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Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware

Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware

Dutch designer Laurens Van Wieringen collects rejected plastic items from factories and scrap yards and turns them into functional psychedelic objects. His "Mixed" tableware is made by melting and

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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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Vo Trong Nghia’s Gorgeous Dai Lai Resort is Made from Local Stone and Bamboo

Vo Trong Nghia’s Gorgeous Dai Lai Resort is Made from Local Stone and Bamboo

Vo Trong Nghia Architects' Flamingo Dai Lai Resort welcomes visitors with a path leading to a 260-foot curved wall made from locally-sourced stone. The cool, light-filled entrance gives a hint of the

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BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

BAG Officinamobile Builds Rome’s First Straw Bale House

Seeking to change the perception that straw bale buildings are only suitable for rural areas, Beyond Architecture Group Officinamobile (BAG) recently built Rome's first straw bale home! The

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Casa Atrevida is a Stunning Earthquake and Flood Resistant Home in Costa Rica

Casa Atrevida is a Stunning Earthquake and Flood Resistant Home in Costa Rica

Casa Atrevida hovers three feet above the ground on risers that protect it from river floods and excessive rain. Built in the area of Playa Preciosa, this beautiful home was constructed by trained

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Villagers in the Philippines Build a Gorgeous New Bridge from Bamboo

Villagers in the Philippines Build a Gorgeous New Bridge from Bamboo

To build the Matina River’s footbridge the volunteers selected Dendrocalamus asper bamboo, which grows around the city’s outskirts. After bringing the fast-growing canes on site, they treated the

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Cute Organic Bakery in Amsterdam Boasts Recycled Shipping Pallets Interior

Cute Organic Bakery in Amsterdam Boasts Recycled Shipping Pallets Interior

De Laatste Kruimel opened early last year and is a great little spot for enjoying delicious homemade organic food like classic lemon poppy seed scones. Its central feature is a pay desk, storage and table

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Artist Pavel Sinev Creates Electro-Art Sculptures From Coiled Electrical Cables

Artist Pavel Sinev Creates Electro-Art Sculptures From Coiled Electrical Cables

Bulgarian artist Pavel Sinev creates amazing sculptures by tightly coiling electrical cables into the form of skulls, puppies, and all sorts of shoes. Each of Sinev's electro-art sculptures is made from a

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Eric Standley’s Mind-Blowing Paper Sculptures Look Like Gothic Cathedral Windows

Eric Standley’s Mind-Blowing Paper Sculptures Look Like Gothic Cathedral Windows

From afar, Eric Standley’s pieces look like the windows of a Gothic cathedral. But take a closer look and you'll discover that they're made from simple sheets of paper that have been carved away layer

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AST 77´s Bamboo-Clad House is a Minimal, Elegant and Efficient Home in the Belgian Woodlands

AST 77´s Bamboo-Clad House is a Minimal, Elegant and Efficient Home in the Belgian Woodlands

During winter times, the house is passively warmed up thanks to good insulation and sunshine, as the surrounding deciduous trees loose their leaves. During the summer, the house gets a cool green shade

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Young Photographer Builds a Mossy Woodland Hut for Watching Rare Albino Squirrel

Young Photographer Builds a Mossy Woodland Hut for Watching Rare Albino Squirrel

It took Victor four days over the 2011 Christmas holiday to build the hexagonal shelter, which peacefully blends with the surrounding woodland. Topped by a mossy roof, the eco-shelter was placed just a

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Seed Savour: An Eco-Friendly Kit For Growing and Sharing Heirloom Seeds

Seed Savour: An Eco-Friendly Kit For Growing and Sharing Heirloom Seeds

There are over 7,500 tomato species in the world, yet most people only buy and eat what the local supermarket has to offer -- which isn't much at all. To address this issue, Sebastiaan Sennema (Studio

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Japanese Takaya House Features a Natural Floor Made From Tamped Earth

Japanese Takaya House Features a Natural Floor Made From Tamped Earth

Suppose Office designed this Japanese family home with big sliding walls and windows, simple materials and a traditional “douma”, or earthen floor. Its exterior is clad with grey wooden boards and its

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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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Photographer Jamie Kripke Documents the Bitter Side of Christmas Trees

