Sustainable Materials

Artist Patrick Acton Recreates Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School From Thousands of Matchsticks

Artist Patrick Acton Recreates Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School From Thousands of Matchsticks

By now, Patrick Acton has turned millions of matchsticks into detailed over-sized models. What once started as a hobby has become a full-time endeavor, inspiring the artist to recreate a bevy of

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Dsquadro’s Modular JOIN System Can be Used to Create Virtually any Kind of Furniture

Dsquadro’s Modular JOIN System Can be Used to Create Virtually any Kind of Furniture

"JOIN" is a system of interlocking modular pieces, created by dsquadro, which allows free configurations of furniture. The "JOIN" system is made from salvaged wood materials and it's flexible enough to be

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Corey Thomas’ Reclaimed Wood ‘Spinifex’ Sculpture Unveiled at Australia’s Croajingolong National Park

Corey Thomas’ Reclaimed Wood ‘Spinifex’ Sculpture Unveiled at Australia’s Croajingolong National Park

Artist Corey Thomas created this awe-inspiring "Spinifex" sculpture from branches and plant material salvaged from local trees, and the gigantic dandelion-like form was recently installed in the middle of

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‘Waste Not Want Not’ is a Dynamic Green Wall Created Using Discarded Materials

‘Waste Not Want Not’ is a Dynamic Green Wall Created Using Discarded Materials

Blake Chamberlain is the brains behind this fantastic project 'Waste Not Want Not', a vegetative grow wall created out of discarded materials. The concept takes plastic water bottles and wooden

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Artist Daniel Agdad Creates Incredible Miniature Worlds Entirely from Cardboard!

Artist Daniel Agdad Creates Incredible Miniature Worlds Entirely from Cardboard!

Agdad is no stranger to creating film sets - the artist is an award-winning producer of stop-motion films. His sculptures are photographed in black and white and sepia tones, so they look as if they've

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Colorful Well Proven Chair is Made from Recycled Wood Waste and Bio-Resin

Colorful Well Proven Chair is Made from Recycled Wood Waste and Bio-Resin

London-based designers Marjan Van Aubel and Jamie Shaw have developed an intriguing material that can be used to create sturdy, lightweight furniture from waste. Their Well Proven Chair, which looks

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Knevel Architecture Unveils ‘World’s Most Sustainable Gas Station’ in the Netherlands

Knevel Architecture Unveils ‘World’s Most Sustainable Gas Station’ in the Netherlands

Benjamin Robichon was the lead architect for the Avia Marees gas station located near the ‘Afsluitdijk’ and Den Oever's A7 motorway exit. The tank island, which is comprised of tanks that dispense

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Paper Dandy’s Horrorgami Papercuts Honor Cult Classic Horror Films

Paper Dandy’s Horrorgami Papercuts Honor Cult Classic Horror Films

Each of the eerie architectural sites epitomizes the horrific stories that transposed within. Hagan-Guirey carefully cut each of the iconic locations from one single sheet of A4 paper, turning a flat

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Top 6 Incredible Artworks Made From Autumn Leaves!

Top 6 Incredible Artworks Made From Autumn Leaves!

Lorenzo Duran's Intricate Leaf Art Spanish artist Lorenzo Duran cuts away at leaves with surgical precision to create detailed landscapes, intricate symbols, and a variety of other images. Duran was

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Colossal Tiger Made From Reclaimed Timber Springs to Life in Hungary

Colossal Tiger Made From Reclaimed Timber Springs to Life in Hungary

This giant timber tiger by Gabor Szoke leaped into life during the ‘Hello Wood’ art camp in Hungary, which brought 200 young designers and architects together to form projects for eight different

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Skeletons and Saints Emerge from Single Pieces of Paper in Peter Callesen’s Artworks

Skeletons and Saints Emerge from Single Pieces of Paper in Peter Callesen’s Artworks

Through meticulous and carefully calculated cuts, Callesen removes just enough of the paper to create his three dimensional forms. Reminiscent to spatial problems on SAT tests, the artist must

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LAYWOO-D3 Lets You Print 3D Objects From Recycled Wood Instead of Plastic!

LAYWOO-D3 Lets You Print 3D Objects From Recycled Wood Instead of Plastic!

Who says 3D printers are only for tech nerds and engineers? Traditional craftsmen may take want to join the 3D revolution after getting a load of LAYWOO-D3, a 3D printer material that is made from 40%

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Decorex Paints the Town Green with Showcase of Eco-Furnishings at London Design Festival

Decorex Paints the Town Green with Showcase of Eco-Furnishings at London Design Festival

Volga Linen is a family-run company that sells pure linen by the meter, table linen, bed linen and ready to hang curtains. Linen is a naturally environmentally friendly material; flax needs less

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Two Homes Tucked in the Ground are Topped With Sweeping Arched Roofs in Paraguay

Two Homes Tucked in the Ground are Topped With Sweeping Arched Roofs in Paraguay

BAUEN was very concerned to ensure that this eco-luxe home in Paraguay would have a relatively small environmental footprint, so they tucked the majority of it underground. Tall double-height windows

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Floris Wubben’s Brilliant Stripped Lamp is Made From a Single Tree Branch

