Green Materials

H Arquitectes’ Gorgeous Wooden House 205 is Designed for Disassembly

H Arquitectes’ Gorgeous Wooden House 205 is Designed for Disassembly

The geometrical wooden House 205 stands firmly within a thicket of trees and bushes. Designed to have a minimal footprint on the ground it sits, the structure is built on a natural rocky platform atop

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Claesson Koivisto Rune Teams Up With Chilean Craftspeople to Unveil Handmade Wicker Lamps at London Design Festival

Claesson Koivisto Rune Teams Up With Chilean Craftspeople to Unveil Handmade Wicker Lamps at London Design Festival

Swedish studio Claesson Koivisto Rune teamed up with Chilean collective The Andes House to create a series of biodegradable lamps made from mimbre (wicker). 'Medusa', 'Chinita' and 'Bellota' are inspired

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Tregren’s New Genie Kitchen Garden Can Grow Plants Up to Three Times Faster

Tregren’s New Genie Kitchen Garden Can Grow Plants Up to Three Times Faster

If you have a green thumb but lack space or time for gardening, never fear - the new Genie Kitchen Garden from Tregren offers an easy and accessible way to grow plants indoors. Designed by Sebastian

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Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Photo via Shutterstock Spanish scientists have developed the world's first self-healing polymer - a plastic that can be cut in half and then left to repair itself without any outside intervention.

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From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

The Adhocracy exhibition features products and concepts that show the wide range of developments in this new industrial revolution - from digital fabrication to open design to distributed manufacturing.

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Award-Winning Biomason Grows Bricks from Sand and Bacteria to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Award-Winning Biomason Grows Bricks from Sand and Bacteria to Reduce CO2 Emissions

It takes an enormous amount of energy and resources to produce simple building materials such as concrete, bricks, and asphalt - however Ginger Krieg Dosier has developed a low-impact way to simply grow

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?

What exactly is biomimicry? I think of it as a way of unlocking a whole world of super-powers for humanity. It is literally the next stage of human evolution. Leonardo DaVinci himself said, "Those who are

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1950s Boathouse Turned Into Cozy Marine Cottage

1950s Boathouse Turned Into Cozy Marine Cottage

The Hood Canal Boathouse was once a lightless and uninspired concrete block shelter for storing boats. Without altering the height or its footprint, Bosworth Hoedemaker have created a totally new

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Urban Villas Constructed from Ancient Jurassic Limestone Melt into Grassy Surroundings

Urban Villas Constructed from Ancient Jurassic Limestone Melt into Grassy Surroundings

The four townhouses that make up Urban Villas are constructed on a slope, the main reason to keep their forms as simple as possible. Along the borders of the property are dense bushes and shrubs, as well

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Woodworker Dan Coyle is Creating Fantastic Wood Bike Helmets in His Oregon Workshop

Woodworker Dan Coyle is Creating Fantastic Wood Bike Helmets in His Oregon Workshop

Coyle, a wooden helmet company, is one of those ventures that began as a garage experiment and slowly evolved into a successful business. Coyle makes specialty helmets in Corvallis, Oregon, using a wood

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Temporary Story Tower Made With Recycled Materials Offers Free Book Exchange in Latvia

Temporary Story Tower Made With Recycled Materials Offers Free Book Exchange in Latvia

Modeled after a giant wooden lamp and made entirely from donated and recycled materials, the Story Tower has a roof of 2250 shingles made from Tetra-Pak milk cartons folded and assembled like tiles on top

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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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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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