Bahia Denim: Furniture with a marble-like appearance made from discarded denim

There are numerous ways in which denim can be upcycled or recycled, and now designer Sophie Rowley has found an ingenious way to turn the hardy fabric into furniture. The Berlin-based takes post-consumer denim offcuts from the production waste of fashion industries and from households to create the new material. Sophie Rowley layers the textile offcuts on top of each other and then binds them together using … Continue reading Bahia Denim: Furniture with a marble-like appearance made from discarded denim

NoKa Fair: Recycled shipping container mall built with a Hawaiian flair selling local Kauai crafts and products

Shipping containers for use as shopping centres are no new feat – there’s the originals such as London’s Boxpark, and then there’s Bangkok’s Artbox, Seoul’s Common Ground and Mexico’s Container City to name but a few. And now the sustainable use of shipping containers as shopping malls has extended to Hawaii. NoKa Fair, located in Kauai’s North Kapaa, opened its doors last year selling local … Continue reading NoKa Fair: Recycled shipping container mall built with a Hawaiian flair selling local Kauai crafts and products

Malmö Upcycling Service: Challenging the design industry to work in a more sustainable and circular way

Malmö Upcycling Service has set out to challenge and encourage the design industry to work in a more sustainable manner, as well as create conditions for circular manufacturing. The Sweden-based design collective work mainly with local manufacturers from the country’s south region, using their waste material to create new products and change the perception of waste from trash to resource. For their latest initiative, Malmö Upcycling … Continue reading Malmö Upcycling Service: Challenging the design industry to work in a more sustainable and circular way

Floating community on Amsterdam canal set to be Europe’s most sustainable neighbourhood

A floating neighbourhood, complete with 46 households and a community centre, in the north of Amsterdam is set to be Europe’s most sustainable neighbourhood. Known as Schoonschip, in other words clean ship, the households and community centre will float on 30 plots on the Johan van Hasseltkanaal, a side canal of the IJ river. The project, which is designed by architects Space & Matter, will … Continue reading Floating community on Amsterdam canal set to be Europe’s most sustainable neighbourhood

Eco-House Designs [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Private homes are estimated to be responsible for about one fifth to one-fourth of global carbon dioxide emissions; and for that reason, eco-friendly construction or green building is becoming more and more of a necessity. If you’re looking to move home and are wanting something more eco-friendly, here are some alternative types of housing that will help you cut down your carbon footprint… via Eco-House Designs … Continue reading Eco-House Designs [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

Tunnel of Light: Architects transform Japan’s Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel into art space

Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in Japan’s Niigata prefecture has been transformed into several permanent artistic spaces with the intention of bringing young people back to the rural region. Beijing-based architects MAD created the Tunnel of Light at the historic, 750-metre passageway that cuts through distinctive rock formations, offering panoramic views over one of Japan’s three great chasms, as part of the the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale. Located in … Continue reading Tunnel of Light: Architects transform Japan’s Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel into art space

Ecobricks: Fighting the war against plastic pollution in Indonesia with furniture solutions

Plastic is a worldwide problem. In Indonesia, its rivers and canals are jam-packed with the pest including bottles, bags and other plastic packaging. It’s been such a huge problem in the country, that the Indonesian army has even been called in to help clean-up the waterways. Now communities are coming together in Indonesia to put use to the tonnes of plastic that are clogging up the … Continue reading Ecobricks: Fighting the war against plastic pollution in Indonesia with furniture solutions

House of Trash: Putting waste at the heart of the household

House of Trash, a showhouse made entirely from trash, is proving just how simple, stylish and elegant trash is when it comes to decorating interiors. The house is a collaboration between Taipei-based engineering firm Miniwiz, a pioneer in technology for the circular economy, and homeware company Pentatonic. Their brief was to create a home design exhibit that showcases everyday decor and furniture made from post-consumer waste. Located on Foro Bonaparte … Continue reading House of Trash: Putting waste at the heart of the household

EcoBrick Exchange: Building schools with plastic waste and empowering communities

EcoBrick Exchange is turning an environmental nuisance into a positive for underprivileged communities in South Africa, by facilitating the construction of preschools using unrecyclable plastic waste or ecobricks. The EcoBrick Exchange is a collaborative project that involves the community in Walmer Township to assist in making the ecobricks, and includes the wider communities of Port Elizabeth and Cape Town to assist in the making too. An Ecobrick … Continue reading EcoBrick Exchange: Building schools with plastic waste and empowering communities

Portree Passivhaus: A self-build mission to create an energy efficient home

Self-building some of the UK’s most energy efficient homes appears to be a mission of couple Mike Coe and Lizzie Stoodley. Known for building one of the UK’s most energy-efficient homes, The Cropthorne Autonomous House, the couple have now moved from the autonomous house in Worcestershire to their latest project – a new ultra low-energy self-build house on the Isle of Skye. The driving force for the design … Continue reading Portree Passivhaus: A self-build mission to create an energy efficient home