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Self-Fertilizing Vertical Garden Tower Reaches Kickstarter Goal in Just 33 Minutes

Self-Fertilizing Vertical Garden Tower Reaches Kickstarter Goal in Just 33 Minutes

The Indiana-based Garden Tower Project just launched a Kickstarter for the Garden Tower 2, an improved self-fertilizing vertical garden, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive -- the project

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Our Lives

INFOGRAPHIC: How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Our Lives

There's no doubt about it - driverless cars are on the way. Everyone from Google to Tesla, Lexus, and Porsche are developing autonomous vehicles - but have you ever considered how self-driving cars will

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Chicago Built Its Newest Lakeshore Public Park

INFOGRAPHIC: How Chicago Built Its Newest Lakeshore Public Park

Chicago is on a roll bringing green parkland to its city streets - from a plethora of green roofs to the award-winning Millennium Park. But have you ever wondered what steps went into building these

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Sustainable Ruche Shelves Harness Beehive Aesthetics and Geometry

Sustainable Ruche Shelves Harness Beehive Aesthetics and Geometry

No screws, glues, or other fasteners are required to assemble Ruche—a sustainable shelving system created by industrial designer Ruthy Shafrir. This smart shelving unit is designed to be different:

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Twentypence Transforms Locally-Sourced and Reclaimed Wood into Nature-Inspired Fall Clocks

Twentypence Transforms Locally-Sourced and Reclaimed Wood into Nature-Inspired Fall Clocks

New Jersey-based product design studio Twentypence just launched a Kickstarter campaign for Fall Clocks, a collection of elegant wall clocks made from locally sourced and reclaimed wood. The clock faces

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Greenheart Project: The World’s First Open Source, Solar-Powered Ship

Greenheart Project: The World’s First Open Source, Solar-Powered Ship

Greenheart is a growing social enterprise with big ideas. Design is nearly complete on Greenheart’s first innovation: a new class of sustainable, low-cost, zero-emission sail/solar-powered ship

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The Collapsible FLIO Laptop Stand Puts a New Angle on Sustainable Workspaces

The Collapsible FLIO Laptop Stand Puts a New Angle on Sustainable Workspaces

If you're one of the millions of people who spend their days typing on a laptop, check out FLIO: it's a slim, collapsible wooden laptop stand that offers an ergonomic viewing height and keeps an angle

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Citysens Vertical Hydroponic Garden Promises Urban Dwellers a Beautiful and Hassle-Free Way to Enjoy Nature at Home

Citysens Vertical Hydroponic Garden Promises Urban Dwellers a Beautiful and Hassle-Free Way to Enjoy Nature at Home

Moving to the city usually means giving up nature for the concrete jungle, but the Citysens hydroponic vertical garden wants to provide an easy way to return that lush green environment back to urban

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly

INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly

Did you know that insulating your house properly can save you money in both winter and summertime? In winter, insulation keeps warm air from escaping your home and stops drafts from chilling you to the

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Monkey Magic Eco Art Raises Awareness of Environmental Issues in the Peruvian Amazon

Monkey Magic Eco Art Raises Awareness of Environmental Issues in the Peruvian Amazon

Peru's region of Madre de Dios is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth--but the lush Amazonian area is under serious threat by deforestation and illegal gold mining. Although Peru is home to the

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Why Building With Bottles Makes Sense

Why Building With Bottles Makes Sense

Here at Build Abroad, we have found that it is best to build with local materials. Local materials can vary from mud bricks to bamboo depending on the region, but the one thing they have in common is they

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Empathy Garden is an Immersive Space that Combines Sustainable Design with Music and Nature

Empathy Garden is an Immersive Space that Combines Sustainable Design with Music and Nature

Empathy Garden was designed as a hybrid space—a meeting point, a stage for events, and a showcase for farm products. It's a place where people and plants can thrive together in harmony, and their

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We Make Love Cleverly Transforms Organic Black Cork Coasters into Delicious-Looking Chocolate Bars

We Make Love Cleverly Transforms Organic Black Cork Coasters into Delicious-Looking Chocolate Bars

If you're a chocolate lover in need of drink coasters, you'll drool over these organic black cork coasters designed in the shape of chocolate candy bars. Created by New Delhi-based design studio and

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The Coconut Lodge: a Tiny Prefab Home Made from Recycled Palm Wood in Hong Kong

The Coconut Lodge: a Tiny Prefab Home Made from Recycled Palm Wood in Hong Kong

Harvested from plantations that procure income for millions of people, coconut wood is a sustainable product par excellence. The cycle of coconut production, felling, processing and re-plantation,

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Help to Transform Weapons of Conflict into Wearable Symbols of Peace

Help to Transform Weapons of Conflict into Wearable Symbols of Peace

Cambodia has had nearly 3 million tons of bombs dropped on it in the past century, and most of their remains still lie scattered across the country, maiming and killing hundreds of people every year. The

