Green Materials

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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Ty-Hedfan is a Partially-Buried Welsh Longhouse Near the Brecon Beacons National Park

Ty-Hedfan is a Partially-Buried Welsh Longhouse Near the Brecon Beacons National Park

A six meter no-build zone on the bank of the Ysgir Fach and Ysgir Fawr river confluence gave Featherstone Young the idea to build a soaring cantilever. Inside this wing of the 223 square meter home is a

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PICS: DUS Architects Unveils Giant 3D Printer That Can Print Entire Rooms in Amsterdam

PICS: DUS Architects Unveils Giant 3D Printer That Can Print Entire Rooms in Amsterdam

Because the KamerMaker is taller than it is wide, the pavilions or rooms that it prints have a small footprint. Not only that, but it uses recycled plastic waste as its main building material, meaning

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DesignJunction 2012 Features Dazzling Green Furniture Crafted from Natural and Reclaimed Materials at the London Design Festival

DesignJunction 2012 Features Dazzling Green Furniture Crafted from Natural and Reclaimed Materials at the London Design Festival

Dejana Kabiljo Architect and designer Dejana Kabiljo is represented by the Marion Friedmann Gallery where she presents 'Occupy! Chair' which uses military Yugoslavian bed springs to create this gold

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SuperBrands Showcases Elegant Eco-Design at London Design Festival

SuperBrands Showcases Elegant Eco-Design at London Design Festival

Limited Edition Limited Edition presented two rugs of particular interest. Brick is made from vertically positioned strips of reclaimed leather; a waste material from other design processes. It is a

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100% Design: Emerging Designers Show Innovative Lighting, Flat-Packed Ingenuity at the London Design Festival

100% Design: Emerging Designers Show Innovative Lighting, Flat-Packed Ingenuity at the London Design Festival

Aiming to make Danish design affordable and accessible, Vita made a great show with their flat-packed lighting. The Eos pendant light (shown above), which comes in two sizes, is constructed of feathers on

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Chun Qing Li’s Sustainable Wooden Kreod Pavilion Unveiled at London Design Festival

Chun Qing Li’s Sustainable Wooden Kreod Pavilion Unveiled at London Design Festival

Chun Qing Li, Managing Director of Pavilion Architecture and Greenwich University's Proffesor, told us that he designed KREOD pavilion to resemble three giant seeds. Measuring 215 square foot each pod,

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Hinterland Design Completes Charming British Columbia Studio in One Month Flat

Hinterland Design Completes Charming British Columbia Studio in One Month Flat

A children’s book illustrator from British Columbia wanted to build a studihinto cabin on an existing 200-square foot lot in under a month with a modest budget, so she contacted Riley McFerrin of

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Fungus Can Make a Cheap Violin Sing Like a Stradivarius

Fungus Can Make a Cheap Violin Sing Like a Stradivarius

photo via Shutterstock Normally, finding mold on your instrument would make any violinist panic. Fungus needs heat and moisture to grow, both of which are deadly to the delicate woods used to make

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Researchers Connect Common Household Chemical PFOA to Heart Disease

Researchers Connect Common Household Chemical PFOA to Heart Disease

Teflon Frying Pan photo from Shutterstock Researchers from the West Virginia University School of Public Health in Morgantown have found a strong correlation between human exposure to a common

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Super-Durable Material Made from Wood Waste is Stronger, Cheaper, and Lighter Than Kevlar

Super-Durable Material Made from Wood Waste is Stronger, Cheaper, and Lighter Than Kevlar

Ever wondered why paper beats rock in a game of roshambo?  It turns out that cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) derived from wood pulp extract can be used to create one of the strongest materials known to

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Furniture Designer Rupert Blanchard Transforms Discarded Drawers into Stunning Storage Units

Furniture Designer Rupert Blanchard Transforms Discarded Drawers into Stunning Storage Units

Blanchard's supply of orphaned drawers, collected from the street or dumpsters, lines a wall of his workshop, waiting to be incorporated into upcycled dressers, sideboards and cabinets. Using reclaimed

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Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront

Renzo Piano’s MUSE Museum is a Sustainable Building that Will Help Revitalize Trento’s Riverfront

The museum is part of a larger redevelopment effort in this part of Trento which will include housing, leisure, retail and office space, all to be designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The former

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Droog Design’s Slow Glow Table Lamp Changes Brightness by Melting Vegetable Fat

Droog Design’s Slow Glow Table Lamp Changes Brightness by Melting Vegetable Fat

Instead of using an evacuated bulb or a bulb filled with halogen, the Slow Glow lamp is filled with a familiar organic material: vegetable fat. Created by NEXT Architects and designer Aura Luz Melis for

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NASA: New Ultra-Thin, Flexible Aerogels Could be Used to Make Super-Insulated Clothing

NASA: New Ultra-Thin, Flexible Aerogels Could be Used to Make Super-Insulated Clothing

Aerogel is a space-age material famed for having the lowest bulk density of any known porous solid – it is has been described as “solid smoke” due to its lightness and has been used to

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Solar-Powered ‘Stone Spray’ 3D Printer Robot Creates Entire Buildings From Sand!

Solar-Powered ‘Stone Spray’ 3D Printer Robot Creates Entire Buildings From Sand!

3D printers are one of the most exciting emerging technologies in the field of design - so far we've showcased printers that can create everything from furniture to food and even robotic exoskeletons. Now

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