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DIY: Craft an adorable Christmas village from recycled cardboard

DIY: Craft an adorable Christmas village from recycled cardboard

Step One: Gather your materials: • Corrugated cardboard box • Box cutter • Utility knife • Scissors • Ruler • Pencil or pen • White paint and paintbrush • Mini white LED Christmas

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline

The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline

The results are in, and the mountain wins - a Washington State Court just ordered architect Tom Kundig to move his controversial Flagg Mountain Hut. The lawsuit was raised by residents of nearby Methow

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change

INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change

Small actions taken by many people can lead to great change, and it's startling to see how some of the smallest changes can result in enormous benefit to all. Did you know that switching out just one

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How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England’s First Net-Zero Home

Polly Guth, Stonelea's 87-year-old owner, hired H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture to renovate the 10,000 square-foot home, and the transformation has been extraordinary. Built in 1870, the New Hampshire

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FormMaker’s Colorful Modular Furniture is Made Entirely From Recycled Cardboard

FormMaker’s Colorful Modular Furniture is Made Entirely From Recycled Cardboard

Shanghai-based FormMaker crafts cool modular furniture from recycled cardboard. The studio uses the sustainably sourced material to create hexagonal shapes that can be combined to create larger honeycomb

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New Study Shows Airbnb Rentals are Greener Than Traditional Hotels

New Study Shows Airbnb Rentals are Greener Than Traditional Hotels

Traveling contributes to climate change - there’s no way around it. But if you must exercise your wanderlust, there are many ways to green your trip – like staying at a home rented from a service like

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6 Simple Lifestyle Changes that Save Both Energy and Money

6 Simple Lifestyle Changes that Save Both Energy and Money

Even though a lot of people may disagree, choices that can help save the environment often save you money as well. By learning from and curbing our regular habits, we can decrease our impact and

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Michigan Gets a Bit More Eco-Friendly with the State’s First Passive House

Michigan Gets a Bit More Eco-Friendly with the State’s First Passive House

The Jung Haus, designed by architecture and construction firm GO Logic, is the first official passive house in the state of Michigan. This 2,440 square foot, three-bedroom residence includes features that

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6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

  Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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Eco Fashion Designer M Patmos Talks About Her Sustainably-Designed Brooklyn Apartment

Eco Fashion Designer M Patmos Talks About Her Sustainably-Designed Brooklyn Apartment

Marcia Patmos, the brains behind the much-loved M Patmos eco fashion line, applies her eco-conscious mindset to everything she does. When we saw the designer during fashion week, she mentioned her

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Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Sweden-based designer Hampus Penttinen created his Svartskär chair out of the flotsam that washes up on the shore of Kosterhavet—Sweden's only national marine park. He used grafting techniques to bind

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Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

  After Treeson water company founder Carlton Solle took a trip to Costa Rica with his family five years ago and saw the dreadful plastic pollution littering the beach, he learned that less

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Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Washing dishes may soon be a thing of the past thanks to an incredible new coating that makes food simply roll of your plates and bowls. It sounds too good to be true, but according to Swedish design

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DIY: Crocheted and Knit Dishcloths and Washcloths to Help Kick Your Paper Towel Habit

DIY: Crocheted and Knit Dishcloths and Washcloths to Help Kick Your Paper Towel Habit

Fun and easy to make, dishcloths and washcloths can be whipped together in a few hours from scrap yarn you may have lying around the house. We can never have too many of them, as they're as handy for

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6 Haunting (But Eco-Friendly) Buildings for Halloween

6 Haunting (But Eco-Friendly) Buildings for Halloween

The Dragspelhuset Accordion House This is an 1800s cabin retrofitted to comply with Sweden's modern environmental building regulations. The solar-powered, off-grid cabin is owned and designed by

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EcoSmart World’s Refillable Markers Won’t Make Your Kid Funny in the Head on Art Days

EcoSmart World’s Refillable Markers Won’t Make Your Kid Funny in the Head on Art Days

Remember when you were a kid and the worst thing about art day was those terrible Magic Markers. They gave you all those crappy off colors, smelled funny, and scratched terribly against paper when they

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7 Eco-Friendly DIY Summer Crafts for Creative Adults (and Kids!)

