Sustainable Materials

Award-winning biomason grows bricks from sand and bacteria to reduce CO2 emissions

Award-winning biomason grows bricks from sand and bacteria to reduce CO2 emissions

It takes an enormous amount of energy and resources to produce simple building materials such as concrete, bricks, and asphalt - however Ginger Krieg Dosier has developed a low-impact way to simply grow

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Father and son launch handmade wooden turntables on Kickstarter, get embroiled in copyright concerns

Father and son launch handmade wooden turntables on Kickstarter, get embroiled in copyright concerns

Seattle-based Silvan Audio Workshop launched a crowdsourcing effort to fund the creation of custom handmade wooden turntables. The father and son woodworking team has been making the rustic-looking

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Tiny eco-friendly student housing pops up in Sweden

Tiny eco-friendly student housing pops up in Sweden

During the design process, Tengbom Architects collaborated with the students at the University of Lund to carefully tailor the new flat to student preferences. Each unit features a comfortable sleeping

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Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

Silicon Valley tilt-up office gets amazing net zero retrofit

As well as providing for its own energy needs with a rooftop solar array, 435 Indio produces zero carbon emissions. As part of its energy-independent design, the office space uses a solar-powered smart

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Earth Home Project helps Pakistani villagers rebuild homes destroyed by floods

Earth Home Project helps Pakistani villagers rebuild homes destroyed by floods

Earth Home Project investigates the rising challenges people in Pakistan and other developing countries have to face. The focus is on trying to find applicable solutions for people to erect affordable

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Living grass walls completely cover the interior of London’s Dilston Grove gallery

Living grass walls completely cover the interior of London’s Dilston Grove gallery

Dilston Grove -- formerly known as Clare College Mission Church -- is an Italian-style Grade II Listed Building that dates back to 1900. In the 1960s it was converted into a series of artist studios, and

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Artist Simon Beck creates gigantic winter crop circles by walking in the snow!

Artist Simon Beck creates gigantic winter crop circles by walking in the snow!

Located in the beautiful valley of Savoie, France, Beck’s patterned snow circles decorate the expanses of the frozen lakes outside of the ski runs at Les Arcs ski resort.  Overlooking Mont Blanc, the

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DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Plantable Valentines Made From Recycled Paper 1. Gather Your Materials 2. Shred Paper – make sure you don’t use coated paper like magazines. Use a few pieces of colored paper to tint your

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Incredible Amsterdam office created entirely from cardboard

Incredible Amsterdam office created entirely from cardboard

The designers created an entire office space by carefully cutting and folding sheets of 15 mm honeycomb cardboard. The area includes desks, tables, bookshelves, columns, stairs, and even rooms made out of

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Cardboard Furniture makes flat pack, recyclable furniture for every room

Cardboard Furniture makes flat pack, recyclable furniture for every room

It's easy to focus on transportation and architecture when it comes to improving our carbon footprint, but sometimes it is the little things that make all the difference. Cardboard Furniture is taking

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Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

The studio is a masterpiece in warm ochre. Built from locally-sourced hoop pine, the studio is not the first cylinder Pritchard has designed. He admits to using the circular form in other projects, as he

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Traditional cotton textile production is helping rural Indian artisans thrive

Traditional cotton textile production is helping rural Indian artisans thrive

Kala cotton is indigenous to the Kutch region of northwest India, and hand-weavers there have been working with that cotton for centuries to create all manner of textiles. Stitch by Stitch,

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The Terroir Project transforms seaweed into sustainable chairs and lamps

The Terroir Project transforms seaweed into sustainable chairs and lamps

In their new Terroir Project collection, designers Jonas Edvard and Nikolaj Steenfatt have created a line of sustainable furniture inspired by the ocean that's made from seaweed and paper. The pair, who

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Announcing Inhabitat’s inside look at the incredible designs behind the Pickathon Music Festival!

Announcing Inhabitat’s inside look at the incredible designs behind the Pickathon Music Festival!

