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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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Incredible Sculptures You Won’t Believe Are Made of Reclaimed Wood Scraps

Incredible Sculptures You Won’t Believe Are Made of Reclaimed Wood Scraps

Van der Ende isn't just one of those guys who collects the odd scrap here and there - he hoards wood like squirrels stock up on acorns for the winter. His sculptures rely on thousands of pieces of scrap

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Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Drawing inspiration from traditional basket weaving techniques and the flexibility of snake skin, the designer uses weatherproof fabric drawn between durable, curved plastic tubing. This creates a

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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Designnobis’ Pets for Pets Feeder Automatically Distributes Food and Water for Your Animal Friends

Designnobis’ Pets for Pets Feeder Automatically Distributes Food and Water for Your Animal Friends

True to its name, PetsForPets is an automatic pet feeder designed for cats, dogs and birds. It is composed of a recycled PET bottle integrated into a plastic structure. The simple reservoir can distribute

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SPOR Solar Battery Charger Helps You Carry the Power of the Sun in Your Pocket

SPOR Solar Battery Charger Helps You Carry the Power of the Sun in Your Pocket

"Two college kids trying to save the world". That's the slogan put forth by the team who designed SPOR, and they might very well succeed in that endeavor. SPOR is a self-regenerating solar battery

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Charming ‘oon’ Power Outlets Replace Ugly Plastic Cords for the Home and Office

Charming ‘oon’ Power Outlets Replace Ugly Plastic Cords for the Home and Office

The oon is a new type of multi-outlet power cord for living. Combining logical function and thoughtful design, it beautifully organizes plugs and blocky adapters that are ubiquitous in our lives. Three

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Philip Ross Molds Fast-Growing Fungi Into Mushroom Building Bricks That Are Stronger than Concrete

Philip Ross Molds Fast-Growing Fungi Into Mushroom Building Bricks That Are Stronger than Concrete

We first discovered Ross' unique mycelium material at The Workshop Residence in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood during the 2012 AIA SF's month-long Architecture and the City festival. There, Ross

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Top Eco-Friendly Camping Gear for Conscientious Outdoor Enthusiasts

Top Eco-Friendly Camping Gear for Conscientious Outdoor Enthusiasts

Reliable Big Horn wall tent Tents Reliable Tent & Tipi Company has been making tents since 1945, using canvas and natural materials for a variety of different shelter styles. If you're looking for a

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VIDEO: Studio Swine’s Sea Chair is Made of Plastic Pollution Collected From the World’s Oceans

VIDEO: Studio Swine’s Sea Chair is Made of Plastic Pollution Collected From the World’s Oceans

http://vimeo.com/58461689 Studio Swine's brilliant Sea Chair is made of plastic waste collected from the world's oceans - and RSA Films director Juriaan Booij recently made a beautiful film that

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INFOGRAPHIC: Demystifying “Natural” and “Organic” Labels on Personal Care Products

INFOGRAPHIC: Demystifying “Natural” and “Organic” Labels on Personal Care Products

When you go grocery shopping, chances are that you notice that most (if not all) produce items have labels on them to signify whether they're organic or not. Well, just like food, personal care products

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Help Save the World’s Oceans by Supporting the Ocean Cleanup Array!

Help Save the World’s Oceans by Supporting the Ocean Cleanup Array!

Plastic waste in the ocean is no joke - there are millions of tons of it out there, wreaking all kinds of havoc on sea life and the ocean's ecology. It’s easy to feel helpless, especially since the

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India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater

India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater

Officials in the Indian city of Varanasi have ordered a Coca-Cola bottling factory in the nearby village of Mehdiganj to close down for using too much groundwater. The local community has campaigned

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3D System’s Ekocycle Cube 3D Prints Objects From Recycled Plastic

3D System’s Ekocycle Cube 3D Prints Objects From Recycled Plastic

What if you could turn old plastic bottles into fresh new designs with the press of a button? 3D Systems’ new Ekocycle Cube uses post-consumer plastic to 3D print a variety of designs. The eco-friendly

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Waste House: UK’s First Permanent Carbon Negative Building Made From Trash

Waste House: UK’s First Permanent Carbon Negative Building Made From Trash

Located on the University of Brighton's campus, the Waste House was designed by BBM Director Duncan Baker-Brown in collaboration with undergraduate Brighton students. The contemporary home is made from

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INFOGRAPHIC: Edible, Medicinal, or Just Bizarre, Here are 50 Amazing Facts About Plants

INFOGRAPHIC: Edible, Medicinal, or Just Bizarre, Here are 50 Amazing Facts About Plants

