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Beirut’s Eco Fashion Boutique is “Green and Glam”

Green is glamorous, according to Beirut’s eco fashion boutique. People need to eat and people need to dress every day, so food and fashion are two of the ways that people can make a daily difference in protecting the environment.  Organic food products have crept into mainstream supermarkets, but organic and eco-friendly fashion is a […]

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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 […]

Make Your (Book) Mark With Plastic Bags

Get one up on Rumpelstiltskin by turning plastic shopping sacks into uber-artsy bookmarks.  I really hate giving cash gifts.  Gift cards aren’t much higher on the “Hey, I burned lots of calories thinking of you” scale.  Even when the card’s end use fits the user, it’s still not very satisfying for me (wow, so it is always about […]

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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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DIY moss graffiti

Express your green views for all to see - right on the walls of your house, restaurant or office. Moss grafitti is the hottest trend in urban agriculture, after hydroponics and vertical farming.

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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 […]

Ancient Middle East Craft is Knitting Bridges

Often-ridiculed craft with ancient Middle Eastern roots serves as gentle conduit to change.  It’s pretty much agreed that the origins of knitting are placed somewhere in the Middle East. The craft spread to Europe via Mediterranean trade routes, then on to the Americas with European colonization. Some of the earliest examples of knitting have been found in […]

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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 […]

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Israeli Artist Transforms Rockets Into Roses

Blacksmith and artist Yaron Bob creates beauty and a message of  hope from  deadly rockets. Karen asked on our post about jewelry made from upcycled bullets, how can we change the context of other discarded or grotesque objects in order to view them as beautiful? Now, how can weapons of death ever become symbols of […]

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Mannequin-made Chair Puts Human Form in Motion

When this mannequin free falls, low-carbon-footprint chairs with “human” form are made. Israeli designer Ezri Tarazi, the head of the Industrial Design Department at Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, is no stranger to sustainable design.  Some of his previous projects include eye glass frames made from wood, and home furnishings created from upcycled […]

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Help Kickstart a Sustainable Lighting Project

Israeli designer Adital Ela Asks for help with her WindyLight sustainable lighting project on Kickstarter. Kickstarting a new sustainable lighting project that employs wind in generating energy to create light is sustainable Israeli designer Adital Ela.  Her project, WindyLight, is a “family of self-sufficient outdoor lights that perform on free, clean energy and create a […]