Sustainable Materials

Hike to This Beautiful Rustic Cabin and Take Refuge Deep in the Norwegian Mountains

Hike to This Beautiful Rustic Cabin and Take Refuge Deep in the Norwegian Mountains

Built to provide shelter to the many hikers that challenge themselves to trek through the beautiful, but harsh mountain trails, Rabothytta is a much welcome site for anyone looking for a quick rest or

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Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

Apart from the original shed that still occupies a space in Jeremy and Heather's yard, the couple now have a 16x20 foot workshop that operates as a prototype for the company, which is based in Louisville,

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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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Jonna Pohjalainen’s Giant Colored Pencil Sculptures Make You Feel Miniature!

Jonna Pohjalainen’s Giant Colored Pencil Sculptures Make You Feel Miniature!

The life size pencil set was shown as part of an outdoor exhibition at Open Air Art Museum in Latvia. Pohjalainen created the pieces during the Environmental Art workshop on the museum’s grounds. Each

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Marking the Forest : An Architecture Course in the Oregon Woods

Marking the Forest : An Architecture Course in the Oregon Woods

People who love architecture tend to love wild spaces as well: after all, buildings and landscapes complement one another, right? Well, imagine being able to study architecture design in a forest

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4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

Nest Beds A bed is certainly the most obvious human adaptation of a bird’s nest. Many designers have attempted this concept and the results include both hanging and floor-supported models.  O*GE

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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Mashpi Lodge is a Breathtaking Cloudforest Retreat in Ecuador’s Tropical Reserve

Mashpi Lodge is a Breathtaking Cloudforest Retreat in Ecuador’s Tropical Reserve

The newly opened lodge is nestled at 3,116 feet high in the Ecuadorian Andes nature reserve, close to the capital city of Quito. Much of the structure was pre-assembled in Quito and transported to the

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1

INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1

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Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

Imagine walking down Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan while the sounds of the city surround you: the cabbie is honking his horn, the store owner is blasting music, and construction workers are

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Bosky Sustainable Sunglasses Bring Art to Eyewear

Bosky Sustainable Sunglasses Bring Art to Eyewear

Bosky Optics sees wood as not merely a sustainable material for sunglasses, but also a medium for spreading a message. The company has teamed up with 13 artists from 5 different continents and engraved

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Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Made of metallic polyester, the basic house is like a tiny, self-inflating prefab home. As soon as it interacts with either body temperature or heat from the sun, the inflatable shelter transforms from a

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Not Quite a Couch Potato, This Chair is Sculpted from Spuds

Not Quite a Couch Potato, This Chair is Sculpted from Spuds

Children are usually told to stop playing with their food, but those who never grow out of that particular habit tend to end up as rather brilliant, creative adults. Designer Gert Eussen, whom you may

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7 Plants That May Save the World

7 Plants That May Save the World

Perennial Wheat Grains are the staple food of humanity: the vast majority of people on the planet eat either rice, wheat, or corn on a daily basis, and those are all annual crops. The issue with annuals,

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Erik Meldahl Wants to 3D-Print this Extraordinary Maasaica Car with Biodegradable Materials in Kenya

Erik Meldahl Wants to 3D-Print this Extraordinary Maasaica Car with Biodegradable Materials in Kenya

Imagine a third industrial revolution where sustainable energy and manufacturing set the standards for production of culturally-relevant cars? Maasaica is a concept from BMW that was built in the

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INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

INFOGRAPHIC: How America’s Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

The EPA recently released their proposed greenhouse gas performance standards for existing power plants, but these standards will require substantial time and investment to implement fully. Supporting and

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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5,000 Arms to Hold You: Starn Brothers Build the World’s Largest Bamboo Construction

5,000 Arms to Hold You: Starn Brothers Build the World’s Largest Bamboo Construction

Artists Mike and Doug Starn just built the largest bamboo structure ever out of 10,000 bamboo poles and 80,000 meters of climbing rope. Over the course of seven weeks, 25 rock climbers built the

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Top Eco-Friendly Camping Gear for Conscientious Outdoor Enthusiasts

Top Eco-Friendly Camping Gear for Conscientious Outdoor Enthusiasts

Reliable Big Horn wall tent Tents Reliable Tent & Tipi Company has been making tents since 1945, using canvas and natural materials for a variety of different shelter styles. If you're looking for a

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Recycled Cork Surfboards from Richpeoplethings: Respecting Both Earth and Ocean

Recycled Cork Surfboards from Richpeoplethings: Respecting Both Earth and Ocean

Richpeoplethings is a social enterprise located in Murcia, Spain, that was born from the idea of suggesting creative alternatives to an otherwise difficult current situation. "Connecting the corks" is an

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Help Save This Incredible Hobbit Home in Wales From Imminent Demolition!

Help Save This Incredible Hobbit Home in Wales From Imminent Demolition!

Natural Homes and Living in the Future are distributing Charlie's petition to save his low-impact eco-home and we're joining them. Remember the extraordinary hobbit house Simon Dale built for just

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These Earthen “Beehive” Houses Have Been Keeping Syrians Naturally Cool for Centuries

These Earthen “Beehive” Houses Have Been Keeping Syrians Naturally Cool for Centuries

Beehive homes can be found in the thick of hot deserts and cities. Most are found in rural farming communities, but there are even villages of them located in Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, which has

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Fragile: Reusable Elastic Membrane Offers Less Wasteful Way to Transport Valuable Goods

Fragile: Reusable Elastic Membrane Offers Less Wasteful Way to Transport Valuable Goods

Mireia Gordi Vila designed her flexible and reusable packaging for the Royal College of Art's upcoming graduate show. The design was originally conceived for extremely valuable goods, but it could also be

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Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Heinz uses the pulp of more than two million tons of tomatoes every year to make their iconic ketchup, soups and sauces - but what happens to the leftovers? Ford just announced that they have teamed up

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How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

Image via Shutterstock Jeans Dirt rarely shows its face on denim until it's really dirty, so unless you're wearing jeans to trek through mud or you always go commando, don't wash them after every wear.

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

When we think of greenhouse gas emissions, some of us might envision a tailpipe spewing exhaust... but 40% of the carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change actually comes from buildings. While

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A New Twist on An Old Classic: Wooden Toy Animals by Bleebla

A New Twist on An Old Classic: Wooden Toy Animals by Bleebla

  The “animal box – jungle” by bleebla, a toy design company based in Portugal,  is a minimal rectangular block with 10 animals peeking out of its regular geometry. The set is smooth

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Mode:lina Architekci Reuse Fruit Packaging to Design Apple’s New Retail Store in Poznań

Mode:lina Architekci Reuse Fruit Packaging to Design Apple’s New Retail Store in Poznań

Inspired by materials and elements of packaging fruit, Mode:lina Architekci decided to use natural materials to make a visual connection between the company’s name and the name of the owner-Adam. The

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Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Thanks to a team of Harvard scientists, being called a "shrimp" will no longer amount to an insult. The University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering isolated chitin in the arthropod's

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Wooden Incurva Wine Rack Blends Craftmanship with Sustainably Sourced Materials

Wooden Incurva Wine Rack Blends Craftmanship with Sustainably Sourced Materials

If you're looking for a chic and elegant way to display your wine collection, look no further than design studio Formabilio's INCURVA. This elegant wine bottle holder blends craftsmanship with sustainably

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