If you're an avid indie music fan who also has a passion for good design and sustainability, then you may want to plan your summer around the Pickathon Indie Roots Music Festival, a spectacular concert

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Ohio Professors Remediate Streams to Turn Toxic Runoff into Vibrant Paint Pigments

Ohio Professors Remediate Streams to Turn Toxic Runoff into Vibrant Paint Pigments

When heavy metals leach out of Ohio's abandoned coal mines, the sulfide minerals acidify the water and turn streams into sites of slimy toxic sludge, killing fish and destroying ecosystems. Ohio

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INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

  INHABITAT: Can you tell our readers a bit about how it all began? Elisabeth: I rented this space a year and a half ago to open a restaurant. I had a few ideas about the menu, in that I knew I

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Madrid takes on largest street lighting upgrade in the world

Madrid takes on largest street lighting upgrade in the world

The city government of Madrid plans to upgrade every single one of their streetlights to Philips’ energy-efficient bulbs. Philips, the world’s leader in lighting, will finance the project at no

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10 ways to have a green Christmas this year

10 ways to have a green Christmas this year

1. Make your own recycled gift wrap:  Did you know that some Christmas gift wrapping isn't even recyclable? Keep bags of trash out of the landfill by creating your own simple gift wrap from recycled

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Ethical fashion lookbook offers a glimpse into true sustainable style

Ethical fashion lookbook offers a glimpse into true sustainable style

Inspired by a Twitter exchange about street style earlier this year, ethical fashion bloggers Sabina Eichmann (Consciously Sartorial) and Sonia Flotats (soGOODsoCUTE) from Spain, launched a challenge for

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18 Green Gifts for the Home

18 Green Gifts for the Home

A house becomes a home when it's filled with the energy of those who live there, and the houseware items we've put together for this year's gift guide can help make a home as luminous and eco-friendly

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Nguyễn Hùng Cường Creates Strikingly Realistic Origami Animals

Nguyễn Hùng Cường Creates Strikingly Realistic Origami Animals

The origami master began folding at an early age, getting hooked at age five before developing a lifelong habit of making origami. At 10 he was already creating original origami designs, and then began

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Mandala Homes bring traditional yurt living into the 21st century

Mandala Homes bring traditional yurt living into the 21st century

  We've featured yurts from Mandala Homes here on Inhabitat before, and their latest creation has raised the bar to new heights. Prefabricated in B.C., Canada, Mandala Homes' "fancy yurts" are

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INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling tips for the holidays

INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling tips for the holidays

Have you heard the term "closing the loop" with regard to holiday shopping? It refers to the idea of purchasing items made with recycled materials instead of brand-new products, like recycling a cell

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New ‘Artificial Leaf’ technology can produce clean hydrogen fuel

New ‘Artificial Leaf’ technology can produce clean hydrogen fuel

Researchers Peidong Yang, Bin Liu and colleagues may have found a way to mimic plants' ability to produce hydrogen from sunlight. Yang's team used a process borrowed from the paper industry to create a

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6 Uses For Pee That You Probably Didn’t Know About

6 Uses For Pee That You Probably Didn’t Know About

For Heating The Barn House in Japan's Memu Meadows is an award-winning experimental dwelling heated by urine. Designed by Keio University's Co+Labo department, it shelters two humans and two horses,

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night in Quebec’s Hotel de Glace Ice Castle!

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night in Quebec’s Hotel de Glace Ice Castle!

A visit to the Hotel de Glace is truly a magical experience. After the heated check-in pavilion, a path leads to the pointed arch complex made from snow and ice. Fur-covered wooden double doors welcome

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INFOGRAPHIC: Build Your Green Dream Home With These Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Conventional Building Materials

INFOGRAPHIC: Build Your Green Dream Home With These Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Conventional Building Materials

Given the chance, building a green home seems like a no-brainer. While green homes may cost three to five-percent more than conventional buildings to construct, that investment pays for itself in the long

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Corkinho Transforms Wine Cork Waste into Beautiful Green Furnishings

Corkinho Transforms Wine Cork Waste into Beautiful Green Furnishings

Etienne is formally an interior designer from Antwerp with a passion for sustainable products. His mission is to "requalify" cork as a material of craft and quality. To achieve this, Etienne constructs

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Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

Although the tree houses are custom made to order, the company builds each project with eco-friendly principles. Cutting edge computer technology is first used to detail every building aspect, and then

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Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled With Iranian Ventilation Technique

Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled With Iranian Ventilation Technique

According to the jury, the Pediatric Center is an “exceptional” work, which “combines the highest aesthetic standards with the adoption of innovative and more efficient solutions for resource

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