Sustainable Materials

Onion Pinch: Swaying Cork Art installation Invites Passersby to Rock and Relax

Onion Pinch: Swaying Cork Art installation Invites Passersby to Rock and Relax

NY/ Turin-based architect Caterina Tiazzoldi teamed up with NY/ Lisbon-based architect Eduardo Benamor Duarte to create Onion Pinch - a playful eco art installation made entirely from sustainably-sourced

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iGreen: Giant Sphere Made From Thousands of Recycled CDs and DVDs Coming to China

iGreen: Giant Sphere Made From Thousands of Recycled CDs and DVDs Coming to China

In China, someone's old music collection is getting a second chance at life. MINIWIZ Sustainable Energy Development Ltd recently announced plans to build the iGreen, an aviation museum featuring a 5D

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Carne Griffiths’ Ethereal Portraits are Made From Coffee, Tea and Booze

Carne Griffiths’ Ethereal Portraits are Made From Coffee, Tea and Booze

The London-based artist’s beautiful portraits are a mash up of colored lines, shading and drizzles. Deep browns and shading are rendered in black coffee, its dark nature creating weighty stains on the

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The Lefebvre-Smyth Residence in British Columbia Minimizes Footprint but Maximizes Sustainability

The Lefebvre-Smyth Residence in British Columbia Minimizes Footprint but Maximizes Sustainability

The CEI Architecture team, which has offices located in Vancouver, Kelowna, and Victoria, was led by Nick Bevanda and Rob Cesnik during their work on the Lefebvre-Smyth Residence. Inspired by the site’s

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B&A Studio’s Modular Desktop Organizer Can Be Ever-Customized

B&A Studio’s Modular Desktop Organizer Can Be Ever-Customized

Take a look at your desk. Is it cluttered with pens? Wires hanging tangled up everywhere? Electronic devices hiding under piles of papers? B&A Studio in Houston, TX has created an awesome modular

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Specimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint

Specimen’s Hand-Crafted Horn Speakers Are Made from Recycled Newsprint and Dryer Lint

Not only are Specimen's horn speakers visually intriguing with their flared newsprint protrusion, but they project larger-than-life sound using only 3 watts of power. The technology employed was common in

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The Recycled Orchestra Performs Using Instruments Made from Landfill Trash

The Recycled Orchestra Performs Using Instruments Made from Landfill Trash

Cateura is a place, one resident explains, “where a violin costs more than a house.” But despite residents' modest means, the Recycled Orchestra performs in classrooms as well as concert halls,

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Furniture Designer John Ford Reuses Scrap Wood to Make Modern Table Lamps

Furniture Designer John Ford Reuses Scrap Wood to Make Modern Table Lamps

The Mill Lamp  is constructed by dovetail-joining four pieces of scrap wood together, which are then turned on a lathe and sanded down to create a round form. The grain direction with the dovetail joints

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Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

Built on pilings on the beach, Nueva Esperanza (which means new hope in Spanish) was constructed in accordance with the community's longstanding vernacular. A timber base is accentuated with bamboo walls

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Scientists at Spain’s University of Jaen Create Eco-Friendly Bricks from Paper Waste

Scientists at Spain’s University of Jaen Create Eco-Friendly Bricks from Paper Waste

Scientists at Spain’s University of Jaen have found an affordable and eco-friendly way to make bricks from paper waste. The process diverts the byproducts of paper mills from going to a landfill, and

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Extraordinary Sustainable Retreat by roomTEN Design Opens Onto Michigan’s Lake Shore

Extraordinary Sustainable Retreat by roomTEN Design Opens Onto Michigan’s Lake Shore

Creating the home as a sustainable and healthy living space for the family was top priority, beginning with site selection. Calculating what available property would be the shortest in drive time (not

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Emily Hesslegrave’s Just Radio is a New Take on the Classic Radio Made from Recycled Wood

Emily Hesslegrave’s Just Radio is a New Take on the Classic Radio Made from Recycled Wood

Seeking to produce a classic radio for the modern user, Emily Hesslegrave has designed Just Radio, a small radio with a touchscreen that is made from reclaimed natural timber wood. According to

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10 Architectural Gingerbread Creations from 2012 to Make You Salivate!

10 Architectural Gingerbread Creations from 2012 to Make You Salivate!

1. Selfridges Store Window inspired by the film by Bruce Weber This architectural cookie installation was inspired by the film produced by Bruce Weber for Selfridges department store in London. Titled

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10 Green Christmas Tree Alternatives to Make Your Holiday Shine

10 Green Christmas Tree Alternatives to Make Your Holiday Shine

Superstar Tree - $449.99 at Modernica Studio Candle Christmas Tree - Contact the artist for pricing Cardboard Alpine Tree - $24.99 at Cardboard Safari Cardboard Christmas Tree - $19.99 at The Cardboard

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Erik Maki’s Sustainably Made Longboards Look and Ride Like Surfboards