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Vinylize Turns Burlap Coffee Sacks into Modern Urban Travel Bags

Vinylize Turns Burlap Coffee Sacks into Modern Urban Travel Bags

Recently the folks over at Vinylize - known for their groovy recycled goods - got their hands on a bunch of burlap coffee bean bags from all over the world from local roasters. No strangers to

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Formabilio’s Duale Double-Faced Dining Table Can Change the Character of a Room With a Simple Move

Formabilio’s Duale Double-Faced Dining Table Can Change the Character of a Room With a Simple Move

Italian eco-friendly furniture brand Formabilio launched Duale, a double-faced wood and metal dining table designed by Luca Binaglia. Created to accommodate up to eight people, the contemporary and

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Improving the Energy-Efficiency of Your Home

INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Improving the Energy-Efficiency of Your Home

Whether you're looking to save some green or want a greener, more eco-friendly lifestyle, improving your home's energy efficiency is one of the best first steps you can take to achieving your goals. The

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Let Your Dog Take a Bite Out of Boredom With This Eco-Friendly Puzzle Toy

Let Your Dog Take a Bite Out of Boredom With This Eco-Friendly Puzzle Toy

Elegance and a balance of form and function aren't normally the attributes one would normally associate with a dog toy, but this little gem isn't your average ball. The Odin, named after the inventor's

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The “Recrystallized Hotel” May Rise from Repurposed Dead Sea Salt Tiles

The “Recrystallized Hotel” May Rise from Repurposed Dead Sea Salt Tiles

Every year, 20 million tons of salt sink to the bottom of the Dead Sea’s fifth pond. The salt is waste from the colossal production of potash and bromine in the Dead Sea Works factory, and it piles up

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What Food Do We Throw Away the Most? (Infographic)

What Food Do We Throw Away the Most? (Infographic)

How many times have you bought a bunch of bananas only to have them go brown in a matter of days? And how many times have you thrown away wilted salad? Kitchen designer Noel Dempsey sent over this food

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Nendo Designs Space-Saving Furniture to Double as Japanese-Style Partitions

Nendo Designs Space-Saving Furniture to Double as Japanese-Style Partitions

Prolific design studio Nendo recently unveiled sudare, a new outdoor furniture collection designed for the Japanese brand Patio Petite. The versatile designs fold up into Japanese-style partitions

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INFOGRAPHIC: No Tests and Other Reasons Montessori School Makes Sense

INFOGRAPHIC: No Tests and Other Reasons Montessori School Makes Sense

Have you ever considered an alternative education model for your child or children? One that values self-motivation, play, and plenty of time in nature? If you have, maybe Montessori will interest you.

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High-Tech Rogue C6 May Be the First Carbon Commuter Bike on the Market

High-Tech Rogue C6 May Be the First Carbon Commuter Bike on the Market

David Lupafya recently launched a Kickstarter for the Rogue C6, an intelligent carbon hybrid bike that combines the ultra-lightweight and responsive features of a road bike with the technology and comfort

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INFOGRAPHIC: What’s Ahead for an Overpopulated Planet

INFOGRAPHIC: What’s Ahead for an Overpopulated Planet

Right now there are 7 billion people on the planet and that number keeps growing. To support that many people, the planet's natural resources have been stretched to capacity. Now add 3 billion more

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Refold Cardboard Standing Desks Let You Customize Your Workspace in Style

Refold Cardboard Standing Desks Let You Customize Your Workspace in Style

Most of us already know the many benefits of standing desks, but buying new office furniture can get expensive. These standing desks by Refold are an ideal solution, as they're lightweight and

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Community Gardening Has Grown in the United Kingdom

INFOGRAPHIC: How Community Gardening Has Grown in the United Kingdom

Community gardening is on the rise as increasing numbers of urban dwellers realize the benefits of homegrown produce. This recent growth of interest has also seized hold in the United Kingdom, where

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Sustainable Beluga Razors Put a New Spin on a Classic Shave

Sustainable Beluga Razors Put a New Spin on a Classic Shave

Did you know that in the United States alone, over 2 billion disposable razors are thrown in the garbage every year? That's a hell of a lot of plastic and waste metal accumulating in landfills

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Orproject’s Ethereal Dichroic Art Installation Brings the Colors of India to Life

Orproject’s Ethereal Dichroic Art Installation Brings the Colors of India to Life

London-based architecture practice Orproject recently installed a floating multi-colored canopy of dichroic film sheets for the Delhi Duty Free area at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Titled Lehar,

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Commute-Friendly Vello Bike Folds with a Swift Kick

Commute-Friendly Vello Bike Folds with a Swift Kick

There are few who'd deny that a folding bike can be a huge asset for city-dwellers who enjoy cycling around town: not only are they lightweight and portable, but they can be taken onto public transit or

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