Sustainable Materials

Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

Meet the Winners of the First Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

The Winners of the first Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge were announced this weekend at the Institute’s Innovation Celebration in New York City. Organized by the Cradle to Cradle Products

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Holst Architecture’s Karuna House Aims for Triple Certification in Oregon

Holst Architecture’s Karuna House Aims for Triple Certification in Oregon

The spectacular home will serve as a case study to examine the overlap and divergences between the different certifications. The findings are published in an insightful analysis on Hammer and Hand's

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Oudated 1970′s Home Gets Brilliant Green Makeover with Locally-Sourced Materials in Northern California

Oudated 1970′s Home Gets Brilliant Green Makeover with Locally-Sourced Materials in Northern California

In desperate need of a complete renovation for their outdated two-storey home, the owners specifically sought out a construction company that would provide an environmentally-friendly rebuilding process

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Hexagonal Bee Hives Inspire Brilliant Modular HIVEHAUS Home

Hexagonal Bee Hives Inspire Brilliant Modular HIVEHAUS Home

The individual cells allow for approximately 100 square feet of personalized living space, while an ideal cell configuration would involve an office cell, living area cell, kitchen cell, bedroom cell and

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Glittering, Origami-Inspired High-Rise Pops Up in Paris

Glittering, Origami-Inspired High-Rise Pops Up in Paris

Like iridescent fish scales, the Barclays Headquarters' triangular panels form a pattern on the street-facing façade. Rather than using real marble, the marble effect was achieved by screen-printing

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Artist Flips Czech Government a Giant Paper Bird

Artist Flips Czech Government a Giant Paper Bird

Czech artist David Cerny has created a giant middle finger sculpture aimed right at the government buildings of Prague. Cerny’s oversized purple hand sculpture floats in the Vltava River, and is a shot

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Japanese Shipwright Sueshiro Sano Creates Stunning Wooden Bicycles

Japanese Shipwright Sueshiro Sano Creates Stunning Wooden Bicycles

Tokyo-based Sueshiro Sano comes from a long legacy of shipwrights - however he’s using his skills to design and produce beautiful bespoke wooden bicycles. Sano’s bicycles are crafted from Honduran

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Gorgeous Fogo Island Eco-Hotel Rises on Stilts in Canada

Gorgeous Fogo Island Eco-Hotel Rises on Stilts in Canada

Composed of two intersecting building masses, the X-shaped contemporary hotel was built using white-painted, locally milled Black Spruce to make the inn look like a natural extension of the wintry

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Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

The great philosopher Macklemore said it best in his hit song “Thrift Store” that one man’s trash is another man’s come up. This statement rings particularly true for artist and sculptor George

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Antonio Larosa Recycles Old Oil Drums Into Elegant New Mirrors

Antonio Larosa Recycles Old Oil Drums Into Elegant New Mirrors

Antonio Larosa has created a stylish collection of furniture and accessories made entirely from recycled oil drums! The cool range was produced after the Phillips Collection commissioned Larosa to design

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Living Hedge Building is Completely Wrapped in Ivy

Living Hedge Building is Completely Wrapped in Ivy

Andre Kempe and Oliver Thill's Hedge Building is a beautiful garden-clad pavilion that has ivy creeping across every wall! The German architects created a ‘smart screen’ using green walls to introduce

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Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Mushroom Material Company Ecovative Wins First Place in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

The BFI has just named New York-based Ecovative Design as their top prize winner for the prestigious 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The company will receive $100,000 to further develop their

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Kengo Kuma Unveils Gorgeous Geometric Pavilion For Japan’s Kyushu Geibunkan Museum

Kengo Kuma Unveils Gorgeous Geometric Pavilion For Japan’s Kyushu Geibunkan Museum

Visitors at the recently opened Kyushu Geibunkan museum in Japan will be thrilled to discover the museum's flexible wooden annex. Designed as a space for pottery and art, the wood pavilion provides great

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Infographic Shows the Amount of Various Building Materials That Can Be Produced For 1 Ton of CO2

Infographic Shows the Amount of Various Building Materials That Can Be Produced For 1 Ton of CO2

In the Scale of Carbon is a new exhibition launched by the Materials Council during the London Design Festival that explores the sustainability of different building materials. The exhibit uses cubes to

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Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

Meet the Ten Finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge

The first Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, coordinated by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in partnership with Make It Right, was launched in November of 2012. By June of

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Fabripod’s Urchin Lamp Casts a Spectacular Shadow That Mimics Its Own Form

Fabripod’s Urchin Lamp Casts a Spectacular Shadow That Mimics Its Own Form

Maker, architect, family man, and environmentalist Chris Chalmers of Fabripod wanted to design a lamp that embodied all of his core values, so he went about creating a unique and stunning light fixture

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Classy Yield Cup Set Offers an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic While on the Go

Classy Yield Cup Set Offers an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Plastic While on the Go

The Yield Cup Set offers the perfect alternative to plastic for people who are always on the go. It combines one pair of stainless steel cups secured together by a handcrafted leather casing and sturdy

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

In my last column for The Biomimicry Manual, I mentioned the way the sea snake keeps herself clean of barnacles and algae by shedding her skin. Keeping surfaces clean is a huge challenge and a big

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Koya No Sumika House Adds a Peaked Plywood Extension for Minimal Living

Koya No Sumika House Adds a Peaked Plywood Extension for Minimal Living

The original house is typical of the Japanese countryside, a simplistic one story structure with emphasis on common areas. The architects designed the ground floor extension to be nestled next to the main

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Manoteca’s ‘Box sir’ Table Uses Beautifully Restored Pieces That Lock Together Like a Puzzle

Manoteca’s ‘Box sir’ Table Uses Beautifully Restored Pieces That Lock Together Like a Puzzle

Recently, the fantastic design team at Manoteca launched Box sir, their latest collection of beautifully restored wooden designs. In addition to being stunning pieces of furniture, they are cool to boot!

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“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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