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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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    Ikea Ingo Table

    December 23, 2:01 PM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    It's true we have sometimes made fun of Ikea. (And of ourselves for shopping there). But really, who can resist all those cute designs at rock-bottom prices? Let's face it, Ikea's got a good thing going, and the fact that they ship with more ingenuity

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    Pilkington Activ Self-Cleaning Glass

    December 23, 12:38 PM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    Remember those old cartoons that showed what a breeze life would be in the House of the Future? Robotic arms would pop out of hatches to pet the dog, iron the clothes, wash the windows.... Well, after a trip to Massive Change in Vancouver, we’ve seen the

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    Panasonic CFL Lightbulbs

    December 23, 11:01 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    According to Panasonic, maker of these fantastic bulbs, the initial cost of a compact fluorescent lamp (about $8) is usually higher than that of an incandescent bulb, but the cost is quickly recovered because compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use about

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    Chista coconut lamps

    December 23, 3:02 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Coconut is normally associated with food but this tropical tree has many other applications. Its leaves and fronds are used for thatched roofs and its oil finds its way into many skin care products. Coconut fibre (coir) often ends up as high grade

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    Factor 10 House

    December 22, 1:37 PM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    The Factor 10 House is so called because it reduces the environmental impact of the average American home by a factor of 10. The entire site, on a slender lot in Chicago, is permeable—pavers and other materials were chosen to help runoff, and the gr

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    SkySide Bamboo End Tables

    December 22, 9:38 AM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    We recently brought you SkySide’s very nice light cube tables, now we’d like to introduce their bamboo end tables. Minimalist in both design and materials, the table, which an airy glass side, is simplicity and sustainability incarnate. Available

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    Bentley Prince Street Carpet Wins Calif. Eco-Award

    December 22, 9:21 AM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    Bentley Prince Street, manufacturer of both residential and commercial carpets (cool ones, too), recently became the recipient of California’s 2004 Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for the State of California. (That means

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    Vulcana Hobo

    December 22, 4:30 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    "Why create products made from newly-created textiles when we have so much raw material taking up acres and acres of nature?" asks Robin Barsky Gilson of Vulcana. And it is a well considered question. Seems the US discards over 260 million used tyres

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    Dyson vacuum cleaners really suck

    December 22, 3:52 AM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    When Dyson vacuum cleaners first appeared they looked way peculiar and cost a pretty packet. "Too expensive!" the pundits exclaimed (Didn't they say that about the Prius and iPod too?). Be that as it may, Dyson is the only other brand that has a

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    BASIX - Building Sustainability Index

    December 22, 2:55 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    As of 1 July 2004, all new houses and dual occupancy residential buildings, in Sydney, Australia, must obtain a BASIX Certificate before their building development application will be processed by the local municipality. This is not a voluntary scheme,

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    Maharam Wallcoverings and Textiles

    December 21, 1:20 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Maharam's introduced a great set of classic Textiles of the 20th Century designed by such mid-century giants as Charles and Ray Eames, Verner Panton, and Arne Jacobsen. Unfortunately, most of the fabrics aren't particularly environmentally friendly.

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    Recycled Glass Platters

    December 17, 10:46 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Yes, we did promise you more recycled glass products. We mentioned Green Glass recently, who make heaps of lovely glasses from reused bottles. To complement them you may wish to consider a glass platter, such as this one fashioned in Spain, with recycled

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    Solar-Powered Wallpaper

    December 17, 9:28 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Yet another bright idea from the innovative brainiacs at NYU. The Solar Powered Wallpaper project is smart lighting powered by the sun. By embedding electroluminescent materials into the design pattern of the wall paper and incorporating a built-in light

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    Shaw Carpet Renounces PVC

    December 16, 2:56 PM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    You may think of carpet as a cozy, harmless floorcovering, or you may not think about it all. But carpets can contain lots of nasty components, like icky glues, naughty fibers, and PVC backing. Now Shaw Carpet, a major player in the market, is taking

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