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7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

It hurts to say it, but summer’s almost over. Soon students around the world are going to be heading back to the accidentally-nod-off-while-studying sleep schedules and caffeine addictions commonly

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Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

Although many people now read the news online or on their e-readers, actual printed newspapers are still enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately all those papers add up to a lot of waste at

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Creating a Public School in One of Malawi’s Poorest Communities

Creating a Public School in One of Malawi’s Poorest Communities

Malawi is one of the poorest countries, and the vast majority of children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Education has been severely lacking in that region, but there's a group that's

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Uhuru Design’s Snowfenced Reclaimed Table Features Beautifully Weathered Roadside Lumber from the American West

Uhuru Design’s Snowfenced Reclaimed Table Features Beautifully Weathered Roadside Lumber from the American West

Fans of reclaimed wood looking to bring home a subtle American West vibe will love Uhuru Design's new Snowfenced Reclaimed Table. Recently unveiled as part of their new outdoor furniture collection, this

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Hemp Supercapacitors are as Good as Graphene at a Fraction of the Cost

Hemp Supercapacitors are as Good as Graphene at a Fraction of the Cost

Graphene is a super material that is 100 times stronger than steel, conducts electricity better than copper, and is more flexible than rubber. It's used in electronics but it's prohibitively expensive to

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JAHN’S Leatop Plaza Becomes South China’s First LEED Gold Certified Building!

JAHN’S Leatop Plaza Becomes South China’s First LEED Gold Certified Building!

The booming construction market in China has come at a very high-energy cost--currently 45% of the country's energy expenditures can be linked to the manufacturing, transportation, and construction of new

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How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

People all over the world are looking for cheap, alternative housing, and recycled shipping containers are starting to become ever more popular; not just homes but also for all sorts of structures. The

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Aarambh’s 20 Cent Cardboard Desk Drastically Improves Life for Indian School Children (Video)

Aarambh’s 20 Cent Cardboard Desk Drastically Improves Life for Indian School Children (Video)

School desks might seem like a common commodity in the West, but many children in India have to go without, which can result in bad posture, damaged eyesight, and even poor handwriting. To help deal with

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Store Your Summer Harvest in a DIY Backyard Root Cellar

Store Your Summer Harvest in a DIY Backyard Root Cellar

Creating a cellar for food storage is an ideal method for many reasons: an underground chamber doesn't see much temperature fluctuation, and during the colder months the conditions within will be nice and

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Sea Bags Breathe New Life into Old Sails

Sea Bags Breathe New Life into Old Sails

There's nothing we love more at Inhabitat than seeing waste materials recycled into innovative new pieces. Upcycling allows old items to be magically transformed into new, interesting pieces, and there's

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FormMaker’s Colorful Modular Furniture is Made Entirely From Recycled Cardboard

FormMaker’s Colorful Modular Furniture is Made Entirely From Recycled Cardboard

Shanghai-based FormMaker crafts cool modular furniture from recycled cardboard. The studio uses the sustainably sourced material to create hexagonal shapes that can be combined to create larger honeycomb

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Tips for Greening Up Your Graphic Design Practice

Tips for Greening Up Your Graphic Design Practice

Print-based graphic design is an essential service that's utilized by just about every company out there. From simple business cards to complete corporate identity packages, fashion lookbooks, posters,

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Waste House: UK’s First Permanent Carbon Negative Building Made From Trash

Waste House: UK’s First Permanent Carbon Negative Building Made From Trash

Located on the University of Brighton's campus, the Waste House was designed by BBM Director Duncan Baker-Brown in collaboration with undergraduate Brighton students. The contemporary home is made from

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Foldschool: DIY Origami-Style Cardboard Furniture for Kids

Foldschool: DIY Origami-Style Cardboard Furniture for Kids

We can't think of a better combination than DIY-crafts, cardboard, and kids—and Swiss architect Nicola Enrico Stäubli's FoldSchool furniture does just that. What's even better is that these

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Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Kusakabe is a new kaiseki-style sushi bar that has elevated sustainable building to a new level of elegance. Designed and constructed by ArcHive designbuild, located in San Francisco’s historic Jackson

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Iliui Turns Old Tin Cans Into Cool Modern Task Lamps

Iliui Turns Old Tin Cans Into Cool Modern Task Lamps

Iliui shines new light on old tin cans by turning them into cool modern task lamps. The designers take old tomato or coffee tins and give them a fresh coat of paint before setting them atop wooden bases.

