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5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

You've all heard the tired mantras about changing your lightbulbs and recycling at home in order to save the planet - are you yawning yet? Many consumers think that going green is a gesture of

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Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

Authorities have intercepted more than three tonnes of illegal elephant ivory in a Thai port as it was en route to Laos from Kenya. The shipping container, marked as tea leaves, was opened to reveal 511

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The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

The Casa Caja “Box House” by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

On the outskirts of Monterey, Mexico, the Galváns  recently completed construction on their first family home: la Casa Caja, or the "Box House." For years, the five-member family has shared a house with

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Scientists discover the world’s strongest natural material

Scientists discover the world’s strongest natural material

Those little seashells loitering on your bathroom shelf are hiding quite a secret—their teeth are—according to a new study from the University of Portsmouth—the strongest material found in nature.

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PET Lamp’s Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

PET Lamp’s Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

Spanish manufacturer of hand-made lamps, PET Lamp, creates colorful collections of pendant lamps using indigenous craft techniques from all over the world. Their latest collection, Abyssinia, was

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Bottled by Ambientec are cordless lamps that look like glowing wine bottles

Bottled by Ambientec are cordless lamps that look like glowing wine bottles

“Bottled” by Ambientec designed by Ryu Kozeki “Bottled” a cordless lamp made with glass and aluminium, has been the forefront of innovative lighting design. Designed to blend into any décor in

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses that have

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Handmade, wireless clay speakers amplify the “sound of the earth”

Handmade, wireless clay speakers amplify the “sound of the earth”

Amazing Mapuguaquén “the sound of the earth” speakers combine traditional pottery techniques with modern wireless audio technology. Chilean designer Pablo Ocqueteau makes them on a potter's wheel,

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Electricity-free Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration

Electricity-free Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration

  Saving energy from our every day life is possible even to store our food! Imagine taking advantage of the fresh earth temperature to store and keep your vegetables. Weltevree, a Scandinavian

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You’ve Never Seen it Before

In splashes of brilliant colors, Earth From Space gives a thorough portrait of the changing earth. An avid environmental activist and founder of GoodPlanet, Arthus-Bertrand has turned his love for

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GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

Solar Fire Concentration Ltd hopes to help supply solar thermal energy to alleviate energy poverty around the world- by crowd funding. The Finnish company has launched the Free The Sun campaign, which

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Matali Crasset’s Self-made Seat is a modular furniture system that can be carried like a suitcase

Matali Crasset’s Self-made Seat is a modular furniture system that can be carried like a suitcase

These frameless seating modules, designed by French designer Matali Crasset, can be rearranged and carried like suitcases. The Self-made Seat, designed for Italian furniture company Campeggi, can form

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Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany

Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany

Two traditional gabled volumes are unified with wooden louvers, in Kuhnlein Architecktur’s Timber House in rural Germany. The double-peaked home is divided into two sections, keeping living spaces and

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Dossofiorito’s hanging Epiphytes vases allow plants to grow as they would in nature

Dossofiorito’s hanging Epiphytes vases allow plants to grow as they would in nature

The project rethinks our relationship with indoor nature by putting the needs of the plants first. Despite being domesticated, plants are able to behave and grow just like they would in their natural

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6 Fun DIY Projects to Make for Earth Day

6 Fun DIY Projects to Make for Earth Day

VINTAGE TEACUP CANDLES You've probably seen fancy candles like these selling for exorbitant prices, but you can make your own for just a few bucks. Just use teacups you already own or pick up a few at

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Dizzconcept’s full-sized gourmet PIA kitchen fits in a cabinet and takes up just 16 square feet

Dizzconcept’s full-sized gourmet PIA kitchen fits in a cabinet and takes up just 16 square feet

When closed, the PIA looks like a typical wardrobe cabinet. Available in varying finishes like white, black and wood, the cabinet can be outfitted with outer shelving to hold knickknacks, artwork, or even

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Japanese designer Kappes uses ethereal dancing steel wires to create mesmerizing Continuum lights

Japanese designer Kappes uses ethereal dancing steel wires to create mesmerizing Continuum lights

The Continuum is a luminous artwork that plays with the concepts of light and form. This beautifully-shaped object, made by Japanese design collective Kappes creates an ethereal light animated by the

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Could bacteria-grown materials be the future of building?

