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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make just about anything using pallets

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make just about anything using pallets

Over two billion pallets are used every day to move stuff about, but the humble little transporter is way more versatile than just that. Creative minds have used pallets to make everything from doggie

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These gorgeous hand-turned walnut cups will transport you to the woods

These gorgeous hand-turned walnut cups will transport you to the woods

Artist Ido Yoshimoto designed a limited edition set of elegant, hand-turned walnut cups for Edition Local. Inspired by nature and the works of J.B. Blunk, the unique Wide Walnut Cup is made from Sonoma

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25 DIY gifts you can put together in mere minutes

25 DIY gifts you can put together in mere minutes

It's likely that we've all been in situations where we've been short on cash at the holidays, or scrambled at the last minute to put together presents for people we forgot to add to our shopping list.

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Espresso is a compact urban bicycle designed for Asian cities

Espresso is a compact urban bicycle designed for Asian cities

Most bicycles on the market today cater to Caucasian riders, which is why Taiwanese design studio Gearlab designed Espresso, a smaller and more compact bicycle created for the average East Asian rider.

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This typographic calendar shows the date using keyboard keys

This typographic calendar shows the date using keyboard keys

Every year for the past 6 years, artist Harald Geisler has been creating a brilliant Typographic Wall Calendar made entirely out of recycled keyboard keys. Geisler uses the exact number of keys to

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Traditional earthen cave dwellings in western China draw farmers back to rural settings

Traditional earthen cave dwellings in western China draw farmers back to rural settings

In a project that aims to attract China’s farmers back to the rural landscape and address the ecological and social problems that are a result of China’s rapid urbanization, a team of teachers and

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Flou’s Duetto is an elegant and multifunctional upgrade to the classic sofa bed

Flou’s Duetto is an elegant and multifunctional upgrade to the classic sofa bed

The sofa bed is a popular staple piece in many homes because of its versatility, but the transforming piece of furniture often leaves much to be desired in terms of style. Italian furniture company Flou's

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Egloo heats your room without electricity for 10 cents a day

Egloo heats your room without electricity for 10 cents a day

Can you heat your room for just 10 cents a day? Egloo can. Egloo is a clever little heater that harnesses candle power to heat a room without wasting electricity. Egloo works by concentrating the heat

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Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

This week marks a new beginning in Rotterdam: the Recycled Park will begin to retrieve litter from the New Meuse (Nieuwe Maas) river, preventing it from being washed out to the sea. An initiative of

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This flat-pack, laser-cut furniture assembles without glue or bolts

This flat-pack, laser-cut furniture assembles without glue or bolts

Freedom furniture is revolutionizing the way we make furniture. The company starts with computerized modeling to create shapes that work seamlessly with the human body. The flat-pack furniture is

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Mandala Homes bring traditional yurt living into the 21st century

Mandala Homes bring traditional yurt living into the 21st century

  We've featured yurts from Mandala Homes here on Inhabitat before, and their latest creation has raised the bar to new heights. Prefabricated in B.C., Canada, Mandala Homes' "fancy yurts" are

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INFOGRAPHIC: Which countries are the most energy efficient?

INFOGRAPHIC: Which countries are the most energy efficient?

Every year the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy publishes a report revealing the most energy efficient countries in the world. The council looks at the 16 biggest economies and ranks them

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can reduce our dependency on plastic

INFOGRAPHIC: How we can reduce our dependency on plastic

Plastics are one of the most versatile and convenient materials on the planet, but their improper disposal has had devastating effects on the environment. The amount of plastic waste in our environment

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RS&H Inc. designs bright, colorful pediatric cancer care center

RS&H Inc. designs bright, colorful pediatric cancer care center

The Institute for Patient-Centered Design held a competition for its Family Centered Cancer Care facility, and RS&H Inc.'s design has been chosen as one of the top three submissions. Children who

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to garden indoors year-round

INFOGRAPHIC: How to garden indoors year-round

Those of us with green thumbs might spend most of the winter yearning to dig in the dirt outside, but there's good news! No-one has to wait until the warmer months to enjoy gardening: there are many ways

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should stop using peat compost for your garden

INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should stop using peat compost for your garden

Using compost is a great way to give your garden an extra boost, but did you know that certain kinds of compost are linked to environmental destruction? Many of the commercially available compost mixes

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Bjorn Qorn uses giant mirrors to make solar popcorn

Bjorn Qorn uses giant mirrors to make solar popcorn

Brooklyn based Bjorn Qorn is making popcorn in the most spectacular way - using nothing but the sun. Gigantic reflectors collect the sun's rays and focuses them onto a kettle of corn kernels, creating

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Are “green” buildings really the best for addressing climate change?

