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The Phox V2 water filter fights plastic pollution

While water filters solve problems by cutting plastic waste and removing nasties from our drinks, they add to environmental woes by sending 100 million cartridges to landfills every year. That’s enough to fill 50 jumbo jets, according to the makers of Phox V2, a new filtration system with a reusable cartridge. The world is ready for this solution to plastic pollution, judging from Phox’s Kickstarter campaign being fully funded in just 34 hours. The campaign, which ends Monday, April 29, rewards...
Tags: England, Design, Innovation, Kickstarter, Charing Cross, Water Quality, Green Products, Sustainable Design, Eat & Drink, Plastic Pollution, Dickson, Ovie, Water Filters, Scott Dickson, Phox, Young Glasgow

Energy-efficient vacation home holds court over 15 acres of restored tidal wetlands

Manhattan-based firm Ryall Sheridan Architects has unveiled a modern home that sits elevated over 15 acres of restored tidal wetlands on Long Island’s Peconic Bay. Located about 100 miles outside of New York City, the beautiful Orient House V is a three-bedroom vacation home that was built to harmonize with its incredible setting. Lifted 10 feet off the marshy landscape, the light-filled refuge was strategically designed to be energy-efficient and resilient against the local climate. After th...
Tags: Design, New York City, Indiana, Architecture, Gallery, Manhattan, Solar Power, Long Island, Wetlands, Sustainable Design, Energy Efficient, Green Home Design, Concrete Homes, Solar Powered Homes, Solar Arrays, Ryall Sheridan Architects

Eileen Fisher on Making Sustainability a Joyful, Creative Pursuit

Since founding her eponymous fashion line in 1984, Eileen Fisher has been focused on bringing mindful consumption to the fashion industry. Her timeless, built-to-last approach to design is just one example of this—she's also led a range of sustainability initiatives like Vision 2020, the company's pledge to be using all organic cotton and linen by 2020, among other goals. Most recently, her famous buy-back program—through which customers can return lightly-used garments for store credit—has evol...
Tags: Design, Milan, Sustainable Design, Fashion Design, Fisher, Milan Design Week, Matt Dunham, Eileen Fisher, Irvington New York, Rosanna Orlandi, Lidewij Edelkoort, Sigi, Philip Fimmano

"Broken Nature" Ushers In a New Era of Conscious Design

Here's a hard truth: humans have been responsible for virtually irreparable cultural and environmental damage for centuries, in part thanks to the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Given this fact, it would make sense that designers have and still do carry a special power when it comes to shaping societal practices for future generations (for better or worse). With conversations popping up like the one in "Broken Nature", a new exhibition at the Triennale di Milano, you can sense the design wo...
Tags: Design, France, Exhibitions, Sustainable Design, Paola Antonelli, Sputniko, Antonelli, Lia, Salone Milan, Milan Design, Triennale, Dunne Raby, Stephan Bogner Philipp Schmitt, Phillip Schmitt, Broken Nature, Nanohana Heels

adidas Unveils Zero Waste Plan, Starting with 100% Recyclable Sneakers

Before we get into the details of adidas' heady new footwear release, let's give it some context: over the past few years, adidas has led three main initiatives—Parley, Futurecraft and Speedfactory. Through a partnership with Parley, adidas' line of footwear and apparel made primarily from recycled ocean plastic signified a shift towards environmental awareness for the brand. Before Parley works with a company to produce product, they require a pledge from the company, essentially stating their ...
Tags: Design, Germany, Materials, Footwear, Sneakers, Sustainable Design, Futurecraft, Speedfactory

These sneakers are painted with cast-off blood from slaughterhouses

When you think of materials suitable for making shoes, blood probably doesn’t come to mind. If you think it’s not possible though, you’d be wrong. To prove it, nat-2 designer Sebastian Thies and Eindhoven-based designer Shahar Livne have teamed up to create sustainable sneakers made from real blood. Your first question is likely, “Where does one source blood from to make shoes?” The answer is both weirdly easy and sustainable, as the blood comes from slaughterhouses. This blood would normally ...
Tags: Design, Clothing, Gallery, Netherlands, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Materials, Eindhoven, Thies, Social Design, Sebastian Thies, Livne, Blood Shoes, Recycled Blood, Shoe Manufacturing, Nat-2, Shahar Livne

