Sustainable Materials

“Tree Dragon” Super-Treehouse Built for Child Survivors of the Japanese Tsunami

“Tree Dragon” Super-Treehouse Built for Child Survivors of the Japanese Tsunami

"Tree House Guru" Takashi Kobayashi has created something spectacular for the child survivors of the Japanese Tsunami: a magnificent treehouse that melds with its environment to create a safe, beautiful

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Tregren’s New Genie Kitchen Garden Can Grow Plants Up to Three Times Faster

Tregren’s New Genie Kitchen Garden Can Grow Plants Up to Three Times Faster

If you have a green thumb but lack space or time for gardening, never fear - the new Genie Kitchen Garden from Tregren offers an easy and accessible way to grow plants indoors. Designed by Sebastian

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From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

The Adhocracy exhibition features products and concepts that show the wide range of developments in this new industrial revolution - from digital fabrication to open design to distributed manufacturing.

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Bosso Fataka Turns Trash into Playful Art Installations Across Berlin

Bosso Fataka Turns Trash into Playful Art Installations Across Berlin

The group has been collaborating since 2011 and their portfolio of waste artwork already includes an ambitious car hull suspended using 70 rolls of cling wrap between two walls. Lengths of plastic are

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Award-Winning Biomason Grows Bricks from Sand and Bacteria to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Award-Winning Biomason Grows Bricks from Sand and Bacteria to Reduce CO2 Emissions

It takes an enormous amount of energy and resources to produce simple building materials such as concrete, bricks, and asphalt - however Ginger Krieg Dosier has developed a low-impact way to simply grow

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Cilantro Purifies Drinking Water in Developing Countries Cheaply and Sustainably

Cilantro Purifies Drinking Water in Developing Countries Cheaply and Sustainably

No longer just a flavorful garnish, cilantro has taken center stage in studies that show how the leafy herb might be a new, low-cost solution to purifying drinking water. Popularly used in Mexican and

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J. Crew Salvages Hurricane Damaged Wood for Runway During Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week

J. Crew Salvages Hurricane Damaged Wood for Runway During Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week

While J.Crew's bold colors and tailored lines may have been wowing the audience during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, it was the runway that stole the show. Created from wood salvaged from Coney

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Tiny Eco-Friendly Student Housing Pops up in Sweden

Tiny Eco-Friendly Student Housing Pops up in Sweden

During the design process, Tengbom Architects collaborated with the students at the University of Lund to carefully tailor the new flat to student preferences. Each unit features a comfortable sleeping

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Urban Villas Constructed from Ancient Jurassic Limestone Melt into Grassy Surroundings

Urban Villas Constructed from Ancient Jurassic Limestone Melt into Grassy Surroundings

The four townhouses that make up Urban Villas are constructed on a slope, the main reason to keep their forms as simple as possible. Along the borders of the property are dense bushes and shrubs, as well

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Woodworker Dan Coyle is Creating Fantastic Wood Bike Helmets in His Oregon Workshop

Woodworker Dan Coyle is Creating Fantastic Wood Bike Helmets in His Oregon Workshop

Coyle, a wooden helmet company, is one of those ventures that began as a garage experiment and slowly evolved into a successful business. Coyle makes specialty helmets in Corvallis, Oregon, using a wood

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Zundert’s Bloemencorso Flower Parade Wows Visitors With Floats Made From Thousands of Blooms!

Zundert’s Bloemencorso Flower Parade Wows Visitors With Floats Made From Thousands of Blooms!

The tiny town of Zundert is most famously known as the birthplace of master painted Vincent Van Gogh, and the Bloemencorso parade honors his artistic spirit. With a population of just 20,000, the town

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Dopper’s Fashionable Net-Zero Carbon Water Bottle Offers More than Your Average Canteen

Dopper’s Fashionable Net-Zero Carbon Water Bottle Offers More than Your Average Canteen

Of the 450,000 single-use plastic bottles used every minute in the U.S., only 20% are recycled; the rest are dumped into landfills or find their way into our oceans. Using smart design to combat plastic

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Woodcube: Carbon-Neutral Five-Story Wooden Apartment Building Opens in Hamburg

Woodcube: Carbon-Neutral Five-Story Wooden Apartment Building Opens in Hamburg

The Woodcube was made for the International Building Exhibition, which Hamburg is hosting this year on the island of Wilhelmsburg. The event, which showcases a wide variety of innovative green building

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Mihaus Studio is a Highly Flexible Modular Space Built with Hemp

Mihaus Studio is a Highly Flexible Modular Space Built with Hemp

As many great ideas have, Mihaus Studio came from personal necessity. Harper needed a highly adaptable addition to her own home. She used her design expertise to create this modular...we'll just say

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History Meets High Design in Bruno Erpicum’s Adaptive Reuse of a Dusseldorf Warehouse

History Meets High Design in Bruno Erpicum’s Adaptive Reuse of a Dusseldorf Warehouse