Are “green” buildings really the best for addressing climate change?

According to designer Bryn Davidson of Lanefab Design/Build, "green" buildings can make a significant difference, but only if we start asking the right questions about them. In his recent TEDx talk

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INFOGRAPHIC: Make Fresh Food Last Longer

INFOGRAPHIC: Make Fresh Food Last Longer

Wasted food is more than just wasted money. Every time you toss uneaten produce in the compost, it causes unnecessary environmental damage and wastes water. So how do you make your food last longer? This

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INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling tips for the holidays

INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling tips for the holidays

Have you heard the term "closing the loop" with regard to holiday shopping? It refers to the idea of purchasing items made with recycled materials instead of brand-new products, like recycling a cell

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Seametrics Infographic Sheds Light On How Much Water Is Used In Agriculture

Seametrics Infographic Sheds Light On How Much Water Is Used In Agriculture

We all know that agriculture requires an incredible amount of water - but what sort of impact does the industry have on the earth? In an infographic titled “Interesting Facts About Farm Water

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Build your own bike with Bamboo Bicycle Club’s DIY kit

Build your own bike with Bamboo Bicycle Club’s DIY kit

London based Bamboo Bicycle Club is an organization that teaches people how to engage their hands and rework a raw material by providing bamboo bike building opportunities through guided weekend

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3 great holiday gift ideas that help protect wild birds

3 great holiday gift ideas that help protect wild birds

If the people on your gift list this year are ardent bird lovers, then you might like to look into gift ideas that also benefit our little feathered friends. Since wild bird numbers have been dwindling

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Wooden Tusciao valet coat racks capture the shapes of the traditional Italian skyline

Wooden Tusciao valet coat racks capture the shapes of the traditional Italian skyline

Designer Andrea Brugnera redesigned the classic bedroom coat rack into the Tusciao valet stand, a modern and minimalist piece of furniture inspired by the traditional Italian architectural landscape.

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INFOGRAPHIC: What is driving deforestation and what can you do about it?

INFOGRAPHIC: What is driving deforestation and what can you do about it?

Every year 33 million acres of forest are lost to deforestation as forests are cut down to make room for agriculture, to build roads, for mining and logging operations and to build hydroelectric dams.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Spruce up your home with these upcycled DIY urban gardening ideas

INFOGRAPHIC: Spruce up your home with these upcycled DIY urban gardening ideas

If you live in a tiny apartment where owning even a few potted plants make your place feel cluttered, you'll love these DIY plant organizers that let you save green while growing green. Purely Shutters

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Oxgut Hose Company Makes Household Products Using Reclaimed Fire Hose

Oxgut Hose Company Makes Household Products Using Reclaimed Fire Hose

What happens to fire hose once it has reached the end of its use? At Oxgut Hose Co., they become just about anything for the home that you can imagine, like seating, rugs or a even a firehose wood

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Congrats: A new gifting app that helps to plant trees

Congrats: A new gifting app that helps to plant trees

"Send a smile, save a tree". That's the slogan coined by a new gifting app called Congrats, which encourages folks to send heartfelt greetings without harming any trees. Considering that over 300,000

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Reduce Your Water Consumption With the Amphiro B1 Water Meter

Reduce Your Water Consumption With the Amphiro B1 Water Meter

There are smart meters for your heating and air conditioning, but until now, there isn’t been one for your water heater. Heating your water is actually the second biggest use of power in the home - more

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This Solar-Powered Umbrella Charges Your Gear While You Play Outside

This Solar-Powered Umbrella Charges Your Gear While You Play Outside

Protect yourself from the sun while reading on the beach or working on your patio, and know that your electronic devices won't lose power mid-afternoon! Created by a team comprised of designers from the

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