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Michael Jantzen’s Sun Rays Visitors Center Generates Solar Electricity in the Desert

Michael Jantzen’s Sun Rays Visitors Center Generates Solar Electricity in the Desert

Michael Jantzen has unveiled a conceptual design for the Sun Rays Visitor Center, a steel and concrete educational facility that doubles as a solar electric power plant in the desert. The off-grid

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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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Storkstand: World’s Most Affordable Mobile Standing Desk Turns Any Chair into a Work Station

Storkstand: World’s Most Affordable Mobile Standing Desk Turns Any Chair into a Work Station

We all know the ills of sitting all day, but many of us just can't justify buying an expensive dedicated standing desk. That's why product designer Mike Goldberg created StorkStand, a collapsible standing

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EXO: The World’s First Geodesic Electric Car

EXO: The World’s First Geodesic Electric Car

You've surely heard about geodesic dome homes by now - but what about geodesic cars? Mauro Fragiotta and Mark Beccaloni drew upon the work of Buckminster Fuller to design EXO - the world's first

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This Tiny Toronto Loft Proves that Elegance Can Be Achieved on Any Scale

This Tiny Toronto Loft Proves that Elegance Can Be Achieved on Any Scale

Toronto designer Montana Labelle has just completed one of her favorite projects to date: a teeny tiny loft project that just happens to be the designer's own live/work space.

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Zero Maintenance Pikaplant Jar Grows Blooming Plants in a Self-Sustaining Biotope

Zero Maintenance Pikaplant Jar Grows Blooming Plants in a Self-Sustaining Biotope

If you lack a green thumb but aren't willing to settle for fake plants, you'll love the zero maintenance Pikaplant Jar. Modeled after natural water systems, this tabletop plant consists of a specially

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INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Live in One of America’s Most Eco-Friendly Cities?

INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Live in One of America’s Most Eco-Friendly Cities?

From coast to coast, US cities are touting their latest and greatest environmental initiatives - but how do they rank in relation to each other? Upbeat recently crunched the numbers and launched a new

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Modern House on the Prairie Complements its Natural Surroundings

Modern House on the Prairie Complements its Natural Surroundings

On the expansive prairies of Yelm, Washington, almost every home is traditional and decidedly farmhouse, except one. Eric and Melinda and their two Labradors live in a “modern home on the prairie,”

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SturlesiDesign’s iLLuminite Acrylic Glass LED Lights Double as Playful Works of Art

SturlesiDesign’s iLLuminite Acrylic Glass LED Lights Double as Playful Works of Art

Designer Amit Sturlesi created iLLuminite, a collection of night lights and ambient lights that doubles as playful and decorative works of art. Sturlesi laser cuts geometric lines into acrylic glass to

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Fireclay Tile Debuts Hand Painted Mediterranean and Modern Tiles Made From 70% Recycled Clay

Fireclay Tile Debuts Hand Painted Mediterranean and Modern Tiles Made From 70% Recycled Clay

Inspired by the simple beauty of wall coverings and textiles, Fireclay Tile just launched new lines of contemporary, Moroccan and Mediterranean hand painted tiles that offer modern aesthetics,

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Find or Share Ripe, Home-Grown Local Produce with RipeNearMe

Find or Share Ripe, Home-Grown Local Produce with RipeNearMe

If you've ever had a surplus of produce from your garden and didn't know what to do with it, or wished that someone nearby had some berries you could trade your zucchini for, you're in luck. RipeNear.Me

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Handmade LaFlor Lamp Upcycles Glass Bottles into Stylish Hanging Lights

Handmade LaFlor Lamp Upcycles Glass Bottles into Stylish Hanging Lights

Spanish eco-brand Lucirmás recently launched the LaFlor Lamp, a handmade light fixture with an environmentally friendly footprint. Designed by the Nutcreatives studio, this stylish hanging lamp combines

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Trophies Without Tears: Old Bike Parts Get Upcycled into Wall Art

Trophies Without Tears: Old Bike Parts Get Upcycled into Wall Art

  Upcycled Trophies is a series of wall mounts created by Spanish sculptor Enrique Recio, who combines his twin passions for sculpture and vintage bicycle restoration to create these

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Sandwichbike is a Flat Pack Wooden Bicycle You Can Assemble in Less Than an Hour

Sandwichbike is a Flat Pack Wooden Bicycle You Can Assemble in Less Than an Hour

If you've ever dreamed of building your own bike but don't have any experience, you may want to check out the Pedalfactory's Sandwichbike. Inspired by flat pack furniture, this wooden bike is shipped in a

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Radlabs Create Landmark Walls for Intuit’s New HQ

Radlabs Create Landmark Walls for Intuit’s New HQ

The folks at Intuit outgrew their offices in Waltham, MA, and decided to move into a 60k square foot space in Cambridge instead. They approached Radlab to create a couple of interesting feature walls, and

