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Is Drinking Bottled Water Worth Trashing the Planet?

Is Drinking Bottled Water Worth Trashing the Planet?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently posted their 2011 Bottled Water Scorecard, and the results show that most water companies are still not disclosing some of the most basic questions —

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Modern Biophilic Sunroom Heats a 19th Century-Pittsburgh House

Modern Biophilic Sunroom Heats a 19th Century-Pittsburgh House

This nifty greenhouse and sun room sits atop a 19th century row house in the South Side Flats of Downtown Pittsburgh. While the sawtooth roof may look contemporary, studio d’ARC actually borrowed the

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A Stack of Sticks Conceals This Modern German Restroom

A Stack of Sticks Conceals This Modern German Restroom

Proof that a building's modest materials and usage does not mean a modest design, this golf course bathroom excels at the unexpected. German Architectural firm Berschneider + Berschneider designed a

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly Gifts for Her

Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly Gifts for Her

If you're on the hunt for the perfect green holiday gifts for all of the special ladies in your life, but have no idea where to begin, you've come to the right place. Whether you want to woo your wife,

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Kiefer Technic Showroom Has Mind Blowing “Dancing” Facade

Kiefer Technic Showroom Has Mind Blowing “Dancing” Facade

Designed by Giselbrecht + Partner Architects, the building is home to Kiefer Technic's hospital equipment showroom. The look of the building is in keeping with the modern stainless steel tools that are

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Green Dream Home Veiled by Intricate Filigree Leaf Facade

Green Dream Home Veiled by Intricate Filigree Leaf Facade

The house is organized around the lovely courtyard which is on the same level as the first floor spaces. The master bedroom is a rectangular volume perched over the swimming pool and is veiled by a

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Green Wave: Thermal Pool Wrapped With a Living Wall

Green Wave: Thermal Pool Wrapped With a Living Wall

The new thermal spa, Thermes de Royat, is located in the heart of the city of Royat on an urban infill lot along a tree-lined street near a green mall. Inside, the spa includes changing rooms and two

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The Nogg is a Modern Prefab Pad for Your Chicken

The Nogg is a Modern Prefab Pad for Your Chicken

So we all know that eggs are incredible and edible, but trucking them thousands of miles to get to your local supermarket definitely doesn't make them very sustainable. Enter the Nogg - a beautifully

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Airtight Compost Pail Keeps Your Kitchen Odor-Free

Airtight Compost Pail Keeps Your Kitchen Odor-Free

One of the biggest deterrents to at-home composting is the awful stench of rotting food. But while some of us will withstand any odor for the sake of the environment, understandably, others need a helping

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Solar Soji Lantern is Perfect for Lighting Up Summer Parties

Solar Soji Lantern is Perfect for Lighting Up Summer Parties

Looking for a way to illuminate your next summer fete without burning any carbom? Well these beautiful solar Soji lanterns will have you saying "I see the light." These high style lanterns get their juice

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Beetle-Inspired Bottle Harvests Drinking Water From Thin Air

Beetle-Inspired Bottle Harvests Drinking Water From Thin Air

For over one hundred years, scientists and engineers have been studying ways to effectively harvest fog as a source of water in arid regions. Although some of these man-made systems have proved useful,

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Luminous Lamps Made from Recycled Washing Machine Drums

Luminous Lamps Made from Recycled Washing Machine Drums

These spectacular lamps may appear as if they’ve been pulled off the latest superstar designer’s mass-production line, but look again -- they’re actually washing machine drums recycled into amazing

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Awesome Area Rug Woven from Recycled Bicycle Tires

Awesome Area Rug Woven from Recycled Bicycle Tires

Danish designer Annemette Beck takes a creative new approach to textile design by utilizing an extremely inventive array of recycled materials. Her line of woven products include rugs, upholstery,

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Milan 2010: Best Green Designs from Eurocucina and Salone del Bagno

Milan 2010: Best Green Designs from Eurocucina and Salone del Bagno

Electrolux has a strong showing this year with an array of sleek and functional appliances. This wall hung washing machine does only a small load, but uses a very minimal amount of water (I believe it is

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HOW TO GREEN YOUR PUP: Creating a safe environment

HOW TO GREEN YOUR PUP: Creating a safe environment

Inhabitat dog owners listen up! Looking for ways to green life with your furry four-legged friend? Considering all of the things that 'man's best friends' do for us, it's only natural that we'd want

