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Swiss Clothing Company Freitag Makes 100 Percent Compostable Clothing

Swiss Clothing Company Freitag Makes 100 Percent Compostable Clothing

Tired of fast fashion filling up the landfills? Freitag - the company known for repurposing truck tarps into bags - is making apparel that can be tossed into the compost when you are done with it. Made

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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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Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

After completing his gorgeous 30 foot high treehouse, Ethan Schussler scoffed at the idea of having to climb up and down a giant ladder all day. Rather than abandoned his tree top escape, the designer put

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The Squirrelz: China’s First Upcycle Design Shop Takes Root in Shanghai’s Eco Village

The Squirrelz: China’s First Upcycle Design Shop Takes Root in Shanghai’s Eco Village

Although the practice of recycling and reuse still remains an integral part of China's resourceful and low-income populations, booming middle and upper-class consumer power in Chinese cities such as

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Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Roskilde's new power plant will incinerate rubbish from nine local municipalities as well as selected international locations to generate electricity and heat for the historic city. The building's unique

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Pierce’s Park Combines Art, Play, and Stormwater Management into a Stunning Urban Oasis in Baltimore

Pierce’s Park Combines Art, Play, and Stormwater Management into a Stunning Urban Oasis in Baltimore

Located on what had once been an underutilized and largely paved pass-through space along the city's Inner Harbor, Pierce's Park was developed to satisfy a need for a children's play area in Downtown

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Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage

Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage

Sweden now recycles or reuses an incredible 99 percent of its waste, an improvement on the already impressive 2012 figure of 96 percent. The country uses a waste management hierarchy system that focuses

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Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

The Municipality of Amsterdam granted space&matter and their associates access to the De Ceuvel site with a 10-year lease. Because of the temporary nature of the project, the designers’ budget was

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How-To: Make a Summery Coconut-Sea Salt Lip Scrub

How-To: Make a Summery Coconut-Sea Salt Lip Scrub

Step 1: Gather your materials: Virgin coconut oil (refrigerate it in warm weather for easier mixing), fine-grained natural sea salt (real seal salt has bonus minerals, and larger crystals are too rough

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Henrique Oliveira’s Powerful Recycled Wood “Tridimensional” Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

Henrique Oliveira’s Powerful Recycled Wood “Tridimensional” Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

Initially a painter, Oliveira was inspired by an old wooden fence he saw through his window across the street from his studio in Sao Paulo. The wood was so weathered that it split into layers, which

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Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape

Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape

Excessive packaging is one of our top pet peeves here at Inhabitat, so we were really inspired by this flat cardboard sheet that is capable of conforming to the shape of any object, saving a bundle on

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6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash Pools are short in supply in NYC, so Macro Sea set out to add more with their ingenious Dumpster Pools. Commissioned by the city, Macro Sea built three pools out of

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Street Artist r1 Recycles Reclaimed Wood Pallets Into Mobile Pop-Up Benches in Johannesburg

Street Artist r1 Recycles Reclaimed Wood Pallets Into Mobile Pop-Up Benches in Johannesburg

During the Absolut residency, the six artists shared an apartment in Jeppestown, Johannesburg where they exchanged ideas on how to design creative solutions to the city's issues. "The theme of the project

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Ultra-Grippy and 100% Biodegradable YOGO Mat Folds Down to the Size of a Newspaper

Ultra-Grippy and 100% Biodegradable YOGO Mat Folds Down to the Size of a Newspaper

San Francisco-based startup YOGO just launched the YOGO Mat, a foldable eco-friendly yoga mat compact enough to fit into a purse or backpack. Made from 100% biodegradable natural tree rubber and

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The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sesseljuhus structure is the center of Solheimar, both physically and psychologically. The building functions as a resource and information center on Solheimer and environmental living, and also

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Crea-Re Studio’s Pendant Lamps Cast Paper in a New Light at the London Design Festival

Crea-Re Studio’s Pendant Lamps Cast Paper in a New Light at the London Design Festival

  Crea-Re Studio is a collaborative team comprised of Polish artist Maria Fiter and Italian Marco Migliorisi. Together, they create a number of products which are all unique and hand-crafted

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Artist Melts 1,527 Guns to Make Shovels for Tree Planting!

Artist Melts 1,527 Guns to Make Shovels for Tree Planting!

The city of Culiacán, in western Mexico has the highest rate of gun deaths in the country. After speaking with family members of victims of drug crimes in the city, artist Pedro Reyes decided to use its

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Shipping Container Home Pops Up in NY

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Shipping Container Home Pops Up in NY

Founder, Michael de Jong came up the idea for the MEKA after years of building luxury homes in Belize, hiring Jason Halter and Christos Marcopoulous for the design. Michael states, "Many prospective

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Upcycled Shipping Containers are Reborn as Colorful Schoolrooms

Upcycled Shipping Containers are Reborn as Colorful Schoolrooms

Shipping containers are commonly seen on the backs of trucks all over the world, but few of us are accustomed to seeing them in our schools! You can find these containers for sale in Perth, New York,

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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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