Green Materials

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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Kids’ Learning Centre in Thailand Looks Like a Giant Bamboo Manta Ray

Kids’ Learning Centre in Thailand Looks Like a Giant Bamboo Manta Ray

Located within Thailand’s Koh Kood Island and steps away from the sea, this gorgeous learning ‘den’ was made by 24H-architecture in collaboration with local firm Habita architects. Measuring 540

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Rintala Eggertsson’s MILU is a Sculptural Wooden Pavilion Made from Locally Sourced Timber

Rintala Eggertsson’s MILU is a Sculptural Wooden Pavilion Made from Locally Sourced Timber

MILU was built on-site and it took Rintala Eggertsson Architects and a handful of collaborators four days to finish it. It was erected from layered locally sourced timber on a site right next to the

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Students Construct a Dramatic 10-Meter-High Steam-Bent Lookout Tower at Helsinki Zoo

Students Construct a Dramatic 10-Meter-High Steam-Bent Lookout Tower at Helsinki Zoo

The bubble-like Korkeasaari Zoo's lookout tower consists of two levels wrapped around with a wooden grid shell left open at the top. Made completely out of local laminated timber, it was treated with

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Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Located an hour's drive south of Seoul, the clubhouse for this 18-hole golf course stands out for its elegance and intricate design. Taking full advantage of advanced technologies in woodworking and

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Pelcor Unveils Stylish Umbrella Made From Sustainably Harvested Cork

Pelcor Unveils Stylish Umbrella Made From Sustainably Harvested Cork

April showers? Bring them on! Pelcor just unveiled a stylish umbrella made from renewable cork. Predominantly found in Portugal, cork is impermeable, elastic and has a nice natural feel to it - which

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Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Photo via Shutterstock As we begin to see the devastating effects of plastic pollution on our environment, scientists are working towards generating more eco-friendly alternatives to petroleum-based

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Villa Valtanen is a Wilderness Hideaway in Finland Made from Local Materials

Villa Valtanen is a Wilderness Hideaway in Finland Made from Local Materials

A beautiful combination of ancient timber and modern architecture, Villa Valtanen consists of two shelters connected by a platform. One shelter is an open living space and the other one it’s a place to

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Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Scientists Develop Self-Healing Protective Coating for Concrete

Photo via Shutterstock Cracks are a road's worst enemy. Once a crack forms, water is able to enter the paved surface, and when it expands and contracts with changes in temperature it destroys the road.

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The Lost Words’ Beautiful Typographic Posters Are Laser Etched on FSC-Certified Bamboo

The Lost Words’ Beautiful Typographic Posters Are Laser Etched on FSC-Certified Bamboo

The Lost Words just launched a line of 12 typographic, inspirational graphics available as prints or laser-engraved bamboo boards. The boards have a beautiful hand feel and they are sourced from

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Ogami’s Repap is Eco-Friendly Paper Made from Stone

Ogami’s Repap is Eco-Friendly Paper Made from Stone

Despite the popularity of e-readers and computers, Americans still use about 71 million tons of paper per year -- only 63 percent of which is ever recycled. So when a paper alternative comes along that is

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New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

New Rammed Earth Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center Introduces Travelers to Green Design

Unlike most welcome centers and rest areas, the new Southeast Wyoming Welcome Center really encourages visitors to get out of their cars and stretch their legs. The entire site covers more than 26 acres

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New Photosensitive Carbon Sponge Could Soak Up Coal Emissions

New Photosensitive Carbon Sponge Could Soak Up Coal Emissions

Coal photo from Shutterstock Despite its high carbon footprint, expense, and negative effects on human health, coal still remains one of the world's most utilized sources of energy. Since coal is a

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Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware

Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware

Dutch designer Laurens Van Wieringen collects rejected plastic items from factories and scrap yards and turns them into functional psychedelic objects. His “Mixed” tableware is made by melting

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UltraTech’s Ever Dry Nanocoating Makes Virtually Anything Water and Oil Repellant

UltraTech’s Ever Dry Nanocoating Makes Virtually Anything Water and Oil Repellant

A new amazing water and oil proofing agent called UltraTech Ultra-Ever Dry is taking the internet by storm. But the miracle product, which causes goo of all kinds to slip off everything from treated boots

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Gorgeous Dai Lai Resort is Made from Local Stone and Bamboo

Vo Trong Nghia’s Gorgeous Dai Lai Resort is Made from Local Stone and Bamboo

Vo Trong Nghia Architects' Flamingo Dai Lai Resort welcomes visitors with a path leading to a 260-foot curved wall made from locally-sourced stone. The cool, light-filled entrance gives a hint of the

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BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

Seeking to change the perception that straw bale buildings are only suitable for rural areas, Beyond Architecture Group Officinamobile (BAG) recently built Rome's first straw bale home! The

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3D Printers Could Some Day Feed Astronauts in Space

3D Printers Could Some Day Feed Astronauts in Space

Like a scene out of Star Trek, imagine one day being able to create an entire meal with the push of a button. For astronauts headed to Mars, 3D printers could potentially be their mechanical chefs, thanks

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