Photographer Jamie Kripke Documents the Bitter Side of Christmas Trees

Ancient Egyptian, Roman and Chinese cultures once saw evergreen trees as symbols of eternal life, and Scandinavians placed them inside -- or just outside -- their homes to express hope for the forthcoming

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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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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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Rare Earth Elements Infographic Shows the Impact of Resource Depletion on Green Technology

Rare Earth Elements Infographic Shows the Impact of Resource Depletion on Green Technology

Today people around the world depend on devices like smartphones, tvs, and laptops to learn, work, and communicate with those we love. However the production of these devices has resulted in a major

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Jacob Haim’s RaceBRAID Bike Features a Frame Woven From Carbon Fibers

Jacob Haim’s RaceBRAID Bike Features a Frame Woven From Carbon Fibers

German industrial designer Jacob Haim has teamed up with Munich Composites to develop a super-light carbon fiber bike with a frame that is woven instead of welded. As a thesis project for his degree in

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Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

The toys Massoud and his brother Mahmud built as children were created from a variety of  found materials, but all were propelled by the desert’s string winds. For his final project at the Design

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How We Can Strengthen America’s Infrastructure Against Future Natural Disasters

How We Can Strengthen America’s Infrastructure Against Future Natural Disasters

Photo by NYC DOT New York is one of the world’s great cities - and when it was brought to a standstill by Hurricane Sandy, many questioned the state of the city’s infrastructure - and the

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Lee Jae-Hyo Turns Ordinary Pieces of Wood Into Giant Sculptural Spheres

Lee Jae-Hyo Turns Ordinary Pieces of Wood Into Giant Sculptural Spheres

Lee Jae-Hyo's work is on display in temporary and permanent collections throughout the planet - in cities as far afield as London and Washington DC - and it's easy to see why. Using nothing more

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Andre Valerio’s Cute Passa Cabos Lamp is Made From Renewable Cork

Andre Valerio’s Cute Passa Cabos Lamp is Made From Renewable Cork

"Passa Cabos" is a cute cork lamp made by portuguese designer André Valério and produced by Ervilha Criativa. Valério says: “This project aims to explore the approach of objects and animals to humans

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SandPaper is a Sylish Modular Sofa Made from Recycled Paper Corrugated Cardboard

SandPaper is a Sylish Modular Sofa Made from Recycled Paper Corrugated Cardboard

Ivan Parati's SandPaper is a cool landscape-inspired modular sofa that's been constructed from recycled paper corrugated cardboard. With this furniture set, the interior environment is treated like a

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Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Scientists have been trying to develop cheap, alternative building materials for years. But there's one material that is surprisingly strong, secure, waterproof and perhaps just too creepy to handle:

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London’s Earth Creature is a Super Adobe Dome Built By The City’s Smallest Architects

London’s Earth Creature is a Super Adobe Dome Built By The City’s Smallest Architects

Small Earth has been creating low-impact landmark buildings in several locations around the world including Nepal, India, Zimbabwe, Brussels and England. For the Earth Creature at the Southbank's Hayward

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Recycled Materials and Innovative Low-Energy Designs Shine at Paris’ Maison & Objet

Recycled Materials and Innovative Low-Energy Designs Shine at Paris’ Maison & Objet

One of our favorite finds, COLORS' Chiba is a Japanese take on classic Danish LEGO bricks made from recycled coffee beans, tea and wood chips—and it smells great!. Ground coffee was pretty big at

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Maison & Objet’s Parcours Fil Vert Showcases Imaginative Eco Products at Paris Design Week

Maison & Objet’s Parcours Fil Vert Showcases Imaginative Eco Products at Paris Design Week

Swedish designer Iris Shantverk has been making functional brushes since 1884, crafted from unusual biodegradable materials including horse hair, cactus fibers and goat hair, paired with local wood to

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Chun Qing Li’s Sustainable Wooden Kreod Pavilion Unveiled at London Design Festival

Chun Qing Li’s Sustainable Wooden Kreod Pavilion Unveiled at London Design Festival

Chun Qing Li, Managing Director of Pavilion Architecture and Greenwich University's Proffesor, told us that he designed KREOD pavilion to resemble three giant seeds. Measuring 215 square foot each pod,

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