Sustainable Materials

Backyard House: Affordable Modern Eco Home Rises in Seattle

Backyard House: Affordable Modern Eco Home Rises in Seattle

Located in Seattle, the Backyard House by SHED Architecture & Design takes its name from the site it sits on — the subdivided backyard of an existing single family house. The project's fundamental

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Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

Local, Modular and Efficient Eco-Affordable Housing For Ghana

A lot of concept houses come across our desk here at Inhabitat, but we were really impressed with this design for eco-housing in Ghana. Designed by Lisbon-based Blaanc in collaboration with Architect

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Chair Made From 350 Decks of Playing Cards is a Winning Hand

Chair Made From 350 Decks of Playing Cards is a Winning Hand

Each day thousands of playing cards are used in the endless games of Black Jack and Poker that take place in Las Vegas casinos -- and these cards are often quickly laid to rest to make way for fresh new

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Recycled Wine Corks Make Stylish Penny Tile Flooring

Recycled Wine Corks Make Stylish Penny Tile Flooring

Penny tiles are a popular look for interior flooring. While ceramic and glass are often used to make tiles, these beautiful penny tiles, which we noticed on 3rings blog, are actually cut from recycled

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BKLYN Designs Sneak Peek: Ecosystems Unveils Modular Snug-It Bed

BKLYN Designs Sneak Peek: Ecosystems Unveils Modular Snug-It Bed

Inhabitat favorite EcoSystems has just provided us with a sneak-peek of a brand new design they'll be unveiling at BKLYN Designs 2010 -- the Snug-It bed! The bed is based on their innovative connector

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Woven Car: Rusty Old MG Midget Gets a Sturdy Recycled Fabric Shell

Woven Car: Rusty Old MG Midget Gets a Sturdy Recycled Fabric Shell

Take one rusty, beat up old MG Midget, two creative artists and some sturdy recycled and leftover materials and this is what you get - the Woven Car. Ann Conte and Jeanne Wiley have renovated an old

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Recy-Blocks: Building Material Made from Old Plastic Bags

Recy-Blocks: Building Material Made from Old Plastic Bags

Plastic bags, plastic bags, plastic bags. Since they don't seem to be vanishing any time soon, designers keep coming up with ways to reuse them. The most recent and fascinating of these developments is

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Moss Table Adds a Micro-Landscape to Your Living Room

Moss Table Adds a Micro-Landscape to Your Living Room

Image © designboom We’ve already brought you living bath mats, a carpet made of moss, and a biodegradable mushroom stool, so it was only a matter of time before we pulled out some moss coffee tables

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HOM and Cisco Brothers Unveil New Line of Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture

HOM and Cisco Brothers Unveil New Line of Eco-Friendly Outdoor Furniture

Just in time for spring, Hom, purveyor of stylish, modern, prefab double-wides, furniture, accessories, and lighting, has teamed with eco-friendly LA-based furniture manufacturer Cisco Brothers to

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ECO ART: Brilliant Images Carved into Leaves

ECO ART: Brilliant Images Carved into Leaves

Why settle for a postcard of the Mona Lisa, when you could have a hand-carved leaf engraved with her mysterious face? Making art with leaves isn't a new idea, but several online purveyors have taken

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Recycled Paperpulp Cabinet by Debbie Wijskamp

Recycled Paperpulp Cabinet by Debbie Wijskamp

It never ceases to surprise us that much of good, sustainable design is also deliciously fun. Take Debbie Wijskamp's paperpulp cabinets, for instance. They are what their name implies: drawers and shelves

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Icelandic Prefabricated Home To Remember Summer Days By

Icelandic Prefabricated Home To Remember Summer Days By

As the winter winds begin to blow, we'd thought we say one last goodbye to the things of summer by featuring Icelandic architectural firm Glama-Kim Architects' modern, modular, eco-friendly summerhouses

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Team California’s Refract House Currently Leading Solar Decathlon!

Team California’s Refract House Currently Leading Solar Decathlon!