Floris Wubben’s Brilliant Stripped Lamp is Made From a Single Tree Branch

We are always looking for new ways to bring the outdoors in, and this gorgeous Stripped lamp by Floris Wubben does just that by marrying the beauty of a tree with the function of a light. To create the

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Cork, a Sustainable Classic

Amazing Natural Packaging: Cork, a Sustainable Classic

Photo: Background pattern of wine bottles corks via Shutterstock If you are involved in the creative community, you will have noticed the slowly-but-surely growing preponderance of cork as a material

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NASA Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Create Building Bricks on Mars

NASA Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Create Building Bricks on Mars

Mars image from Shutterstock Engineers at NASA's Synthetic Biology Initiative are creating the building blocks of life - or rather, using life to create building blocks. Instead of shipping

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Solar Geodesic Dome-Covered Cob House Rises in the Far Reaches of Norway

Solar Geodesic Dome-Covered Cob House Rises in the Far Reaches of Norway

Ardent followers of permaculture, the couple and their three children are lucky to be surrounded by a host of like-minded families who often come by to help with the building. They are also vegetarians,

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DecoBricks: Durable Building Bricks Made From Recycled PET Cups

DecoBricks: Durable Building Bricks Made From Recycled PET Cups

DecoBricks are a system of modular building bricks made from recycled PET plastic. The decorative bricks repurpose plastic cups and bottles, and they can be used to create green walls, buildings, and

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ITZ MayanWoodsFurniture Turns Fallen Trees Into Beautiful New Handcrafted Pieces

ITZ MayanWoodsFurniture Turns Fallen Trees Into Beautiful New Handcrafted Pieces

ITZ MayanWoodsFurniture specializes in handcrafting furniture from precious woods in its purest form. Taking wood from fallen trees caused by hurricanes and fires in the Mayan Jungle of southern Quintana

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Ty-Hedfan is a Partially-Buried Welsh Longhouse Near the Brecon Beacons National Park

Ty-Hedfan is a Partially-Buried Welsh Longhouse Near the Brecon Beacons National Park

A six meter no-build zone on the bank of the Ysgir Fach and Ysgir Fawr river confluence gave Featherstone Young the idea to build a soaring cantilever. Inside this wing of the 223 square meter home is a

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FASHION MEETS TECHNOLOGY: 6 Examples of Groundbreaking High-Tech Fashion

FASHION MEETS TECHNOLOGY: 6 Examples of Groundbreaking High-Tech Fashion

From a dress that tweets to Google glasses coming down the runway at New York Fashion Week, we've been seeing a growing intersection between fashion and technology in the past few years. This

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SuperBrands Showcases Elegant Eco-Design at London Design Festival

SuperBrands Showcases Elegant Eco-Design at London Design Festival

Limited Edition Limited Edition presented two rugs of particular interest. Brick is made from vertically positioned strips of reclaimed leather; a waste material from other design processes. It is a

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Team Basque’s Solar Decathlon Ekihouse Promotes Self-Sufficiency and ‘The Simple Life’

Team Basque’s Solar Decathlon Ekihouse Promotes Self-Sufficiency and ‘The Simple Life’

The Ekihouse utilizes simplicity and functionality as its founding principles, and the result is an easily replicated dwelling that has a unique beauty to its facade. The multi-purpose design of the

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Signicase Launches New iPhone 4 Wooden Cases For Natural Protection for Your Phone!

Signicase Launches New iPhone 4 Wooden Cases For Natural Protection for Your Phone!

These cool smart phone cases from Signicase are made entirely out of natural wood, and promise to protect your phone as well as the environment! Crafted from eco-friendly materials, the cases come in a

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Tongji University’s Bamboo Para Ecohouse Embraces Daoist and Western Philosophies at the Solar Decathlon

Tongji University’s Bamboo Para Ecohouse Embraces Daoist and Western Philosophies at the Solar Decathlon

Constructed from scratch in just under two weeks, the elegant but strong form of the Para Ecohouse creates an impressive dwelling for a couple to live comfortably in a sustainable manner. The simple

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Tegu Magnetic Building Blocks Help Send Honduran Kids To School

Tegu Magnetic Building Blocks Help Send Honduran Kids To School

After seeing children live off less than $1 a day working in a landfill, Tegu founders and brothers Chris and Will Haughey wanted to build a children's toy that would benefit struggling, poverty-stricken

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Researchers Connect Common Household Chemical PFOA to Heart Disease

Researchers Connect Common Household Chemical PFOA to Heart Disease

Teflon Frying Pan photo from Shutterstock Researchers from the West Virginia University School of Public Health in Morgantown have found a strong correlation between human exposure to a common

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UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

One of UK’s biggest retailers Marks & Spencer just opened a store on the outskirts of London - and even though it is the chain's largest retail location it has managed to attain a BREEAM

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UK Blogger Kevin Langan Challenges Himself to Build 100 Huts Exclusively From Natural Materials

UK Blogger Kevin Langan Challenges Himself to Build 100 Huts Exclusively From Natural Materials

Kevin Langan is not fully content with his warm, central-heated family home in Glasgow, Scotland.  To reconnect with nature and test his comfort level, he has decided to fashion 100 huts from natural

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