Architects create light-filled home extension clad in cork walls inside and out

London-based firm, Nimtim Architects have unveiled a beautiful and unique home extension to a family’s modest Victorian home located south of the city. Working closely with the home owners, the architects created a rear extension that is almost entirely clad in cork. Blending in nicely with the existing home’s brickwork on the exterior, the unique cork cladding provides a strong insulation while on the interior, the cork absorbs noise, is breathable, free from harmful materials and completely r...
Tags: Design, London, Spain, Architecture, Gallery, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Dezeen, Cork House, Sustainable Building Materials, Cork Cladding, London Architecture, Cork Walls, Nimtim Architects, Cork Extension, Using Cork On A Building

3GATTI hopes to land a 'green spaceship' in Madrid

3GATTI Architecture Studio has unveiled a spectacular design for a new public library in Madrid. The firm envisions an eye-catching “green spaceship” for the public space; it is a building almost entirely clad in lush Virginia creeper vines. As well as creating an attractive landmark for the community, the building’s expansive greenery will act as a passive feature that will help to insulate the structure in winter and cool the interior spaces in the hot summer months. The international firm h...
Tags: Design, Virginia, Library, Architecture, Gallery, Madrid, Shenzhen, Sustainable Design, Green Roof, Library Design, Green Walls, Urban Gardening, Madrid Architecture, Vertical Gardens, Green Roofs, Green Wall

Bananatex launches a sustainable material revolution at Milan Design Week

A party of three has collaborated to create a multi-purpose material sourced entirely from banana leaves. Swiss bag brand QWSTION, a yarn specialist from Taiwan, and a Taiwanese weaving partner spent four years developing the new material, which is being revealed at the 2019 Milan Design Week. The strong, flexible material, called Banantex, offers a new universal option in the search for sustainable materials. Beginning at the source, the banana leaves come from a natural ecosystem of sustain...
Tags: Design, Taiwan, Philippines, Gallery, Pesticides, Biodegradable, Micronesia, United, Ecosystem, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Accessories And Fashion, Sustainable Materials, Eco Textiles, Milan Design Week, Plastic Free

These solar-powered floating homes are built to withstand floods and hurricanes

As many coastal cities struggle to come up with resiliency plans in the face of rising sea levels, a Miami-based firm is creating sustainable, solar-powered floating residences that could offer the perfect solution. Already well-known for its high-end floating homes, Arkup is now teaming up with Artefacto, an environmentally friendly Brazilian furnishing brand, to create stylish floating houses that are not only resilient to storms and sea levels, but also represent the luxury style for which M...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Miami, Solar Power, Sustainable Design, Resilient Design, Resilient Architecture, Floating Architecture, Rising Sea Levels, Floating Homes, Miami Real Estate, Sustainable Home Design, Glass Homes, Solar Powered Homes, Arkup floating homes

As Ocean Waste Piles Up, Coldharbour Tiles Propose a Backsplash

"I think a lot of people have lost confidence in the recycling system," Emily Packer says. "I often hear people say things like, 'It probably just ends up in a landfill anyway.'"The British/American videographer was disheartened to discover that as little as 9 percent of all plastics actually get recycled in America, and to see the pileup of waste in her adopted hometown of Kigali, Rwanda. "Plastic is one of the most durable materials in the world," says Packer, "and yet we're using it for throw...
Tags: Europe, Design, Crowdfunding, Africa, America, Rwanda, Sustainable Design, East Africa, Kigali, Calhoun, Packer, Asia Europe, United Nations Environmental Program, Emily Packer, Kigali Rwanda Plastic, Jake Calhoun

Stanfords sustainable scholars building embraces the California landscape

A former parking lot has been converted into the Denning House, the new home for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford University. The University and the Denning Family tapped New York City-based architectural firm Ennead Architects to design the building as a gathering place for graduate scholars hailing from international backgrounds and diverse disciplines. Wrapped in timber and surrounded by California oaks, the Denning House has a treehouse-like atmosphere and sustainably embrac...
Tags: Design, California, New York City, Architecture, Gallery, Cypress, Stanford University, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Natural Ventilation, Ennead Architects, Heroic Food Farm, Native Plants, Douglas Fir, California Oaks, Academic building

Biodegradable tableware made from wheat bran debuts at Toronto's Green Living Show

