Superstudio Più's Temporary Museum Leaves a Permanent Impression at Milan Design Week

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TROCHET: Ateeq Upcycled Plastic Bag Furniture & Yoga Mats Empower Saudi Women

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Diana Rayyan is the amazing force behind Ateeq, an inspiring social organization in Saudi Arabia that makes all sorts of objects from old plastic bags. Called Trochet — a combination of the words “trash” and “crochet” — this eco-friendly line of accessories and even furniture is handmade by women in need. After gathering, washing and cutting the old plastic bags into strips, these skilled women turn their trash into treasure.

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ViVood: Tiny Pop-Up Wooden Home From Spain Comes With Built-in Solar Panels

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The Awesome Reason You'll Never See a UPS Truck Take a Left Turn in the U.S.

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Email and text messages may have replaced snail mail, but there are some things that you just can’t send electronically. While the Internet may have killed the handwritten letter, all those online stores have only boosted demand for parcel delivery services. In the interest of saving money and building a greener image, delivery companies have adopted some unique policies. For instance: UPS trucks never turn left! Nope that’s not a joke: In the U.S., UPS drivers are advised to avoid left hand turns at all costs. It sounds silly, but the reduced fuel costs (and by extension, emissions) are no joke.

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The Best Green Designs from Designjunction EDIT at Milan Design Week 2014

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Nike's Aerostatic Dome is World's First Structure Supported Entirely by a Helium-Filled Canopy

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To celebrate the launch of the KOBE 9 Elite Low HTM at this year’s Milan Design Week, Nike teamed up with Arthur Huang, founder of upcycling company MINIWIZ, to create a stunning aerostatic dome supported by nothing more than a helium-filled canopy. Located at Palazzo Clerici in Milan, it’s the first architectural structure which uses zero compressive elements. What’s more, the entire pavilion can be deflated and relocated to another location inside five pieces of check-in luggage.

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Interacting with Animals Helps Autistic Children Connect with Peers

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Research conducted by author, engineer, and activist Temple Grandin has shown that cultivating a bond between animals–even domesticated ones like the chickens above–and autistic children can make it easier for them to interact with their peers. Understanding relationships and the nuances of social interactions is extremely difficult for those with autism. Animal Assisted Interaction Programs now popping up around the country designed to help humans heal and create a natural relationship with animals while simultaneously strengthening their own social and emotional skills. Follow the link to learn more about these ground breaking programs.

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Would You Strut The Beach Wearing Nothing But Sand?

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We’re all for living ‘au naturale’ but sometimes clothing made from natural materials can get a little weird. Like the show-stopping sand bathing suit that recently appeared on the runway during Bondi Bather’s presentation at an Australian fashion show. Yes you read that right: a bathing suit–and a tiny one at that–made from nothing but sand painted on model Imogen Anthony’s body in the shape of a halter top and string bikini bottom. Keep reading to see what the 23 year-old thought about performing with no clothes on.

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Mongolian Girls Carry On a Cherished 6,000-Year-Old Tradition With Golden Eagles

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Panasonic's Sliding Nature Home 'Breathes' as it Shimmers With LEDs

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The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

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Marjan van Aubel's Solar-Powered Current Table Uses Photosynthesis to Charge Your Gadgets

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Amazon Wasn't Joking About Those Drone Deliveries

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On Thursday CEO Jeff Bezos sent Amazon shareholders an annual letter that disclosed information about the company’s employee pay-to-quit program, grocery deliveries and – oh yeah – they are still moving forward with that drone delivery program. According to Bezos, Amazon is testing the fifth and sixth generations of their Prime Air aerial delivery vehicles, and the seventh and eighth generation drones are already in the design phase.

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IKEA's New 98 Megawatt Wind Farm in Illinois is Capable of Powering 70 Stores

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There are companies who talk about going green, and companies who do something about it. This week, for the 206th time, IKEA proved that it belongs in the latter category. The popular home furnishings retailer recently announced its first wind power investment in the U.S., a 98 megawatt wind farm in Hoopeston, IL. Although it’s IKEA’s first wind wind farm here in the States, the company has purchased or heavily invested in over 200 wind power operations around the world. And it’s all part of the firm’s quest for total energy independence by the year 2020.

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The Lui Cat Scratcher Lets Form Follow Function Purrrfectly

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The handmade Lui Cat Scratcher by Modko gives your cat a couple of great reasons to leave the couch alone: not only is it made of corrugated cardboard (which naturally attracts cats, providing your furry friend with an ideal surface to scratch), it’s also a perfect nook to curl up in. Cardboard isn’t just a perfect texture for claw-sharpening—it retains heat, providing a welcoming surface for lounging upon. Lui comes in either white or an unbleached natural color, and is proportioned to complement any sized cat. As an added bonus, its curvy shape and interesting texture make it an eye-catching piece of modern art whenever Mr. Fluffles isn’t twining around it.

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