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Art of Board Turns Old Skateboards into the Coolest Wall and Floor Tiles Ever

Art of Board Turns Old Skateboards into the Coolest Wall and Floor Tiles Ever

Recycling skateboards is all the rage lately, but these tiles are the coolest upcycled product we've seen to date. Art of Board is a lifestyle and design brand that embodies the creative spirit, freedom

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Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

So how does the Wonderbag work? It couldn't be more simple. Users simply put their pot of food on the stove - it can be a stew, rice, maize meal, or other staples. Once it has been brought to a boil, the

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Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

Nomad is a portable herb planter in the form of folded fabric. The design is adaptable to a variety of environments with limited space for plants. It can hang from a rope, sit on the coffee table, be

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Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Kevin Cyr recognizes that although some people choose to construct tiny houses out of a deep love for the environment, hundreds of thousands of people around the world don't have the resources to build

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CC441: Tokyo’s First Shipping Container Art Gallery Warmed Up With Interior Timber Panels

CC441: Tokyo’s First Shipping Container Art Gallery Warmed Up With Interior Timber Panels

Located in an old area of Tokyo called Torigoe, CC4441 is surrounded by small factories producing leather products, paper crafts and ornaments. It was designed for a husband who needed a small office

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Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

Soninke by Davide G Aquini is a buffet with wings that are entirely covered with slats that are used to shield furniture during the lacquering process. After being used several times, these slats, which

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Shipping Container Apartments Cause a Stir in Brookland, DC

Shipping Container Apartments Cause a Stir in Brookland, DC

Shipping container homes aren't exactly unique—they've been used as dwellings all over the world for decades—but they're gaining popularity across the USA and causing quite a stir in this established

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Mosaica: Chissick Design Creates Beautiful Coffee Table From Over Two Thousand Pieces of Salvaged Wood

Mosaica: Chissick Design Creates Beautiful Coffee Table From Over Two Thousand Pieces of Salvaged Wood

Israel-based woodworker Eli Chissick just unveiled the Mosaica coffee table, his latest piece in his furniture collection made from beautifully fused together wood. Composed from 2,385 pieces of scrap

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Hundreds of Children Build Amazing Elephant Sculpture from 900 Recycled Plastic Bottles in the UK

Hundreds of Children Build Amazing Elephant Sculpture from 900 Recycled Plastic Bottles in the UK

With a focus on eco art and design, artist Sarah Turner created the lightweight frame for the elephant sculpture out of hula hoops, wood, and plumbing pipes inserted into large recycled water jugs. The

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Support iThemba Tower: Soaring Art Installation Made with 5,000 Plastic Bottles to Promote Recycling in South Africa

Support iThemba Tower: Soaring Art Installation Made with 5,000 Plastic Bottles to Promote Recycling in South Africa

We are a team of South African artists who wish to support the people of Troyeville in downtown Johannesburg to raise up “iThemba Tower.” This is a 30 meter-high permanent art installation made with

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Lundberg Design’s Striking Breur Cabin is Made of Leftover Materials from Five Past Projects

Lundberg Design’s Striking Breur Cabin is Made of Leftover Materials from Five Past Projects

The beautiful Breuer Cabin is filled with natural light coming in from reclaimed steel sash windows taken from at least five different projects. The floors are made from multicolored slate, which doesn't

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Artist Karrie Hovey Grows Gardens with Garbage in San Francisco

Artist Karrie Hovey Grows Gardens with Garbage in San Francisco

Artist Karrie Hovey makes gardens out of garbage - literally. The San Francisco-based artist recently filled the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Georgia with thousands of

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Olle Lundberg Combines Raw Steel and Salvaged Cypress in James Beard-Winning Slanted Door Restaurant

Olle Lundberg Combines Raw Steel and Salvaged Cypress in James Beard-Winning Slanted Door Restaurant

Completed in 2004, the contemporary Slanted Door restaurant has developed into one of San Francisco's most popular and highest-grossing dining destinations, as evidenced by its 2014 James Beard award.

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Anna Leschinger’s “Given Coat” Provides Warmth and Comfort in Troubled Times

Anna Leschinger’s “Given Coat” Provides Warmth and Comfort in Troubled Times

When disaster strikes, one of the first items that's handed out as a means of humanitarian aid is a blanket. Not only will it keep the recipient warm, but also gives a protective hug to the wearer, which

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