This week, Toronto citizens learned that wheat bran is good for more than enhancing digestive regularity. An innovative Polish company displayed its disposable, biodegradable tableware made from unprocessed wheat bran at Toronto’s Green Living Show. While an ordinary disposable plastic plate could take 500 years to break down, Biotrem’s tableware biodegrades through composting within a single month. They’re made from compressed wheat bran, a by-product of the cereal milling process. Biotrem c...
Tags: Design, Technology, Toronto, Plastic, Agriculture, Biodegradable, Landfill, Farm, PLA, Green Products, Sustainable Design, Eat & Drink, Canada South Korea, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Eco-friendly Materials, Green Living Show

An old office is transformed into the Netherlands' most sustainable renovated building

In Amsterdam South, a newly renovated office building with a shimmering silver roof has achieved BREEAM Outstanding, a green building rating that arguably makes the property the most sustainable adaptive reuse project in the Netherlands. Formerly a neglected office complex, the empty building was transformed in the hands of Dutch architectural firm Benthem Crouwel Architects and now serves as the energy-positive offices for Goede Doelen Loterijen (Dutch Charity Lotteries). A major goal of the ...
Tags: Design, Office, Architecture, Gallery, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Solar, Solar Power, The Netherlands, Sustainable Design, Green Renovation, Recyclable Materials, Adaptive Reuse, Green Roof, Rainwater Collection, Mixed-use

Mobile, off-grid micro home can be configured into 20 different layouts

Architect Beatrice Bonzanigo from Milan-based firm IB Studio has unveiled a stunning, off-grid micro home that is transportable and adaptable to virtually any climate. The tiny structure, called Casa Ojalá, is just shy of 300 square feet but is equipped with a manual mechanical system that allows the space to be configured into as many as 20 different layouts. According to Bonzanigo, the flexible and transportable design of Casa Ojalá was inspired by the need to offer an alternative to the “wo...
Tags: Design, Milan, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Power, Sustainable Design, Tiny Homes, Off-grid, Micro Home, Tiny Home Design, Flexible Architecture, Tiny Home Living, Off Grid Tiny Home, Off-grid Home Design, Mobile Tiny Home, Micro Home Design

Shellworks upcycles leftover lobster shells into biodegradable bioplastics

Four design students from The Royal College of Art and Imperial College have created a biodegradable and recyclable bioplastic using an unusual material — lobster shell waste. In an initiative dubbed Shellworks, the team — Ed Jones, Insiya Jafferjee, Amir Afshar and Andrew Edwards — has developed new manufacturing machines to produce what they believe is a sustainable replacement for single-use plastics. The malleable bioplastic is extremely versatile and can be adjusted in thickness, transpare...
Tags: Design, Innovation, Biodegradable, Cradle-to-Cradle, Sustainable Design, Green Materials, Crustaceans, Reebok, Fertilizer, Bioplastic, Andrew Edwards, Biopolymer, Plastic Alternative, Recyclable Plastic, Single-use Plastics, Shellworks

Santa Barbara home is surrounded by wooden screens for natural climate control

Indoor-outdoor living never looked so good! This modern design by Shubin Donaldson takes full advantage of the beachy climate of Santa Barbara, California. Wooden screens and a central skylight flood the entire beach house with natural sunlight while keeping the space protected from the ocean winds. “Environmentally, the home is cooled passively by ocean breezes, lit evenly during the day by daylight, and ipe wood screens minimize sun load on the extensive view windows,” the designers said. Th...
Tags: Design, California, Environment, Natural, Architecture, Ocean, Screens, Wood, Beach House, Sustainable, Santa Barbara, Eco-friendly, Sustainable Design, Passive Design, Climate Control, Skyline Residence

Reduce Your Single-Use Plastic with these Reusable Bamboo Containers

2019 seems to be the year of taking actionable steps towards reducing single-use plastic, and reusable to-go containers and multi-purpose utensil sets are a useful and impactful way to start doing so in your everyday life. On that note, Anvil Studios and UCO Ware have created the Bamboo 5-piece set, a non-plastic meal and utensil meal kit made of 90% natural materials:While many of UCO Ware's products are focused on camping and outdoor activities, for this challenge, they enlisted Anvil Studios ...
Tags: Food, Design, Materials, Sustainable Design, Anvil, Anvil Studios, Reusable Bamboo Containers, UCO Ware, Treasure Hinds

