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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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Transparent, Flexible Transistors Pave the Way for Renewable Printed Electronics

Transparent, Flexible Transistors Pave the Way for Renewable Printed Electronics

Flexible, thin electronics are making strides to revolutionize the way we interact with our devices. From peel-and-stick solar cells to recyclable paper USB drives, the future is trending towards thin and

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Villagers in the Philippines Build a Gorgeous New Bridge from Bamboo

Villagers in the Philippines Build a Gorgeous New Bridge from Bamboo

To build the Matina River’s footbridge the volunteers selected Dendrocalamus asper bamboo, which grows around the city’s outskirts. After bringing the fast-growing canes on site, they treated the

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Our Favorite Sustainable Home Furnishings at the 2013 Las Vegas Market!

Our Favorite Sustainable Home Furnishings at the 2013 Las Vegas Market!

The Phillips Collection The Phillips Collection is a North Carolina-based family-run company who makes impressive use of salvaged materials and sustainably-sourced wood. Their one-of-a-kind pieces make

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Indian Researchers Create Low-Cost Bricks From Recycled Paper Mill Waste

Indian Researchers Create Low-Cost Bricks From Recycled Paper Mill Waste

While recycling trash is preferable to simply chucking refuse into the dump, the process still creates tons of byproducts that end up making their way to the landfill. Fortunately, Professors Rahul

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Cute Organic Bakery in Amsterdam Boasts Recycled Shipping Pallets Interior

Cute Organic Bakery in Amsterdam Boasts Recycled Shipping Pallets Interior

De Laatste Kruimel opened early last year and is a great little spot for enjoying delicious homemade organic food like classic lemon poppy seed scones. Its central feature is a pay desk, storage and table

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iGreen: Giant Sphere Made From Thousands of Recycled CDs and DVDs Coming to China

iGreen: Giant Sphere Made From Thousands of Recycled CDs and DVDs Coming to China

In China, someone's old music collection is getting a second chance at life. MINIWIZ Sustainable Energy Development Ltd recently announced plans to build the iGreen, an aviation museum featuring a 5D

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Artist Pavel Sinev Creates Electro-Art Sculptures From Coiled Electrical Cables

Artist Pavel Sinev Creates Electro-Art Sculptures From Coiled Electrical Cables

Bulgarian artist Pavel Sinev creates amazing sculptures by tightly coiling electrical cables into the form of skulls, puppies, and all sorts of shoes. Each of Sinev's electro-art sculptures is made from a

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Eric Standley’s Mind-Blowing Paper Sculptures Look Like Gothic Cathedral Windows

Eric Standley’s Mind-Blowing Paper Sculptures Look Like Gothic Cathedral Windows

From afar, Eric Standley’s pieces look like the windows of a Gothic cathedral. But take a closer look and you'll discover that they're made from simple sheets of paper that have been carved away layer

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AST 77´s Bamboo-Clad House is a Minimal, Elegant and Efficient Home in the Belgian Woodlands

AST 77´s Bamboo-Clad House is a Minimal, Elegant and Efficient Home in the Belgian Woodlands

During winter times, the house is passively warmed up thanks to good insulation and sunshine, as the surrounding deciduous trees loose their leaves. During the summer, the house gets a cool green shade

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Young Photographer Builds a Mossy Woodland Hut for Watching Rare Albino Squirrel

Young Photographer Builds a Mossy Woodland Hut for Watching Rare Albino Squirrel

It took Victor four days over the 2011 Christmas holiday to build the hexagonal shelter, which peacefully blends with the surrounding woodland. Topped by a mossy roof, the eco-shelter was placed just a

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Incredible Scenes and Landscapes Made Entirely from Recycled Blue Jeans

Incredible Scenes and Landscapes Made Entirely from Recycled Blue Jeans

Berry, aka Denimu, first started his work with denim after being greeted by a pile of old jeans after a trip to his childhood home in Huddersfield, England. Where most people would see a heap of garbage

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The Shout Out Louds Create a Functional Record Made From Ice to Promote Their Newest Single

The Shout Out Louds Create a Functional Record Made From Ice to Promote Their Newest Single

If you thought vinyl was an outdated technology, then this record is practically from the Ice Age. The functional ice record was produced by the Swedish band the Shout Out Louds to promote their single,

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Gabriel Dishaw’s Nerdy-Chic Darth Vader Mask is Made from Antique Typewriters

