Sustainable Materials

Lucirmas Launches ‘Handy’ Line of Recycled Glass and Cork Office Accessories

Lucirmas Launches ‘Handy’ Line of Recycled Glass and Cork Office Accessories

Handy is a new line of sustainably crafted office accessories by Barcelona-based design studio Lucirmas. The versatile, modular desk set is made from recycled glass and cork. It comprises a pencil and

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New North Carolina Law Could Ban LEED Certification Due to Forestry Dispute

New North Carolina Law Could Ban LEED Certification Due to Forestry Dispute

There is a debate raging between the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) - and LEED certification is caught in the middle. Treehugger reports that the latest

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Andrew Mowbray Grows Square Building Blocks from Living Gourds

Andrew Mowbray Grows Square Building Blocks from Living Gourds

Andrew Mowbray has developed a new kind of natural modular building unit. For the past two years, the artist has been growing Lagenaria gourds in reusable acrylic forms, creating square blocks that can be

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2-Year-Old Girl Becomes the Youngest Person to Get a New Trachea Made Using Stem Cells

2-Year-Old Girl Becomes the Youngest Person to Get a New Trachea Made Using Stem Cells

Hannah Warren was born in 2010 with a rare condition known as tracheal agenesis, which means that her trachea failed to develop. For the past two years, she has been living in an ICU in Seoul, South

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Mississippi Man Transforms Tornado Debris Into a Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Mississippi Man Transforms Tornado Debris Into a Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Earlier this year, when a tornado ripped through Hattiesburg, Mississippi, it left a scene of destruction in its wake. But as the storm-ravaged residents set about clearing fallen trees and branches, Jody

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Juniper Ridge’s Cabin Sprays Make Your Home Smell Like a Forest Retreat

Juniper Ridge’s Cabin Sprays Make Your Home Smell Like a Forest Retreat

We love featuring treetop lounges and forest escapes here at Inhabitat - but not everyone has the good fortune to live amidst a lush green wilderness. For those who yearn to take leave of the city and

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TOFU CHAIR – Leonardo Talarico’s Durable Chair Tests The Structural Limits of Tofu

TOFU CHAIR – Leonardo Talarico’s Durable Chair Tests The Structural Limits of Tofu

Vegetarians of the world rejoice — the world's first TOFU chair is here! Designed by Leonardo Talarico, the Tofu Chair lives up to its name and is made entirely from tasty soy bean curd. Using

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The Most Inventive Green Designs at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2013

The Most Inventive Green Designs at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2013

A collective of designers working under the name of Slowd is collaborating with craftsmen to explore different, more sustainable ways to manufacture products. Nicola Dalla Costa worked with makers in

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Brilliant Ginkgo Umbrella is Sturdy, 100% Recyclable, and Made from Interchangeable Parts

Brilliant Ginkgo Umbrella is Sturdy, 100% Recyclable, and Made from Interchangeable Parts

Forecasters predict 2012 to be a record-breaking year for tropical storms - and a truly sturdy umbrella is essential for dealing with pouring rain and gusting winds. A new crowdfunded umbrella called the

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H&P Architects’ Bamboo Homes Float Above Rising Flood Waters on Recycled Oil Drums

H&P Architects’ Bamboo Homes Float Above Rising Flood Waters on Recycled Oil Drums

Bamboo was chosen for the homes not just because it is plentiful in the region, but it is also versatile, durable as well as traditional.  Bamboo frames, roofing and walls are arranged between long steel

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Mexico’s Thatched-Roof CocoCabañas Resort is Powered Entirely by Solar Energy

Mexico’s Thatched-Roof CocoCabañas Resort is Powered Entirely by Solar Energy

Resort life at CocoCabañas is more like an intimate bed and breakfast than a large luxury hotel. Visitors will find themselves in a beach getaway fantasy, complete with comfortable bi-level thatched roof

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Combine: A Sustainable Dining Solution for Summer Picnics by Bold_A Design Company

Combine: A Sustainable Dining Solution for Summer Picnics by Bold_A Design Company

Summer is on its way, and what better time to get outdoors and enjoy a meal with friends? “Combine” your passions this summer, with an eco-friendly picnicking solution that is certain to add beauty

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Benjamin Hubert Turns Heads with His Stunning Cork ‘Float Light’ Fixtures

Benjamin Hubert Turns Heads with His Stunning Cork ‘Float Light’ Fixtures

Since launching his studio in 2009, London-based designer Benjamin Hubert has achieved widespread recognition and critical acclaim for his innovative use of materials and industrial design. Hubert

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Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Fully licensed by all of the relevant authorities, the floating bar has a remarkable capacity of roughly 250 people. This is made possible by the drums, which are virtually impossible to sink. All of the

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Researchers Harness Bacteria to Make Clean ‘Bio-Batteries’

