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5 Handy Tips to Keep In Mind When Looking for Green Furniture

5 Handy Tips to Keep In Mind When Looking for Green Furniture

Kermit the frog was wrong—it is easy being green. These days being green is a big deal. Our society has been wasteful and environmentally irresponsible for a long time. Realizing that the earth

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Paul Heijnen’s Inside-Out Construction Cabinet Exposes the Inner Workings of Furniture

Paul Heijnen’s Inside-Out Construction Cabinet Exposes the Inner Workings of Furniture

Design Academy of Eindhoven graduate Paul Heijnen's Construction Cabinet wears its hinges and supports on the outside, exposing the beauty of mechanisms that are usually concealed. The inside-out double

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Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

Rusty Tin Shed Transformed Into Beautiful Two-Story Studio in Sydney

The goal of the project was to re-purpose the existing tin shed at the rear of a residential lot. Rather than just tearing the shed down and getting rid of it, Raffaello Rosselli recycled the original

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PHOTOS: Living the Green Life at an ‘Echo Village’ Immersed in Buenos Aires’ Delta

PHOTOS: Living the Green Life at an ‘Echo Village’ Immersed in Buenos Aires’ Delta

Upon arriving, it's difficult to believe that you're still in Buenos Aires. But it takes just 1 hour by train, 45 minutes by boat, and a short 5 minute walk through a green tunnel, you'll find yourself

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Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Plastic Bag photo via Shutterstock Following in the footsteps of San Francisco, Seattle, and other cities around the world, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban single-use plastic bags.

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Iconic Verbier Ski Gondolas Repurposed into Stunning Shelters to be Auctioned for Charity

Iconic Verbier Ski Gondolas Repurposed into Stunning Shelters to be Auctioned for Charity

Designers included in this inspiring project include Adrien Rovero, who designed a mint green four-seater rocking chair, Atelier Oï, whose white gondola is topped by what looks like a giant jelly fish,

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8 Funky Backyard Tiny Sheds Shortlisted for the UK’s 2013 Shed of the Year Competition

8 Funky Backyard Tiny Sheds Shortlisted for the UK’s 2013 Shed of the Year Competition

Founded by Uncle Wilco, the Shed of the Year competition acknowledges a crucial aspect of the United Kingdom's culture. But these days, it's no longer satisfactory to have a small block room with a bunch

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Mark Reigelman’s Reading Nest in Cleveland is Built From 10,000 Discarded Wood Boards

Mark Reigelman’s Reading Nest in Cleveland is Built From 10,000 Discarded Wood Boards

Visually, the installation resembles both a forest and fowl. It symbolizes growth through knowledge and is designed as a fresh interpretation of the Griffin sculptures which can often be seen at the

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Fontegris Turns Industrial Molds Salvaged From French Factories Into Beautiful Furnishings

Fontegris Turns Industrial Molds Salvaged From French Factories Into Beautiful Furnishings

Fontegrise salvages old industrial molds from French factories and uses them to create beautiful industrial-chic tables, shelves, and stools. The brand was created by a team of young designers and

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Recycled Wood ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ Pavilion Promotes Slow Living in Santiago, Chile

Recycled Wood ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ Pavilion Promotes Slow Living in Santiago, Chile

Located on a hill at the highest point of Santiago de Chile's Parque Araucano, the two yellow cubes are surrounded by native trees and wildlife. In order to access them, people have to use a series of

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Coke’s New Ice Bottle Keeps Drinks Cool and Melts Away With No Waste

Coke’s New Ice Bottle Keeps Drinks Cool and Melts Away With No Waste

Coca Cola just launched a new bottle that's as cool as ice. The soda megabrand is offering Coke to its Colombian market, served in a chilled bottle made of ice. Once your ice-cold beverage is consumed,

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Vinylize Recycles Old Vinyl Records into Stylin’ Glasses

Vinylize Recycles Old Vinyl Records into Stylin’ Glasses

Budapest-based Vinylize has created a sharp set of eyewear made from recycled vinyl records. The company uses a laser cutter to craft old records into chic eyewear for ladies and gents, and even the

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Chris Hough’s Biodegradable Speakers Are Made from Nutshells and Reclaimed Newspaper

Chris Hough’s Biodegradable Speakers Are Made from Nutshells and Reclaimed Newspaper

Designer Chris Hough created this set of biodegradable, portable speakers using only waste and reclaimed materials. Made up of a combination of nutshells and waste newspaper, the speakers are strong,

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City Form Lab Unveils Curved, Recyclable Library Pavilion for Singapore Students

City Form Lab Unveils Curved, Recyclable Library Pavilion for Singapore Students

City Form Lab is know for using mathematical formulations to  create structures that require minimal materials, but are structurally sound. SUTD’s pavilion uses a catenary curve formula to create a

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6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter-Than-Air Camping Experience

6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter-Than-Air Camping Experience

Raindrop-Shaped Treetents by Dré Wapenaar These dewdrop-shaped Treetents by Dutch sculptor and designer Dré Wapenaar were originally created to make life a little more comfortable for tree-sitting

