Green Materials

Bambu Launches Fabulous New Products Made From Renewable Cork

Bambu Launches Fabulous New Products Made From Renewable Cork

Green design firm Bambu just updated their bamboo wares with a new set of products made entirely from sustainably sourced cork! The collection includes elegant bowls, key rings, placemats and iPad travel

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France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

France’s Metaphone is a Solar-Powered Pixelated Music Hall That Vibrates with Music

The Metaphone consists of an open concert hall with capacity for 500 seats and 800 standing. The massive structure also boasts a bar, restaurant, a high-tech stage, and a facility for outdoor concerts.

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Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Researchers Discover Key to Super-Durable Ancient Roman Concrete

Concrete is one of the world's most widely-used building materials, and it has an enormous carbon footprint - but researchers recently unearthed clues to a more environmentally-friendly concrete mixture

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Sinuous Prefabricated Snow Huts Pop Up in the French Alps

Sinuous Prefabricated Snow Huts Pop Up in the French Alps

Scattered throughout the beautiful ski resort of Serre Chevailer Vallée, Herault Arnod Architectes' habitable sculptures were created for a project called "Snow Culture". The goal of the project was to

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AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1 Architects’ Green-Roofed Gemini House Glows With a Translucent Facade

AL1’s translucent family home is located in the woodsy area of Weissenbach in Lower Austria. It consists of two L-shaped volumes connected by a patio and surrounded by trees and luscious vegetation. The

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World’s First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

World’s First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

The Carbon Buster is the world's first building block to capture more carbon dioxide than is emitted during its manufacturing (14kg per ton). The high-performing masonry product, developed by British

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Kammok’s Glider Shelter Harvests Rainwater At Your Campsite

Kammok’s Glider Shelter Harvests Rainwater At Your Campsite

Kammok, a Texas-based manufacturer of light-weight camping hammocks, just unveiled their new Glider shelter - which is not only weatherproof and heat reflective, but has an innovative built-in rainwater

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Japanese Artist Saeri Kiritani Creates a Sculpture of Herself Using 100 Pounds of Rice

Japanese Artist Saeri Kiritani Creates a Sculpture of Herself Using 100 Pounds of Rice

Japanese artist Saeri Kiritani has been playing with food for many years. But it was only recently that she was recognized for her work and named one of the winners of the National Portrait

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Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Scientists Developing Self-Healing Concrete With Micro-Capsules and Bacteria

Concrete photo from Shutterstock Sooner or later, even the best sidewalk in the country will develop a crack or two. When this happens, workers are deployed to either fill in the damage or lay down

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Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseno Showcases Brilliant Eco Designs from Across Argentina

Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseno Showcases Brilliant Eco Designs from Across Argentina

In addition to a collection of accessories and home ware made from biodegradable felt, studio Planar displayed "Armando," an elegant modular shelving unit that uses no glue no screws and is extremely

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Erika Cross’ Flexible Vertebral Chair is Made from Recycled Cork

Erika Cross’ Flexible Vertebral Chair is Made from Recycled Cork

Cork is a versatile material that isn't limited to wine bottle stoppers and wedged shoes. As an emergent alternative to conventional materials used by furniture makers, cork is both stylish and

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Annie Evelyn Creates Reclaimed Cypress Chairs with Springy, Geometric Seats

Annie Evelyn Creates Reclaimed Cypress Chairs with Springy, Geometric Seats

Designer Annie Evelyn from New Colony Furniture creates weird and wonderful seats using a technique she developed herself. Her "upholstered" chairs are made from hard materials but can be “squished”

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Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

The new school replaces an old one on the same site and is attended by kids from three villages in the area. Completely made from compressed earth blocks with a layer of waterproof cement, the shelters

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Designtree’s Gorgeous Frankie Lamps are Made with 100% Recycled PET and FSC-Certified Beech

Designtree’s Gorgeous Frankie Lamps are Made with 100% Recycled PET and FSC-Certified Beech

The Frankie lamp exemplifies the best in green interior design. In addition to the felt lamp shade made from recycled plastic and the natural timber base taken from timber harvested from carefully

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Researchers Use an Inkjet Printer to Create Electrically Conductive Paper

Researchers Use an Inkjet Printer to Create Electrically Conductive Paper

So far we've showcased paper artwork, robots and USB drives here on Inhabitat - and now researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam-Golm have utilized sheets of paper to

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Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Rentsch enjoys creating "deceptively clever scenes from the simplest of objects." Using plant matter, she reconstructs weapons of metal and plastic, softening their bodies and pulling the man-made objects

