Sustainable Materials

Team Basque’s Solar Decathlon Ekihouse Promotes Self-Sufficiency and ‘The Simple Life’

Team Basque’s Solar Decathlon Ekihouse Promotes Self-Sufficiency and ‘The Simple Life’

The Ekihouse utilizes simplicity and functionality as its founding principles, and the result is an easily replicated dwelling that has a unique beauty to its facade. The multi-purpose design of the

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Signicase Launches New iPhone 4 Wooden Cases For Natural Protection for Your Phone!

Signicase Launches New iPhone 4 Wooden Cases For Natural Protection for Your Phone!

These cool smart phone cases from Signicase are made entirely out of natural wood, and promise to protect your phone as well as the environment! Crafted from eco-friendly materials, the cases come in a

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Tongji University’s Bamboo Para Ecohouse Embraces Daoist and Western Philosophies at the Solar Decathlon

Tongji University’s Bamboo Para Ecohouse Embraces Daoist and Western Philosophies at the Solar Decathlon

Constructed from scratch in just under two weeks, the elegant but strong form of the Para Ecohouse creates an impressive dwelling for a couple to live comfortably in a sustainable manner. The simple

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Tegu Magnetic Building Blocks Help Send Honduran Kids To School

Tegu Magnetic Building Blocks Help Send Honduran Kids To School

After seeing children live off less than $1 a day working in a landfill, Tegu founders and brothers Chris and Will Haughey wanted to build a children's toy that would benefit struggling, poverty-stricken

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Researchers Connect Common Household Chemical PFOA to Heart Disease

Researchers Connect Common Household Chemical PFOA to Heart Disease

Teflon Frying Pan photo from Shutterstock Researchers from the West Virginia University School of Public Health in Morgantown have found a strong correlation between human exposure to a common

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UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

One of UK’s biggest retailers Marks & Spencer just opened a store on the outskirts of London - and even though it is the chain's largest retail location it has managed to attain a BREEAM

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UK Blogger Kevin Langan Challenges Himself to Build 100 Huts Exclusively From Natural Materials

UK Blogger Kevin Langan Challenges Himself to Build 100 Huts Exclusively From Natural Materials

Kevin Langan is not fully content with his warm, central-heated family home in Glasgow, Scotland.  To reconnect with nature and test his comfort level, he has decided to fashion 100 huts from natural

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Berlin’s KulturBraueri is a Cultural Center Transformed from a 19th Century Brewery

Berlin’s KulturBraueri is a Cultural Center Transformed from a 19th Century Brewery

The former brewery opened in 1878, an was in operation until 1974 before being shut down. Deemed a historical monument, the collection of industrial structures started its transformation into cultural

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Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Cristiane Kimura started Aurea to not only showcase the natural beauty of golden grass and Brazil, but also to promote traditional techniques and to create economic opportunities for artisans. Run as a

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L.L. Bean Releases Limited Edition Swiss Army Knife Made From Reclaimed Wood

L.L. Bean Releases Limited Edition Swiss Army Knife Made From Reclaimed Wood

The Swiss Army Knife is already an indispensible tool, and now the little knife that does it all just got a little greener. In order to commemorate their 100 year anniversary, L.L. Bean is releasing an

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New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals

New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals

In a world where consumers are becoming increasingly socially conscious, "conflict minerals" are to electronics what blood diamonds are to jewelry. A new report released by Enough Project, a think tank

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2012 Architecten Design a Mobile Ice Cream Stand Made Out of Recycled Refrigerators

2012 Architecten Design a Mobile Ice Cream Stand Made Out of Recycled Refrigerators

Built by Wout Rockx (Xenomobile) and Joris Rockx, the collapsible ice cream stand can undergo a transformer-like cranking to reveal an open space for scooping and serving cool treats. (Watch the video

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Reddit Users Plan To Create Self-Sufficient Utopia On Desert Island

Reddit Users Plan To Create Self-Sufficient Utopia On Desert Island

Uninhabited Island Photo from Shutterstock Users of Reddit, the popular link-sharing website, are considering leaving the virtual world to come together and create their own self-sufficient utopia.

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Mini Mars Curiosity Rover Made Entirely of LEGOs by BattleBricks

Mini Mars Curiosity Rover Made Entirely of LEGOs by BattleBricks

On Sunday, America watched with bated breath as the Curiosity Rover successfully touched down on the surface of Mars. For two years, the highly advanced, nuclear-powered rover will explore the surface of

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World Centric Launches World’s First Compostable Toothbrush!

World Centric Launches World’s First Compostable Toothbrush!

