Artist converts vintage suitcases into ‘Nest Colonies’

Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 by

Many a vintage store has an old suitcase or two in stock, and while we’ve seen these classics turned into everything from lovely furniture to fully functioning speakers, American artist Robert Lach turns these discards into bird-inspired sculptures he calls “Nest Colonies.” Lach collects various old specimens of American Tourister suitcases, and finely shreds […]

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The Chug-A-Lug Will Turn a Plain Old Jar Into a Cute Portable Drinking Glass

Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2013 by

Chug-A-Lug is a handcrafted  leather cozy that can be slipped onto just about any jar, turning it into a  portable cup or even a hanging flower vase. The design also features a handy  clip that can be affixed to just about any bag, ensuring that you’ll keep  on chuggin’ everywhere you go. Chug-A-Lugs have been crafted to […]

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How to build your own Recycled Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 by

How to make one in eight easy steps… click here

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Brazil’s Inhotim is a sustainable art park

Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 by

Inhotim is part sustainable botanical garden, part artistic wonder. Located in Brazil, its 240 sprawling acres sit on what was once a mining site. Today it’s a carefully tended landscape that includes lush vegetation and rare plant species, five lakes and a preserved forest. It was started by Bernardo Paz, whose vision was a melding […]

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Garbage Homes – Bolivia

Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 by

Ingrid Vaca Diez is on a mission to build better homes for the poor. With few funds and little support, she uses the only resource she can find in abundance – empty plastic bottles. Her own life in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is one of relative comfort but she is shocked by the rising level of […]

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Indian Researchers Create Low-Cost Bricks From Recycled Paper Mill Waste

Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2013 by

Made from 90% recycled paper mill waste (RPMW) and 10% cement, the mixture is mechanically mixed and pressed into molds and then cured in the sun. The brilliant recycled building material is low-cost means of eeking more efficiency out of an already good practice. Read more inhabitat

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All-Bamboo Smartphone Concept Reinvents Simplicity

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 by

The phone was conceived by Kieron-Scott Woodhouse, a student at London’s Middlesex University. After posting the concept online, it attracted the attention of Jerry Lao, an entrepreneur who specializes in tech products. Together the two have taken the concept from garage project to sophisticated prototype, and hopefully soon, into the commercial marketplace. read more original […]

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Make a Battery with Spare Change

Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by

In just a few steps, a handful of pennies can power a small calculator or an LED bulb. To complete both the calculator and LED project you’ll need: 13 pennies, dated 1982 or later sand paper an electrolyte such as vinegar, lemon juice or salt water cardboard scissors zinc washers electrical tape a small, cheap […]

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The largest cork oak forest area in the world,Portugal

Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 by

The environmental and socio-economic importance of the cork oak forest is  so valuable that several organisations, among which the WWF, the Forest  Stewardship Council (FSC) and the European Cork Federation (C. E.  Liège), with Corticeira Amorim’s participation, have developed  initiatives aimed at encouraging good practices and rewarding  agro-forestry owners who contribute to improving essential services […]

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Harness Your Inner DJ With This Beet-Powered Drum Machine

Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2012 by

The great thing about BeetBox, aside from the fact that it turns root vegetables in to a working musical instrument, is the fact that it’s all opensource technology, some of which is upcycled. “Touch sensing is handled by an MPR121 Capacitive Touch Sensor from SparkFun, for which I ported existing Arduino code to Python,” explains […]

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