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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

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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

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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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UTREM LUX Is a Series of Stunning Glass Lamps Made from Recycled Bottles

UTREM LUX Is a Series of Stunning Glass Lamps Made from Recycled Bottles

DeGross Design & Innovation's UTREM LUX is a series of lamps made from reused glass bottles that had been discarded in their studio. Each one of the designs in the series is made individually by

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Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur: A Living, Growing Garden Center Springs Up at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Lernort Natur offers a variety of outdoor activities, but if the weather's too cold or rainy, a repurposed shipping containers and glass pavilion -- topped by a solar-panels roof -- will kindly shelter

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$11 Billion Worth of Recyclable Packaging is Buried in American Landfills

$11 Billion Worth of Recyclable Packaging is Buried in American Landfills

Photo via Shutterstock Americans may produce more municipal waste per capita than any other country in the world, but improving our recycling rate is one major way we can turn the tide and become a

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Atelier-f Transforms Old Swill Military Bunker into a Vibrant Green-Roofed Cultural Center

Atelier-f Transforms Old Swill Military Bunker into a Vibrant Green-Roofed Cultural Center

Located within the gorgeous Swiss mountains near the Rhine Valley, Angebauter Tarnrucksack was empty and unused for years. Its solid concrete structure has been transformed and now features a modern

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Studio Eggpicnic’s Curvaceous Seat Amalia is Handmade Entirely From Mimbre

Studio Eggpicnic’s Curvaceous Seat Amalia is Handmade Entirely From Mimbre

Located 90 miles away from Santiago, Chile, the city of Chimbarongo has managed economic growth since the beginning of the century thanks to its mimbre tradition. However, this craft is steadily

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Finnish Artist Jaakko Pernu Uses Tree Branches To Make Huge Public Sculptures

Finnish Artist Jaakko Pernu Uses Tree Branches To Make Huge Public Sculptures

Jaakko Pernu's environmental sculptures are inspired by the artist's experiences growing up in Finland, where he was always helping his father build boats, manipulating wood into organic shapes. That

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The NOACH Cradle by VanJoost Hangs from Ceilings or Trees

The NOACH Cradle by VanJoost Hangs from Ceilings or Trees

There's very little information about the Noach Cradle, but that hasn't stopped them from becoming the talk of the design town. Numerous European publications have gushed about them and van Veldhuizen was

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CO2 Bambu Brings Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Bamboo Housing to Nicaragua

CO2 Bambu Brings Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Bamboo Housing to Nicaragua

In 2011 CO2 Bambu was awarded with a historic contract to build 82 bamboo-based homes in Rosita, Nicaragua as part of the Hurricane Felix reconstruction effort. Up until then, the options available to the

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Mischer’traxler’s Ornate Gradient Mashrabiya Table Employs Traditional Lebanese Woodworking Techniques

Mischer’traxler’s Ornate Gradient Mashrabiya Table Employs Traditional Lebanese Woodworking Techniques

Mischer'traxler recently collaborated with a team of expert woodworkers in Lebanon to create a beautifully intricate wooden table. Dubbed 'Gradient Mashrabiya', this multi-purpose table uses the

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PHOTOS: The Most Delicious Green Designs at the Berlin Taste Festival

PHOTOS: The Most Delicious Green Designs at the Berlin Taste Festival

We were at Taste Festival for Berlin's duo Culinary Misfits, which through non-profit arrangements with farmers makes delicious vegetables that can't be sold because their unusual

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Mategon: Faceted Mate Drinking Vessel is a New Take on Argentine Tradition

Mategon: Faceted Mate Drinking Vessel is a New Take on Argentine Tradition

Felix Groll and Felix Hardmood Beck's Mategon reinterprets the shape and material of traditional Argentine Mate vessels, which are traditionally made from dried calabash gourds. The modern faceted cup is

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