Plants are wonderful on so many different levels. They purify the air around us, and we can eat them, use them as medicine, build with them, and even just enjoy them for their healing, calming presence as

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‘The Body’ Could be the World’s Most Adaptable Chair

‘The Body’ Could be the World’s Most Adaptable Chair

Simple in design, The Body is a flesh-coloured strip of canvas with seams stitched along its six-meter length. The entire structure is filled with grains of rice, a material that's been employed in Japan

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China is Building Artificial Islands in Disputed South China Sea Territory

China is Building Artificial Islands in Disputed South China Sea Territory

New reports from The Philippines and Vietnam reveal that China is building a network of artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago in a bid to bolster its territorial claims. It's the latest

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Clever Infinite Light Turns a Recycled Plastic Bottle Into a Solar Lamp

Clever Infinite Light Turns a Recycled Plastic Bottle Into a Solar Lamp

Millions of people around the world live without access to electricity - and upon nightfall, many families are forced to use dangerous and expensive kerosene lamps. The Infinite Light is a high quality

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The Future of Plastic: A “Growing Lab Art” Exhibit that Uses Fungi as a Building and Binding Material

The Future of Plastic: A “Growing Lab Art” Exhibit that Uses Fungi as a Building and Binding Material

Artist Maurizio Montalti will be exhiting his Future of Plastic exhibit next month at the Fondazione PLART in Napoli, Italy. His exhibit embodies a vision of what plastics are going to look like in the

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Fragile: Reusable Elastic Membrane Offers Less Wasteful Way to Transport Valuable Goods

Fragile: Reusable Elastic Membrane Offers Less Wasteful Way to Transport Valuable Goods

Mireia Gordi Vila designed her flexible and reusable packaging for the Royal College of Art's upcoming graduate show. The design was originally conceived for extremely valuable goods, but it could also be

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New Super Bananas With Orange Flesh Could Slash Vitamin A Deficiency in Low-Income Communities

New Super Bananas With Orange Flesh Could Slash Vitamin A Deficiency in Low-Income Communities

Genetically modified foods get a lot of negative attention, but sometimes GMOs can be a good thing. New genetically engineered bananas may soon be grown in low-income communities in order to prevent

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VIDEO: How the Oceans Can Clean Themselves of 7.25 Million Tons of Plastic Pollution

VIDEO: How the Oceans Can Clean Themselves of 7.25 Million Tons of Plastic Pollution

By now you've probably heard about the issue of ocean plastic pollution - but do you know just how pervasive the problem is? Every year we produce 300 million tons of plastic - and there's currently 7.25

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WHIM Architecture’s Floating Recycled Park Proposal Cleans Up Plastic Litter

WHIM Architecture’s Floating Recycled Park Proposal Cleans Up Plastic Litter

WHIM Architecture recently unveiled their renderings for Recycled Park, a floating recreational space that retrieves plastic waste from the Netherland's Nieuwe Maas river right before it reaches the North

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An Incredible Kitchen Renovated with LEGOs

An Incredible Kitchen Renovated with LEGOs

The Munchausen Lego Kitchen is based around an Ikea island that has been outifftted with more than 20,000 Lego pieces. Not quit an afternoon in the playroom, the entire process took the designers more

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Luzinterruptus Unveils Amazing Plastic Waste Labyrinth Made From 6,000 Recycled Bottles

Luzinterruptus Unveils Amazing Plastic Waste Labyrinth Made From 6,000 Recycled Bottles

To construct the maze, the Luzinterruptus collected 6,000 plastic bottles from a local manufacturing and bottling plant and through donations from active local residents participating in the

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19-Year-Old’s Ocean Cleanup Array Could Clean Half the Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 Years, Study Shows

19-Year-Old’s Ocean Cleanup Array Could Clean Half the Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 Years, Study Shows

Last year we reported on teenage inventor Boyan Slat's plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. His proposal for an anchored

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How To: Create Unique Fabric Prints with Veggies

How To: Create Unique Fabric Prints with Veggies

Here’s What You’ll Need: Potato, yam, sweet potato, jicama, or other firm, starchy veggies Paring knife and X-acto knife 100% cotton fabric Acrylic Paint and Acrylic Fabric Medium (which

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Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

  In a time of rapid climatic shift and lack of political will, the lessons in Ned Tillman’s book Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship are imperative for the younger

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Pikaplant: Low-Maintenance, Self-Watering Vertical Gardens and No-Maintenance Plants

Pikaplant: Low-Maintenance, Self-Watering Vertical Gardens and No-Maintenance Plants

Do you love the idea of a home full of lush plant life, but can't seem to keep your plants alive? Dutch company Pikaplant has come up with a couple of great ideas that can help everyone bring a bit of

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