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    Responsible Graphic Design Publications

    February 2, 1:50 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    When we discussed packaging in a recent Q&A; we concentrated mainly on the materials, less on the creative design that can reduce environmental burdens associated with packaging. Innovative solutions do exist and many have been captured and showcased in

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    Hanging Lamp by Jordi Piera and Juantxo Agudo

    February 1, 12:41 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    TreeHugger stumbled upon this hauntingly beautiful (we swear) hanging lamp in the window of art and design gallery Saladestar in the Gracia area of Barcelona. Accepting potential language misunderstandings, it seems like Saladestar is getting designers

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    Transglass Designed By Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden

    January 31, 3:11 PM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    Still looking for a gift for that wedding you attended last summer? Consider a beautiful piece of glassware from Transglass. The collection is made from recycled wine and beer bottles, but isn't like some of the boring, old, recycled glassware we've

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    Amy Smith, eco-designer interviewed

    January 31, 7:34 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    "When you're designing a consumer product for people with less than a dollar a day to spend, affordability becomes extremely important." Great to see I.D. Magazine giving space to the other end of the design spectrum. They have a Q&A; interview with

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    Illuminator Wind-Up Light

    January 31, 6:56 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    With TreeHugger having already collected the wind-up radio, mobile phone charger, marine battery charger and even the bicycle driven projector, the Illuminator should feel right at home here, in such company. Wrap three bright, unbreakable, long life

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    Orange Peel Plastic

    January 31, 6:28 AM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    We once painted a office with plant based paints. The smell was like being in the midst of an orange orchard. Now it seems that it might be possible in the near future to have the plastic office gizmos made from oranges as well. The boffins at Cornell

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    As You Sow Foundation

    January 31, 4:00 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Yup, the woman here is about to smash open a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) with nary a consideration for her Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S;) ramifications. Imagine where the lead from the monitor is going to end up! If companies do not demonstrate care

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    Bambusero - Bamboo Fences and Furniture

    January 29, 7:48 PM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Mark Mortimer’s business; Bambusero, makes fences, screens, furniture, water features, carports, indeed pretty much whatever you’d like from bamboo. The Soto fence, shown here, is constructed with slats of Henonis bamboo.

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    Sway Stool, Plank Chair, and Clip Chair, by Thélermont Hupton

    January 28, 12:57 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Designer Thélermont Hupton's Web site boasts, "It's not rocket science." We say, it may as well be, considering how crafty and innovative and cutting-edge his concepts are. Then again, they're not all that complicated. But that's the beauty

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    That Other Sustainable Number-Cruncher: The Solar Calculator

    January 28, 5:08 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Our hearts are set alight by new, unbelievable products that help us do something in a more sustainable way. Like the stapless stapler. But we also admire the tried-and-true eco-solutions, like the stapless stapler’s more modest cousin, the paperclip. So

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    Pet Lounge by Paul Makovsky for Turnstone

    January 27, 1:36 PM by TreeHugger in Eco-Friendly Furniture

    Made from just two pieces of flat, half-inch-thick PET, Brian Kane's Pet Lounge chair use fairly inexpensive tooling and molded materials to create sleek seating that's made from 10% recycled plastic bottles and is 100% recyclable. Manufactured by

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    Shipping Container Prefab

    January 27, 8:54 AM by TreeHugger in Modular Design

    1) the strop that manufacturers throw when you ask for a house without old-school traditional charm, and

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    Caldesign: Simple Home Wares for the Modern World

    January 26, 12:20 PM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    Decidedly TreeHugger, though perhaps unintentionally, and meta-efficient, the name of the game at Lisbon-based Caldesign is simplicity. Untreated wooden clothes pins hearken back to the days when mom used to hang the fresh clean laundry out to dry,

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    Sustainable Portables by the Office of Mobile Design

    January 26, 8:46 AM by TreeHugger in Modular Design

    If you’re into green prefab, browsing through OMD’s website is like being a kid in a candy store. Designer Jennifer Siegal has so many nifty projects—prototyped, planned, or built—that we want to tell you all about all of them all at once. But gorging

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    ALMOST: Official Port Wine Glass by Alvaro Siza for Ohm Design

    January 26, 8:43 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    We thought "official" was just a slightly bossy name for the design. We didn't think wines could have official glassware. Oh, how we were wrong: architect Alvaro Siza's port glass is sanctioned by the Instituto do Vinho do Porto and the big-time

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    Chrome-free EcoPell Leather

    January 26, 8:30 AM by TreeHugger in Green Architecture

    Leather is often thought of as a natural material. And such materials return to the soil easily, right? Not in the case of leather they don’t. ‘Cos to stop the animal’s hide from perishing and degrading it has been tanned. And this tanning usually

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    Green Tips for Interior Designers

    January 25, 10:33 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    Turning really green I really think I'm turning really green I really think so. You too? If you're an interior designer who's been thinking about gettin' over to the green side, or even if you're just a regular mortal planning to convert an

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    Ozmoenergy - converts plastic to diesel!

    January 25, 3:24 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    We’ve had a few Willy Wonka type machines out to save-the-world recently (Two Machines and Startech.) Not wanting to lose the momentum, here is yet another. Apparently 20% of the waste in our modern landills is non-degradable plastic. The Ozmotech

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