"YES IN MY BACK YARD!" garden made from reused plastic bottles…

You wouldn’t think it, but these beautiful colorful flowers of the Scartell flowerbed are made from plastic waste. Italian artist and sustainability enthusiast Francesca De Marinis…

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Take a tour of this professional snowboarder's innovative off-grid cabin

Take a tour of this professional snowboarder's innovative off-grid…

Mike Basich was one of the early innovators in professional snowboarding, and now he’s leading the way in stylish off-grid living. On his 40 acres of land near Truckee, California,…

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Giant reservoir of molten magma discovered under Yellowstone National Park

Giant reservoir of molten magma discovered under Yellowstone National…

A new report has revealed the underground workings of the Yellowstone National Park volcanic system – and in the process unveiled new details of how one of the world’s largest…

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5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

You've all heard the tired mantras about changing your lightbulbs and recycling at home in order to save the planet - are you yawning yet? Many consumers think that going green is a…

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Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth…

Authorities have intercepted more than three tonnes of illegal elephant ivory in a Thai port as it was en route to Laos from Kenya. The shipping container, marked as tea leaves, was…

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What can we learn from Cuba’s remarkable farmers?

What can we learn from Cuba’s remarkable farmers?

The current Cuban system of farming was developed in response to crisis. In 1989, with the collapse of the Soviet Union underway, overnight Cuba lost its most vital trading…

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Imagine a car that is also two motorcycles

Imagine a car that is also two motorcycles

You know you have been there. Stuck on the freeway or the boulevard during rush hour, inching along, listening to the traffic report, drumming your fingers on the steering wheel,…

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Kengo Kuma's striking renovation of a Tokyo eatery is made from thousands of re-used multicolored cables

Kengo Kuma's striking renovation of a Tokyo eatery is made from…

Tetchan is located in Kichijoji, a suburb in Western Tokyo that is popular for its hip boutiques, convenient department stores and large park. The architect sums it up better “A…

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DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable

DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable "Swiffer" covers

Image © handknitted4you Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society's love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods, diapers, and cutlery has…

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Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document?

Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document?

Pope Francis is causing quite a stir with news that he will soon publish a historic document that details the Catholic imperative to curb global warming. While some pundits believe the…

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Passage of Landscape House soaks up light, winds and sounds of Japanese rice fields

Passage of Landscape House soaks up light, winds and sounds of…

This beautiful house in Toyota, Japan, designed by studio ihrmk, is dominated by passages that connect it to the scenery of the adjacent terraced paddy field. Conveniently entitled…

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Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design

Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design

IMAGE As a brutal winter retreats into the record books, Bostonians of all species are out and about. “Mating sparrows, wild turkeys, hunting hawks, they’re all around us as we…

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Tablo upcycles lamps upcycled from the most unexpected household items

Tablo upcycles lamps upcycled from the most unexpected household items

Have you ever taken a look around your garage, spotted an old automatic clutch, and thought “Man, that would make a nice lamp”? If not, perhaps you need to get on the level of…

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Tokujin Yoshioka’s Glass Tea House is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese architecture

Tokujin Yoshioka’s Glass Tea House is a contemporary take on…

Yoshioka, a designer famous for the use of transparent materials, chose to clad the modern teahouse in glass to preserve the pavilion’s spectacular views and create a seamless…

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Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here

Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here

This is the Toroidion. It’s Finnish. No one knows how to pronounce it, so don’t worry about that. All you need to know is that it’s very pretty and -- oh yeah. It’s electric. In…

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UK artist transforms salvaged circuit boards into gorgeous lifelike insects

UK artist transforms salvaged circuit boards into gorgeous lifelike…

Chappell first began tinkering with the idea of making insect miniatures out of discarded electronics several years ago when she experimented with donated electronic scrap at “The…

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Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon footprint

Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon…

The Dune House is a contemporary reinterpretation of the local architectural typology that features wood cladding and pitched roofs. The wooden cross-laminated structure uses a unique…

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The Casa Caja

The Casa Caja "Box House" by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete…

On the outskirts of Monterey, Mexico, the Galváns  recently completed construction on their first family home: la Casa Caja, or the "Box House." For years, the five-member family has…

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MIT's self-assembling chair is really cool, but totally useless (for now)

MIT's self-assembling chair is really cool, but totally useless (for…

The future is here. We have in our midst self-sustaining homes, self-charging cell phones, and even a variety of self-driving cars. MIT engineers are digging on the autonomous vibe,…

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Nepal quake leaves widespread devastation and thousands dead

Nepal quake leaves widespread devastation and thousands dead

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GexFdKVjPxM&spfreload=10 A devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal today, killing hundreds and sending a ripple of aftershocks through…

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Scientists discover the world's strongest natural material