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Spirula: World’s First 3D Printed Speaker Made From 100% Wood

Spirula: World’s First 3D Printed Speaker Made From 100% Wood

The 3D printing team at AKEMAKE has just unveiled Spirula, the world's first 3D printed speaker made from 100% wood. Designed in a spiral shape inspired by the deep sea Nautilus and squid, the Spirula is

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Popup LED Light Transforms into a Contemporary Deer Head with a Flip of the Switch

Popup LED Light Transforms into a Contemporary Deer Head with a Flip of the Switch

Those looking for a touch of whimsy in their next LED lamp fixture will love product designer Chen Bikovski's Popup Deer Head light. Inspired by popup books, her origami-like lamp transforms from elegant

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Glitter Without Guilt: Ethical Rings Created from Recycled Precious Metals

Glitter Without Guilt: Ethical Rings Created from Recycled Precious Metals

  Finally, wedding rings without the guilt. Modern day couples shouldn't have to be concerned that their special day and commemorative rings will get overshadowed by the questionable ethics

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Barn Light Electric’s New LED Light Collection Blends Rustic Styles with Modern Chic

Barn Light Electric’s New LED Light Collection Blends Rustic Styles with Modern Chic

Lighting company Barn Light Electric recently launched their new line of environmentally friendly lights called the LED Guard & Glass Collection. The designs, which blend rustic styles with modern

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Make Your Own Electric Bicycle With the Ultimate DIY Ebike Guide

Make Your Own Electric Bicycle With the Ultimate DIY Ebike Guide

Electric bicycles have become a popular form of transportation for many in cities across the world. As a green alternative to cars and public transit, ebikes offer many other advantages due to their small

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The Alunaris Project: A Tree Temple in the Heart of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada Mountains

The Alunaris Project: A Tree Temple in the Heart of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada Mountains

Rising over 18,000 feet near Colombia's Caribbean coast, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range is the highest coastal range in the world, and in dire need of conservation and protection. A group

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Visiobike: A Smartphone-Enabled Electric Bike Offers the Functionality of a High-End Car

Visiobike: A Smartphone-Enabled Electric Bike Offers the Functionality of a High-End Car

Hands-free, smart technology is popping up in all corners of our lives from smartphone-controlled cars to LED bulbs. To bring this energy saving, wireless design to bicycles, a Croatian startup just

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This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

"Art changes people and people change the world". This idea was put forth by British artist Char Evans of Eco Art Installations, and her new collaborative art installation in Auroville, India, is proof of

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s So Important to Properly Recycle and Dispose Old Electronics

INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s So Important to Properly Recycle and Dispose Old Electronics

It can be hard to resist upgrading your gadget for the latest shiny device, but have you ever wondered what becomes of old electronics once they get replaced? This infographic from eCycle Best shows why

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Scrap Metal and Old Timber Team Up for a Stylish Modern Coffee Table

Scrap Metal and Old Timber Team Up for a Stylish Modern Coffee Table

Upcycled materials are more popular than ever, and it's amazing to see how people are finding new ways to re-use old materials—like this collaborative coffee table piece created by Carnegie Mellon

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Chitkara University’s Solar Lounge Offers Style and Comfort in a Compact Clean Energy Charging Station

Chitkara University’s Solar Lounge Offers Style and Comfort in a Compact Clean Energy Charging Station

Many of us would prefer to work outside in nice weather, but it’s usually only a matter of time before we’re forced back inside in search of a power outlet. To combine the joys of the outdoors and

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The Future of the Built Environment is 3D Printed

The Future of the Built Environment is 3D Printed

The future of the built environment is 3D printed, as California's Bot Laboratory proves with this groundbreaking piece. Showcased at the Maker Fair 2014, the m_Wall was printed in only two pieces and

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Solar-Powered Sunny Speaker Packs Big Sound in a Tiny Environmental Footprint

Solar-Powered Sunny Speaker Packs Big Sound in a Tiny Environmental Footprint

Meet Sunny, the solar powered musical companion made from sustainably harvested wood. Developed by Patrick Daly and Ryan Bachman of SoularSound, this adorable solar panel-topped speaker celebrates quality

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Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

Rotterdam company Archimedes has created a small windmill that can be installed on just about any roof, anywhere. Meet LIAM: a quiet, affordable wind energy source that's ideal for urban settings; it's

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KISSACO’s Chic Upcycled Coffee Sack Bags Provide Jobs for Rural Vietnamese Women

KISSACO’s Chic Upcycled Coffee Sack Bags Provide Jobs for Rural Vietnamese Women

When designer Yuri Okamoto first started studying bag-making, she probably didn't imagine that her designs would one day provide jobs for rural Vietnamese women and help divert waste from landfills. But

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