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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 […]

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Timo Handmade Finds Modern Uses for Vintage Fabrics

Made mostly from used and vintage scraps of fabric, Timo Handmade’s new creations have a warm, old-world feel. Fabric scraps can be used for lots of things, and we’ve seen designers refashion them in all kinds of ways – like use them to make repurposed fabric shoes, purses made from upholstery fabric samples, and even […]

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Lightexture Lamps Combine Ethereal Light and Energy Efficiency

Lightexture’s lamps are beautiful and energy efficient. Sustainable designers interested in the field of light fixtures often focus on making the lamp base out of recycled or repurposed materials, and don’t necessarily think about energy efficient light.  We’ve seen lamps made out of industrial pipes and chandeliers made out of ice cream spoons, but when […]

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Interview with Andrew Sell, Founder of Hipcycle

Hipcycle, a new online marketplace for upcycled products, shows mainstreamers that upcycling can be hip. Shopping local and sustainable is always best, but when you can’t find locally made, sustainably made, or upcycled products around – sometimes the internet is the best way to go.  Online marketplaces such as Etsy, Mideast ecostore Ekotribe, or the […]

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Ron Arad’s Bike Wheels Will Never Go Flat

Ron Arad’s bike is up for the auction block: These wheels will add some spring to your ride. Unlike the car, which comes in many shapes, colors, and sizes, the bicycle has not been subject to as many design transformations and over the years has pretty much retained its classic shape.  Here and there there […]

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Rosh Hashanah 5772 Green Gift Guide for 2011

Instead of standard apples and honey, put some creative green thought into your Rosh Hashanah gifts this year. The Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah 2011  is quickly approaching next week on September 28, and for many Jewish people this is a time of gift-giving in the new Jewish calendar year 5772. Gift giving is […]

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Meet Me in St. Louis for Sukkah City 2011

Inspired by last year’s Sukkah City in NYC (see one of the past designs above), St. Louis is hosting its own sukkah design competition this year. With the Jewish high holidays fast approaching, some of us are thinking about honey recipes, sustainable festive meals, and sukkahs (or temporarily erected shelters).  The folks over at Washington […]

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Michael Tsinovsky Puts Arabic Into Israel’s Melting Pot

Industrial designer Michael Tsinovsky brought together Israel’s many local styles in his ‘asli’ furniture design. When it comes to consumerism, local is almost always better for the environment and for the local economy.  Local is better when you’re buying produce at the farmer’s market, when you’re supporting local artisans and craftsmen, and when you’re purchasing […]

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Life Is a Spontaneous Picnic With the Picnic Dress

Find a good spot and plop down in your picnic dress for an impromptu meal on the grass. Picnics are great because they allow us to appreciate the great outdoors (sometimes motivating us to take more efforts to protect it).  But sometimes picnics are not so great because they result in picnic littering, or the […]

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Rescued Candlesticks Unite to Form Upcycled Menorah

Candlesticks that have lost their partners find a home in this upcycled menorah. Most flea markets and second-hand stores have them – candlesticks either with or without their partners.  Solitary candlesticks often tend to be left behind, since they usually come in pairs.  But thanks to this menorah design from Reddish Studio (the same people […]

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More Sustainable Eye Glasses – Wood or Human Hair?

If you think these sunglasses are made from tortoise shell, guess again. Accessories may be one of the most important places for an ecologically minded designer to start.  Accessories are the victims of quickly changing trends and fads, and so their unsustainable fashionable-ness makes their ecological sustainability greatly needed.  We’ve seen other green designers tackle […]

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Upcycled Bath Tub Chair Design by Reddish

Designers often talk about “clean” design, with crisp lines and an absence of frou-frou decoration. See the emergence of functional design in restaurant furniture. But apparently there’s another kind of clean design – the kind that’s clean because it’s upcycled from objects formerly used to keep people clean, like a bathtub. The Bath & Beyond […]

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Modular Loop Chair Serves a Twelve-Fold Function

The seven modular folds of the Loop Chair grant it a twelve-fold function. Modular: constructed with standardized units or dimensions for flexibility and variety in use. It’s the “flexibility and variety in use” part that makes modular design so sustainable, because if one item can be modified and serve a range of functions then you […]

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Change Your Shoes With the Click of a Heel

Click your heels three times and say: there’s no thing like eco-fashion! Eco designers (and designers who are interested in fun and whimsy) have been tackling the shoe issue for some time, finding ways to make them both more sustainable and versatile.  Big shoe titans like Nike have created shoe recycling programs in order to […]

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Piece-Meal High Heels Let Wearers Design Their Own Shoes

Mix and match the endless possibilities with Sharon Golan’s Mr. Potato-esque DIY shoes. When it comes to fashion, and sustainable fashion, shoes may be one of the worst offenders.  Not only do shoe fashions change rapidly, but they also tend to wear out faster than our other articles of clothing.  Shoe designers and producers have […]

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Armani & Others Pressured to Give Up Deadly Jeans

Versace caved to pressure to stop selling “killer” sandblasted jeans. Will other brands follow suit? Blue jeans are getting uglier by the day. Around Christmas last year we wrote about environmental and social hazards associated with the “jeans capital of the world” in China. We’ve since discovered that giving jeans a distressed look, achieved by […]