Sustainable Materials

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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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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This Gorgeous Green Rug is Made From Algae

This Gorgeous Green Rug is Made From Algae

We've seen many uses for algae, but Dutch designer Nieke Hoogvliet takes the cake for coming up with one of the most unique designs we've seen. Using yarn made from kelp, Hoogvliet created a gorgeous

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The Collapsible FLIO Laptop Stand Puts a New Angle on Sustainable Workspaces

The Collapsible FLIO Laptop Stand Puts a New Angle on Sustainable Workspaces

If you're one of the millions of people who spend their days typing on a laptop, check out FLIO: it's a slim, collapsible wooden laptop stand that offers an ergonomic viewing height and keeps an angle

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I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

Working with their love of all things natural, the energetic mud-loving team built this sustainable structure literally from the ground up. First, they worked the ground with their own feet to knead the

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Refold Cardboard Standing Desks Let You Customize Your Workspace in Style

Refold Cardboard Standing Desks Let You Customize Your Workspace in Style

Most of us already know the many benefits of standing desks, but buying new office furniture can get expensive. These standing desks by Refold are an ideal solution, as they're lightweight and

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Sustainable Beluga Razors Put a New Spin on a Classic Shave

Sustainable Beluga Razors Put a New Spin on a Classic Shave

Did you know that in the United States alone, over 2 billion disposable razors are thrown in the garbage every year? That's a hell of a lot of plastic and waste metal accumulating in landfills

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INTERVIEW: Kacie Meyers, the 22-Year-Old Who Turned Discarded Wood Pallets into a Commercial Flooring Business

INTERVIEW: Kacie Meyers, the 22-Year-Old Who Turned Discarded Wood Pallets into a Commercial Flooring Business

At a time when most college students are still trying to figure out how they want to make an impact on the world, 22-year-old Kacie Meyers is already building a business empire with Pal Hardwood,

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World’s First Plane Made Out of Hemp Flies High Next Year

World’s First Plane Made Out of Hemp Flies High Next Year

Despite an ongoing controversy in parts of the world, hemp is widely used in a large variety of applications, including soap, clothing, building supplies and fuel. But next year we will be able to add a

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Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Across the Himalayas, rural farmers and villagers rely on open, wood-fuelled fires inside their homes to cook their meals. The sheer amount of smoke created in these unventilated homes makes thousands

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Meet SUstand: A Recycled Cardboard Stand for Any Tablet or Smartphone

Meet SUstand: A Recycled Cardboard Stand for Any Tablet or Smartphone

You've probably noticed how popular is cardboard in the world of sustainable products lately. Following the examples of foldable furniture and cardboard surfboards, a team from Eindhoven, the Netherlands,

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RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

RMIT University’s AB2 Building is Wrapped in a Striking Red Mesh Screen

Sitting adjacent to the original Academic Building 1, which was designed by RMIT Professor of Architecture Norman Day, the exterior of the new AB2 building is clad in a striking red steel mesh screen that

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Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

  The challenge for this year's Mud House Design competition in Ghana was to design a single-family unit on a plot no larger than 60 x 60 feet at a cost of no more than $6,000 (excluding

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Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

The library, which is located in the tiny village of Huairou, gives the local villagers a serene reading space as well as access to reading materials. Li Xiaodong wanted to create a place conducive to

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German Artist Turns a BMW Into an Unbelievable Mobile Music Machine

German Artist Turns a BMW Into an Unbelievable Mobile Music Machine

German artist team Neulant van Exel - comprised of architect Axel van Exel and sculptor Marian Neulant -  turned an elderly BMW 820i into a fabulous party machine called the Brassmobil. With a controller

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Pomona College’s New Sustainable Art Hall Bonds the Creative Process with Surrounding Nature

Pomona College’s New Sustainable Art Hall Bonds the Creative Process with Surrounding Nature

The new 35,000-square-foot Studio Art Hall will be home to various disciplines of the art-making process and was built to provide a tranquil, collaborative atmosphere to explore new innovative ideas and

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Cardboard Safari’s Cruelty-Free Taxidermy Kits Bring Your Walls to Life

Cardboard Safari’s Cruelty-Free Taxidermy Kits Bring Your Walls to Life

If you're looking for some tongue-in-cheek, slightly ironic wall decoration, look no further than Cardboard Safari. The Charlottesville–based company creates animal busts to hang on walls like hunting

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Ditch the Plastic Food Wrap With All-Natural and Reusable Bee’s Wrap

Ditch the Plastic Food Wrap With All-Natural and Reusable Bee’s Wrap

Clear plastic wrap is both really convenient and really wasteful. However, Vermont farmer Sarah Kaeck has developed a truly ingenious solution this food wrap waste problem with an all natural product

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged – all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As then-sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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MIT Scientists Create Greener, Stronger Concrete With Half the CO2 Emissions

MIT Scientists Create Greener, Stronger Concrete With Half the CO2 Emissions

MIT researchers have found a way to produce “greener” cement with half the emissions of standard concrete. Through detailed molecular analysis of the structure of concrete, the team found that

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Business of Forestry

INFOGRAPHIC: The Business of Forestry

When most people think of the products created from the forestry industry, it's usually items such as wooden furniture that come to mind. After all, forests are made of trees, and trees = wood, right?

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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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