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New Study Ranks the Least Toxic Cars, Honda Civic Tops the List

New Study Ranks the Least Toxic Cars, Honda Civic Tops the List

Many car buyers love that “new car smell” that comes with their brand new rides, but the chemicals that give off that “pleasant” scent are actually quite toxic. According to a new

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PEGA’s Paper Alloy Could Bring Paper Laptops Our Way

PEGA’s Paper Alloy Could Bring Paper Laptops Our Way

PEGA Design and Engineering's latest award-winning material might just put more paper on your desk — in the form of a laptop computer! The material, Paper PP Alloy, is said to be a strong, sturdy,

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The Colorful Eadie Armchair Fuses Pop Style With Eco Craftsmanship

The Colorful Eadie Armchair Fuses Pop Style With Eco Craftsmanship

Designer Donna Wilson mixes classic styling with quirky, colorful, hand-woven textiles to create fresh contempory pieces that are anything but old-fashioned. Her Eadie eco armchair replaces the use of

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The Bird Hangar: A Poetic Public Installation Designed for Blowing Vegetable Seeds Around Japan

The Bird Hangar: A Poetic Public Installation Designed for Blowing Vegetable Seeds Around Japan

A couple of Finnish artists embarked on a project to create a poetic public art installation called Bird Hangar that uses the wind to spread seeds across Japan. Unveiled at a past edition of the Yokohama

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128 Cardboard: A Clever Recycled Cardboard Fruit Bowl by SEMdesign

128 Cardboard: A Clever Recycled Cardboard Fruit Bowl by SEMdesign

Utrecht-based SEMdesign created this low-impact faceted bowl that is made entirely from cardboard so it can be easily recycled or composted at the end of its life. Named “Fruit Bowl 128

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Formafantasma Crafty Vessels are made from Flour, Agricultural Waste and Limestone

Formafantasma Crafty Vessels are made from Flour, Agricultural Waste and Limestone

Using sustainable design as a bridge between craftwork and the industry, this collection of earthy vessels combines low-impact materials and old world techniques to create durable, functional objects.

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Tomas Schön’s Flat-Pak ‘A-Board’ Becomes a Full Shelf with the Pull of a String

Tomas Schön’s Flat-Pak ‘A-Board’ Becomes a Full Shelf with the Pull of a String

A finalist at the Green Furniture Awards 2012, the ‘A-Board’ by Argentine-born Italy-based Tomas Schön's is a bookshelf that consists simply of an eco-labeled plywood board and one strong orange

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“Frozen Trees” Made of 1000s of Ikea Plastic Bag Dispensers Light Up Lisbon

“Frozen Trees” Made of 1000s of Ikea Plastic Bag Dispensers Light Up Lisbon

2400 of the Rationell Variera IKEA pieces were used to create the Frozen Trees installation. The plastic pieces were connected to a lightweight metal frame and white monochromatic LED lights were

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ADzero is the World’s First Bamboo Smartphone

ADzero is the World’s First Bamboo Smartphone

UK design student Kieron-Scott Woodhouse is preparing to launch ADzero - the world's first smartphone made out of bamboo! Woodhouse told The Inquirer that he made the phone out of four-year-old organic

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Dutch Designer Dave Hakkens Creates Cool “Rubble” Floors From Recycled Materials

Dutch Designer Dave Hakkens Creates Cool “Rubble” Floors From Recycled Materials

Demolished houses usually leave behind lots of scrap materials that, with a little bit of clever thinking, can be turned into fantastic new building supplies. Inspired by Italian-style terrazzo floors --

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Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction’s Silverbeaver Hausboot is a Sustainable Floating Home

Confused Direction was very careful to ensure that their Silverbeaver Hausboot was made of the most efficient materials so that the project has a tiny footprint. To this end, they clad the boat in

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Cradle is a Flat Pack Chair Designed Specifically for Autistic People

Cradle is a Flat Pack Chair Designed Specifically for Autistic People

The thoughtfully designed Cradle is a sustainable rocking chair created by a collaborative effort to aid people with autism and Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD). Developed by Richard Clarkson, Grace

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Kiev’s Twister Restaurant Serves Molecular Food & Cocktails In an Earthy Atmosphere

Kiev’s Twister Restaurant Serves Molecular Food & Cocktails In an Earthy Atmosphere

Ukraine's capital Kiev has a new restaurant where you can feel like a bird while drinking a cocktail or eating molecular style food. Designed by local architects Serghii Makhno and Vasiliy Butenko,

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IKEA Transforms its Flat Pack Cardboard Packaging Into Funky Furniture

IKEA Transforms its Flat Pack Cardboard Packaging Into Funky Furniture

IKEA is marketing its big annual sale with a line of clever furniture pieces made entirely out of the company's very own flat pack furniture packaging. IKEA commissioned advertising agency AUGE

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Dodo Lab’s Prototype Series Turns Unwanted Furniture Into Modern Interior Treasures

Dodo Lab’s Prototype Series Turns Unwanted Furniture Into Modern Interior Treasures

Dodo Lab is a research project set up by Michaela Robinson and Karen Smart that experiments with different ways of regenerating old and unwanted pieces of furniture anew. In a series they dub simply as