Traveling green isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but Canadian company World Centric has just made it a little simpler by launching the world's first compostable toothbrush. Instead of

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Sman Cruisers’ Classic Wooden Bikes Take to the Streets With Sustainable Style

Sman Cruisers’ Classic Wooden Bikes Take to the Streets With Sustainable Style

With summer in full swing and temperatures soaring across the states, why not stay cool and reduce carbon emissions at the same time by taking to the streets on a wooden bicycle by Sman Cruisers? The

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Madamoiselle Maurice’s Unique Urban Origami Brightens Up The Streets Of Vietnam and Hong Kong

Madamoiselle Maurice’s Unique Urban Origami Brightens Up The Streets Of Vietnam and Hong Kong

Prior to taking off for Asia, Mademoiselle Maurice cut and folded hundreds of origami shapes in her Paris studio. The tiny delicate paper components were carefully folded into origami stars, roses,

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McDonald’s Replaces Disposable Coffee Cups with Attractive, Patrick Norguet-Designed Reusable Cups in France

McDonald’s Replaces Disposable Coffee Cups with Attractive, Patrick Norguet-Designed Reusable Cups in France

  French industrial designer Patrick Norguet has designed a new reusable coffee cup that McDonald’s restaurants in France will soon give out for free to customers. Norguet has already worked

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Christopher Boffoli Creates Edible Larger-Than-Life Food Landscapes!

Christopher Boffoli Creates Edible Larger-Than-Life Food Landscapes!

Christopher Boffoli´s photographs celebrate the inner beauty of food in every detail, color and texture. You can almost taste the happy, sweet memories of the past, when most of us weren´t allowed to

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Atelier Vecteur’s Timber Pavilion for the Festival of Lively Architecture is Not as Simple as it Looks

Atelier Vecteur’s Timber Pavilion for the Festival of Lively Architecture is Not as Simple as it Looks

Built out of timber sticks of different lengths, the welcoming pavilion by Atelier Vecteur, at first glance, is no more than a simple box. But the design team added what they call an "ovoid" to the cube,

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This Awesome Origami Yoda is Just 7 Centimeters Tall!

This Awesome Origami Yoda is Just 7 Centimeters Tall!

Artist Yoyo Ferro's latest work appeals to Star Wars and origami fans alike! Using teeny tiny pieces of paper, the artist has made an origami Yoda, complete with wrinkled green face, orange robe and

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Diana Herrera’s Incredibly Lifelike Paper Birds Look Like They Could Take Flight

Diana Herrera’s Incredibly Lifelike Paper Birds Look Like They Could Take Flight

Trained as an industrial designer, the Bogota based artist has been focusing her design skills to make a body of sculptural paper works, namely a collection of birds.  Being that birds are generally an

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Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Jayson Fann Builds Giant Spirit Nests for Humans from Sustainably Harvested Wood

Fann prefers to use Eucalyptus branches because they are strong, flexible and last longer than other branches. He harvests them by cutting them off healthy trees, careful not to cause any damage. Then,

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NC-Office’s Lesser Antilles Eco-Resort Sits in Harmony With the Serene Landscape

NC-Office’s Lesser Antilles Eco-Resort Sits in Harmony With the Serene Landscape

NC-Office has designed a new eco-luxe resort that trickles down a lush mountain onto the shores of the Lesser Antilles. Designed to integrate within the natural beauty of the tropical shoreline, the world

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Self-Sufficient Brick Home in China Relies on Pigs for Energy

Self-Sufficient Brick Home in China Relies on Pigs for Energy

Lin's design follows a number of sustainable principles so that during the rainy season water is harvested on the roof and filters down to be stored in a large container for the rest of the year. Space is

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Ford Uses Edible and Recycled Materials To Make Eco-Friendly Car Parts

Ford Uses Edible and Recycled Materials To Make Eco-Friendly Car Parts

Inhabitat attended last week’s Ford’s Go Further Trend Conference, where Ford’s researchers were on hand to show some of the latest materials extracted from plants that are being used in Ford

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Jacobo Jorgensen’s Quirky Furnishings are Made Entirely From Reclaimed Wood

Jacobo Jorgensen’s Quirky Furnishings are Made Entirely From Reclaimed Wood

Designer Jacobo Jorgensen transforms reclaimed wood into architecture-inspired pieces of furniture. Jorgensen mixes interesting colors and styles to create a wide range of quirky modern furnishings -

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Aellon Teams up With Uhuru to Launch Furniture Made From a Salvaged Indonesian Fishing Boat

Aellon Teams up With Uhuru to Launch Furniture Made From a Salvaged Indonesian Fishing Boat

After finding out that the 61-foot Indonesian fishing boat was made from a now-threatened wood species and was about to become firewood, Aellon bought it from its owners and set to work salvaging

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Austrian Hans Sapperlot Turns Traditional Loden Fabric Into Cool Knit Furniture Designs

Austrian Hans Sapperlot Turns Traditional Loden Fabric Into Cool Knit Furniture Designs

The Austrian designers at Hans Sapperlot have given traditional loden fabric a cool and modern twist. By creating 'invisible' stitches in the woolen material, they turn the simple textile into

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New Bambooline Exhibit Reimagines Berlin’s Urban Wasteland as Temporary Bamboo Farms

New Bambooline Exhibit Reimagines Berlin’s Urban Wasteland as Temporary Bamboo Farms

Architect Peter Ruge’s new Bambooline Berlin exhibition reimagines the historic city as a sustainable center focused on fifteen popular neighborhoods. The project targets unused urban areas,

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