Sustainable Materials

Helen Altman’s Creepy Skull Sculptures are Made from Grains, Herbs and Spices

Helen Altman’s Creepy Skull Sculptures are Made from Grains, Herbs and Spices

Altman’s sculptures are formed by simply by mixing organic material with glue, then pressing the concoction into a mould. A variety of colorful elements are transformed into various human elements,

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Artist Linus Hui’s Quirky Paper Boobs, Paper Tinmen and Paper Elephants are All Wearable

Artist Linus Hui’s Quirky Paper Boobs, Paper Tinmen and Paper Elephants are All Wearable

Hui’s “costumes” began simply. He used paper to represent blood, mustaches, or even bleeding hearts. Realizing the diversity of paper, he was then inspired to craft more complex pieces with his

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Miniio Modern Dollhouses are Sustainably Crafted Homes for Barbie

Miniio Modern Dollhouses are Sustainably Crafted Homes for Barbie

Think Barbie is all bubble gum pink plastic and tacky accessories? Welcome to the 21st century with the Miniio designer dollhouses, a new set of modern, sustainably-crafted dollhouses that are made by

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Quirky Flat-Pack Bird Nest Boxes Give Shelter to Little Winged Creatures

Quirky Flat-Pack Bird Nest Boxes Give Shelter to Little Winged Creatures

These cool Mr and Mrs Birdee nest boxes are the perfect lure to get a flock of birds flying into your garden for shelter. Spotted at this year's London Design Festival, these awesome bird shelters

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Wood Research Institute NL Transformed Into Cozy Quarters with Sustainable Pine Plexwood

Wood Research Institute NL Transformed Into Cozy Quarters with Sustainable Pine Plexwood

The SHR Wood Research Institute in the Netherlands knew that when it came time to renovate their office space, they'd have to be as innovative with their material choices as possible. Working with PFS

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Ecopink Unveils Gorgeous Green Designs for Women at the London Design Festival

Ecopink Unveils Gorgeous Green Designs for Women at the London Design Festival

Designs ranged from foot massaging floor mats to innovative takes on everyday accessories, like a line of brightly colored glowing handbags. By recycling colorful plastic containers, Micio Vinicio creates

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The Best Green Finds from Day 1 of 100% Design at London Design Week

The Best Green Finds from Day 1 of 100% Design at London Design Week

The temporary turtle pavilion by Inflate is one of a large range of temporary structures that are ideal for either indoor or outdoor events. Made in part from recycled materials, they are illuminated by

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Beautiful Birch Bowls are Hand Carved From Sustainably Sourced Wood

Beautiful Birch Bowls are Hand Carved From Sustainably Sourced Wood

Simple, chic and completely unique, each of these hand-carved bowls by Canvas exhibits the natural, beautiful imperfections of the wood they're made from. Crafted from responsibly harvested European

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Zambikes: Bamboo Bikes That Help Fight Poverty & Save Lives in Africa

Zambikes: Bamboo Bikes That Help Fight Poverty & Save Lives in Africa

Customized fixies may be all the rage in urban America nowadays, but even the simplest, cheapest bike is a rare sight in rural Africa. Fortunately, the bamboo from which to craft bikes grows on trees –

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Inhabitat Tours San Francisco’s Award-Winning LEED Gold Bar Agricole

Inhabitat Tours San Francisco’s Award-Winning LEED Gold Bar Agricole

But Bar Agricole turned out very differently than it might have. Owner Thad Vogel, a Yale grad and longtime barman and restauranteur, had observed the trend among San Francisco restaurants of spotlighting

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Knowaste Lets You Shingle Your Roof With Tiles That Used to Be Diapers

Knowaste Lets You Shingle Your Roof With Tiles That Used to Be Diapers

Thanks to Canadian company Knowaste, you can now tile your roof with what was once a dirty diaper. Knowaste has pioneered a process that turns used diapers into sturdy plastic pellets that can be then

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Crowd-Sourced Approval for the Watson Desk Means No Factory Waste

Crowd-Sourced Approval for the Watson Desk Means No Factory Waste

The UK based, small-batch production company Made.com saves resources by producing only what consumers really want, like the Watson desk, a design that is backed up by high web approval ratings. First,

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Unabridged Architecture Transforms Dilapidated 1891 Building Into Colorful Eco Offices

Unabridged Architecture Transforms Dilapidated 1891 Building Into Colorful Eco Offices

Previously used as a gas station and lawnmower repair shop, amongst other things, the brownfield site required quite a lot of intervention. After pumping out the underground storage tank and replacing

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Green-Roofed Czech Tea House is Naturally Lit by a Gilded Oculus

Green-Roofed Czech Tea House is Naturally Lit by a Gilded Oculus

The tea house is constructed of natural and sustainable materials and designed to integrate into the surrounding landscape. The building consists of a sheltered patio area and an inner chamber made from

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Off-Grid Hill Plain House Showcases Raw Material in a Sophisticated Way

Off-Grid Hill Plain House Showcases Raw Material in a Sophisticated Way

As good green home design goes, everything starts with the site. The house is tucked behind a small rise on the property, which protects it from winter winds. The project's orientation maximizes exposure

