Green Materials

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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Post-Consumed: Art Exhibition Showcases the Problems and Potential of Plastic Waste

Post-Consumed: Art Exhibition Showcases the Problems and Potential of Plastic Waste

Two Georgia artists address the problems and potential of plastic waste in the exhibition “Post-Consumed.” Harry DeLorme uses plastic waste recovered from the banks of the Savannah River to make

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Renault Unveils Colorful Pavilion Made From 15 Shipping Containers on Ile Seguin, Paris

Renault Unveils Colorful Pavilion Made From 15 Shipping Containers on Ile Seguin, Paris

Built within a redevelopment project by Atelier Jean Nouvel on Île Seguin, this colorful maritime pavilion educates visitors about Renault cars. It's made from 20 and 40-foot-long corrugated steel boxes,

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Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

We traveled to the house by boat and were surprised to find it concealed from the shoreline, hidden as it is by a large acacia tree left intact by the designer. This complete adoration of nature is

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Villa Mecklin is a Beautiful, Low-Impact Vacation Home Overlooking a Finnish Archipelago

Villa Mecklin is a Beautiful, Low-Impact Vacation Home Overlooking a Finnish Archipelago

Located in the rocky island terrain of Naantali, Villa Mecklin was completed in 2008. The house’s interiors are minimal and uncluttered, offering a relaxing natural atmosphere, plenty of natural light

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Scientists Develop Graphene Aerogel – The World’s Lightest Material

Scientists Develop Graphene Aerogel – The World’s Lightest Material

Last year, German scientists created aerographite, which at 0.2 milligrams per cubic centimeter was dubbed the world's lightest material. However they have now been eclipsed by a team from China's

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Scientists Develop Wonder Nanomaterial that Can Produce Energy, Clean Water and Hydrogen

Scientists Develop Wonder Nanomaterial that Can Produce Energy, Clean Water and Hydrogen

Researchers in Singapore have developed a new nanomaterial that functions like the best Swiss army knife in the world. The material, known as Multi-use Titanium Dioxide (TiO2), can produce energy, it

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Derek Diedricksen’s Tiny Gypsy Junker Cabin Can Be Yours for $1,200

Derek Diedricksen’s Tiny Gypsy Junker Cabin Can Be Yours for $1,200

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen is arguably the king of tiny houses: his work has been covered everywhere from the New York Times to the History Channel, and his micro homes have inspired people everywhere.

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Pieta-Linda Auttila’s Sculptural WISA Wooden Design Hotel in Helsinki is Encased in Bent Wood

Pieta-Linda Auttila’s Sculptural WISA Wooden Design Hotel in Helsinki is Encased in Bent Wood

The WISA Wooden Design Hotel is a small two-room structure connected by a semi-open courtyard that is surrounded by a curved trellis. The hotel sets an example of outstanding craftsmanship portraying

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Cala D’or House is a Modern Yet Rustic Seaside Home in Majorca

Cala D’or House is a Modern Yet Rustic Seaside Home in Majorca

The entrance to Cala D’or House is closed to the street and opened at the back, with a large bank of second-story windows that look out on the garden and enjoy amazing views of the sea. It consists of

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Rintala Eggertsson Architects’ Smoke Sauna Rests on Stilts by a Stunning Norwegian Lake

Rintala Eggertsson Architects’ Smoke Sauna Rests on Stilts by a Stunning Norwegian Lake

Located on the banks of the beautiful Seljord Lake, the black shelters were raised on stilts with minimal impact on the ground. They were created as part of a workshop with the help from students and

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Kirei’s New Pacific Coastal Collection is Made From Salvaged Mountain Beetle Pine Wood

Kirei’s New Pacific Coastal Collection is Made From Salvaged Mountain Beetle Pine Wood

Kirei’s new recycled millwork panel collection boldly illustrates the phrase “one man’s trash is another’s treasure”. The Pacific Coastal Collection of redwood and blue pine millwork panels are

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India’s Bapagrama Stone House is a Tranquil Temple Made From Local Natural Materials

India’s Bapagrama Stone House is a Tranquil Temple Made From Local Natural Materials

This 1,200-square-foot guest house is located in Bangalore, and it's surrounded by untouched nature. The house features a kitchenette, a study and bedrooms, all divided by simple flexible demarcations

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