7 Eco-Friendly DIY Summer Crafts for Creative Adults (and Kids!)

Tin Can Table Lantern Planning a barbecue or an al fresco dinner party? These recycled tin can lanterns are an easy way to add some sparkle without stretching your decorating budget. The materials are

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Naturemill’s Ceramic Countertop Compost Pail

PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Naturemill’s Ceramic Countertop Compost Pail

The first thing you will notice about the ceramic pail composter when taking it out of the box is that it's very simple to set up. After snapping the stainless steel handle onto the knobs on either side

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LightStructure: Ingo Maurer’s New Geometric LED Lamps Are Suspended by Power Rods

LightStructure: Ingo Maurer’s New Geometric LED Lamps Are Suspended by Power Rods

Ingo Maurer is a world-renowned creator of innovative and highly artistic lighting installations that use completely custom mechanisms, minimized connectors, and unexpected materials. His latest

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Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center Renovation in Portland Combines Green Design with Historic Preservation

Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center Renovation in Portland Combines Green Design with Historic Preservation

The 70,000-square-foot former warehouse was renovated to include retail, office and an event space.  At a cost of $12.4 million, this sustainable renovation ended up costing only $140 per square foot.

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Brooklyn to West Gives Scrap Wood a New Life as Gorgeous Geometric Tables

Brooklyn to West Gives Scrap Wood a New Life as Gorgeous Geometric Tables

As "a builder, a fixer, and a do-it-myselfer", Ariele Alasko of Brooklyn to West enjoys big tools, old wood, good pasta, and finding primo building material in the dumpster. Having moved to New York from

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The Eames House Sparked New Thinking in Modern Living

The Eames House Sparked New Thinking in Modern Living

The innovative design of the Eames home and studio began in 1945 when Arts & Architecture magazine launched the ambitious Case Study House Program, commissioning progressive-thinking architects of the

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Ecologia Montreal: Single Family Residence Aims to be the First LEED Platinum Home in Montreal

Ecologia Montreal: Single Family Residence Aims to be the First LEED Platinum Home in Montreal

The exterior design of the building is a mixture of two very eco-friendly and locally-sourced products. The structure of the house is built from insulated concrete forms, which is 100% recycled material

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Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu’s Renewable Ideas Fuse Design and Social Responsibility

Bambu is one of the leading green companies in the homewares and gift segment. The China-based company received Green America’s Gold Seal of Approval for its efforts to preserve the environment, promote

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Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Aurea Golden Grass Furniture and Decor Will Add a Sustainable Shimmer to Any Space

Cristiane Kimura started Aurea to not only showcase the natural beauty of golden grass and Brazil, but also to promote traditional techniques and to create economic opportunities for artisans. Run as a

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Kwytza Chopstick Art Transforms Single-Use Chopsticks into Stylish Home Decor

Kwytza Chopstick Art Transforms Single-Use Chopsticks into Stylish Home Decor

During a stint in China, founder Bryan Parks observed how many wooden chopsticks went to waste after meals. Returning to Oregon, he was so inspired by his time in China that he decided to address the

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Iloilo City Hall is the Visayas Islands’ First Green Building

Iloilo City Hall is the Visayas Islands’ First Green Building

Photo by Judy Rose Sayson The Visayas Islands in the Philippines are gradually embracing renewable energy, and the capital city has just inaugurated its first green building - Iloilo City Hall. The

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Adult and Eco-Friendly Versions of the Oh-So-Comfortable Backpack

Adult and Eco-Friendly Versions of the Oh-So-Comfortable Backpack

Ecouterre presents 14 “adult," eco-friendly versions of the oh-so-practical backpack.

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