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Adobe brick combines with wood in a low-carbon villa in Chiang Mai

Architectural practice Chiangmai Life Architects has completed a striking villa that blends elements of traditional Thai architecture together with environmentally savvy construction practices and modern amenities fit for 21st-century living. Located in the mountains of northern Thailand, the project, dubbed the ‘Earth & Wood Villa,’ was built primarily of locally sourced natural materials from the self-made adobe bricks to the exposed timber elements throughout. In addition to mountain vistas,...
Tags: Design, Thailand, Architecture, Gallery, Bamboo, Chiang Mai, Sustainable Materials, Thermal Insulation, Natural Ventilation, Earth Walls, Locally Sourced Materials, Natural Materials, Natural Stone, Chiangmai Life Architects, Thai Architecture, Adobe Architecture


Designer creates algae-sourced alternative for plastic packaging

Food packaging has a become a target in the world of sustainability and environmentalism. Walk down the aisle of any supermarket or look in your own shopping cart, and you’re likely to see package after package made from petroleum-based plastic. A few resourceful scientists and engineers have chosen to tackle the problem, including designer Margarita Talep, who has developed an algae-based alternative to plastic. With the short lifecycle of most packaging, Talep wanted to create a material tha...
Tags: Design, Gallery, Plastic, Packaging, Green Materials, Sustainable Materials, Agar, Single Use Plastic, Plastic Alternatives, Single-use, Green Plastic Alternatives, Green Packaging Design, Margarita Talep, Talep


Off-grid tiny home with beautiful undulating roof was almost entirely built with reclaimed materials

Founded by builder Greg Parham, the team at Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses is already well-known for their tiny home designs. But the Colorado-based company has really outdone themselves with their latest project. The San Juan tiny home on wheels is a gorgeous design with an eye-catching metal roof. More than just aesthetically pleasing, however, the solar-powered tiny home was almost entirely made out of reclaimed wood and built to go off-grid. Of course, the undulating roof made out of corrugat...
Tags: Design, Colorado, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Power, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Tiny House, San Juan, Sustainable Materials, Tiny Home Design, Stephanie, Parham, Minimalist Living, Tiny Homes on Wheels, Greg Parham


Stunning carbon-neutral home uses traditional materials to create a synergy with its natural setting

London-based practice Foster Lomas, has unveiled a stunning carbon-neutral home on the Island of Man. The Sartfell Retreat is a private home built by local craftsman using locally-sourced drystone walls. The home boasts plenty of sustainable features, including an off-grid water system for fresh water and a plush green roof, covered in carbon-capturing hay and native wildflowers, further creating a strong connection with the home’s breathtaking natural setting. Located near Sartfell Mountain, ...
Tags: Design, London, Architecture, Gallery, Green Design, Home Design, Sustainable Materials, Green Roof, Lomas, Green Roofs, Sustainable Home Design, Ribbon Windows, Modern Home Design, Stone Homes, Concrete Interiors, Modern Retreat


Solar-powered cork house pursues healthy, sustainable living

Berlin-based architecture office rundzwei Architekten recently completed a light-filled home that showcases the many material benefits of cork. Named the Cork Screw House, the sustainably minded abode boasts a facade and roof clad in natural cork, a material that not only gives the building a highly textured appearance, but also contributes significantly to the home’s energy efficiency thanks to high insulation values. The cork home is set on a base of rammed concrete and comprises a series of ...
Tags: Design, London, Berlin, Architecture, Gallery, Insulation, Cork, Carousel Showcase, Recycled Materials, Skylights, Sustainable Materials, Cellulose, Sustainable Architecture, Full-height Glazing, Cork Cladding, Timber Frame


Nature-inspired Teak House welcomes Vietnams lush forests indoors

Architect Pham Thanh Huy of Vietnamese design firm 282 Design recently renovated a villa into the Teak House, a Northern European-inspired getaway in the cool highlands of Ngọc Thanh in northern Vietnam. Inspired by the surrounding pine forest landscape and spurred by sustainable principles, Pham Thanh Huy created the contemporary home mainly with teak wood sourced from sustainably managed forests. In addition to the predominate timber palette indoors, the house embraces the living forest with ...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Vietnam, Forests, Mezzanine, Teak, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Materials, Contemporary Architecture, Stone, Northern Vietnam, Sustainable Timber, Natural Materials, Floor To Ceiling Glass, Sustainably Managed Forest


Plastic straws are a thing of the past, but which reusable straw is best for the future?