Bruno Erpicum took great care to respect the building’s past. The existing materials and structure play a strong role in the design. The furniture was even custom designed by Erpicum and finished with a

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Jillian Salik Carves Ornate Baroque Frames from Cardboard

Jillian Salik Carves Ornate Baroque Frames from Cardboard

The Baroque period is known for its hugely ornate, filigreed adornments in its architecture and interiors. The time and skilled craftsmanship required to create the flowers, leaves, and scrolls is

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Awesome Clay-Painted Jute Cabana in Portugal Provides Summertime Shade

Awesome Clay-Painted Jute Cabana in Portugal Provides Summertime Shade

In order to make the rich earthy colors, the design team made paint mixtures from local soils and clay. These were hand-painted on jute fabric, sealed with silicate mineral paint and linseed oil, and then

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Ohio Professors Remediate Streams to Turn Toxic Runoff into Vibrant Paint Pigments

Ohio Professors Remediate Streams to Turn Toxic Runoff into Vibrant Paint Pigments

When heavy metals leach out of Ohio's abandoned coal mines, the sulfide minerals acidify the water and turn streams into sites of slimy toxic sludge, killing fish and destroying ecosystems. Ohio

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Los Angeles Completes the World’s Largest LED Street Light Retrofit

Los Angeles Completes the World’s Largest LED Street Light Retrofit

According to an article by Justin Gerdes for Forbes, last month the city of Los Angeles completed the world’s largest LED street light retrofit, changing over 141,089 street lights to energy efficient

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Naoya Matsumoto’s Yoshi Bar is Made from Hundreds of Locally-Sourced Reeds

Naoya Matsumoto’s Yoshi Bar is Made from Hundreds of Locally-Sourced Reeds

Each year, students at Seian University of Art and Design are challenged to create different projects using locally harvested reeds. The material grows freely around Lake Biwa, making it an easy and

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LEED Platinum Leon Springs Home Features a 17,000 Gallon Rainwater Catchment System

LEED Platinum Leon Springs Home Features a 17,000 Gallon Rainwater Catchment System

The light-filled home is lined with floor to ceiling windows, bringing the Texas landscape into each of the living areas. A double height living room is used for entertaining, and opens onto the veranda

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Red Hong Yi Transforms Colorful Flower Petals into Exotic Birds

Red Hong Yi Transforms Colorful Flower Petals into Exotic Birds

Red Hong Yi decided to experiment with using just one material for an entire month, choosing fragile flowers for her medium. Inspired by the shape of each tiny petal and the notion that together they

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MIT’s OpenFab Allows Designers to Make Cheaper, Flexible, Colored 3D Printed Objects

MIT’s OpenFab Allows Designers to Make Cheaper, Flexible, Colored 3D Printed Objects

MIT's OpenFab is a system designed to make 3d printing easier and cheaper - and it uses a new programming language to create flexible objects with varying materiality. Set to be launched at the end of the

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Peppermint Products Makes Modern Furniture and Accessories from Cardboard

Peppermint Products Makes Modern Furniture and Accessories from Cardboard

Peppermint Products, is a young and dynamic German start-up with the goal of creating modern furniture products out of humble cardboard. Peppermint was started off just over a year ago by four young and

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World’s Largest Legoland Waterpark to Open in Malaysia

World’s Largest Legoland Waterpark to Open in Malaysia

Kids and adults alike can splash around amongst Lego characters in the pools, or down waterslides. Unique to the Malaysian park, fans will be able to play with oversized soft Lego bricks in

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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The Be.e Electric Scooter is a Lightweight Ride Made From Compressed Plants

The Be.e Electric Scooter is a Lightweight Ride Made From Compressed Plants

In comparison with a car or truck, a scooter is a pretty green ride. They are lightweight, use less fuel, and are far easier to park. Yet, no matter how environmentally friendly they may seem, there is

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Nike’s “Making” App Helps Designers Choose the Greenest Materials

Nike’s “Making” App Helps Designers Choose the Greenest Materials

With so many materials available on the market, it can be tricky for designers to ensure that their products are made with those that have the smallest possible environmental impact. In order to make it

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Beetle-Kill Pine is Fueling Wildfires and the Lumber Industry

Beetle-Kill Pine is Fueling Wildfires and the Lumber Industry

As climate change warms areas of Colorado, mountain pine beetles (Dendroctonus ponderosae) have infested lodgepole pines and drastically reduced their numbers. Of the 1.5 million acres of forest in the

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Artist Kovaleva Anastasia Creates Van Gogh-Like Collages Using Natural Materials

Artist Kovaleva Anastasia Creates Van Gogh-Like Collages Using Natural Materials

Artist Kovaleva Anastasia uses found natural materials as a medium for her deeply imaginative and often very delicate artworks. To make her collages, she uses all sorts of natural and floral materials

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