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Permaculture Hannukah Party at Yesh Meain Ecological Farm

In honor of the last day of Hannukah, the Yesh Meain permaculture farm will be hosting an all-day permaculture celebration. Links are often found between Jewish holidays and the environment, and environmentally-minded organizations in Israel try to find eco-friendly ways to celebrate them.  We’ve seen these eco Jewish celebrations center around Sukkot, a holiday that […]

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Raw Bamboo Bench is Green, But Is It Comfortable?

Bamboo is universally praised as a sustainable material, but when used in its rawest form is it comfortable? Beauty has been said to increase sustainability, but what about ease of use?  We’ve seen a few sustainable bench designs out there already, from Yoav Avinoam’s sawdust bench to Green Lullaby’s cardboard work bench – but never […]

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Playful Packaging From Gugu Design

The packaging from Gugu Design’s games is not merely protective, but actually another game.  Two games for the price of one package! We’ve seen sustainable designers upcycle the packaging from other products to make something new (such as the Ecoist clutch purses made from candy and potato chip bag wrappers), and we’ve even seen them […]

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Folded Paper Jewelry That Makes Origami Look Chic

Hila Rawet Karni’s jewelry items look so luxurious, you’d never guess they’re made of paper. As an accessory that often falls victim to changing fads and trends and which is usually made of precious stones and metals, jewelry is potentially one of the more energy intensive (and polluting) of accessories.  But it doesn’t have to […]

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Sanserif Creatius Brings Recycled Cardboard Furniture to UAE

Thanks to a recent feature in Sadiyaty Magazine, residents of the UAE may soon be interested in recycled cardboard furniture. The latest issue of Sadiyaty Magazine, an Arabic publication on design trends and fashion, featured design team Sanserif Creatius’s cardboard Valentina throne chair – and no wonder.  The Spanish designers at Sanserif Creatius are enamored […]

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Light Bulb Terrarium and 5 New Uses For Old Light Bulbs

Just because incandescent light bulbs are less energy efficient than CFLs doesn’t mean you need to toss them.  Upcycle them! IKEA Israel won’t even sell incandescent light bulbs any more, and people are gradually switching to more energy efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs).  No need to toss the baby out with the bathwater, though – […]

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Paper Carton Furniture Is No Pulp Fiction

Paper pulp furniture is stronger than it looks. Bamboo has been praised for several years as the most sustainable material for furniture (due to its quickly renewable nature), with cardboard coming a close second due to its recycled and recyclable form.  At first thought cardboard may not sound very strong, but when you think about […]

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Hannukah Workshop To Teach the Miracle of Upcycled Lighting

Sustainable designer Aya Tager will teach upcycling workshops this month so that the lighting miracle of Hannukah can continue beyond the holiday’s 8 days. The Jewish holiday of Hannukah celebrates the miracle of a single day’s supply of oil lasting for eight days of lighting, and is beloved by environmentalists who appreciate the energy efficiency […]

Spine Bike Built to Break When Stolen

Ronen Spector has designed a bike lock so integral to the bike’s actual structure that ruining the lock would ruin the bike. With so many cool bicycle designs out there though, you may still want to sport a rocking bike without worrying about theft.  Ronen Spector, a recent industrial design graduate from Shenkar in Israel, […]

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Going Green GreenGraffiti Hits the Streets of Cyprus

Cyprus may have a long way to go in terms of being eco-friendly, but GreenGraffiti has brought it a little closer. Graffiti may conjure up images and smells of atmospherically harmful spray paints and underground punk rock enthusiasts, but it doesn’t have to.  Well, the punk rockers can stay, but graffiti can be green without […]

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Modular Flower Store Keeps Shoppers on Their Toes 24/7

Shoppers at Zerim-Liftan’s specialty store will never know what layout design to expect, as it is modular and ever-changing. The modular design concept – which is sustainable as it saves the resources that would otherwise be used to create multiple objects from scratch – has been applied to all kinds of designs.  It has been […]

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Adital Ela on Making Light From Wind (INTERVIEW)

What Adital Ela has to say about making light from wind, and other sustainable design ventures. We recently learned about Israeli sustainable designer Adital Ela’s work when we heard about her KickStart project to get WindyLights – a design that generates light from wind – on the ground.  Since then, we’ve learned that Ela is […]