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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we've given you the low-down, it's time to get specific. While the

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BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor shows that helping out the environment does not mean compromising on style. With nearly 300 pages full of beautifully crisp photographs, resources, and design tips,

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Tableware Crafted from Animal Bones, Fur, and Skin Highlights How Wasteful We’ve Become

Tableware Crafted from Animal Bones, Fur, and Skin Highlights How Wasteful We’ve Become

The collection of ladles, teapots, and other household items aims to illustrate the origin of food in a primal way, which also explains why many of the pieces take on the shape of a totem pole and other

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Fabrica’s Uniquely Textured Polar Bear Rug Is Upcycled from Guatemalan Textile Waste

Fabrica’s Uniquely Textured Polar Bear Rug Is Upcycled from Guatemalan Textile Waste

Have you ever dreamed about curling up in front of the fire--with a glass of wine and that special someone--on a gorgeous polar bear rug? Don't worry--we're not suddenly supporting the hunting of these

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New Metal-Eating Shrub Species Could Clean Up Toxic Waste Sites Around the World

New Metal-Eating Shrub Species Could Clean Up Toxic Waste Sites Around the World

A newly described shrub species is capable of consuming between 100 to 1000 times the amount of nickel that normal plants can. A team from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños that described the

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The Coolest Bar in Texas is Built With Seven Stacked Shipping Containers

The Coolest Bar in Texas is Built With Seven Stacked Shipping Containers

The bar is built up from seven different containers, which have been stacked on top of each other to create a double-height bar area, exposure to the elements, and plenty of cubbyholes where patrons can

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Bureo Launches the World’s First Skateboard Made From Recycled Fishing Nets

Bureo Launches the World’s First Skateboard Made From Recycled Fishing Nets

Los Angeles-based sustainable skateboard company Bureo has developed the world's first skateboard deck made entirely out of recycled fishing nets! The company has set up a recycling program called "Net

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Get Your Own Functioning Toilet Tricycle on Craigslist

Get Your Own Functioning Toilet Tricycle on Craigslist

An artist in Victoria, British Columbia has designed his own functioning toilet tricycle- and now it can be yours! The Camosun College of Visual Arts alum originally crafted the potty trike for the

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Stunning Cabin Made From Recycled Windows Overlooks the Rugged Norwegian Landscape

Stunning Cabin Made From Recycled Windows Overlooks the Rugged Norwegian Landscape

Locals in the remote Nordic district of Lista called upon TYIN Tegnestue to create an architectural piece that would attract visitors and potential investors to the area. So with the help of architecture

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6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

1. Visserhoek School Tsai Design first become known to the international design world during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they haven't stopped producing environmentally and

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Claire Brewster Transforms Vintage Maps into Lacey Scenes of Birds and Flowers

Claire Brewster Transforms Vintage Maps into Lacey Scenes of Birds and Flowers

Brewster’s gorgeous paper pieces take inspiration from the drive of nature itself, creating a literal metaphor of nature’s power to take over the earth if given the chance. Plants, flowers, birds and

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New Gluten-Free Flour Could Reduce the Coffee Industry’s Appalling Environmental Impact

New Gluten-Free Flour Could Reduce the Coffee Industry’s Appalling Environmental Impact

An engineer who has previously built factories for General Motors and Starbucks, Dan Belliveau founded Coffee Flour, a unique new company that makes flour from the byproduct of coffee production. Using

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250 Colorful Pringles Cans Make Up This Working Pipe Organ

250 Colorful Pringles Cans Make Up This Working Pipe Organ

Fall on Your Sword had to eat an ungodly amount of chips to complete their latest masterpiece, but it looks like it was well worth it. The Brooklyn-based art collective worked their way through 250

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Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian student Segun Oyeyiola converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind- and solar-powered car perfect for the country's extreme weather. A student at Obagemi Awolowo University, Oyeyiola completed

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DIY: How to Create a Gorgeous Planter from an Old Hardcover Book

DIY: How to Create a Gorgeous Planter from an Old Hardcover Book

You may have seem some brilliant book planters on Pinterest or Tumblr and marvelled at how such a simple project can yield such beautiful results—I know I have! The folks over at Gartenkultur

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Celebrate Mother’s Day (and Mama Earth) with Eco-Friendly Greeting Cards