Gabriel Dishaw’s Nerdy-Chic Darth Vader Mask is Made from Antique Typewriters

Is there any story more sacred to geekdom than the Star Wars saga? If you always secretly wanted to be Luke or Princess Leia, have we got a piece of upcycled art for you. Etsy artist Gabriel Dishaw knows

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Corey Corcoran Has Fun With Fungi In His Beautiful Mushroom Etchings

Corey Corcoran Has Fun With Fungi In His Beautiful Mushroom Etchings

Boston-based illustrator forgoes the traditional paper or canvas for the underside of a giant mushroom. His organic backdrops allow for a sculptural quality to his work, each pierced piece taking

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Scientists at Spain’s University of Jaen Create Eco-Friendly Bricks from Paper Waste

Scientists at Spain’s University of Jaen Create Eco-Friendly Bricks from Paper Waste

Scientists at Spain’s University of Jaen have found an affordable and eco-friendly way to make bricks from paper waste. The process diverts the byproducts of paper mills from going to a landfill, and

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Photographer Jamie Kripke Documents the Bitter Side of Christmas Trees

Photographer Jamie Kripke Documents the Bitter Side of Christmas Trees

Ancient Egyptian, Roman and Chinese cultures once saw evergreen trees as symbols of eternal life, and Scandinavians placed them inside -- or just outside -- their homes to express hope for the forthcoming

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DIY: 10 Amazing Homemade Terrariums That Also Make Great Gifts!

DIY: 10 Amazing Homemade Terrariums That Also Make Great Gifts!

  1. Ornament Terrarium Spruce up boring glass ornaments by turning them into terrariums. You can use any clear glass ornament that has a removable hanger. We suggest repurposing an old

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Melodie Dearden Creates a Perfect Gingerbread Replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater!

Melodie Dearden Creates a Perfect Gingerbread Replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater!

We had to share this ambitious gingerbread masterpiece replicating in small scale Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, created by culinary artist Melodie Dearden. On Dearden's Garden Melodies blog, she

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Tank-Shaped TRIWA Pop-Up Store in Poland is Made From 900 Cardboard Tubes

Tank-Shaped TRIWA Pop-Up Store in Poland is Made From 900 Cardboard Tubes

Located in Poznan Plaza shopping mall in the city of Poznan, Poland, the store features display cabinets made from chunky chipboard panels, held together with brightly colored ratchet straps. Cardboard

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Researchers 3D Print Moon Rocks for Use as Lunar Building Material

Researchers 3D Print Moon Rocks for Use as Lunar Building Material

3d printing has become one of the most exciting fields of technology today as it opens up new possibilities for consumers and scientists. But the next frontier for 3d printing tech may be outer space - as

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Vancouver Becomes First City to Pave Its Streets With Recycled Plastic

Vancouver Becomes First City to Pave Its Streets With Recycled Plastic

Photo from Shutterstock The City of Vancouver has set the lofty goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020 and, judging by their latest green innovation, they are thinking outside of the

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The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

A surprisingly political lineup of speakers (including Jerry Brown, Cory Booker, George Pataki, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski) bookended the 2012 Greenbuild conference in San Francisco. They spoke

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Susanna Bauer Delicately Adorns Natural Objects with Her Amazing Embroidery

Susanna Bauer Delicately Adorns Natural Objects with Her Amazing Embroidery

Artist Susanna Bauer carefully spins webs over stones, pieces of drift wood, and the edges of leaves. Detailed and delicate, her creations made from yarn and organic objects seamlessly form a union

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Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Designed for Method Homes by New York-based Bogue Trondowski Architects, the Paradigm series is planned in its entirety to be as low-impact as possible. Clad in FSC-certified western red cedar (but

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Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature

Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature

Like the opening scene from a science fiction movie, a figure walks into a dimly lit 17th-century church only to discover a giant, 7-foot-tall shining silver dome. As they reach to touch the futuristic

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Beintween Recycles Old Car Tires Into ‘Matireal’ for Permeable Park Pathway

Beintween Recycles Old Car Tires Into ‘Matireal’ for Permeable Park Pathway

Beintween.org is a social + spatial network improv(is)ing spaces that build community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their mission is to make art do work. Over the past 6 months, they've developed an

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Studio Levant Uses Recycled Pallets and HDPE Plastics To Make Desks and Tables

Studio Levant Uses Recycled Pallets and HDPE Plastics To Make Desks and Tables

In en effort to transform waste into functional objects, Australian design firm Studio Levant has produced a full line of tables and desks that are made from recycled shipping pallets and recycled

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