Sustainable Materials

Tejo Remy and Rene Veenhuizen Build a Nest Chair Out of Bamboo

Tejo Remy and Rene Veenhuizen Build a Nest Chair Out of Bamboo

Designed by Dutch duo Tejo Remy and Rene Veenhuizen, the Bamboo Chair is a limited edition design made completely out of the pandas' favorite food. Bamboo is a fantastic, eco-friendly alternative to

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See-Saw Uses Salvaged Japanese Wood to Create Fun Modern Furnishings

See-Saw Uses Salvaged Japanese Wood to Create Fun Modern Furnishings

Furniture label See-Saw reclaims discarded wood and uses it to create colorful, joyful, and appealing furnishings. They recently released their first collection at DESIGNTIDE Tokyo, where they presented 4

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Beautiful Mexican ‘Casa en el Bosque’ Designed to Adapt to the Existing Pine Forest

Beautiful Mexican ‘Casa en el Bosque’ Designed to Adapt to the Existing Pine Forest

Standing within a splendid plot covering 2 square miles, House in the Forest is very spacious, light, and cool. Built on a slope, it has different levels of views into the mountains and lake, creating a

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Yulia Brodskaya’s Amazing Paper Furl Artwork is a Modern Take on the Tradition of Quilling

Yulia Brodskaya’s Amazing Paper Furl Artwork is a Modern Take on the Tradition of Quilling

Brodskaya’s pieces draw form a longstanding art form that was reserved for women in the past.  Quilling has been practiced since the Renaissance, and it traditionally used repurposed strips of paper

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Hessnatur’s Beautiful Headquarters is Built From Recycled Materials

Hessnatur’s Beautiful Headquarters is Built From Recycled Materials

A happy marriage between RAU Architects and sustainable clothing company Hessnaturresulted in the company's lovely Mondrian-esque headquarters near Frankfurt. Made almost completely from recycled

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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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Studio Re-Creation Transforms an Old Russian Car into a Powerful Man-Machine Sculpture

Studio Re-Creation Transforms an Old Russian Car into a Powerful Man-Machine Sculpture

Half man, half machine, Studio Re-Creation's Transformer sculpture is ready for action. Designed by Studio Re-Creation, this 6.5-foot-tall figure was made from an old recycled Lada Samara Diva car.

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Giant Humpback Whale Made out of Recycled Materials Pops up in Santa Monica

Giant Humpback Whale Made out of Recycled Materials Pops up in Santa Monica

Samo is a giant humpback whale made out of recycled materials that was recently unveiled by Mattel's Children's Hospital UCLA at the Santa Monica Place Mall. The result of a collaboration between Bob

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Peter Marigold’s Polygonal ‘Split’ Furniture is Formed by a Simple Geometric Principle

Peter Marigold’s Polygonal ‘Split’ Furniture is Formed by a Simple Geometric Principle

Designer Peter Marigold has created a unique flexible storage system based upon the simple geometric principle that states 'the inverted angles of a shape split into pieces will always add up to 360

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Bobble Water Bottles Now Come in a Candy Colored Jug Size!

Bobble Water Bottles Now Come in a Candy Colored Jug Size!

The well loved Bobble water bottle now comes in a colorful jug size for your home! Keeping the bottle's modern and fun design style in mind, the new jug filters your water with ease and is even made from

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EcoAfrica Transforms T-Shirt Clippings and Weeds Into Amazing Handmade Paper Crafts

EcoAfrica Transforms T-Shirt Clippings and Weeds Into Amazing Handmade Paper Crafts

When Janice went on holiday to Zimbabwe in 2008, she discovered handmade paper products with texture and colors she had never seen before. She immediately contacted their maker, Walter Ruprecht, who had

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Paul Morgan Architects’ Tree Trunk House Springs Up in Australia

Paul Morgan Architects’ Tree Trunk House Springs Up in Australia

Using local, sustainable wood found in the forest, the cabin is clad with the material inside and out. The exterior is surrounded with rustic branches that are naturally shaped into triangle supports

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Supersudaka’s Kiltro House is a Resilient Locally-Sourced Home in Chile

Supersudaka’s Kiltro House is a Resilient Locally-Sourced Home in Chile

In Chile, mixed-breed dogs are called Kiltro, and these resilient animals are known to be survivors. Taking its name from these dogs, the Kiltro House was built under challenging conditions including a

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Made in China: Émilie Voirin Reinterprets Iconic Chairs in Biodegradable Bamboo and Rattan

Made in China: Émilie Voirin Reinterprets Iconic Chairs in Biodegradable Bamboo and Rattan

London-based product designer Émilie Voirin has courageously re-interpreted a crop of iconic modern chairs into fantastic biodegradable seats. Using woven rattan and bamboo, the designer created

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Eye-Opening Info-graphic Illustrates How Much We Waste Each Holiday Season