A solar-powered houseboat designed for the water-loving adventurer

Marked by a stunning contemporary design normally reserved for land-based structures, +31Architects‘ latest houseboat is simply spectacular. The Amsterdam-based company, which specialize in floating constructions, has truly outdone itself with the Nature Cruiser, a motorized houseboat equipped with hybrid electric drive and solar panels. The Nature Cruiser was commissioned by a German adventurer and entrepreneur who requested a motorized houseboat that would allow him to sail over lakes and ri...
Tags: Design, Gallery, Amsterdam, Solar Power, Sustainable Design, Tiny House, Floating Architecture, Haarlem, Floating Homes, Houseboat, Cruiser, Boat Design, Houseboat Design, Solar Powered Boat, Living On Water, Nature Cruiser

An earth-bermed hobbit house with two glass arches hits the market for $190,000

While some mistakenly believe that earth-bermed architecture is a passing fad, the truth is that the practice of building homes deep into the landscape is one of the most ancient forms of shelter construction. Luckily for anyone looking to live in one of these energy-efficient abodes, a gorgeous two-bedroom hobbit home covered with 8 inches of earth and native vegetation is on the market for just $190,000. Located on 3.4 acres of densely wooded forest in River Falls, Wisconsin, the two-bedroom...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Hobbit Home, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Mike McGuire, Edina Realty, River Falls Wisconsin, Hobbit House, Hobbit House for sale, Earth-bermed architecture, River Falls Hobbit House, Hobbit House Design, Hobbit Home Architecture

Two energy-efficient cork homes are elevated off the landscape in northern Spain

Barcelona-based firm López-Rivera Arquitectos has unveiled two beautiful homes tucked into a dense forest in northern Spain. The natural forest, which is comprised of cork and pine trees, inspired the architects to clad both homes in a gorgeous cork facade. The sustainable material helped create an energy-efficient and resilient design that is also raised off the ground to reduce the impact on the landscape. Located in Platfrugell, Catalonia, the two cork houses are located on a rugged landsc...
Tags: Design, Spain, Barcelona, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Home Design, Energy Efficient, Cork Facade, Cork Panels, Cork Forests, López Rivera Arquitectos, Cork Homes, Platfrugell Catalonia

Baux unveils sustainable acoustic panels made out of chemical-free pulp

Acoustic products manufacturer Baux has just unveiled a truly innovative design for some stylish, plant-based acoustic panels. Made out of chemical-free pulp material sourced from sustainably harvested Swedish pine and fir trees, the decorative Baux Acoustic Pulp panels can be used to soundproof various environments such as homes, restaurants office spaces, classrooms and more. Launched during this year’s Stockholm Design Week, the eco-friendly Baux Acoustic Pulp panels were made possible thro...
Tags: Design, Innovation, Interior Design, Product Design, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Baux, Fredrik Franzon, Sustainable Building Materials, Acoustic Panels, Green Insulation, Eco Friendly Interior Design, Plant-based acoustic panels, Baux Acoustic Pulp, Baux products, Natural Decorative Products

Topas ecolodge aims to be a model of sustainability

From conception, the goal of the Topas Ecolodge in Vietnam has been to encapsulate sustainable practices at every turn. They also carry a heavy burden of social responsibility by focusing on providing local jobs and sourcing materials from the surrounding areas whenever possible. Nestled into a mountainous region in North Vietnam, they aim to assist the five local hill-tribes that remain largely untouched by the modern world. The vast majority of the 100 employees live in surrounding villages o...
Tags: Travel, Energy, Design, Village, Recycling, Vietnam, Sustainable, Bolivia, Eco-friendly, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Eco-travel, Destination, Rustic, Eco Tourism, North Vietnam

Plastic Bags are Recyclable, So Why Can't We Throw Them In Recycling Bins? PBS Explains

Plastic bags have this recycling symbol right on them… …and yet we're not supposed to throw these scourges into the plastics recycling bin. And if you fill them with recyclable materials, like plastic bottles, and throw that into the recycling bin, guess what: The entire bag and its contents will end up in the trash rather than being recycled.Why? In this short video, PBS demonstrates what happens to plastic bags when they go into the conventional recycling system:
Tags: Design, Pbs, Sustainable Design