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Gorgeous Farfalla Chandelier with Recycled Fabric

DIY: Learn How to Make a Gorgeous Farfalla Chandelier with Recycled Fabric

To promote the value of turning garbage into something valuable, artist and designer Francis Sollano transformed discarded nursing uniforms into a spectacular chandelier he's called 'Farfalla' (aka

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Studio Andrew Todd Unveils Plans for Circular Theater Made from Recycled Paper

Studio Andrew Todd Unveils Plans for Circular Theater Made from Recycled Paper

The bales of recycled paper used to construct Studio Andrew Todd's theater will consist of old magazines, newspapers and office paper. The colorful bales will be stacked and assembled in a circular form

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Glass Lab Turns Waste From Local London Businesses Into Beautiful Recycled Products

Glass Lab Turns Waste From Local London Businesses Into Beautiful Recycled Products

Glass Lab is a system for collecting and processing waste glass from small businesses in London. Developed by Royal College of Art student Diana Simpson Hernandez, Glass Lab collects glass waste for free

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6 of the World’s Top Green Playgrounds

6 of the World’s Top Green Playgrounds

School's out for summer, and kids are hitting the swings, seesaw and slide at parks all around the country. While there are plenty of generic playgrounds for kids to choose from, there are also a bunch of

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Vasileios Roumeliotis Transforms an Old Bike Wheel Into a Beautiful LED Lamp

Vasileios Roumeliotis Transforms an Old Bike Wheel Into a Beautiful LED Lamp

Vasileios Roumeliotis transformed an old bike tire into this beautiful Wheel Light for Roumelight. This lamp is made from a recycled bicycle wheel set on a black glass surface which acts as a canvas,

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Our Favorite Green Products from NeoCon 2013

Our Favorite Green Products from NeoCon 2013

Marking its 45th year, NeoCon returned to Chicago this week as North America's largest contract furnishings trade show. Filling sixteen floors of the mammoth Merchandise Mart, architects and designer from

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Rainforest Connection Tackles Illegal Deforestation With Solar-Powered Smartphones

Rainforest Connection Tackles Illegal Deforestation With Solar-Powered Smartphones

Photo via Shutterstock Rainforest Connection is an online system that was developed to inform park rangers protecting rainforests of illegal deforestation activities. The platform fits discarded

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Jozef Mrva Creates Spooky Shamanic Masks with Recycled Cardboard

Jozef Mrva Creates Spooky Shamanic Masks with Recycled Cardboard

Nietzsche-influenced freethinker and artist Jozef Mrva sees his work as an experiment in ritualistic expression. His recycled cardboard masks take after animals and invite people to immerse themselves

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Massive “Cloud” Made of 53,000+ Plastic Bottles Pops Up in NYC

Massive “Cloud” Made of 53,000+ Plastic Bottles Pops Up in NYC

This past weekend, STUDIOKCA invited New Yorkers to get their heads stuck in a cloud inside their giant pavilion made with over 53,000 reclaimed plastic bottles. The massive white "cloud" popped up on

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Derek Chen Debuts Pino Solo Wine Tree Made from Old Chardonnay Barrels

Derek Chen Debuts Pino Solo Wine Tree Made from Old Chardonnay Barrels

Designer Derek Chen has fittingly transformed a bunch of old wine barrels into a beautiful wine rack! The San Francisco-based furniture maker recently debuted the limited edition "Pino Solo" wine tree,

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Working Roller Coaster Made Entirely From Cans Unveiled at Canstruction Madison 2013

Working Roller Coaster Made Entirely From Cans Unveiled at Canstruction Madison 2013

Everyone should recycle their cans - but we never thought we'd see a working roller coaster made entirely from packaged food products! Designed and built by a team called “Thinking Outside of the

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Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

Efficient Lake Champlain House is Built From Salvaged Materials in Vermont

The original home on the 0.35 acre lot overlooking Lake Champlain was dilapidated and not very efficient. To build the home of their dreams the owners worked with Ernie Ruskey, AIA, of Tektonika Studio

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World’s First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

World’s First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

The Carbon Buster is the world's first building block to capture more carbon dioxide than is emitted during its manufacturing (14kg per ton). The high-performing masonry product, developed by British

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Artist James Dive Compacts an Entire Amusement Park Into a 4-Meter Cube

Artist James Dive Compacts an Entire Amusement Park Into a 4-Meter Cube

James Dive of The Glue Society has compacted an entire amusement park - including coasters, plush prizes, bells and used tickets - into a single cube. Entitled “Once”, the demolished amusement park

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Italian Appliance Manufacturer Smeg is Transforming Classic Fiat 500s into Fridges

Italian Appliance Manufacturer Smeg is Transforming Classic Fiat 500s into Fridges

Just when you thought the original Fiat 500 couldn't get any cuter, Italian home appliance manufacturer Smeg has gone and turned the front end of the car into a stylish mini fridge. The two iconic Italian

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