Celebrate Mother’s Day (and Mama Earth) with Eco-Friendly Greeting Cards

According to Hallmark, over 160 million greeting cards are given each Mother's Day, making it the third largest card-sending holiday on the planet. That equals a lot of paper, and you can bet that a fair

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Dutch Designer Upcycles Trash into Funky Functional Furniture That Rivals IKEA Hacks

Dutch Designer Upcycles Trash into Funky Functional Furniture That Rivals IKEA Hacks

Francois Duquesnoy gives himself a weeklong deadline to complete an entirely upcycled interior in order to maintain his whimsical and improvisational approach. "As overconsumption and waste are worldwide

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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1600 Paper Mache Pandas Pop Up in Hong Kong to Raise Awareness for Endangered Animals

1600 Paper Mache Pandas Pop Up in Hong Kong to Raise Awareness for Endangered Animals

Artist Paulo Grangeon is raising awareness for the conservation of endangered species by sculpting 1600 panda bears out of recycled materials and papier-mâché! The sculptures will brighten days of

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From Bottle to Bag: Thread Collaborates with Moop to Create Responsible Bags Out of Haitian Trash

From Bottle to Bag: Thread Collaborates with Moop to Create Responsible Bags Out of Haitian Trash

Most of us have seen the islands of discarded plastic bottles that bob around in our oceans and create mountains in landfill sites, but there are a few companies out there that are harnessing all that

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We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

Why did you start Reclaimed Space? Tracen Gardner: The job came about because I’ve always been in the construction business. I had a ranch that was remote, and I questioned how I was going to be able

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Caradoc’s Hideout: A Gorgeous Eco-Roundhouse in Southern Wales

Caradoc’s Hideout: A Gorgeous Eco-Roundhouse in Southern Wales

Like us, you're probably instantly drawn to the pavilion's beautiful roof. The neatly-laid tiles are made from recycled rubber, and are completely child safe, and the roof gets its curved shape from

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Indonesian Safari Park Upcycles Elephant Poo Into Paper

Indonesian Safari Park Upcycles Elephant Poo Into Paper

Tourists are flocking to Taman Safari Park in Indonesia to buy an item in their gift shop- poo paper. Made from the dung created by the park’s elephants each day, the recycled paper is made on-site by

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Brooklyn’s Old Shipping Terminal Gets a New, Eco-Savvy “Comfort Station”

Brooklyn’s Old Shipping Terminal Gets a New, Eco-Savvy “Comfort Station”

The Brookly Bush Terminal seems to be getting a facelift. This historic shipping and warehouse area is being drawn into this new era of eco-responsibility and sustainability with a new 1200-square-foot

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Dear Human Recycles Paper Pulp into Illuminating Pulplite Pendant Lamps

Dear Human Recycles Paper Pulp into Illuminating Pulplite Pendant Lamps

Utilizing the paper offcuts from a local garment factory, Canadian-based studio Dear Human recently developed the Pulplites series. Made up of 100% pulped recycled paper, these handmade ceramic and paper

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HOW TO: Recycle a Tin Can Into a Gorgeous Outdoor Lantern for Summer Parties

HOW TO: Recycle a Tin Can Into a Gorgeous Outdoor Lantern for Summer Parties

STEP 1: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS All you need to do to get started on this eco-friendly summer craft project is gather the following materials: 2-4 cleaned, empty tin cans (you can use any size) a

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South American Plastic Banks Turn Pollution into Currency

South American Plastic Banks Turn Pollution into Currency

Canadian Entrepreneurs David Katz and Shaun Frankson are on a mission to tackle poverty and plastic pollution in one fell swoop. Their startup Plastic Bank recognizes that many areas affected by plastic

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5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

Coco Hut Made From Recycled Scrap Wood Made from FSC-certified wood and random scraps, Coco Hut is a cozy shelter shaped like a ball. Created by Dutch designer Gert Eussen, it stands on stilts and can be

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Reclaimed Plastic Furniture Can Help You Recline in Style

Reclaimed Plastic Furniture Can Help You Recline in Style

Isn't it ironic that most things that are made of plastic are used only once and then thrown into the trash, but plastic itself is a material that lasts forever; something that the Earth simply cannot

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Gorgeous Detroit Bus Shelters Made of Materials From Abandoned Homes

Gorgeous Detroit Bus Shelters Made of Materials From Abandoned Homes

If you have ever had to wait around in the rain or snow for hours waiting for a bus to arrive, then you can imagine the public transport situation in Detroit. With half of the bus routes cancelled and a

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