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Gregg Parsell’s ORIGIN Pendant Lamp Evolves Elegantly from Recycled Materials

Gregg Parsell’s ORIGIN Pendant Lamp Evolves Elegantly from Recycled Materials

Designed from two very different and contrasting materials, ORIGIN is a two-part pendant lamp made from natural wood and partially recycled Corian®. Its creator is furniture and product designer Gregg

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Eat Play Grow: Table Teaches Children to Grow Their Own Food

Eat Play Grow: Table Teaches Children to Grow Their Own Food

If your youngster likes to help out in the kitchen, a fun new work table teaches kids that growing and preparing your own food can be fun and mess-free! Eat Play Grow is the latest design in educational

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HEXigloo: Honeycomb Cardboard Pavilion Pops Up in Bucharest!

HEXigloo: Honeycomb Cardboard Pavilion Pops Up in Bucharest!

The HEXigloo cardboard pavilion features an organic repetitive pattern that mimics the cellular structure of honeycombs. The recyclable honeycomb cells are attached to each other using standard plastic

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Beautiful Somerset Dairy Barn Renovation Lights up at Night

Beautiful Somerset Dairy Barn Renovation Lights up at Night

On the outside, the home appears similar to a barn -- with an entrance designed to deter any would-be callers despite the warm glow that seems to exude through the horizontal slats. Upon entering, any

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Striking Black NO99 Theater Is a Temporary Structure Made From Straw Bales

Striking Black NO99 Theater Is a Temporary Structure Made From Straw Bales

The strawbale building replaces a previous theater used to entertain soviet troops, which has been abandoned for two decades. NO99 explores the possibility of reinvigorating this historically important

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Take a Peek into eBay’s New Sustainably Revamped Modular Offices

Take a Peek into eBay’s New Sustainably Revamped Modular Offices

The new space includes hotel stations, team project areas, private rooms, alcove chat rooms, and storage solutions that all serve to enhance the firm's communication and collaboration in a comfortable and

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Greenest Event Tent in the World Debuts at EMU Music Festival

Greenest Event Tent in the World Debuts at EMU Music Festival

Think of the thousands of festivals taking place this year, and the sheer volume of materials consumed or discarded. EMU was looking to call attention to those numbers and make a statement that green

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Elisa Strozyk’s Folded Wood Accordion Lamp is a Study of Material and Light

Elisa Strozyk’s Folded Wood Accordion Lamp is a Study of Material and Light

Elisa Strozyk's Accordion lamp is a sustainable throwback to the folded vintage paper lamps of the 1950s. Created through a collaboration with designer Sebastian Neeb, the Accordian lamp is a modern

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Hiyoshiya Creates Modern Lamps Modeled After Traditional Japanese Umbrellas

Hiyoshiya Creates Modern Lamps Modeled After Traditional Japanese Umbrellas

About 10 years ago, with the demand for traditional Japanese umbrella decreasing dramatically, Kotaro decided to get involved in his wife’s family business in order to help it survive. He took a deep

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7 Sustainable Designs for a Green 4th of July!

7 Sustainable Designs for a Green 4th of July!

What is the most important part of a barbecue? Food of course! Preserve Everyday plates come in festive red and blue, are made with 100% recycled #5 plastic, and are themselves 100% recyclable and BPA and

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Schwinn’s Organic Flax Vestige Bicycle Will Be Available at the End of July

Schwinn’s Organic Flax Vestige Bicycle Will Be Available at the End of July

Bike lovers, get excited! The sustainable Schwinn Vestige will be hitting stores at the end of July! Introduced at Eurobike 2010, the recyclable and organic flax fiber bike will soon be a consumer

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Miss Maple Pendant Lamp Is a Complex Form with a Cozy Glow

Miss Maple Pendant Lamp Is a Complex Form with a Cozy Glow

Elisa Strozyk’s pendant lamp “Miss Maple” is a cozy lighting fixture that emits a warm glow as sweet as its bee’s nest-like construction. Built from a “textile” that

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Werner Aisslinger’s Hemp Chair is a Modern Take on Stackable Seating

Werner Aisslinger’s Hemp Chair is a Modern Take on Stackable Seating

Stackable chairs usually bring forth images of those old, clunky plastic and metal chairs from grade school. But designer Werner Aisslinger has modernized the concept using sustainable hemp to make a

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Matali Crasset’s Stylish Chair Serves Many Functions

Matali Crasset’s Stylish Chair Serves Many Functions

Multifunctional objects can sometimes be unnecessarily difficult to use. But French designer Matali Crasset has designed a simple, yet stylish eco-friendly piece that requires little thought, while

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Faro Unveils Beautiful Sustainable Shelters for Campgrounds Across the Netherlands

Faro Unveils Beautiful Sustainable Shelters for Campgrounds Across the Netherlands

Faro Architecture has designed a set of new buildings for the Dutch National Forest Service’s Kijl Schoonoord Campsite. The new complex includes a gorgeous sloping ark-like reception building and in

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