Nissan unveils incredible solar-powered mobile workshop for woodworkers

Over the years, we’ve seen thousands of unique van conversions, but Nissan has taken the van-loving world by storm with its new NV300 concept van — a mobile workshop for woodworking professionals. The amazing design, which was a collaboration between Nissan and UK-based firm Studio Hardie, is fully-functioning mobile woodworking studio that can be taken off grid, letting wood-loving artisans find inspiration anywhere they choose. What’s more, the van runs on solar power and its tools are powere...
Tags: Europe, UK, Design, Automotive, Gallery, Electric Vehicles, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Belgium, Solar Power, Nissan, Sustainable Design, Mondrian, Hardie, Van Conversion, Brussels Motor Show

Oil rig off South Korea's coast to become a floating hotel that operates on tidal energy

As today’s urban planners are struggling on how to integrate renewable energy into existing infrastructure, some forward-thinking architects are making the task much easier. Beijing-based firm Margot Krasojević Architecture has just released a design that would see an existing oil rig in South Korea’s coast converted into a futuristic lighthouse hotel whose organic flowing form would be installed with pivoting turbines to harness tidal energy to power the hotel. The lighthouse hotel is slated...
Tags: South Korea, Design, Hotels, Renewable Energy, Architecture, Beijing, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Futuristic Hotels, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Jeju, Green Hotel Design, Wave Energy, Margot Krasojević, Tidal Energy

A dilapidated garage transforms into an industrial-chic micro home

Vilnius-based IM Interior has proven once again that great design doesn’t need a lot of space. The architects recently revamped an old garage in the Lithuanian capital into a stunning micro home clad in a weathered steel. The 226-square-foot space was also completely made-over with a warm birch wood interior cladding and recessed lighting to create a modern and comfortable living space. While many critics argue that micro housing is not a feasible solution to soaring real estate prices around ...
Tags: Design, Gallery, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Tiny Home, Green Renovation, Micro Home, Vilnius, Corten steel, Weathered Steel, IM Interior, Recessed Lighting, Indrė Mylytė Sinkevičienė

Brilliant home made out of cascading concrete planter boxes grows more than 40 types of edible plants

Built for a retired couple who loves to grow their own food, this home design by Kuala Lumpur-based firm FormZero is comprised of several concrete blocks planted with more than 40 types of edible plants on every floor. With various patio spaces that double as mini home gardens, the Planter Box House oscillates between garden, farm and living space. The home’s overall design was heavily influenced by Kuala Lumpur’s vernacular. Being that the area is a tropical region, the homes are often built...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Sustainable Design, Green Architecture, Resilient Design, Home Gardening, Urban Gardening, Chi Minh City, Sustainable Architecture, Concrete Homes, Concrete Architecture, Resilient Home Design, Bamboo Homes

Serene off-grid tiny home sits tucked away in a Hawaiian rainforest

Tucked into a lush green rainforest in Volcano, Hawaii, this tiny home retreat has been designed to be a relaxing oasis for those wanting to immerse themselves into nature. The Hale Iki cottage which is just 240 square feet, runs completely off-grid thanks to four 354 watt solar panels and rain water collection system. Located just outside of Volcanoes National Park in a clearing in the rainforest, the tiny cottage offers everything needed for a serene stay in a natural setting. The home itsel...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Ohio, Solar Power, Sustainable Design, Tiny House, Volcanoes National Park, Tiny Home Design, Unique Tiny Homes, Tiny Homes Airbnb, Off Grid Tiny Home, Tiny Home Rentals, Solar-powered Tiny Homes, Volcano Hawaii, Solar Powered Refrigerator

GoSun unveils solar cooker that lets you serve up some sizzling meals at night

San Francisco-based GoSun has become synonymous for their ground-breaking solar-powered cookers that use nothing more than sunlight to cook entire meals. Now, the company has just unveiled two new game-changing products at this year’s CES event, the GoSun Fusion, a solar stove capable of cooking day or night, and the GoSun Chill, a solar refrigerator system that can keep food and beverages cold without using a drop of fuel. Using the company’s patented solar cooking technology, the GoSun Fusi...
Tags: Design, San Francisco, Ces, Gallery, Innovation, Clean Energy, Solar Power, Sustainable Design, Eat & Drink, Green Innovation, Solar Cookers, CES 2019, Gosun, GoSun Fusion, Solar Ovens, Solar-powered Refrigerators

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