The days where plastic straws and their wrappers litter the countertops of restaurants, coffee shops and fast food joints are nearing the end. With several governments, like Australia and the U.K., banning and taxing single-use plastic items and companies like Starbucks, Disney and Hyatt taking their own environmental stand by rejecting plastic straws, sustainable and reusable varieties of the pipettes have been growing in popularity. Nowadays, it’s no longer about what color straw you’re sport...
Tags: Metal, UK, Design, Australia, Environment, Features, Glass, Biodegradable, Recycling, Starbucks, Reuse, Bamboo, Steel, Hyatt, Green Materials, Sustainable Materials


The SPACE pod from IO House lets you go off-grid in style

Who says that off-grid living is in conflict with living in style? Not the designers behind The SPACE, a portable pod that allows you to go off-grid easily and harmoniously while still enjoying modern features and conveniences. Combining sustainable living with luxury comfort, The SPACE from IO House can be placed anywhere you go, from a river’s edge to a forest clearing. All you need to bring along is a smart device to connect, and this off-grid pod will provide the rest: water, electricity, h...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Sustainable Design, Pod Home, Off Grid Pod, Off Grid Living, Pod House, Sustainable Materials, Off Grid Home, Off Grid House, Sustainable House, Io House, The Space


Dairy farmers' excess milk gets a second life feeding the hungry

Automation may have caused a significant surplus of dairy products and a corresponding price drop, but one non-profit has stepped up to ensure food – and farms – don’t go to waste. Philabundance, a food bank in Philadelphia, is working with cow ranchers to help sell their foods while also keeping hungry families fed in the city. After shifting their farming focus away from traditional milk packaging and sales, Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers struggled to keep family businesses afloat. According to...
Tags: Design, News, Animals, Environment, Pennsylvania, Conservation, Dairy, Agriculture, Philadelphia, Food Waste, Sustainable Farming, Sustainable Food, Social Responsibility, Green Business, Green Materials, Sustainable Materials


This edible, plastic-free packaging is grown from kombucha starter

Polish design student Roza Janusz has created Scoby, an eco-friendly alternative to plastic packaging that is easily grown with the same methods used to make kombucha. Created from fermented bacteria and yeast, the organic membrane can be used to store a variety of lightweight foods like seeds, nuts, or even salads. The zero-waste food packaging is completely biodegradable and can also be eaten after use. Developed as part of her graduate project for industrial design at the School of Form in...
Tags: Food, Design, Bacteria, Gallery, Biodegradable, Packaging, Sustainable Food, Zero Waste, Yeast, Carousel Showcase, Kombucha, Sustainable Materials, Fermentation, Food Packaging, SCOBY, Janusz


Charred timber cladding and a green roof connect this Victorian-era home to nature

To embrace indoor/outdoor living, this Victoria-era house in London is outfitted with a handsome new extension wrapped in Shou Sugi Ban cladding. Designed by Neil Dusheiko Architects, the Black Ridge House provides a modern contrast to the original home’s Victorian brickwork. Inspired by biophilic design principles, the new-build was constructed with several energy-saving features — such as a green roof and underfloor heating — and sustainably sourced timbers to connect the home to nature. In...
Tags: Extension, Design, London, Addition, Architecture, Gallery, Norway, Victoria, Warner, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Sustainable Materials, Timber Cladding, Open-plan, Kebony, Energy Efficient


These charming timber cabins in South India are a retreat for nature lovers

If your dream getaway involves nature excursions in a tropical environment, prepare to fall in love with the Cardamom Club resort in Thekkady, India. Recently renovated by Bangalore-based Kumar La Noce, this boutique resort features a series of elevated tiny cabins primarily built from sustainably sourced Bangkirai hardwood. Combining contemporary design with traditional elements, each 430-square-foot cabin rests lightly on the landscape and blends in with the verdant surroundings. Set within...
Tags: Design, Hotels, India, Architecture, Gallery, Resort, Linen, Bangalore, Spa, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Tiny Homes, Tiny House, Natural Light, Tropical, Cardamom


