sustainable design

Infographic: How Vehicles are Recycled When They Go to the Scrapyard

Infographic: How Vehicles are Recycled When They Go to the Scrapyard

Millions of people across the states drive a car to work every day - but did you ever stop to consider what happens to vehicles at the end of their lifecycles? Most wind up in salvage yards, where an

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Solar-Powered Sun Shade to Cover Dubai’s Winning Expo 2020 Pavilion

Solar-Powered Sun Shade to Cover Dubai’s Winning Expo 2020 Pavilion

Dubai has won a bid to host the 2020 Expo. This will be the first time the international celebration of innovation and business will be held in the Middle East, and Dubai’s aim is to generate 50 percent

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Congolese Forest Giraffe Added to List of Endangered Animals

Congolese Forest Giraffe Added to List of Endangered Animals

Okapi photo from Shutterstock The blue-tongued forest giraffe is the latest species to fall under risk of extinction. The animal, also known as the okapi, is the national symbol of the Democratic

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Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen

Thermal Glass Igloos Offer Views of the Northern Lights at Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen

Nestled in the wilderness near Finland's Urho Kekkonen National Park, Hotel Kakslauttanen has one of the Arctic Circle's best views of the Aurora Borealis. The sparse trees and complete lack of light

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Dubai’s Chillout Cafe Brings a Subzero Ice Lounge to the Middle of the Desert

Dubai’s Chillout Cafe Brings a Subzero Ice Lounge to the Middle of the Desert

As if having the tallest and most expensive skyscraper in the world wasn’t enough, Dubai has shown its decadence once again by building an ice lounge right in the middle of the desert. The Chillout

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Henry Baumann Creates Incredible Sculptural Furniture From Construction Site Waste

Henry Baumann Creates Incredible Sculptural Furniture From Construction Site Waste

Designer Henry Baumann has created an incredible series of sculptural lamps and chairs by recycling big wooden cable drums often found on building sites. He discovered that these drums were simply too big

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Wrap Your Holiday Gifts in Plantable Eden’s Paper

Wrap Your Holiday Gifts in Plantable Eden’s Paper

Eden’s Paper lets your loved ones grow their own garden after tearing through the wrapping paper on their holiday gifts. The lush vegetable prints on the paper are embedded with seeds, such as carrots,

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Enèji Pwòp Program Sends Life-Changing Hanging Solar Lights to Impoverished Haitians

Enèji Pwòp Program Sends Life-Changing Hanging Solar Lights to Impoverished Haitians

Clean energy company Enèji Pwòp is on the mission to transform Haiti with renewable energy. The firm hopes to enhance quality of life within the country's borders through a program that allows immigrant

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Brussels Sprout-Powered Christmas Tree Lights Up London’s Southbank Center

Brussels Sprout-Powered Christmas Tree Lights Up London’s Southbank Center

London’s Southbank Center has unveiled its latest holiday decoration: a Christmas tree powered entirely by Brussels sprouts! Each night, the tree’s lights illuminate thanks to a vegetable-powered

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Al Gore Goes Vegan

Al Gore Goes Vegan

Climate activist and former Vice President Al Gore has committed even more to sustainability - by going vegan. The Nobel Peace Prize winner announced that he is totally giving up animal products, and is

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Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Kalahari Desert photo from Shutterstock Botswana government officials are in hot water over fracking in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which is the second largest wildlife preserve in the world.

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Graphene Condom of the Future will be Super-Pleasurable

Graphene Condom of the Future will be Super-Pleasurable

Believe it or not, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working on making sex more pleasurable. The Gates have already given out $1 million in research grants to condom developers who are working to

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Infographic: Why 9 Million Wood Stoves Should be Upgraded in the United States

Infographic: Why 9 Million Wood Stoves Should be Upgraded in the United States

According to the EPA, more than 12 million American households heat their homes with wood stoves, yet 75% of those stoves are dirty and inefficient. For those with outdated wood stoves, transitioning to a

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Score Amazing Green Gifts and Support New Amsterdam School with Their Annual Holiday Auction

Score Amazing Green Gifts and Support New Amsterdam School with Their Annual Holiday Auction

Give lower Manhattan youngsters the gift of education while also purchasing some great green presents for your friends and family. The New Amsterdam School's Annual Holiday Auction is offering up

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

In splashes of brilliant colors, Earth From Space gives a thorough portrait of the changing earth. An avid environmental activist and founder of GoodPlanet, Arthus-Bertrand has turned his love for

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Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $3 Million to Double Nepal’s Tiger Population by 2022

Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $3 Million to Double Nepal’s Tiger Population by 2022

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation just donated a whopping $3 million to help the World Wildlife Fund double the population of wild tigers in Nepal by 2022. The grant will aid the WWF in working with the

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Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

The Tetris House is located on a narrow 40’ by 110’ lot with tight zoning that minimized the allowable building footprint. Compounding challenges from the compact footprint, the client asked for the

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Cupertino City Council Gives Apple’s Spaceship Headquarters the Green Light

Cupertino City Council Gives Apple’s Spaceship Headquarters the Green Light

Jobs called the forthcoming extravagant headquarters the “best office building in the world.” Although his vision won’t be realized until 2016, 14,000 Apple employees will enjoy state of the art

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Most ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM One Angel Square Officially Opens in Manchester

Most ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM One Angel Square Officially Opens in Manchester

One Angel Square is a 500,000 sq ft, 14-story building right in downtown of Manchester. Now the largest building in the city, it is part of a larger effort to redevelop the core and is strategically

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Global Green’s 9th Annual Gorgeous & Green Gala Wows With “Green Gatsby” Theme

Global Green’s 9th Annual Gorgeous & Green Gala Wows With “Green Gatsby” Theme

The LEED–certified Bently Reserve in San Francisco was the perfect setting for a 'Green Gatsby' theme with its 1920s Beaux Arts detailing, opulent marble floors, and grand staircases flanking each end.

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Eduoard Martinet Upcycles Junk into Delicate Insect Sculptures

Eduoard Martinet Upcycles Junk into Delicate Insect Sculptures

Martinet’s junk sculptures are unique in their beautiful craftsmanship. Despite being made from clunky elements like used bike chains, typewriter heads and drawer handles, each sculpture appears to be

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INFOGRAPHIC: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Need to Improve

INFOGRAPHIC: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Need to Improve

America once had one of the greatest infrastructure networks in the world - however today our cracked streets and failing bridges stand as testament to the lack of investment and the need for improvement.

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Crea-re Studio Creates Beautiful Hanging Lamps From Wooden Clothespins

Crea-re Studio Creates Beautiful Hanging Lamps From Wooden Clothespins

Sometimes the most beautiful designs are also the simplest - Crea-re has created a line of hanging and standing lamps made almost entirely from repurposed wooden clothespins! When the lamps are turned on

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NL Architects Dream Up a Supermarket Topped with a Lush Park for China

NL Architects Dream Up a Supermarket Topped with a Lush Park for China

Sanya is a popular tourist destination and known for it's tropical climate, and Housing Corporation VANKE is developing a large resort there. As part of the development, they asked NL Architects to design

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Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Chilling Audio of Elephant Falling at the Hands of Poachers

Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Chilling Audio of Elephant Falling at the Hands of Poachers

The Wildlife Conservation Society has just released a tragic video which captures the audio of an elephant being shot and killed by ivory poachers in Central Africa. The chilling sounds were captured on

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Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Located in the Civic Opera House building, the open floorplan was key to the design because it allowed for a minimal amount of building materials and maixmum energy efficiency. An open layout office

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BIG Wins Competition to Design Green-Roofed Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier

BIG Wins Competition to Design Green-Roofed Museum of the Human Body in Montpellier

The Museum of the Human Body will be located at the edge of Charpak Park in the newly developed Parc Marianne near City Hall. The museum will be dedicated to the artistic, scientific and architectural

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Jeff Woolf’s Folding Bike Helmet Could Revolutionize Cycling Safety

Jeff Woolf’s Folding Bike Helmet Could Revolutionize Cycling Safety

Foldable bikes are a popular trend, but what about folding helmets? Morpher is a brand new portable helmet that is designed to fit into a bag to encourage cyclists to take their safety more seriously. The

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MAKEcamp’s West Coast Ghost Tables Give Timber Offcuts a Fresh New Life

MAKEcamp’s West Coast Ghost Tables Give Timber Offcuts a Fresh New Life

MAKEcamp's West Coast Ghosts are a series of tables and furnishings characterized by a large block of reclaimed timber set atop an ephemeral base. The pieces draw a direct metaphorical analogy to the

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Cheese Made from Olafur Eliasson’s Tears on Display in Dublin

Cheese Made from Olafur Eliasson’s Tears on Display in Dublin

We’ve heard of making cheese from human breast milk, but now researchers are turning the tears from artist Olafur Eliasson into cheese as well. Giving the saying “don’t cry over spilled milk” a

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