Green Materials

Henry Baumann Transforms Old Fruit Crates Into Unique Furniture

Henry Baumann Transforms Old Fruit Crates Into Unique Furniture

Using wooden crates that hold strawberries at street markets, designer Henry Baumann transformed these plain containers into furniture such as stools, tables and lights. Baumann disassembled the crates,

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Dutch Scientists Create Concrete that Heals Itself With Built-in Bacteria

Dutch Scientists Create Concrete that Heals Itself With Built-in Bacteria

If you've ever had to seal a crack in concrete, you know what a pain it can be and how quickly cracked concrete can begin to disintegrate. That's why we're so excited about a new technology that would

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Giant Ghetto Blaster Made of Cardboard Houses a Mini Cooper in Zurich

Giant Ghetto Blaster Made of Cardboard Houses a Mini Cooper in Zurich

Hoping to make some big noise for a little car, Mini Cooper tapped artist Bartek Elsner to design and construct a giant boombox made of cardboard. Debuting at the International Radio Festival in Zürich,

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King County Parks and HyBrid Architecture Unveil Upcycled Shipping Container Camper

King County Parks and HyBrid Architecture Unveil Upcycled Shipping Container Camper

King County Parks just finished a new, comfortable and ecologically-sound camping structure that was created from a 24-foot-long used cargo container. The project, dubbed “Re-Tain” was

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Scientists Developing Next-Gen Carbon Nanotube Microchips

Scientists Developing Next-Gen Carbon Nanotube Microchips

Carbon nanotube image from Shutterstock Carbon nanotubes are heralded as a next-gen wonder material capable of creating everything from space elevators to better batteries, and now a team of

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The Natural Wood and Moss Keyboard Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer

The Natural Wood and Moss Keyboard Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer

Tired of the “cold and lifeless” aesthetic of modern technological objects, Robbie Tilton decided to warm things up a little by constructing a keyboard made from wood and moss. Instead of

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7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

This year's record breaking summer high temperatures and general worrisome warming trend don’t necessarily mean that the coming winter will be a walk in the park. Before the cold weather strikes, get

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Piers Saxby Candy Creates Charming Lamps Using a 1930s Copper Jelly Mold

Piers Saxby Candy Creates Charming Lamps Using a 1930s Copper Jelly Mold

Piers Saxby Candy, a Brighton-based designer, hand crafted his Jelly Desk Lamp and Jelly Table Lamp with using oak wood for the stand and cast an original 1930s copper jelly mold for the shade.

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Dsquadro’s Modular JOIN System Can be Used to Create Virtually any Kind of Furniture

Dsquadro’s Modular JOIN System Can be Used to Create Virtually any Kind of Furniture

“JOIN” is a system of interlocking modular pieces, created by dsquadro, which allows free configurations of furniture. The “JOIN” system is made from salvaged wood materials and

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J.P. Meulendijks’ LOCK Table is Made from Bent Pieces of Flexible Bamboo

J.P. Meulendijks’ LOCK Table is Made from Bent Pieces of Flexible Bamboo

J.P.Meulendijks' LOCK Table is a sustainable dinner table made from layers of flexible bamboo. The layers are pressed together, and their shape is formed by the bamboo's natural bending curve. The

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Andre Valerio’s Cute Passa Cabos Lamp is Made From Renewable Cork

Andre Valerio’s Cute Passa Cabos Lamp is Made From Renewable Cork

“Passa Cabos” is a cute cork lamp made by portuguese designer André Valério and produced by Ervilha Criativa. Valério says: “This project aims to explore the approach of objects and

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Julia Lohmann Creates Beautiful Lamps Out of Laser-Cut Kelp Seaweed

Julia Lohmann Creates Beautiful Lamps Out of Laser-Cut Kelp Seaweed

It seems that kelp can do just about anything. From stabilizing and thickening foods to fertilizing plants, this giant algae has a million different applications. But who could have thought it would make

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‘Waste Not Want Not’ is a Dynamic Green Wall Created Using Discarded Materials

‘Waste Not Want Not’ is a Dynamic Green Wall Created Using Discarded Materials

Blake Chamberlain is the brains behind this fantastic project 'Waste Not Want Not', a vegetative grow wall created out of discarded materials. The concept takes plastic water bottles and wooden

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Temporary Cardboard Tube Pavilion for the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Gorky Park, Moscow

Shigeru Ban Unveils Temporary Cardboard Tube Pavilion for the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Gorky Park, Moscow

Using locally produced paper tubes, Shigeru Ban designed an oval wall which encompasses an area of 2,400 square meters, including a rectangular exhibition space, a bookshop and a café. The wall reaches a

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Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Scientists have been trying to develop cheap, alternative building materials for years. But there's one material that is surprisingly strong, secure, waterproof and perhaps just too creepy to handle:

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Tabitha Bargh’s Striking Textured Lamp Is Made from Recycled Corrugated Cardboard

Tabitha Bargh’s Striking Textured Lamp Is Made from Recycled Corrugated Cardboard

