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The Collapsible FLIO Laptop Stand Puts a New Angle on Sustainable Workspaces

The Collapsible FLIO Laptop Stand Puts a New Angle on Sustainable Workspaces

If you're one of the millions of people who spend their days typing on a laptop, check out FLIO: it's a slim, collapsible wooden laptop stand that offers an ergonomic viewing height and keeps an angle

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

  For those who may be unaware, there is a common and saddening epidemic that exists in today’s textile industry, where impoverished textile workers labor in cotton fields and factories

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Elegant Glass and Copper Tableware Uses Activated Charcoal to Purify Water

Elegant Glass and Copper Tableware Uses Activated Charcoal to Purify Water

We previously showed you how Formafantasma used charcoal for purifying water in their beautiful 2012 Charcoal collection. But "Still" goes a step further by combining the glass and charcoal with metallic

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INTERVIEW: Kacie Meyers, the 22-Year-Old Who Turned Discarded Wood Pallets into a Commercial Flooring Business

INTERVIEW: Kacie Meyers, the 22-Year-Old Who Turned Discarded Wood Pallets into a Commercial Flooring Business

At a time when most college students are still trying to figure out how they want to make an impact on the world, 22-year-old Kacie Meyers is already building a business empire with Pal Hardwood,

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We Make Carpets’ Intricate Designs Are a Colorful Criticism of Consumerism

We Make Carpets’ Intricate Designs Are a Colorful Criticism of Consumerism

The Eindhoven-based designers create unusual, conceptual carpets that build bridges between design and art. Crayons, fireworks, cocktail umbrellas, plastic forks and dried pasta are all incorporated

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Jenga-Like Bamboo PixelTable Can be Pushed or Pulled to Create Storage Space

Jenga-Like Bamboo PixelTable Can be Pushed or Pulled to Create Storage Space

Need more shelf space? A cupboard? A table? The Jenga-like PixelTable from Studio Intussen can be transformed into a variety of furnishings to suit your needs. The 45 x 45 x 45 cm cube is composed of

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This Super Durable Cardboard Surfboard Won’t Disintegrate When it Hits the Ocean

This Super Durable Cardboard Surfboard Won’t Disintegrate When it Hits the Ocean

Most people think that water and cardboard are don't mix, but this new cardboard surfboard changes everything. Developed by Ernest Packaging Solutions and Signal Snowboards, this Cardboard Surfboard is

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6 Fun, Fantastic Bus Stops from Around the World

6 Fun, Fantastic Bus Stops from Around the World

Baltimore's Typographical Sculpture Bus Stop Designed by artist collective “mmmm…”, this unique bus stop is an experiment in typography and public art. Located on a Baltimore street, this design

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INFOGRAPHIC: Wood’s the Difference?

INFOGRAPHIC: Wood’s the Difference?

We features lots of sustainably sourced wood furniture here on Inhabitat, and for good reason - wood is a durable, natural, renewable resource that literally grows on trees. But there's hundreds of

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Ditch the Plastic Food Wrap With All-Natural and Reusable Bee’s Wrap

Ditch the Plastic Food Wrap With All-Natural and Reusable Bee’s Wrap

Clear plastic wrap is both really convenient and really wasteful. However, Vermont farmer Sarah Kaeck has developed a truly ingenious solution this food wrap waste problem with an all natural product

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged – all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As then-sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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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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Explore This Incredible Green Village in Bali Made Entirely From Bamboo

Explore This Incredible Green Village in Bali Made Entirely From Bamboo

Ibuku (formerly called PTBambu), a design-build firm located outside of Bali’s cultural center of Ubud, is the visionary behind both the Green School and the Green Village. So far one home in the

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Cool Chargeboard Juices Up Your Smartphone While You Skate

Cool Chargeboard Juices Up Your Smartphone While You Skate

Ever wished you could charge your iPhone while skateboarding? Now you can with Chargeboard, a fantastic new long board designed by Bjorn van den Hout. Unlike any other board on the market, Chargeboard

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New NASA Tech Lets You Design and Print Your New Martian Home in Just 24 Hours

New NASA Tech Lets You Design and Print Your New Martian Home in Just 24 Hours

The idea of living on Mars is no longer just the stuff of science fiction. In fact, one way or another, humans will likely be hanging out on the red planet within the next few decades. But landing there

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California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

California Architect Couldn’t Find a Cabin to Rent so He Built His Own from Reclaimed Wood

Mason St. Peter is a fresh architecture graduate from San Francisco's California College of the Arts. He loves nature and surfing and it was while visiting a close friend at a cabin that he fell in love

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Spend the Last Days of Summer Hanging in a Cacoon Tree Tent!