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Amazing LEGO Table Would Make Even the Most Boring Meeting Fun

Amazing LEGO Table Would Make Even the Most Boring Meeting Fun

Apparently it only takes 22,742 lego bricks to make a table. After seeing this stunning boardroom masterpiece built by ABGC Architecture and Design, we think we might just strike up a collection! The

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Green Laundry 101: Green Your Laundry Room

Green Laundry 101: Green Your Laundry Room

Most people would love it if their laundry rooms could be more efficient and frankly, more attractive - we hate spending time in there, but when we do, we might as well enjoy it, right? Luckily, the world

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“Grass Mirror” Planter Wall Adds Green to Any Room

“Grass Mirror” Planter Wall Adds Green to Any Room

Check out this tip we received from reader isupereco: "H2O Architects designed an incredible looking wall planter dubbed the "Grass Mirror." The planter is 43 inches long and 4 inches deep and adds a

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INHABITAT TOUR: NYC’s LEED Platinum Cooper Union Academy

INHABITAT TOUR: NYC’s LEED Platinum Cooper Union Academy

This year The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art opened a stunning new academic building in downtown Manhattan that boasts a bevy of green building strategies. Designed by Morphosis, the

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Pavegen: Energy Generating Pavement Hits the Streets

Pavegen: Energy Generating Pavement Hits the Streets

Any one point on a busy street can receive up to 50,000 steps a day, so imagine if you could take all that foot traffic and turn it into something useful - like energy! A new product designed by Laurence

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SPACE Architects’ Efizia Tower LEEDs Mexico City in Green Design

SPACE Architects’ Efizia Tower LEEDs Mexico City in Green Design

Intent on producing one of the greenest buildings in Latin America, SPACE Architects + Planners have unveiled their Efizia Tower design for the Santa Fe district of Mexico City. The 33 story tower will be

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Building Made Entirely of Recycled Kitchen Sinks

Building Made Entirely of Recycled Kitchen Sinks

This incredible reclaimed pavilion defies the old "everything but" cliché - it is entirely made of kitchen sinks. Built by 2012 Architechten in cooperation with Jeanne van Heeswijks of Jeanneworks, the

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Drops Recycled Upholstery Chair

Drops Recycled Upholstery Chair

One of fifteen finalists in our Spring Greening Design Competition, this cozy looking chair was made by Camilla Hounsell Halvorsen, a Norway-based furniture designer. Dubbed the Drops chair, it features a

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Foster + Partner’s Sand Dune-Inspired UAE Pavilion

Foster + Partner’s Sand Dune-Inspired UAE Pavilion

A golden sand dune-inspired structure begins to take shape as Foster + Partners recently broke ground upon their UAE pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo. A showcase of passive environmental design, the

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The EcoDrain Cuts Water Heater Use by 40%

The EcoDrain Cuts Water Heater Use by 40%

A hot shower is relaxing, but is also a huge waste of energy: we heat our water with massive amounts of natural gas, oil or electricity, then transport the heated water to our tubs for a few seconds of

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CISTA: Modern Rainwater Harvesting Made Beautiful

CISTA: Modern Rainwater Harvesting Made Beautiful

Generally associated with plastic and wooden 55 gallon drums covered with slimy moss, rainwater harvesting just doesn't seem to capture the imagination like an exotic green roof or a gleaming solar array

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DEBORAH Recycled Airplane Wing Desk by Reestore

DEBORAH Recycled Airplane Wing Desk by Reestore

We are big fans of Reestore here at Inhabitat - over the last year we have showed you Annie, the shopping-cart-turned-chair and Silvana, the washing machine drum-turned-table. Just when we thought their

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GREEN GIFT GUIDE: For Pets

GREEN GIFT GUIDE: For Pets

We spoil our pets and it's ok. For many of us they are our children, our confidants and our friends - of course we love making them comfortable and happy as well as safe and healthy. Fortunately, a new

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GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Green Gadgets

GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Green Gadgets

Every year we're excited to see more and more exciting innovations in the clean tech industry, and happily many of these advancements are finally trickling down to greener consumer gadgets. From renewable

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GREEN GIFT GUIDE 2008: For Pets

GREEN GIFT GUIDE 2008: For Pets

We spoil our pets and it's ok. For many of us they are our children, our confidants and our friends - of course we love making them comfortable and happy. Along with that though, we want them to be

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