This tiny cabin in Australia lets you go off-grid in style

For those looking to get back to nature, this tiny cabin in rural Australia provides a picturesque retreat without sacrificing comfort or style. Located on the remote Kimo Estate and designed by Anthony Hunt Design and Luke Stanley Architects, JR’s Hut is a beautiful A-frame cabin built with sustainable Australian hardwoods. The minimalist cabin was designed to provide guests with a remote, off-grid option to disconnect and enjoy the area’s stunning natural beauty. Kimo Estate is a popular we...
Tags: Design, Bali, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Tiny Homes, Sustainable Materials, Locally Sourced Materials, Cabin Designs, A Frame Cabins, Anthony Hunt Design, Luke Stanley Architects, Kimo Estate, Luke Stanley Architects JR, Gundagai New South Wales, JR Eco Hut


Sustainable Materials Presents the Versacork Mosaic

The Versacork Mosaic from Sustainable Materials opens up new solutions for surfacing challenges. Made from the readily available resource of used wine corks (the more you drink, the more you’re helping to save the planet!), Versacork is completely natural, warm and welcoming to the touch, sound-dampening, and impressively durable. The material also has good water repellency, effectively making it waterproof and thus suitable for indoor and outdoor applications. Sustainable Materials offers th...
Tags: Books, Renewable, Flooring, Walls, Cork, Waterproof, Sustainable Materials, Sound Dampening, Surfaces, Countertops, Sustainable Flooring, Sustainable Surface, Versacork, Versacork Mosaic, Versacork Mosaic tile


First plastic-free supermarket aisle opens in Amsterdam

The world’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle opened on February 28 at the Amsterdam location of the Netherlands-based supermarket chain Ekoplaza. Within this aisle, customers will be able to choose from more than 700 plastic-free products. Eventually, the company hopes to roll out plastic-free aisles at all of its 74 locations. The aisle arrives at a time when global concern over plastic pollution is on the rise and campaigns are urging companies and governments to change their plastic poli...
Tags: Europe, Design, News, Groceries, Environment, Supermarkets, Earth, Plastic, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Grocery Stores, Packaging, Sustainable Packaging, Iceland, Sustainable Food, The Netherlands


Iceland supermarket commits to eliminating plastic within five years

Iceland Foods has committed to removing all plastic from its brand-name products within the next five years and replacing it with recyclable materials such as pulp and paper. The UK-based supermarket chain is the first major retailer in the country to commit to a complete elimination of plastic. “The world has woken up to the scourge of plastics. A truckload is entering our oceans every minute, causing untold damage to our marine environment and ultimately humanity – since we all depend on the ...
Tags: UK, Design, News, Environment, Britain, Theresa May, Pollution, Conservation, United Kingdom, Guardian, Iceland, Recycled Materials, Plastic Waste, Waste Disposal, Sustainable Materials, Walker


Best Made Co. unveils hat made with synthetic spider silk

Following its release in March of the world’s first commercially available product made from manmade spider silk—a —California’s Bolt Threads is ready for its encore. Developed with Best Made Co., an outdoor-lifestyle brand that the technology firm unexpectedly acquired in August, the limited-edition Microsilk Cap of Courage marries Wyoming-milled Rambouillet wool with Bolt Threads’ signature yeast-derived bioengineered silk. Despite the eye-watering price of $198, a limited-edition run of 10...
Tags: Design, News, California, Sustainable Fashion, Wyoming, Patagonia, Museum of Modern Art, Stella Mccartney, Bolt Threads, Accessories And Fashion, Spider Silk, Green Materials, Sustainable Materials, Sustainable Style, Green Fashion, Eco-fashion


Shigeru Ban honored with Mother Teresa award for dedication to disaster relief architecture

Prolific architect and Pritzker Prize recipient, Shigeru Ban has been selected as one of the winners of the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice. Often referred to as Architecture’s First Responder, the Japanese architect is known for his dedication to creating humanitarian designs that combine the needs of refugees with sustainability. Established by the Harmony Foundation in 2005, the Mother Teresa award recognizes individuals and organizations that promote peace, equ...
Tags: Design, News, Greece, Architecture, Kenya, Yemen, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Materials, Refugee Crisis, Human Relief Efforts, Humanitarian Design, Mother Teresa, Refugee Housing, Shigeru Ban, UN Agency


Foster + Partners London playground is built of natural and sustainable materials

