Green Materials

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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Agency of Design’s New Energy Trumps Cards Identify Environmental Properties of Different Materials

Agency of Design’s New Energy Trumps Cards Identify Environmental Properties of Different Materials

We showcased Agency of Design's prototype cO2 card in the past, and the firm just played a winning hand by launching a full suite of Energy Trumps! The deck of cards aims to help designers and consumers

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Cesar Manrique’s Gorgeous Subterranean Home Was Carved From Lava Rock

Cesar Manrique’s Gorgeous Subterranean Home Was Carved From Lava Rock

Back in 1730, Lanzarote experienced the world’s longest volcanic eruption, which lasted six years. A quarter of the island was submerged in lava, and has since formed the unique volcanic landscape that

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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 developed by Joel

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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 using the

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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 it's flexible enough to be

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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 animals to humans

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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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