Eye-Opening Info-graphic Illustrates How Much We Waste Each Holiday Season

While it's fine to indulge in holiday food and festivities, we should also be conscious of the impact our activities have on the planet. Studies reveal that waste in the US increases by a shocking 25%

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Architects and Artisans Collaborate on “Scarfitecture” Series of Handwoven Scarves

Architects and Artisans Collaborate on “Scarfitecture” Series of Handwoven Scarves

Scarfs and architecture don't appear to have much in common at first glance, but a new program recently launched by Dita Zakova of Ecolibri, and Rhea Alexander, founder of sustainable design house DIGS,

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Beautiful Speakers Made from Sustainable Bamboo and Leather

Beautiful Speakers Made from Sustainable Bamboo and Leather

Designed by Serene Audio, these stunning little speakers are made from FSC approved bamboo and leather. The eco-minded company is as passionate about design as they are about music, and special attention

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The World’s Largest Cardboard Christmas Tree Springs up in London!

The World’s Largest Cardboard Christmas Tree Springs up in London!

Giles Miller has wooed us with his intricate cardboard creations before, and now he's brought us the world's largest cardboard Christmas tree! Standing at roughly 20 feet in the Design Museum London's

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WTARCH Transforms a Small Garage Into a Twisting Multi-Floor Duplex Residence

WTARCH Transforms a Small Garage Into a Twisting Multi-Floor Duplex Residence

California’s Montrose Duplex began as a simple garage, housing the client’s electric vehicle and charger. Wanting to turn the structure into a green residence, they turned to WTARCH to make the

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Bali’s New Big Tree Chocolate Factory is the World’s Largest Commercial Bamboo Structure

Bali’s New Big Tree Chocolate Factory is the World’s Largest Commercial Bamboo Structure

Started by Ben Ripple and Frederick Schilling, once complete, the new Big Tree factory will be home to a delicious organic chocolate processing plant. Rather than building an industrial eyesore, Big Tree

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Meshmatics Combines Chicken Wire and Bamboo Paper into Brilliant Soft Lights

Meshmatics Combines Chicken Wire and Bamboo Paper into Brilliant Soft Lights

Rick Tegelaar's main inspiration for design is to discover new possibilities for existing materials. Based in Amsterdam, Tegelaar developed a unique machine to create weird and wonderful shapes for his

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Cook + Fox’s Flexible Live Work Home Achieves LEED Platinum

Cook + Fox’s Flexible Live Work Home Achieves LEED Platinum

The modern loft-style structure is very flexible thanks to its sliding doors and mobile partitions, which can divide the 1,400 square foot space in a multitude of ways. Located in the Near West Side of

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Acca Kappa’s Biodegradable BIOCETA Brushes are Made from Sustainable Wood

Acca Kappa’s Biodegradable BIOCETA Brushes are Made from Sustainable Wood

The Acca Kappa company has been making high quality hairbrushes since 1869. The family owned business’ new line, BIOCETA, offers an array of sustainable and eco-friendly hair brushes, combs and tooth

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Undulating Downland Gridshell in England is a Self-Supporting Structure Built from Local Oak

Undulating Downland Gridshell in England is a Self-Supporting Structure Built from Local Oak

The Downland Gridshell is part of The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, which covers a total of 50 acres exhibiting nearly 50 historic buildings from different periods and styles, along with gardens,

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La Rive’s Timber Theater and Green Roofed Restaurant Harmonize with the Surrounding Forest

La Rive’s Timber Theater and Green Roofed Restaurant Harmonize with the Surrounding Forest

The campsite is located at the edge of Lake Biscarosse, which has a strip of native trees separating the site, granting the campgrounds privacy while preserving the serenity of the landscape. Both the

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Workshop in the Forest by Atelier Haretoke is Built from Local Japanese Wood

Workshop in the Forest by Atelier Haretoke is Built from Local Japanese Wood

The single story structure hugs the side of a road in between a mountain and the forest from which the beams were harvested. Surrounded by tall trees, the workshop looks more like a cozy log cabin than a

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Liyuan Library’s Wood Facade Filters the Sun While Harmonizing With the Surrounding Landscape

Liyuan Library’s Wood Facade Filters the Sun While Harmonizing With the Surrounding Landscape

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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The Best Green Designs from DESIGNTIDE Tokyo 2011!

The Best Green Designs from DESIGNTIDE Tokyo 2011!

Several projects at the main exhibition of DESIGNTIDE addressed sustainability directly or indirectly through the materials and processes they used, extending the life of objects by giving them another

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Data Garden Debuts World’s First Plantable Music

Data Garden Debuts World’s First Plantable Music

The innovative digital musicians from the Data Garden label are giving fans an alternative to wasteful vinyl EPs, by offering downland codes embedded on seed paper. Digital music in inherently an

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