A new urban oasis for school children in London combines sustainable design with holistic learning. Foster + Partners completed the Ashburnham School Playground in partnership with The Bryan Adams Foundation and playground designers Made From Scratch. The playground brings nature into the city with a variety of natural environments, from the beach sandpit to a bamboo grove, and also integrates rainwater collection. Providing environments for play is especially important in cities, where concre...
Tags: Design, London, Children, Gallery, Seattle, Bamboo, Carousel Showcase, Noise Pollution, Sustainable Materials, Rainwater Collection, Landscape Architecture, Playground, Foster Partners, Natural Materials, Multi sensory, Ashburnham Community School


Boston man crosses harbor in a pumpkin boat

Tis the season… to get nuts with pumpkins. Christian Isley of Boston, Massachusetts took infatuation with that adorable, orange squash to a new level; he made a boat out of his homegrown pumpkin and sailed across Boston Harbor. “If there’s something odd to be done, he’ll do it,” said Steve, the squash sailor’s father. “Once he puts his mind to something it gets done, no matter how crazy it is.” Appropriately on the morning of the first day of October, Isley the Younger took a ride in his 520-po...
Tags: Autumn, Fall, Halloween, Design, News, Boston, Environment, Vegetables, Boats, Agriculture, Belgium, Charles, Ships, North America, Pumpkin, Squash


These Dutch designers are harvesting stardust from rooftops

Did you know that 37,000 to 78,000 tons of stardust falls on the earth’s surface every year? The dust is made up of micrometeorites that make it through the earth’s atmosphere – and now two Dutch designers are collecting this rare material from rooftops in the Netherlands. Kirstie van Noot and Xandra van der Eijk are exploring ways to utilize these mini meteorites as a precious resource that literally falls from the sky. Kirstie and Xandra believe that stardust could become a new resource for ...
Tags: Art, Design, London, Gallery, Innovation, Natural Resources, Green Materials, Sustainable Materials, Building Materials, Kirstie, Micrometeorites, London Design Week, London Design Festival, Xandra, Sustainable Resources, Dutch Invertuals Collected


Why natural stone is the best choice for your fireplace

Now that fall has started to settle in, there’s nothing better than getting cozy next to a roaring fire. And when it comes to fireplace design, natural stone is simply the most elegant, durable, and efficient material around. Natural stone retains heat better than just about anything out there, it’s practically maintenance-free, and it’s incredibly resistant to wear and tear. On top of that, it can handle extremes in temperature and doesn’t suffer from rot and mold like other materials. Whether...
Tags: Sponsored, Design, Features, Architecture, Green Building, Green Products, Interior Design, Sustainable Building, Sustainable Materials, Green Interiors, Limestone, Green Fireplace, Natural Stone, Eco Friendly Building, Sustainable remodeling, Sustainable Fireplace


Why natural stone is the best choice for your fireplace

Now that fall has started to settle in, there’s nothing better than getting cozy next to a roaring fire. And when it comes to fireplace design, natural stone is simply the most elegant, durable, and efficient material around. Natural stone retains heat better than just about anything out there, it’s practically maintenance-free, and it’s incredibly resistant to wear and tear. On top of that, it can handle extremes in temperature and doesn’t suffer from rot and mold like other materials. Whether...
Tags: Sponsored, Design, Features, Architecture, Green Building, Green Products, Interior Design, Sustainable Building, Sustainable Materials, Green Interiors, Limestone, Green Fireplace, Natural Stone, Eco Friendly Building, Sustainable remodeling, Sustainable Fireplace


Plasma Rock is a new material made from 100% recycled landfill waste

Could our overflowing landfills be converted into gold mines? Designer Inge Sluijs has found an way to turn landfill waste into “Plasma Rock” – an innovative material that can be used to create eco-friendly consumer goods. The durable rock is the result of plasma gasification – a process that heats landfill materials at extremely high temperatures. Although plasma gasification technology is not necessarily new, Sluijs’ process of using Plasma Rock to create usable products is unique. The rock ...
Tags: Design, Gallery, Innovation, Sustainable Design, Recycled Materials, Green Materials, Sustainable Materials, Building Materials, Essex England, Beleaf, Eco-friendly Products, Recycled Waste, London Design Festival, Plasma Gasification, Eco-friendly Building Materials, Plasma Rock


This gorgeous 'Tree House Tower' was built using repurposed timber and old ship materials