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British Artist Laura Bacon Weaves Willow Branches Into Powerful Sculptures

British Artist Laura Bacon Weaves Willow Branches Into Powerful Sculptures

Laura’s work is inspired by the way insects, animals and birds create their own nests using existing structures for support. Each of her intricate sculptures uses either organic or man-made structures

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Alien and Monkey’s Sand Furniture Turns Back to Dust at the End of its Lifecycle

Alien and Monkey’s Sand Furniture Turns Back to Dust at the End of its Lifecycle

The furniture is produced using molds made from reclaimed wood. Alien and Monkey deploy traditional processes of ceramic manufacturing to create the molds for the Sand Furniture. The Sand Packaging

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Andrew Mowbray Grows Square Building Blocks from Living Gourds

Andrew Mowbray Grows Square Building Blocks from Living Gourds

Andrew Mowbray has developed a new kind of natural modular building unit. For the past two years, the artist has been growing Lagenaria gourds in reusable acrylic forms, creating square blocks that can be

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The Guano de Paris Pigeon House Also Collects Bird Poop for Compost

The Guano de Paris Pigeon House Also Collects Bird Poop for Compost

Designer Jean-Sébastien Poncet imagined a multi-use terracotta apartment complex for sheltering urban pigeons and turning their poo into compost. Intended for the French capital, "The Guano de Paris"

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Atelier CMJN Unveils Plans for Sustainable Great Fen Visiting Center in the UK

Atelier CMJN Unveils Plans for Sustainable Great Fen Visiting Center in the UK

Atelier CMJN recently unveiled plans for the new Great Fen Visitor Center, a wooden sustainable structure set halfway between the wetlands and dry lands in Cambridgeshire, UK. The organic shelter is made

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Marc Krusin’s Bee Hive Lamps are Made from Recyclable Re-board

Marc Krusin’s Bee Hive Lamps are Made from Recyclable Re-board

Lightweight yet exceptionally strong, these Bee Hive Lamps are a series of luminaries inspired in the busy insects’ homes. Created by London-based designer Marc Krusin for Alpac Srl, they've been

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Mississippi Man Transforms Tornado Debris Into a Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Mississippi Man Transforms Tornado Debris Into a Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Earlier this year, when a tornado ripped through Hattiesburg, Mississippi, it left a scene of destruction in its wake. But as the storm-ravaged residents set about clearing fallen trees and branches, Jody

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New Ultra-Light Nanotube Aerogels Could Clean Up Oil Spills

New Ultra-Light Nanotube Aerogels Could Clean Up Oil Spills

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have created low-density, super-strong aerogels made of carbon nanotubes that could be key to cleaning up oil spills. The new material is lighter than air but

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Foodmade: Designers Turn Food Into a New Medium for Industrial Design

Foodmade: Designers Turn Food Into a New Medium for Industrial Design

A/R Studio considers bread to be the most essential of materials. They created Pain Brut, a nest and shelter for birds that doubles as a source of food. Design duo Lanzavecchia and Wai

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Design Students Show Off Their Creative Prowess at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2013

Design Students Show Off Their Creative Prowess at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2013

These organic-shaped ceramic bowls are actually precise measuring cups, corresponding to commonly used volumes in cooking recipes. The shapes refer to the mound of spices found in markets. Salt is used as

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Bowerbirds Members Record New Album in Self-Built Green Music Studio

Bowerbirds Members Record New Album in Self-Built Green Music Studio

Members of the indie band Bowerbirds have been trying their hand at sustainable design with this fantastic self-built studio project. Since 2007, Beth Tacular and Phil Moore have been constructing their

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Zona Tortona Designers Experiment with Natural and Innovative Materials at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair

Zona Tortona Designers Experiment with Natural and Innovative Materials at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair

Dutch lighting studio ROMI launched an innovative eco-pendant called 'Stockholm'. Designer Michiel van Mierlo created the modern shade from an innovative, 100% biodegradable mixture of natural materials

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MOST Challenges the Status Quo With Fresh Green Designs at Salone del Mobile 2013

MOST Challenges the Status Quo With Fresh Green Designs at Salone del Mobile 2013

Piet Hein Eek brought an immense amount of pieces, dating back to their founding in 1990. Piet Hein Eek is a company of 100 craftsmen located in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Their business model treats waste

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Tom Dixon Debuts Exciting New Designs at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair

Tom Dixon Debuts Exciting New Designs at the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair

Cell is a new set of geometrically-inspired lamps that mimic cellular growth. Each cell is made of polished brass, etched to filter the light rays, and cast captivating shadows onto nearby

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