This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home

This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home

If you fell in love with Richard Clarkson Studio's intriguing Cloud Lamp, how about some rain

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Six of the largest school districts in the US are ditching polystyrene

Six of the largest school districts in the US are ditching polystyrene

Six of the largest school districts in the nation announced that they are ditching polystyrene trays (more commonly known as styrofoam) for eco-friendly compostable plates. The move is…

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Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol's Solar Jar Captures the Sun's Rays and Lights Up at Night

Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol's Solar Jar Captures the Sun's Rays and…

There are all kinds of awesome sustainable lighting projects illuminating the planet these days but we have developed a new soft spot for the Consol Solar Jar from South Africa. A…

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Ingrid Siliakus Creates Intricately Layered Architectural Models Using Just One Sheet of Paper

Ingrid Siliakus Creates Intricately Layered Architectural Models Using…

Move to Trash It was only after carefully studying the professor's work that Siliakus learned to design these precise constructions. The Amsterdam-based artist transfers the…

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Now you can carry around your own pop-up hotel room with Travelbox

Now you can carry around your own pop-up hotel room with Travelbox

Austrian design firm Juust’s new Travelbox lets you tote around a pop-up hotel with you wherever you go. At just 132 pounds, the sleek box unfolds to reveal a comfy bed, chair, table,…

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6 Amazing Green Treetop Paradises for Sustainable Living

6 Amazing Green Treetop Paradises for Sustainable Living

TORNADO TREEHOUSE ROOTED TREEHOUSE FINCA BELLAVISTA TREE HOTEL UNDER HEAVEN ILLUMINATED GEODESIC DOME TORNADO TREEHOUSE Roderick Romero proved that treehouses…

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This woman is rowing 6,000 miles from Japan to San Francisco without any support

This woman is rowing 6,000 miles from Japan to San Francisco without…

No sail. No motor. Just a woman and her arms. From Japan to San Francisco. Take that Crossfitters. Sonja Baumstein is a 30-year-old Florida native who is preparing to row from Choshi,…

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California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

Regulators in California accepted an historic offer by the state’s farmers on Friday to reduce their water usage by 25 percent by either leaving part of their land unplanted or by…

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Solar-powered Ecocapsule lets you live off-the-grid anywhere in the world

Solar-powered Ecocapsule lets you live off-the-grid anywhere in the…

The compact Ecocapsule fits all the home necessities within an egg-shaped space measuring 4.5 meters (14.6 feet) in length, 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) in width, and 2.5 meters in height (8.2…

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California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads

California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic…

California has just voted in favor of what could become the strictest ban in the U.S. on all products that contain plastic microbeads—the tiny gritty flecks found in a wide array of…

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This Star Wars retrofitted R2D2 Volkswagen van is just the droid you're looking for

This Star Wars retrofitted R2D2 Volkswagen van is just the droid…

The classic Volkswagen Camper Van has been given custom paint jobs for almost as long as it's been around; admittedly the vast majority by the free-loving, tie-dyed and Deadhead crowds.…

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Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library…

The building dates back to medieval times when it functioned as a fortified structure. As part of a restoration project the old stone structure was restored and renovated in order to…

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This solar-powered 'water ATM' provides fresh drinking water in troubled areas

This solar-powered 'water ATM' provides fresh drinking water in…

Pakistan is short on water, but soon, you can scan a card and get water, right out of the ATM. What’s better is that the ATM’s are solar-powered. The card is given to those who need…

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This stunning Argentinian house is buried under a sacred Patagonian site

This stunning Argentinian house is buried under a sacred Patagonian…

According to the architects, the house stands on a religious Bariloche site, where natives used to hold Smoke ceremonies by burning green leafs as an offering to the gods. When the…

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Trekkie-run Chinese gaming company builds HQ as homage to Star Trek

Trekkie-run Chinese gaming company builds HQ as homage to Star Trek

China… the final frontier. These are the voyages of a building that looks remarkably similar to the starship Enterprise. Except there aren’t any voyages for this Enterprise, because…

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'The Invisible Store of Happiness' wooden installation produced less carbon emissions than an iPhone 6

'The Invisible Store of Happiness' wooden installation produced less…

British designer Sebastian Cox teamed up with with sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon to create a large wooden sculpture for the Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 in London. The piece, entitled The…

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Project B connects urban beekeeping with the needs of restaurants

Project B connects urban beekeeping with the needs of restaurants

Project B: Fundamental to the biodiversity cycle, and essential to our food chain, bee populations in industrial countries are decreasing at an alarming rate due to changes dictated…

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Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands

Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night…

At night, the path is lit by thousands of twinkling stones, creating a beautiful night sky on the ground. The path is illuminated LED lights powered by a nearby solar array that charges…

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House Republicans vote to restrict National Science Foundation climate change research

House Republicans vote to restrict National Science Foundation climate…

Last month, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted along party lines to cut funding allocations that enable NASA to study changing climate patterns through their…

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Enter the International Tropical Architecture Student Competition for a shot at US$15,000

Enter the International Tropical Architecture Student Competition for…

Calling all university architecture students—the International Tropical Architecture Competition has just opened its doors for submissions and there’s a USD$15,000 prize pool!…