When architect Jason McLennan isn’t busying working on Leonardo DiCaprio’s new eco resort off the coast of Belize, the talented designer is enjoying some amazing views from his five-story “tree house tower” on Seattle’s beautiful Bainbridge Island. The home, which was built in 1978, was constructed out of reclaimed timber and outfitted with various repurposed ship materials. The three-bedroom, four-bathroom house is located on a secluded lot surrounded by a wall of 200-foot cedar trees on one s...
Tags: Design, Thailand, Architecture, Gallery, Leonardo Dicaprio, Seattle, Interior Design, Belize, Treehouses, Recycled Materials, Green Architecture, Reclaimed Furniture, Home Design, Sustainable Materials, Reclaimed Wood, Koi


Otherworldly pavilion in Japan seems to float above the landscape

Japanese contemporary artist Kohei Nawa collaborated with art studio SANDWICH to create the ship-like KOHTEI art pavilion. The wooden building is nestled into the grounds of the Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens in Fukuyama-city, Japan as a quiet space for peaceful contemplation that seems to float above the ground. It was built using traditional Japanese techniques and materials – including bamboo nails and thousands of thin wood panels. The new pavilion is part of the Tenshinzan Shinshoji temp...
Tags: Japan, Design, Israel, Architecture, Gallery, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Zen Architecture, Sustainable Materials, Wooden Architecture, Japanese Design, Japanese Architecture, Art Pavilion, Kohei Nawa, Sandwich art studio, KOHTEI pavlion


The minimalist Yoshino Cedar House was built entirely out of locally-sourced timber

The beautiful Yoshino Cedar House, located near Osaka, was built by local carpenters and craftsmen with sustainable cedar harvested from the nearby mountains. The community-run retreat was created through a collaboration between Airbnb designers, Samara and architects Go Hasegawa. The team sought to foster the local community while providing a much-needed source of income for the town. The cedar retreat’s design was part of the 2016 event, Kenya Hara’s House Vision, an exhibition that showcase...
Tags: Japan, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Osaka, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Green Materials, Sustainable Materials, Samara, Cedar Homes, Yoshino, Japanese Architecture, Sustainable Timber, Kenya Hara, Locally-sourced Timber


This tropical paradise home has an all-natural swimming lagoon filled with live fish

Brazilian architecture firm Studio MK-27 has turned a breathtaking Miami home into a tropical paradise complete with an all-natural swimming lagoon with real fish, a heated saltwater pool, and an abundance of lush vegetation. The 12,000 square-foot luxury home sits on the water front of the exclusive Indian Creek area, and it can be yours for a cool $29.75 million. The 12,000 square foot home, which was built with raw materials including exposed concrete, stone, and teak wood, boasts stunning...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Austria, Gallery, Miami, Green Building, Green space, Interior Design, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Materials, Natural Building Materials, Indian Creek, Natural Swimming Pool, Salt Water Pool, Natural Pools, Raw Building Materials


Dilapidated 1800s dairy barn resurrected into a stunning home in Wyoming

Architecture firm JLF Design Build has breathed new life into a dilapidated 1800s dairy barn by transforming it into a stunning new home. “The Creamery” was built using materials salvaged from an abandoned dairy farm in Montana and reconstructed just outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. According to the architects, the ambitious project focused on retaining the same “authentic craftsmanship and rugged austerity” of the original stone building, while converting it into a contemporary living space. ...
Tags: Design, Montana, Architecture, Gallery, Wyoming, Interior Design, Jackson Hole Wyoming, Green Renovation, Sustainable Materials, Reclaimed Wood, Green Building Materials, Barn Architecture, Barn Renovations, Reclaimed Building Materials, Barn Conversions, JLF Design Build


Beautiful adobe hotel in Bolivia belongs in a fairy tale

With shelters shaped like tortoises, a teepees, and snails, among other natural forms, Las Olas is easily spotted. As it’s built on a slope, each room has both privacy and marvelous views. Crafted by local builders Marcelino Arias and Mario Mendoza, Martin’s designs represent his passion for organic architecture with no straight lines. Related: Bolivia’s Ecolodge del Lago takes inspiration from traditional Lak’a Uta architecture Las Olas was mainly built from adobe, but also stones, mud and wo...
Tags: Art, Design, Environment, Renewable Energy, Features, Architecture, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Gaudi, Bolivia, Lake Titicaca, Carousel Showcase, Copacabana, Sustainable Materials, Green Resources, Daylighting