Erik Maki’s Sustainably Made Longboards Look and Ride Like Surfboards

Photo by Jobi Manson Longboard skateboards are a familiar sight at UCSD, but Erik Maki wanted more out of his board – not just in appearance, but in feel. He used his woodworking skills, education (a

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Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

This holiday season, it is almost a sure thing that one of the gifts you will receive will require a battery. Instead of a plain old Duracell, you may soon be able to reach for a battery powered by a

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Fast-growing Bamboo Keeps Costs Low for Tiny Vo Trong Nghia Housing Prototype in Viet Nam

Fast-growing Bamboo Keeps Costs Low for Tiny Vo Trong Nghia Housing Prototype in Viet Nam

There are two prototypes. One is 22.5 square meters and the other is 18 square meters. The compact design is achieved in part by transferring the kitchen and bathroom outdoors, which will be a shared

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DIY: 10 Amazing Homemade Terrariums That Also Make Great Gifts!

DIY: 10 Amazing Homemade Terrariums That Also Make Great Gifts!

  1. Ornament Terrarium Spruce up boring glass ornaments by turning them into terrariums. You can use any clear glass ornament that has a removable hanger. We suggest repurposing an old

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Fallen Industry Transforms Fallen Trees and Driftwood Into Beautiful New Pieces of Furniture

Fallen Industry Transforms Fallen Trees and Driftwood Into Beautiful New Pieces of Furniture

Fallen Industry's beautifully crafted furniture is built from 100% reclaimed fallen trees and salvaged NYC man-made industrial driftwood. The bases are forged from American-made or recycled steel parts

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Sustainable-Furniture UK Creates Unique Tables from the Roots of Old Logged Teak Trees

Sustainable-Furniture UK Creates Unique Tables from the Roots of Old Logged Teak Trees

Sustainable-Furniture has built a series of stunning dining tables using the roots of old logged teak trees that have been left in the ground. To create the tables, the company digs the special roots

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Bite Me: Edible Lamp Comes in a Rainbow of Juicy, Fruity Colors

Bite Me: Edible Lamp Comes in a Rainbow of Juicy, Fruity Colors

The idea of eating a lamp seems as ridiculous as Charlie Chaplin famously eating a shoe in The Gold Rush, but Vetterlein’s Bite Me is no joke. The glossy colorful lamp stretches out across any table

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Tank-Shaped TRIWA Pop-Up Store in Poland is Made From 900 Cardboard Tubes

Tank-Shaped TRIWA Pop-Up Store in Poland is Made From 900 Cardboard Tubes

Located in Poznan Plaza shopping mall in the city of Poznan, Poland, the store features display cabinets made from chunky chipboard panels, held together with brightly colored ratchet straps. Cardboard

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Thibault Malet Carves Iconic LEGO Man from Sustainable Wood

Thibault Malet Carves Iconic LEGO Man from Sustainable Wood

Malet’s “LEGO en Bois” toys were lovingly hand made, from the carving of each part, down to the stamping of the packaging. The Montpelier, France based designer also recycled all of the waste made

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Fractal Structures Could Yield Ultralight 3D-Printable Beams That Are 10,000 Times Stronger Than Steel

Fractal Structures Could Yield Ultralight 3D-Printable Beams That Are 10,000 Times Stronger Than Steel

If you were to strip away the walls, floors, and insulation, you'd see that most buildings are constructed on a frame of beams. Most beams are made from steel, and while strong, they're fairly

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Researchers 3D Print Moon Rocks for Use as Lunar Building Material

Researchers 3D Print Moon Rocks for Use as Lunar Building Material

3d printing has become one of the most exciting fields of technology today as it opens up new possibilities for consumers and scientists. But the next frontier for 3d printing tech may be outer space - as

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Ballroom: A Giant Willow Nest in Melbourne With Tall Ceilings and Celestial Windows

Ballroom: A Giant Willow Nest in Melbourne With Tall Ceilings and Celestial Windows

For the Ballroom installation commissioned by the Federation Square Creative Program to promote public art at the 3.2 hectare mixed-use space near Melbourne's busiest railway station, Dougherty turned to

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Caretaker’s House is the World’s First Green Timber Home Insulated to Passivehaus Standards

Caretaker’s House is the World’s First Green Timber Home Insulated to Passivehaus Standards

Usually wood is dried and treated before it is used to build a home, but not so with the Caretaker's House by Invisible Studio. By felling the wood on site and putting it to use immediately, the design

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Mak3D: World’s First 3D Printing Co-Working Space Opens in London

Mak3D: World’s First 3D Printing Co-Working Space Opens in London

What do you do if you're a designer with an amazing idea for a product, but no way to make it? There might a huge buzz around 3D printing, but we're still a long way off from everyone having a machine at

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Michael Velliquette Transforms Cut Paper into Sculptural Human Forms

Michael Velliquette Transforms Cut Paper into Sculptural Human Forms

The Oresteia was written in the fifth century by Aeschylus and addresses imagery of brutality, sorrow and revenge. Using only paper, ink, graphite and acrylic, Velliquette has turned the gallery into a

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