We're excited to report that as of today Team California is in 1st place at the Solar Decathlon competition going on right now in Washington DC with their stunning Refract House! Just moments ago, they

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Brad Pitt Unveils Flood-Surviving Float House for Make It Right Foundation

Brad Pitt Unveils Flood-Surviving Float House for Make It Right Foundation

Brad Pitt has been making waves in the green building world lately, so it's only appropriate that the newest house completed for his Make It Right Foundation project be a floating one. Being revealed

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Scrap Lab: Furniture Made of Industrial Scraps

Scrap Lab: Furniture Made of Industrial Scraps

Scrap Lab is a group of designers based out of Bangkok's Kasetsart University's Architecture program that creates fun and innovative furniture out discarded industrial scraps. The group makes an eclectic

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Ditto Ecological Hangers Save Landfill Space

Ditto Ecological Hangers Save Landfill Space

One of the debut brands at last week’s Greener by Design Conference in San Francisco was a company called Ditto Hangers, co-founded by industrial designer Gary Barker, also co-founder of Greenheart

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BKLYN Designs Sneak Peek: Uhuru Designs

BKLYN Designs Sneak Peek: Uhuru Designs

Lots of up-and-coming and established designers will present new collections at BKLYN Designs this weekend, and we don’t want to miss a single, solitary piece of work—which is why we love getting an

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POO BRICKS: Students Develop Cow Dung Building Bricks

POO BRICKS: Students Develop Cow Dung Building Bricks

A group of students from Prasetiya Mulya Business School in Indonesia recently won the 2009 Global Social Venture Competition with their “EcoFaeBrick“, a quality, easily manufactured, low-cost

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Whirlpool & Elmar Debut Green Living Kitchen

Whirlpool & Elmar Debut Green Living Kitchen

The rules of kitchen design have just changed. Whirlpool and Elmar recently debuted the kitchen of the future at the Milan Furniture Fair, and it's energy efficient, eco-friendly, and interconnected.

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Project Earth Day Eco Fashion Show 2009!

Project Earth Day Eco Fashion Show 2009!

If you weren't able to attend this year's Project Earth Day Eco Fashion Runway Show, we have good news for you: Inhabitat was on the scene at Openhouse Gallery to bring you all of the pics and juicy

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VIDEO: Project Earth Day Eco Fashion Show!

VIDEO: Project Earth Day Eco Fashion Show!

Calling all eco-fashionistas in NYC!The third annual Project Earth Day fashion show is set to stun this Thursday with a dazzling array of sustainable looks by the hottest eco-fashion designers.

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IS IT GREEN?: The Biodegradable Credit Card

IS IT GREEN?: The Biodegradable Credit Card

No question about it, Americans have an overconsumption problem. The total outstanding balance of bank-issued credit cards per consumer was $5,710 in December 2008, according to Transunion. Americans like

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Timbuk2′s Custom-Built Pro-Planet Bags

Timbuk2′s Custom-Built Pro-Planet Bags

Timbuk2 built its base among the bike messenger set, where their bags are revered for their tough-as-nails construction, cycle-friendly ergonomics, and and on-the-go ease of use. We're excited to announce

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Part Prefab, Part Custom, All Green: Culver City Hybrid Home

Part Prefab, Part Custom, All Green: Culver City Hybrid Home

Take prefabricated panels, add a dose of ingenuity, and a desire for an extremely green home and you get this half-prefab, half-custom Culver City home, designed by Sander Architects. Not only does the

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London Design Festival: Ash Pendant Lamp by Tom Raffield

London Design Festival: Ash Pendant Lamp by Tom Raffield

Designed by Tom Raffield, co-founder of Sixixis, these beautiful Ash Pendant lamps are formed from 80 meters worth of locally-sourced FSC-certified English ash. Their delicate interwoven shades are

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The New LEED Certified Brooklyn Children’s Museum

The New LEED Certified Brooklyn Children’s Museum

A vibrant swath of yellow amid the brownstones of Crown Heights, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum re-opened on September 20 after its completed expansion. Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, the

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London Design Festival 2008: Inhabitat’s Highlights

London Design Festival 2008: Inhabitat’s Highlights

This year's London Design Festival was an incredible event that showcased some of the world's most acclaimed designers in addition to a host of upcoming talents. From innovative furnishings and lighting

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WEST COAST GREEN 2008: Highlights from the Show

WEST COAST GREEN 2008: Highlights from the Show

This past weekend Silicon Valley erupted in a fantastic celebration of sustainable design as green building experts from all disciplines converged in San Jose for West Coast Green. From architects,

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Lowepro Camera Bags Made with 95% Recycled Material

Lowepro Camera Bags Made with 95% Recycled Material

For all you amateur and professional photographers out there, Lowepro now has a series of camera bags made from 95% recycled materials. The durable fabric is made from 100% recycled Cyclepet®, while the

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ANNOUNCING: Our West Coast Green Contest Winners!

ANNOUNCING: Our West Coast Green Contest Winners!

With West Coast Green right around the corner we're excited to announce the winners of last week's conference pass giveaway! With over 380 exhibitors and an extensive lineup of speakers, this year's

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