Eco-friendly

tokyo-based artist koshi kawachi recently demonstrated his “manga farming” technique. he recycles old manga comic books as a growing medium for vegetables. after unsuccessful attempts to grow spinach and carrots, kawachi hit the jackpot with radishes, whose spindly shoots echo the lines of the cartoon images in the magazine. this crop of radish sprouts are an installation at the matsuzakaya department store in nagoya.

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simply incredible…such beautiful pictures carved into the leaves! natural leaf carving is the manual cutting and removal of a leaf’s surface to produce an art work on a leaf. the process of carving is performed by artists using tools to carefully remove the surface without cutting or removing the veins. the veins add detail into the subject matter of the carving. check out more work by the chinese artisans from longal craft co. ltd!

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URBN hotels shanghai is a boutique hotel set in the heart of shanghai’s downtown area. URBN, china’s first carbon-neutral hotel, is a renovated factory warehouse. it’s interiors are made with 100% locally sourced and recycled materials. one of the best example is the back wall of the main lobby decorated with a collection of old suitcases. just beautiful!!!

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england based artist, caroline saul, who works primarly with recycled plastic milk bottles to create her colorful bulbous sculptural vessels and bowls. she recycles the milk bottles and adds fibers and color to create new sheets of plastic that she then uses to create her pieces. i just love knowing that something used and discarded can be transformed into a beautiful piece of art.

check out more of her work here.

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Manchester based artist Michelle Brand started catching peoples’ attention at the Haute Green 2007 in New York City where she won the Inhabitat Editors’ Choice Award for her stunning eco lighting designs. her designs are composed entirely from recycled plastic bottle bases and are linked together with a simple tag. oh so simple…oh so pretty!

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Eco-friendly Christmas Tree

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australian graphic designers Buro North have designed a fun alternative to traditional fir or spruce Christmas trees. they claim their plywood tree is “80% more environmentally friendly”. check them out. they come in 3 sizes, small, medium and large.

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Repurposed: Katrin Arens Plate Rack

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one mans trash is another man’ s treasure. boy is that true. here is a treasure from German designer Katrin Arens, who uses “materials from derelict country houses, cellars, and carpentry studios” in her designs. Above: Katrin Arens’ kitchen in Lombardy, Italy; photo by Jordi Canosa.

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How Green is Your Food?

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i don’t know if your a big fan of the abc’s show brothers & sisters, but i am. if you are too then you’ll remember sarah’s venture with the launching of the website greenatopia–a website that helped you calculate your environmental impact and how to live eco-friendly. i always thought that was such a good […]

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Inspiring Art Created Out Of Everyday Objects

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it might simply be garbage to some, but artist yuken teruya has found a way to use everyday objects like pizza boxes, a mc donald’s bag, flags, shopping bags, plastic bottles and other things that would have otherwise ended up in the waste stream into surprisingly beautiful art that inspires and amazes. silhouettes of trees […]

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360 Paper Bottle

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the 360 paper bottle is the first totally recyclable paper container made from 100% renewable resources and a true environmentally-friendly solution to the problem of plastic water bottles. versatile in its range of consumer applications and made from food-safe and fully recyclable materials, it decreases energy consumed throughout the product life cycle without sacrificing functionality. […]

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Preserve. nothing wasted. everything gained.

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i love reading about how a person with a vision and little bit of hard work can make a positive impact on the world while reducing their environmental footprint. meet eric hudson, thirteen years ago eric founded recycline and created the preserve product line—a line of stylish, high performance, eco-friendly products for your home. preserve […]

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