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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 and

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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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Pepe Heykoop’s Bamboo Lampshades Empower Mumbai Craftsmen

Pepe Heykoop’s Bamboo Lampshades Empower Mumbai Craftsmen

Assigning themselves the ambitious goal of pulling 700 people out of poverty by 2020, the group trains community members to make a series of high-end pieces for home decor. It is their hope that moving

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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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Furniture Designer John Ford Reuses Scrap Wood to Make Modern Table Lamps

Furniture Designer John Ford Reuses Scrap Wood to Make Modern Table Lamps

The Mill Lamp  is constructed by dovetail-joining four pieces of scrap wood together, which are then turned on a lathe and sanded down to create a round form. The grain direction with the dovetail joints

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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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