Exploring Designjunction at the London Festival this year, one of the designs that caught our eye was this beautiful and unusual lamp shades made of corrugated cardboard. Created by British designer

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Chicago Unveils the “Greenest Street in America” with Permeable, Smog-Eating Pavement

Chicago Unveils the “Greenest Street in America” with Permeable, Smog-Eating Pavement

Last week, Chicago officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on “the greenest street in America,” a two-mile stretch of Cermak Road and Blue Island Avenue in the city’s Pilsen

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London’s Earth Creature is a Super Adobe Dome Built By The City’s Smallest Architects

London’s Earth Creature is a Super Adobe Dome Built By The City’s Smallest Architects

Small Earth has been creating low-impact landmark buildings in several locations around the world including Nepal, India, Zimbabwe, Brussels and England. For the Earth Creature at the Southbank's Hayward

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Students at Bali’s Green School Build a Beautiful Bamboo Bridge by Hand in Just Four Months!

Students at Bali’s Green School Build a Beautiful Bamboo Bridge by Hand in Just Four Months!

We have fawned over The Green School in Bali many times before, and they have wowed us once again. Overseen by Indonesian firm PT Bamboo Pure, students and visitors constructed a bamboo bridge in only

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LAYWOO-D3 Lets You Print 3D Objects From Recycled Wood Instead of Plastic!

LAYWOO-D3 Lets You Print 3D Objects From Recycled Wood Instead of Plastic!

Who says 3D printers are only for tech nerds and engineers? Traditional craftsmen may take want to join the 3D revolution after getting a load of LAYWOO-D3, a 3D printer material that is made from 40%

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Topsy Turvy Dames Dietz Deli is the First Commercial Cradle2Cradle Structure in the Netherlands

Topsy Turvy Dames Dietz Deli is the First Commercial Cradle2Cradle Structure in the Netherlands

Located on the main street of town, the newly-opened Dames Dietz Deli (what a great name!) feature three stacked layers. The sloping planes are designed to draw in passersby and to promote the influx of

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The Plongeoir is a Tiny Timber House That Doubles as a Canvas in the French Countryside

The Plongeoir is a Tiny Timber House That Doubles as a Canvas in the French Countryside

Made of little more than timber and polycarbonate, The Plongeoir is designed for the simple, reflective life - like a modern day Walden hut that can be moved as need be. The major difference of course is

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German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

Photo via Shutterstock The future of solar power is about to get a little brighter with new developments in black silicon, a material that can absorb almost the entire spectrum of light - including

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Recycled Materials and Innovative Low-Energy Designs Shine at Paris’ Maison & Objet

Recycled Materials and Innovative Low-Energy Designs Shine at Paris’ Maison & Objet

One of our favorite finds, COLORS' Chiba is a Japanese take on classic Danish LEGO bricks made from recycled coffee beans, tea and wood chips—and it smells great!. Ground coffee was pretty big at

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Corkor’s Laptop Bag is a Sophisticated, Sustainable Bag Made of Cork

Corkor’s Laptop Bag is a Sophisticated, Sustainable Bag Made of Cork

Whether you're returning to school or just need a new bag to bring your laptop to and from work, Corkor's all-natural women's laptop bag is one of the greenest options available. The bag is handmade with

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Construction Begins on the UK’s First Building Made Completely Out of Waste

Construction Begins on the UK’s First Building Made Completely Out of Waste

The University of Brighton just began construction on the UK's first building made completely of waste. Designed by local architect Duncan Baker-Brown, the structure will be composed of excess building

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Eco Artist Builds a Recycled Amusement Park Out of Plastic Bottles

Eco Artist Builds a Recycled Amusement Park Out of Plastic Bottles

Ugandan artist Ruganzu Bruno Tusingwire looked around his city and saw all of the challenges that local children faced. Wanting to make a difference, Tusingwire set aside the wall art he typically

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Thonet Bike: Andy Martin’s Elegant Cycle is Crafted Completely from Bent Beech Wood

Thonet Bike: Andy Martin’s Elegant Cycle is Crafted Completely from Bent Beech Wood

What do you get when you cross an architect, a furniture company, and a love of cycling? The result is a sleek, refined fixed-gear road bicycle that blends Thonet's classic bentwood curves with

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Studio Tord Boontje’s Lightweight Luminaires Let You Use Rocks or Other Found Objects for the Base

Studio Tord Boontje’s Lightweight Luminaires Let You Use Rocks or Other Found Objects for the Base

During the London Design Festival, Studio Tord Boontje launched 'Lightweight', a collection of eco-friendly Luminaires that challenge the assumption that all lamps must come with a heavy base for support.

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Scientists Develop Transparent Soil to Shed Light on the Mysterious World of Plant Roots

Scientists Develop Transparent Soil to Shed Light on the Mysterious World of Plant Roots

The “rhizoshpere” is the world of plant roots – a region of soil located just below the surface of the earth. It sounds like a fantastical realm, full of secrets and mystery – and

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