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    Running Low on Hemp Seed

    April 20, 8:30 AM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    Given the controversial history of the hemp plant in developed nations, TreeHuggers might wonder which came first: cultivation for fiber or for psychotropic use. Should we be destined to repeat history, as often alleged, the answer is no doubt that it

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    Visor Wood Safe Treated Lumber

    April 19, 8:26 AM by Dominic Muren in Green Architecture

    You may not be aware, but every day, we expose ourselves, our pets, and our children to heavy metal toxins like copper, arsenic, and chromium. We do it when we go to the playground, work in our yards, or lay out in the sun on our decks. The culprit

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    Gary Weeks Studio: Rocking Rockers

    April 18, 8:37 AM by Dominic Muren in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    If you're lucky enough to have received an heirloom ring, chair, or kitchen knives from your parents or grandparents, then you're already familiar with the earliest form of eco-conciousness: Reuse by handing down. The more high durability products

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    LED's everywhere

    April 18, 6:29 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Light emitting diodes (LED's) have been growing in power and finding new uses since 1993, when the blue LED was invented and could be mixed with red and green to make white light. They are still expensive, but last 50 times as long as a conventional

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    The EDITT Tower by Dr. Ken Yeang

    April 17, 2:32 PM by Christine Lepisto in Sustainable Product Design

    If you have ever visited Singapore, you know that it is a unique experiment in the natural projection of one possible global development: with little land and lots of people, it is the epitome of the urban migration scenario. The importance of

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    Martín Corujo's Lamps

    April 17, 8:03 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    It's hard to top the Solar Powered Wallpaper, but we have to move on... Since eco design is not very developed here at Buenos Aires, it's always encouraging to meet new people giving it a go. We found these beautiful, yet, kind of strange lamps at Puro

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    Sunlight in a Cable

    April 17, 7:41 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    There has been a lot of research that shows how the human body has rhythms that are affected by sunlight, and the change of its colours through the day. Parans, a new Swedish company, has developed a system of collectors, fibre optic cables and elegant

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    Plastic Fantastic! - Smile Plastics

    April 15, 1:36 PM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    A chair made from kids wellies, a table made from mobile phones, a sink made from CDs, bowls made from coffee cups and a guitar made from yoghurt pots! These are just some of the products people have been inspired to make from the recycled plastic

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    6040 House by LaMiDesign

    April 14, 8:19 AM by TreeHugger in Modular Design

    Greg La Vardera's 6040 House (that's 60 feet by 40 feet) is framed in steel—EcoSteel, to be exact, "an energy efficient construction technology" that's also recyclable. The pre-engineered house offers solar and wind power options, as well as

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    The Greening of Plastics

    April 14, 8:11 AM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    The Cambridge Massachusetts based company Metabolix produces a sustainable, biodegradable, high-grade, environmentally friendly plastic. Yes, I too have heard the rumors of how biodegradable plastics just don’t hold up to more traditional oil based

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    This New House

    April 14, 7:46 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    Our suburban houses have been getting consistently larger, taking up more land and more resources and more energy to operate, graphically represented in this illustration from mother Jones (7.6 meg PDF) and (8.4 meg pdf) Meanwhile, its occupants are

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    The Energy Gap: First World on Third-World Energy

    April 13, 8:11 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    In this BBC Radio 4 series, an English Midlands family attempts to live on the same amount of energy consumed by the average family in Dehli (this also means facing random third-world blackouts). Dynamo and solar equipment comes to the rescue. While the

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    X4 landscape irrigation by AccuWaterâ„¢

    April 13, 8:11 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    Who has not had the experience of seeing landscape irrigation systems spraying in the rain? "Best practice" seems to be little more than a timer and doing it mostly at night, which saves on evaporative loss and is less stressful for plants. More

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    Riki Stool

    April 12, 9:28 AM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    The Riki Stool is produced in Japan — it was designed in 1966 by Riki Watanabe. Made by recycled cardboard, this stool can be built by hand by sliding the pieces together. It's lightweight but it can stand the weight of a ton. It ships flat and is

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    Eco-Terr and Eco-Cem by Coverings Etc.

    April 12, 8:47 AM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    Covering Etc. is offering some new, relatively eco-effective surfacing materials that count towards LEED points. Eco-Terr slabs and tiles are made of recycled blends of granite, marble, river rock, and glass chips. The material is sourced from quarries

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    Domespace, the house that turns to the sun

    April 12, 8:46 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    You might get confused coming home at night trying to find the door after this house has performed a 330 degrees rotation. Conceived to optimize sun warmth, the semi spheric plans of Domespace were laid out 30 years ago. Since then, a good few of this

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    Sustainable Living At Green Sage

    April 12, 8:40 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    We visited Green Sage’s website and ended up staying there for awhile. The company has been online for four years and you can find hundreds of sustainable items for your home from beautiful recycled glass to organic bedding to furniture (shown left is a

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    modular2house by Studio 804

    April 12, 8:17 AM by TreeHugger in Modular Design

    In the Studio 804 program at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design, architecture graduate students get the chance to design a house and build it in five months—often a house aimed at affordability. This year, they’re building

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