Researchers Harness Bacteria to Make Clean ‘Bio-Batteries’

When you think of bacteria, the last word that might come to mind is "clean." However, researchers at the University of East Anglia have made a breakthrough in battery technology that will allow microbes

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Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers Create Efficient, Recyclable Solar Cells from Trees

Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE), in collaboration with Purdue University have unveiled a new efficient, recyclable organic solar cell

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Stilts: Inhabitat Monkeys Around in Sustainable Kenyan Treehouses

Stilts: Inhabitat Monkeys Around in Sustainable Kenyan Treehouses

We had a chance to chat with Andy about the genesis of Stilts, which was carefully designed to have the smallest possible impact on this section of Coral Rag Forest. While the Kenyan-born business owner

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Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Concrete Made with Biofuel Waste is Strong, Durable, and Has a Lower Carbon Footprint

Photo via Shutterstock In the crusade to cut global CO2 emissions, we tend look to power plants, cars, and manufacturing. Nowadays, our building materials are also garnering attention, and researchers

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Shabby Love: A Virginia Shop Where Every Piece of Old Furniture Has a History and a Future

Shabby Love: A Virginia Shop Where Every Piece of Old Furniture Has a History and a Future

Shabby Love started like so many small businesses. When Hannah married her husband, a horticulturist who took a job at an estate in Virginia, friends and family donated a bunch of what she calls ugly

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Michael Charters’ Big Wood Skyscraper is a Sustainable Alternative to Steel and Concrete Buildings

Michael Charters’ Big Wood Skyscraper is a Sustainable Alternative to Steel and Concrete Buildings

Modern skyscrapers are typically made from concrete and steel, but as architect Michael Charters suggests, wood could be a viable construction material for tall buildings that would have a lower

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Found Objects Become Magical Works of Art Submerged Underwater by Forlane 6 Studio

Found Objects Become Magical Works of Art Submerged Underwater by Forlane 6 Studio

Using found objects and furniture, Forlane 6 Studio created these magical underwater sculptures that serve as hauntingly beautiful reminders of our mindless consumption. Designed by the artistic duo of

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Designer Aaron Mickelson Shows How a Product Can Be Its Own ‘Disappearing Package’

Designer Aaron Mickelson Shows How a Product Can Be Its Own ‘Disappearing Package’

In the case of each product, Mickelson sought out a method to eliminate the package altogether, producing a no-waste packaging solution that is still aesthetically pleasing. In the case of Glad trash

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Designer Niklas Roy Creates a Pen Plotter from Cardboard and Common Office Supplies

Designer Niklas Roy Creates a Pen Plotter from Cardboard and Common Office Supplies

Designer Niklas Roy has created an incredible miniature plotter made from Finnish cardboard, rubber bands, glue, tape, glue, and a welding rod. Roy designed the gadget while teaching a workshop at the

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Chinese Scientists Create Ultra Light, Low-Cost Carbon Nanotube Aerogels from Bacteria

Chinese Scientists Create Ultra Light, Low-Cost Carbon Nanotube Aerogels from Bacteria

Scientists at the Univeristy of Science and Technology of China have developed an environmentally friendly method of creating carbon nanotube aerogels. The ultra light, fire-resistant material is made

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Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Photo via Shutterstock As we begin to see the devastating effects of plastic pollution on our environment, scientists are working towards generating more eco-friendly alternatives to petroleum-based

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‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

Designers at Studio Ooms have been working on a fantastic social project in Indonesia that helps to lift people out of poverty while creating great recycled products. So far, the team has spent five weeks

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Stephen Shaheen Fashions Stunning Furniture With Salvaged Onyx

Stephen Shaheen Fashions Stunning Furniture With Salvaged Onyx

Stephen Shaheen creates intriguing designs from discarded remnants of onyx left over from industrial stone fabrication. No stranger to upcycling, Shaheen uses these upcycled materials to create

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Dutch Biotech Firm to Make Car Tires From Hybrid Dandelions

Dutch Biotech Firm to Make Car Tires From Hybrid Dandelions

You see them popping up in your garden, and soon the dandelion may also parked in your driveway. Dutch biotech firm KeyGene has plans to use the latex found in dandelion roots to create a new material for

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Barbara Franc Transforms Recycled Objects Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Barbara Franc Transforms Recycled Objects Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Artist Barbara Franc transforms recycled materials and bits of wire into elaborate sculptures of living creatures from every branch of the animal kingdom. Her three-dimensional works range from a

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Top 6 Sustainable Winter Resorts for Snowboarding and Skiing in the US

Top 6 Sustainable Winter Resorts for Snowboarding and Skiing in the US

Snow is a critical factor for skiing and snowboarding, so if your favorite ski resort hasn't made the connection between climate change and their resort, they clearly don't get it. Your resort should be

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