Spend the Last Days of Summer Hanging in a Cacoon Tree Tent!

The Cacoon's shape takes inspiration from weaverbirds' nests that the couple spotted while on vacation in Mexico. Each tent is made from an extremely durable, strong and waterproof canvas fabric material

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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called “Footcheball”

This unique "footcheball" venue was created as part of Voyage à Nantes, a street festival. This year's theme was "playgrounds." The venue consists of a prefab building with wooden paneling for bounce;

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Dirk Vander Kooij Unveils New Furniture Made from Recycled Plastic Toys and Videotapes

Dirk Vander Kooij Unveils New Furniture Made from Recycled Plastic Toys and Videotapes

Dirk Vander Kooij's furnishings are made from e-waste and 3D-printed recycled materials. His collection now includes a lens-like lamp made from recycled synthetics and polished metal, a table made from

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Watch This Shape-Shifting Building Shrink and Expand as Temperatures Change (Video)

Watch This Shape-Shifting Building Shrink and Expand as Temperatures Change (Video)

Τranslated Geometries from efilena baseta on Vimeo. Architects dream about buildings that can change shape to suit varying environmental conditions, and constantly tinker with the technology

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Coniferous Clock Shows the Passing of Time With Browning Cedar Leaves

Coniferous Clock Shows the Passing of Time With Browning Cedar Leaves

Japanese collective Bril has created a clock without ticking hands or numbers - instead, it marks the passage of time through browning of cedar leaves. Inspired by cedar boughs used in sake production,

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Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Roskilde's new power plant will incinerate rubbish from nine local municipalities as well as selected international locations to generate electricity and heat for the historic city. The building's unique

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Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

When the Snøhetta studio arrived on Hudøy Island, the old wooden cabin was about to be torn down. Even though only the wooden framework and old doors were left standing, the architects decided to

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ESTIA is an Ethically Built Wooden Shelter that Overlooks Ancient Italian Ruins

ESTIA is an Ethically Built Wooden Shelter that Overlooks Ancient Italian Ruins

The ESTIA wooden cabin stands on stilts among the mountains of Camigliano, near the San Michele Cave. It was designed to provide shelter from the elements while offering magnificent views into the

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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16-Year-Old Discovers Way to Clean the World’s Pollution With Sunscreen and Pencils

16-Year-Old Discovers Way to Clean the World’s Pollution With Sunscreen and Pencils

16-year-old Samuel Burrow has found a way to scrub the world clean of toxic pollution using materials found in sunscreen and pencils! The teenager developed a white, smog-busting mixture of titanium

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Humble Thatch-Roofed Pavilion Wins Coveted Architecture Award in Northern Ireland

Humble Thatch-Roofed Pavilion Wins Coveted Architecture Award in Northern Ireland

Jeffry's House takes its name from a nearby lake called Jeffry's Lough and was built after O'Brien won an architectural competition by the Irish Architecture Foundation, which called for proposals that

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Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Kusakabe is a new kaiseki-style sushi bar that has elevated sustainable building to a new level of elegance. Designed and constructed by ArcHive designbuild, located in San Francisco’s historic Jackson

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Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

So how does the Wonderbag work? It couldn't be more simple. Users simply put their pot of food on the stove - it can be a stew, rice, maize meal, or other staples. Once it has been brought to a boil, the

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects Channel Bucky Fuller With 8 Community Bamboo Domes in Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Architects Channel Bucky Fuller With 8 Community Bamboo Domes in Vietnam

Standing in an artificial islet in the east of the city, the Diamond Island Community Hall will consist of eight 80-ft wide bamboo domes. These cozy cocoons will serve as flexible spaces for holding

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