Scientists discover the world's strongest natural material

Those little seashells loitering on your bathroom shelf are hiding quite a secret—their teeth are—according to a new study from the University of Portsmouth—the strongest material…

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Make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium for newborns, kids & adults

Make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium for newborns, kids…

Sleep troubles? Not for long! What you might not know about sleep is that human bodies (and brains) rely on magnesium to make that possible. Magnesium is in many foods we eat, as well…

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Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design

Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design

Many of the details of the trailer’s interior have been crafted by hand. The original chandelier piece is born of a vintage tea pot and copper pipes. The illusion of a library is…

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Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch like trees

Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch…

In order to illuminate contemporary social issues, Beitz creates numerous artworks that include a 18-foot-long looping table entitled Not Now, as well as functional 50-foot-long picnic…

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Help kickstart this little SolarPuff lantern that could save the world

Help kickstart this little SolarPuff lantern that could save the world

New to the Kickstarter scene, the SolarPuff lantern is an ingenious little creation with the power to revolutionize the way we illuminate our world. This portable origami-like light…

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Anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse prompts reflection over changes in garment industry safety

Anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse prompts reflection over changes…

Friday marked the second anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse, the deadliest garment factory accident in history that claimed 1,129 lives and injured over 2,000 more in Dhaka,…

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Airbnb’s Portland call center offers a beautiful and flexible work environment

Airbnb’s Portland call center offers a beautiful and flexible work…

Harvey and Yu’s design team spent one month researching the preferences of the Portland team members before designing the space for the over 200-person staff, most of whom were…

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PET Lamp's Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

PET Lamp's Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of…

Spanish manufacturer of hand-made lamps, PET Lamp, creates colorful collections of pendant lamps using indigenous craft techniques from all over the world. Their latest collection,…

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Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian landscape

Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian…

The building is located on the edge of the town center facing an ancient castle mound with medieval, state-preserved ruins- the main tourist attraction of the town. It was the site…

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JetBlue and Manhattan Portage are turning uniforms into carryalls

JetBlue and Manhattan Portage are turning uniforms into carryalls

JetBlue is partnering with bag-makers Manhattan Portage to turn decommissioned uniforms into trendy bags. The airliner is taking its its unused flight gear and turning it into a…

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100-year-old Japanese home is lined with plywood for an intentionally incomplete look

100-year-old Japanese home is lined with plywood for an intentionally…

Each room of the timber-framed home is lined with plywood. Left unstained, the plywood covers every wall, floor, and ceiling and makes the house look almost like a construction job left…

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Falling Fruit map guides you to local fruit that you can forage for free

Falling Fruit map guides you to local fruit that you can forage for…

It’s harvest season! The trees are overladed with fruit and while you may be spending your hard-earned cash at the farmer’s market to get your hands on it, did you know that you can…

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How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an…

Sometimes, I sit in my lawn chair at night, next to the campfire, and look at the big blue bus in my campsite spot -- or in the parking lot of a Walmart -- or wherever we may be at the…

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FlipCrown lets you flat-pack your bike for easy storage

FlipCrown lets you flat-pack your bike for easy storage

Flat-Pack any bike with FlipCrown. Over 50 percent of all people live in cities, a number that is still rising. Another thing that is growing, is people riding bikes. In these urban…

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Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts in a stunning spectacle after 42 years dormant

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts in a stunning spectacle after 42 years…

Mother Earth let out her own 'celebration' of sorts on Earth Day this year, in the form of the eruption of Chile's Calbuco volcano. For the first time in 42 years, the volcano erupted…

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine - it's also an incredible circular apartment building

The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine - it's also an…

Designed for the port city of Rotterdam, the Dutch Windwheel is a sustainable landmark that houses 72 apartments within a circular steel and glass frame that also serves as a silent,…

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La Capsula preserves existing green space with a pod-like home addition

La Capsula preserves existing green space with a pod-like home…

This concrete and wood extension to a house in Mexico perches over and encloses a large backyard. The two structures, collectively named La Cápsula, sit opposite each other and house,…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why gardening is surprisingly good for your health

INFOGRAPHIC: Why gardening is surprisingly good for your health

Gardening is great for your yard and the environment, but did you know it is also great for your body and mind? It's true - the humble act of digging in the dirt will do some…

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This powerful video sheds light on 5 things about plastic you might not know

This powerful video sheds light on 5 things about plastic you might…

This powerful video, titled "5 Things You Didn’t Know About Plastic", uses a Rube Goldberg machine to follow the journey a plastic bottle takes from “factory to home” to shed…

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The American Institute of Architects announces their top 10 best green buildings of 2015

The American Institute of Architects announces their top 10 best green…

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected the best green buildings of 2015 that enhance and promote ecological design. The projects feature different integrated approaches to…

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