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    Green Building Council announce royalty free Green Star

    January 4, 1:19 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    The World Green Building Council have recently rebuilt their website and now they announce that the Green Building Council of Australia will release a royalty-free licence of its environmental rating tool - Green Star- to all World Green Building Council

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    ReturDesign Rock-n-Roll Shelf

    January 3, 12:00 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    If Droog’s gorgeous-but-precarious dresser from reused drawers makes you a bit nervous, Rock-n-Roll makes a good compromise. Still cobbled together, with a hint of the random but unified by the repeated circular shapes. The recycled paperboard tubes (in

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    Crispina recycled Equinox blankets

    January 3, 12:29 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Over 150,000 lbs (68,000kg) of discarded clothing has been salvaged to make Crispina blankets. Using mostly wool products, they wash garments and sort them into particular themes before combing the elements into a new whole. Quirky elements of the

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    Architecture for Humanity

    January 2, 6:24 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    A few posts ago we mentioned the fine work of Habitat for Humanity and how they are responding to the Tsunami disaster. In a very similar vein is the efforts of Architecture for Humanity. Established 5 years ago to "promote architectural and design

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    That other staple-less stapler: the paperclip

    January 1, 4:21 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Although seen by some as a bit of a design cliche, the humble paper clip is one of the more instructive examples of an eco-product: • solves a problem with panache (and without adding to any larger problem) • purpose is swiftly understood (no manuals

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    Habitat for Humanity International

    December 31, 11:29 PM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    We've had this post in the pipeline for ages, but events in the Indian Ocean have prompted us to move it up the list. Habitat for Humanity is a widely respected, nonprofit organisation that seeks to "eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from

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    Stapless Stapler

    December 31, 1:10 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    If a stapler doesn't use staples, then shouldn't it be called a stapless? Or maybe an unstaple? We'll leave that one to the linguists, but for the time being, we'll refer to it as the manufacturers do, as a "staple-less stapler." Instead of

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    NowHouse: Affordable + Green

    December 30, 1:23 PM by TreeHugger in Modular Design

    Prefab is great. Modern prefab is glorious. Green and modern prefab sends us into a swoon. Get the smelling salts, 'cause NowHouse is all of these things. Bamboo cabinets, cork floors, solar power start off the list of eco-features in this house by San

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    Natureworks PLA Biodegradable Plastic Packaging

    December 29, 10:47 AM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    Ideally all the thirsty spectators at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City would have brought their own refillable drinking vessels. But the organizers knew it wasn’t going to happen that way, so they went with the next best option: biodegradable plastic

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    Super-8 Recycled Loosefill Packing Peanuts

    December 29, 9:51 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    The latest from Williams-Sonoma isn't a new jet-powered espresso machine or a Le Creuset pot in the shape of a dog, it's their packaging materials, which now consist of Flo-Pak Super 8 loosefill—a fancy way of saying "peanuts" made from

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    Organic sofa

    December 29, 7:28 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Plonk your posterior (and two others) down on one of these. Handmade, one at a time, to order. Organic hemp upholstered over organic cotton cushioning batts, which are wrapped in a barrier of organic cotton sheeting. Frames of American hardwood timber,

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    Recycled Flip-Flops Door Mat

    December 28, 3:53 PM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    Everyone knows how we love creative re-use. So when we found this cool door mat, we flipped for it. Made from blown-out flip-flops, these colorful rubber mats will reportedly last a decade—and can probably stand up much better to the four seasons than

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    Dwell Home II: This Time She's Green

    December 28, 1:17 PM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    The first prefab Dwell Home competition excited our aesthetic senses, but the second invitational added sustainability to the focus. We'd be giddy to live in any of the entries, especially the prize-winner by Escher GuneWardena Architecture. It isn't

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    The Wee House

    December 28, 10:50 AM by TreeHugger in Modular Design

    The design-build phases of Alchemy Architects' Wee houses are probably a bit different than most that you've seen. The first step in the process, for instance is to "find a place you love." Step two is the Dreaming Phase, in which the client

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    From Superstore to Super Space: Re-Using the "Big Box"

    December 27, 11:00 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    Oversized superstores such as Kmart and Home Depot—large, free-standing retail spaces with only one major room—were efficiently designed to suit their retail purposes: Stock comes right off the truck and goes directly onto the shelves, ready t

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    Enlightenment Environmental Design

    December 24, 11:27 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    The gorgeous furniture from Enlightenment Environmental Design, such as the Baum bed seen here, are made from naturally felled trees, discarded lumber and even donated wood whenever possible. And by mid-2005, EED will have transitioned exclusively to

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    Recycled Record Bowls

    December 24, 11:03 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    Recycled records have been making the rounds, but we thought we'd still bring these to your attention. Designer Jeff Davis of Brooklyn has been "rescuing" unwanted records and creating them into works of functional art, like the bowls seen here.

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    Builders Without Borders

    December 24, 4:22 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    No doubt you’ve heard of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). In very much the same vein, comes Builders Without Borders, who take housing as the gift they can give to those less fortunate than themselves. "We are an international

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