The adorable Acorn tiny cabin is made of wood salvaged from an old mansion

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Eco-resort in Tulum features luxury beach huts made of natural materials

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LEGO reintroduces Vestas wind turbine set, now made with plant-based plastic

Lego Group just released a new LEGO Creator Expert set that focuses on sustainable energy. The company announced its Vestas Wind Turbine creation at New York Climate Week in hopes to encourage creativity while spreading the word about renewable and sustainable energy sources.
Lego collaborated with Vestas to make the new wind turbine structure. Not only does the set represent renewable energy, but the plastic pieces are made from recycled plants. This is the first time Lego has issued a set made… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A dome made of rearview mirrors, seat belts and soda bottles floats on Grand River

Husband-and-wife team Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of New York City-based SLO Architecture recently set afloat their latest iteration in their series of Harvest Domes—massive dome-shaped installations made from locally sourced, repurposed materials. Dubbed Harvest Dome 3.0, their most recent buoyant installation can be found in the Grand River of Grand Rapids, Michigan where it celebrates the waterway’s heritage and role in powering the city’s manufacturing legacy. Measuring twenty feet… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Reebok develops plant-based sneakers made of cotton and corn

In an act aimed squarely at sustainability in an industry known for heavy environmental impact, Reebok has created the first shoe made from plant-based materials. The Cotton + Corn initiative, announced in 2017 by the sporting-goods giant, touted the decision to move to plant-based materials as a way to clean up both production and post-consumer use in an industry that has always relied on petroleum in manufacturing.

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This floating park in Rotterdam is made from recycled plastic waste

Over 1,000 square feet of plastic ultimately destined for the ocean is getting a second lease on life in Rotterdam. On July 4, 2018, Recycled Park opened their first phase to the public: a floating park made entirely of recycled waste.

According to a report commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, over 1,000 cubic meters of plastic is transported every year down the Meuse River and into the North Sea. The plastics come from landfills, agriculture, sewage and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Glowing labyrinth made from plastic waste pops up in Buenos Aires

Over 15,000 plastic bottles were temporarily given a new lease on life as a glowing labyrinth in Vatican Square, one of Buenos Aires’ most celebrated public spaces. Designed by environmental art collective Luzinterruptus, the Plastic Waste Labyrinth calls attention to staggering amount of waste generated everyday in a thought-provoking installation. Commissioned by the Department of Environmental and Public Areas of Buenos Aires City Government, Ciudad Verde, the immersive artwork was installed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

UNStudio designs cocoon-like pavilion made of 100% recyclable materials

If you’ve ever dreamed of cocooning yourself in nature, this woven prefabricated pavilion may be right up your alley. Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has unveiled the Ellipsicoon, a digitally developed and handwoven pavilion that can pop up anywhere as a sculptural and meditative retreat. The curvaceous Ellipsicoon was created as part of the pavilion series for Revolution Precrafted, a collection of limited-edition prefabricated homes and pavilion designed by the world’s leading architects,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Graphene filter made out of soybeans makes water from Sydney Harbor drinkable

Imagine if we could create clean water from any freshwater source – no matter how dirty – in just one step. Australian scientists have done just that with a filtration technique that utilizes graphene film. It’s so effective that even the filthiest water was clean enough to drink after passing through the filter. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Idyllic ecolodge tucked into remote Vietnamese mountainside is made of locally-sourced granite

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