Could bacteria-grown materials be the future of building?

The Cones are produced through a hands-on process of growing a specific kind of bacteria over the course of three weeks. Within this period each cellulose cone ripens in a suspended mould and shaped is a

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Vintage-style Faraday Porteur eBike brings together classic style and modern technology

Vintage-style Faraday Porteur eBike brings together classic style and modern technology

Bike manufacturer Faraday revamped the classic European delivery bikes of the 1940's and 50's and transformed them into a modern electric bike powered by lithium-ion batteries housed in its tubes. Porteur

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We Make Carpets creates mesmerizing tapestries from pasta, sponges, and little army men

We Make Carpets creates mesmerizing tapestries from pasta, sponges, and little army men

We Make Carpets creates temporary 2D installations from everyday materials and objects. The three Dutch designers Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten and Bob Waardenburg made their first one in 2009.

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Tom Dixon’s dazzling Lens pendant lamps are made from 60 lenses

Tom Dixon’s dazzling Lens pendant lamps are made from 60 lenses

Tom Dixon's latest design work includes these geometric pendant lamps made from 60 triangular polycarbonate lenses. The Lens lamps are inspired by the Fresnel lens, which  can capture more oblique light

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10 Inventive designs from budding young artists at Milan Design Week’s Salone Satellite

10 Inventive designs from budding young artists at Milan Design Week’s Salone Satellite

Each year 700 young people exhibit and exchange ideas at Salone Satellite which has been a unique showcase of creativity since 1998. Gathering brilliant young minds from around the world, the Salone

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Tom Dixon launches “hallucinogenic” MELT lamps at Milan Design Week

Tom Dixon launches “hallucinogenic” MELT lamps at Milan Design Week

This series of distorted spherical pendants made from hot blown glass create extraordinary optical effects and give new meaning to ambient lighting. Created in collaboration between self-taught British

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12 Brilliant designs from the Ventura Lambrate exhibit at Milan Design Week

12 Brilliant designs from the Ventura Lambrate exhibit at Milan Design Week

Enessere  Hercules ENESSERE Hercules Wind Generator is a vertical axis wind turbine that converts kinetic wind power into clean electricity. Titanium, wood, carbon fiber, and marine-grade stainless

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Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed an "electronic vacuum cleaner" that could potentially suck up urban smog. The new cleaner uses copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog

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This video camera captures light to generate its own power

This video camera captures light to generate its own power

A team from Columbia University's School of Engineering has created a groundbreaking video camera that converts the light captured when creating an image into electrical power to create a self-contained

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PHOTOS: Artists use recycled materials to make endangered animal sculptures at Philadelphia Zoo

PHOTOS: Artists use recycled materials to make endangered animal sculptures at Philadelphia Zoo

This past weekend, the Philadelphia Zoo opened a new art exhibition that celebrates larger than life installations made entirely from recycled materials. Second Nature: Junk Rethunk features the work of

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Cantilevered Living Garden House blurs the lines between indoors and out

Cantilevered Living Garden House blurs the lines between indoors and out

In order to create privacy, the ground floor was positioned parallel to the road, acting as a wall to keep the back yard in seclusion with a nearly solid brick façade. Around the back of the home, the

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Cumulus Studio renovates Art Deco pumphouse to create enviable eco retreat in Tasmania

Cumulus Studio renovates Art Deco pumphouse to create enviable eco retreat in Tasmania

Cumulus Studio have adapted two unique art deco heritage buildings situated on the banks of Australia's deepest lake within the Tasmanian wilderness to create an enviable eco retreat. The new hotel

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