Green Materials

American Steel Studios Assembles a Living Wall to Green Up Industrial West Oakland Area

American Steel Studios Assembles a Living Wall to Green Up Industrial West Oakland Area

West Oakland is a sprawling industrial area that's probably better known as the birth place of so much of the pyrotechnic art seen at Burning Man. However, amidst the smell of burning butane and steel

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Designers Learn from the Hagfish About Spandex?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Designers Learn from the Hagfish About Spandex?

The Hagfish is a jawless, spineless horror, scavenging the ocean floor. Unchanged for the past 300 million years, this living fossil wields a fiendishly effective defense. When attacked, it exudes an ooze

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Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

The Alto Nevados Hotel in Chillan is mainly constructed from steel and designed as a pixelated box volume standing out among the gorgeous Andes Mountains. Its unique facade was made from old wooden boards

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Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Pilot Plant That Converts Carbon Dioxide into Bricks is a World First

Image via Shutterstock A new pilot plant recently launched in Australia aims to combat global warming by converting carbon dioxide into bricks. The culmination of over six years' effort by The

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KAIST Develops a Metal-Graphene Composite Material Hundreds of Times Stronger Than Pure Metals

KAIST Develops a Metal-Graphene Composite Material Hundreds of Times Stronger Than Pure Metals

Graphene  © AlexanderAlUS/CORE Materials Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a new metamaterial that is proven to be hundreds of times

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MTRL Design Wants to Bring Sustainably Grown, Harvested and Manufactured Bamboo to the Midwest

MTRL Design Wants to Bring Sustainably Grown, Harvested and Manufactured Bamboo to the Midwest

MTRL Design, a laser-crazy design/build studio from Omaha wants to bring to bring sustainably grown, harvested, and manufactured bamboo panels to the midwest. They're kicking off a brand new IndieGoGo

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Zeo Will Transform Waste Paper and Water Into a Material as Hard as Ebony

Zeo Will Transform Waste Paper and Water Into a Material as Hard as Ebony

Zeo transforms waste paper and water (and nothing else) into a patented molding material that sets as hard as ebony. The material, aptly called Zeoform, is expected to replace wood and wood composites,

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New Supermaterial Carbyne is the World’s Strongest Material, Beats Out Graphene and Diamond

New Supermaterial Carbyne is the World’s Strongest Material, Beats Out Graphene and Diamond

Carbyne could be stronger that Graphene (pictured above). (cc) AlexanderAlUS/CORE Materials A new research paper published on Arxiv describes in detail the properties of Carbyne, a supermaterial that

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Australia’s Enchanting Pod Playground is Inspired by Its Natural Surroundings

Australia’s Enchanting Pod Playground is Inspired by Its Natural Surroundings

Recently opened in Canberra, this magnificent playground is meant to be enjoyed by both kids and adults. The playground draws its forms directly from the trees of the arboretum, and the structures

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Bare Conductive Paint Allows You to Draw an Electrical Circuit Almost Anywhere

Bare Conductive Paint Allows You to Draw an Electrical Circuit Almost Anywhere

In an age where food can be assembled by a printer and bacteria can be engineered to produce gold, surely talking billboards cannot be that far away. A team of students from London's Royal College of Art

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Recycled Slate-ish Tiles Offer a Beautiful Alternative to Mined and Imported Slate

Recycled Slate-ish Tiles Offer a Beautiful Alternative to Mined and Imported Slate

Slate-ish is a beautiful sustainable surface material made from reclaimed paper-laminate scrap. The durable, lightweight tiles offer a great alternative to natural slate stone, which is often mined

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Penn State Creates Thin and Flexible Glass for Renewable Energy Storage

Penn State Creates Thin and Flexible Glass for Renewable Energy Storage

One of the greatest challenges to the widespread adoption of renewable energy and electric cars has been the issue of affordable, high-volume energy storage. To scientists at Penn State however, the

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Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

Photo via Shutterstock When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, Teng Li and their team looked to the trees. Their

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WaterBean: Portable Coconut Carbon Filter Lets You Refill Any Bottle With Fresh, Purified Water

WaterBean: Portable Coconut Carbon Filter Lets You Refill Any Bottle With Fresh, Purified Water

The WaterBean is a brilliant portable water filter that can be inserted within any bottle to provide pure, fresh water on the go. The colorful filter is small enough to be conveniently carried anywhere,

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Spiber’s Synthetic Spider Silk is Lighter than Steel, Tougher Than Kevlar

Spiber’s Synthetic Spider Silk is Lighter than Steel, Tougher Than Kevlar

Japanese startup Spiber recently created a synthetic spider silk that is every bit as durable, stretchy, and light as the real thing. The material is tougher than kevlar, lighter than steel, and it can be

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Artist Kevin LCK Creates Detailed Dioramas Inside Cardboard Models of Electronics

Artist Kevin LCK Creates Detailed Dioramas Inside Cardboard Models of Electronics

Engaging with technology at times can feel like an automatic and mundane interaction. Kevin LCK crafts everyday appliances and devices and endows them with an inner life. "I seeked to detach the

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Nike’s New ‘Making’ App Shows the Sustainability of Practically Every Clothing Material

Nike’s New ‘Making’ App Shows the Sustainability of Practically Every Clothing Material

Shopping for eco-friendly clothes can be confusing if you’re not a fabric connoisseur - which is why Nike just launched a new app that catalogs the sustainability of every clothing material you can

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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 sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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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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