Home & Garden

7-Foot-Wide Tiny Home in Tokyo Houses Two Families

Could you live in a home that’s barely wider than a large sports utility vehicle? Two entire families manage to fit into this one – and it measures just seven feet across. It helps that this micro house in Tokyo, built to make the most of a very small lot, is two stories tall and […]
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Art & Design Home & Garden

Shop Handmade: 16 Eco Etsy Finds for the Home

Not all of us are craft mavens or expert thrift shoppers, finding or creating the perfect vintage and handmade elements that make a house feel like home. That’s where Etsy comes in. The top online marketplace for hand-crafted goods is the perfect place to find eco-friendly recycled and upcycled home accents including rugs, lighting, coasters, […]
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Art & Design Geography & Travel Nature & Ecosystems

Face-Kini: Savvy, Scary Skin-Saving Suit Makes a Splash

Meet the Face-Kini, a head-to-toe beach balaclava worn by Chinese swimmers that’s made a major splash across the wondering world. Originally handmade from oft-contrasting scraps of fabric and designed to provide protection from sun, seaweed and stinging jellyfish, the Face-Kini’s surging popularity has prompted manufacturers to crank out mass-produced versions that are sold at seaside kiosks.
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Art & Design

Smart Sustainable Product Packaging: 14 Standout Designs

Just as the cover of a book can really say a lot about its contents, so can the packaging of a product – and recycled, fair trade and otherwise sustainably produced goods should have an outside to match. These 14 (more!) examples of beautiful green packaging emphasize the earth-friendly qualities of each product, stand out […]
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Art & Design Geography & Travel

Meet Masdar: World’s First Zero Carbon, Zero Waste City

With its most eye-catching feature a spectacular garden of massive artificial sunflowers that provide movable shade during the day, the new, sustainable city center for Masdar, UAE is a stunning model for future urban growth. International practice Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) won a competition to design the city, with construction set to be completed […]
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Home & Garden

Prefab Eco House in France Boasts Breezy, Modern Design

Grow your own food and relax on a spacious outdoor terrace – even in a densely populated city. This beautiful prefab house by architect Djuric Tardio works with the restrictive housing regulations in a suburb of Paris, maintaining a conventional house shape but adding more sustainable features and functionality.
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Energy & Fuel News & Politics

Green Olympics 2012: 12 Eco-Friendly Features

The 2012 Olympic Games in London aimed to be the most sustainable in history, with eco-friendly features like recyclable buildings, electric cars, amped-up recycling efforts and local food. So, have they met their goals? A promise to power the games using 20% local renewable sources was scrapped, and big sponsors like McDonalds, BP, Coca-Cola and […]
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Home & Garden

Solar and Wind-Powered Outdoor Lighting at IKEA

Did you know that you can get wind-powered lighting for your yard or garden – and that it’s affordable? Leave it to IKEA to bring modern, attractively designed products that run on renewable energy to the masses. The Swedish home goods retailer offers a nice array of solar- and wind-powered lighting including pendants, table lamps, […]
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