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Unilever uses food waste to save over 1 million metric tons of C02

Unilever uses food waste to save over 1 million metric tons of C02

Unilever has long stood proud as a food manufacturer with lofty sustainability goals—from their adoption of sustainable palm oil to their efforts urging consumers to cut back on…

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Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne's Whitehall Road Residence

Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for…

It's great to see more of the vernacular in contemporary architecture, like this sturdy rock fence that frames a summer home just south of Melbourne. Designed by b.e. Architecture and…

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Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

Due to poor insulation and disrepair, the original brick-and-timber house was prone to leaking. Edgley Design wrapped the renovated building in insulation and sheathed most of the…

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Kay Sekimachi's delicate bowls are made from real maple leaves

Kay Sekimachi's delicate bowls are made from real maple leaves

Artist Kay Sekimachi’s uniquely organic bowls wow with their intricacy- and are made from actual maple leaves. Spindly and delicate, the leaves are preserved in outward reaching…

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20 Fascinating Design Finds Spotted at WantedDesign 2015

20 Fascinating Design Finds Spotted at WantedDesign 2015

Wanted Design is one of NYC's most anticipated Design Week shows, and this year's lineup did not disappoint. The international collection of home furnishings, design objects and art has…

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Gorgeous Valley House is a geometric timber cabin inspired by the Dolomite Mountains

Gorgeous Valley House is a geometric timber cabin inspired by the…

The 117-square-meter Valley House is top-heavy, with two diamond-shaped volumes stacked atop a triangular base. The entrance is elevated off the ground and accessible via a short flight…

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China threatens to slice through the Amazon with a 3,300-mile rail network

China threatens to slice through the Amazon with a 3,300-mile rail…

China is floating plans to build a 3,300 mile railway network in South America, jeopardizing one of the most critical and bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth. Next week China's Premier Li…

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This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

If optical illusions strike your fancy, this dramatic mirrored sconce might be the closest you'll come to observing infinity. The illuminated hexagonal Stella mirror completely stopped…

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Anchors aweigh! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate London's new rental laws

Anchors aweigh! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate…

Up until now, a Londoners haven't been able to rent their homes for less than three months without the fear of fines. Now, the law has been updated to allow homeowners in the capital to…

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Beautiful birch AERO Bike is a testing ground for architectural techniques

Beautiful birch AERO Bike is a testing ground for architectural…

Picture A prototype birch [bicycle] frame not only provides strength and flexibility in a lightweight material, but is also being used to test wooden design techniques for…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Is your state a clean energy leader or dirty energy loser?

INFOGRAPHIC: Is your state a clean energy leader or dirty energy…

Thanks to surging production in the country’s oil and gas shale regions, the U.S. is importing significantly less oil and bolstering its energy independence. Part of the reason is…

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VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE - We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE - We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF…

By now, we hope that most of you know that swapping incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs saves money and energy, but there's still a lingering misconception that LED bulbs emit a cold,…

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Feds launch pollinator task force to protect butterflies and bees from further population decline

Feds launch pollinator task force to protect butterflies and bees from…

The US Federal Government has unleashed its new action plan to save honeybees, butterflies, and other pollinators currently at risk. While the plan, created by the US Pollinator Task…

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Shigeru Ban transforms 90,000 eye shadow containers into a glittering wave at the Venice Biennale

Shigeru Ban transforms 90,000 eye shadow containers into a glittering…

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has transformed thousands of empty eye shadow containers into a glistening wave for the Venice Biennale. Entitled “Reverberation- Pavilion of Light and…

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Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat natural disasters

Japanese home uses wooden material stronger than steel to combat…

Glulam is a versatile wooden beam consisting of multiple “wooden laminations” which are fused together with a strong, moisture-resistant adhesive. The product boasts to be, pound…

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SpaceX retro travel posters make Mars look like the ultimate vacation destination

SpaceX retro travel posters make Mars look like the ultimate vacation…

Elon Musk started SpaceX to get to Mars. Simple as that. That elusive red planet holds a lot of allure for the man who wants to help us all ditch the power grid. SpaceX, and certainly…

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8 transforming, double-duty furniture designs spotted at ICFF 2015

8 transforming, double-duty furniture designs spotted at ICFF 2015

“green furniture”, “sustainable furniture”, design events, design shows, icff, green design, green housewares, green interiors, green products, new york design week, nyc x…

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George Clooney and Anderson Cooper help kick off World Trade Center Observatory

George Clooney and Anderson Cooper help kick off World Trade Center…

"CBS This Morning" executive producer Chris Licht says the observatory "is a true symbol of how far New York City has come since Sept. 11." Related: 1 WTC’s One World Observatory…

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Thieves are stealing Prius batteries to sell on the black market

Thieves are stealing Prius batteries to sell on the black market

Last week an article in the New York Times highlighted an unfortunate trend which has some hybrid owners trading in their Prius' for a straight-forwardly fuel-efficient gasoline-powered…

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Zero-waste Nomad Chair challenges unsustainable “throwaway” culture

Zero-waste Nomad Chair challenges unsustainable “throwaway”…

We Do Wood designer Sebastian Jorgensen developed the Nomad Chair, a zero-waste chair created in protest against unsustainable overproduction in the furniture industry. Designed with…

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