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Thonet’s VouwWow VW01 is a Flat Pack Recycled Honeycomb Cardboard Chair

Thonet’s VouwWow VW01 is a Flat Pack Recycled Honeycomb Cardboard Chair

Respecting Michelle Thonet's original idea of furniture that could easily be disassembled for optimizing space during transportation, Dutch studio Nuy of NOORT created this angular chair made from

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Laboratori Creates a Playful Tree Pencil Holder from Pruning Wood

Laboratori Creates a Playful Tree Pencil Holder from Pruning Wood

The designers of Buenos Aires-based Laboratori have created this cool Arbol -- a pine tree-shaped pencil holder crafted from locally sourced pruning wood. Measuring 7 inches high, the object takes on fun

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Christien Meindertsma’s Delicate Yet Rough Designs Are Made From Flax

Christien Meindertsma’s Delicate Yet Rough Designs Are Made From Flax

Best known for her eye-opening research book PIG 05049, Christien Meindertsma has taken on a new endeavor, designing a series of rough and simple objects made from flax. Developed in collaboration with

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Comfy Flour Bag Seats Pay Homage to the Traditional 3AM Bakers’ Rest

Comfy Flour Bag Seats Pay Homage to the Traditional 3AM Bakers’ Rest

03AM puffs are designed to pay homage to traditional bakers who used to rest on flour sacks while waiting for their first batch of baked goods at 3AM. Designed by Spanish Pensando en Blanco and Teixidors,

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Bunaco Creates Striking Eco-Friendly Housewares From Strips of Beechwood

Bunaco Creates Striking Eco-Friendly Housewares From Strips of Beechwood

Japanese brand Bunaco uses environmentally friendly techniques to produce finely designed home products from ribbons of beechwood. Founded in 1956 in the Aomori region of Japan, Bunaco uses an innovative

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See-Saw Uses Salvaged Japanese Wood to Create Fun Modern Furnishings

See-Saw Uses Salvaged Japanese Wood to Create Fun Modern Furnishings

Furniture label See-Saw reclaims discarded wood and uses it to create colorful, joyful, and appealing furnishings. They recently released their first collection at DESIGNTIDE Tokyo, where they presented 4

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Beautiful Mexican ‘Casa en el Bosque’ Designed to Adapt to the Existing Pine Forest

Beautiful Mexican ‘Casa en el Bosque’ Designed to Adapt to the Existing Pine Forest

Standing within a splendid plot covering 2 square miles, House in the Forest is very spacious, light, and cool. Built on a slope, it has different levels of views into the mountains and lake, creating a

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Ecolite is a Compostable Cat Litter Box Made from Recycled Paper Pulp

Ecolite is a Compostable Cat Litter Box Made from Recycled Paper Pulp

Although more expensive and less durable than their plastic counterparts, biodegradable cat litter boxes have some sustainable aspects that shouldn't be ignored by feline owners. Designed by French

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Slick Minimal Black Sofa Built From Recycled Wooden Pallets

Slick Minimal Black Sofa Built From Recycled Wooden Pallets

Believe it or not, this slick black sofa designed by French Studio-aparte is made from discarded wooden pallets. Dubbed 'Woodstock', this handy piece of furniture can accomodate up to two people and comes

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PHOTOS: Cacheuta Thermal Water Park Is a Summer Escape Wedged In Argentina’s Andes Mountains

PHOTOS: Cacheuta Thermal Water Park Is a Summer Escape Wedged In Argentina’s Andes Mountains

Cacheuta Hot Springs is only a short bus ride away from Mendoza's capital, and the entry cost is only  $7(US) for adults. It is the perfect place to spend a day out with friends or family swimming, or

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Hessnatur’s Beautiful Headquarters is Built From Recycled Materials

Hessnatur’s Beautiful Headquarters is Built From Recycled Materials

A happy marriage between RAU Architects and sustainable clothing company Hessnaturresulted in the company's lovely Mondrian-esque headquarters near Frankfurt. Made almost completely from recycled

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Roswag Seiler and Pakistani Locals Hand-build a School from Cob, Bamboo and Mud

Roswag Seiler and Pakistani Locals Hand-build a School from Cob, Bamboo and Mud

The Tipu Sultan Merkez School in Punjab, Pakistan has a new sustainable building that was designed by German architects Roswag Seiler and built by locals. Using locally sourced and low-impact materials,

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Muzoo Toy Set Lets Kids Create Cute Biodegradable Animals From Clumps of Earth

Muzoo Toy Set Lets Kids Create Cute Biodegradable Animals From Clumps of Earth

Israeli designer Noa Himelfarb has designed a toy set for modeling cute animal friends from clumps of earth. Perfect for kids who love getting dirty and playing in the mud, Muzoo consists of a series of

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Biodegradable Rattan Iglu by Berta Riera Pomés and Yunwei Zhu

Biodegradable Rattan Iglu by Berta Riera Pomés and Yunwei Zhu

Berta Riera Pomés and Yunwei Zhu have used sustainable materials to create a cute 'Iglu' shelter that serves as a quiet place to hide or a fun object to roll around the house. Measuring 2.6 feet in

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