece Home Made from Reused Wood Could Solve Affordable Housing Crisis

ECOnnect has developed an innovative puzzle piece home that could provide one solution to the current housing shortage. The Dutch studio created the home after a hurricane hit Haiti and hundreds of

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FiberFix Tape is as Durable as Steel and 100 Times Stronger Than Duct Tape

FiberFix Tape is as Durable as Steel and 100 Times Stronger Than Duct Tape

The days of using duct tape as a go-to solution for fixing problems around the house (or leaky nuclear plants) might be numbered - FiberFix is a new super tape that is 100 times stronger. The high

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Sound Designer Diego Stocco Creates Incredible Music With Plants

Sound Designer Diego Stocco Creates Incredible Music With Plants

US-based composer, sound designer and performer Diego Stocco creates amazing music by recording the sounds of twigs, coconuts, almonds and bees! For his project Music from Nature, Stocco used tiny contact

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Jonas Edvard’s Biodegradable Myx Lamp Grows Edible Oyster Mushrooms

Jonas Edvard’s Biodegradable Myx Lamp Grows Edible Oyster Mushrooms

Designer Jonas Edvard just shared with Inhabitat his new Myx Lamp, which is made entirely from plant fibers and mushroom mycelium. The lamps are grown over a period of two weeks as fungi eat a substrate

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Living Hedge Building is Completely Wrapped in Ivy

Living Hedge Building is Completely Wrapped in Ivy

Andre Kempe and Oliver Thill's Hedge Building is a beautiful garden-clad pavilion that has ivy creeping across every wall! The German architects created a ‘smart screen’ using green walls to introduce

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Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

The BFI has just named New York-based Ecovative Design as their top prize winner for the prestigious 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The company will receive $100,000 to further develop their

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Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Kengo Kuma Creates a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

Presented as part of the 2008's Casa Per Tutti (House for All) exhibition, Casa Umbrella can be used as a pop-up shelter, temporary house, or emergency room. Its 160 square feet were created from 15

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Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

The 495 square foot public art project stands in a beautiful forest hillside surrounded by pine trees, from where one can look down to the intimate valley and river. Located next to a forest path, the

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Infographic Shows the Amount of Various Building Materials That Can Be Produced For 1 Ton of CO2

Infographic Shows the Amount of Various Building Materials That Can Be Produced For 1 Ton of CO2

In the Scale of Carbon is a new exhibition launched by the Materials Council during the London Design Festival that explores the sustainability of different building materials. The exhibit uses cubes to

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UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

UW Madison Researchers Developing Cheap, Ultra-Lightweight Dye-Based Solar Cells

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are working on next-generation solar cells that are made from organic dyes instead of silicon. The dye solar cells could drive down costs and spread solar

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Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

The first Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, coordinated by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in partnership with Make It Right, was launched in November of 2012. By June of

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Otis & Eleanor Launch Beautiful Bamboo ‘Bongo’ Speaker on Kickstarter

Otis & Eleanor Launch Beautiful Bamboo ‘Bongo’ Speaker on Kickstarter

Nothing rocks harder than sustainability. That is why Otis & Eleanor teamed up with designer Megan Sebold to create a lightweight bluetooth speaker set made from one of the fastest growing plants on

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“Designtists” Dream Up a Hopeful Future at Designersblock’s Fifth Element Show at the London Design Festival

“Designtists” Dream Up a Hopeful Future at Designersblock’s Fifth Element Show at the London Design Festival

Featured projects at The Fifth Element ranged from the playful to the practical to the poetic. Blow by Florian Dussopt is an interactive LED light installation that is activated by visitors blowing into a

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Gorgeous Lily Light Made with Bloomed Willow Shines at Tent London

Gorgeous Lily Light Made with Bloomed Willow Shines at Tent London

British designer Jess Shaw enjoys making imaginative, emotional lighting from all sorts of unusual materials. On past designs she has included goose and cock feathers, wire and rubber, in addition to a

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HEROBike Builds a Beautiful New Bicycle from Carbon Fiber and Bamboo

HEROBike Builds a Beautiful New Bicycle from Carbon Fiber and Bamboo

HERObike, a non-profit initiative in Greensboro, Alabama, is designing and manufacturing bikes made from locally sourced bamboo. After partnering with Inhabitat favorite Bamboo Bike Studio, the

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

In my last column for The Biomimicry Manual, I mentioned the way the sea snake keeps herself clean of barnacles and algae by shedding her skin. Keeping surfaces clean is a huge challenge and a big

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