TAG: Bamboo

Paper Waste and What We Can Do About It

Paper waste

With the influx of heightened technology, long gone are the days where you have to constantly tote around a pen and pencil to jot down important details. Almost everything you could possibly need to write down can be done on a device, whether on your phone or mobile invention of choice. From calendars to reminder notes, you can just enter information to look at later. Not to mention the availability of online books, magazine subscriptions and virtual offices, most things that were once on paper are now additionally, or exclusively, online. Despite these technological conveniences, paper still remains a mass… read more

Planting Hope

Planting Hope

For residents in Bil’in, Palestine, planting flowers means more than just gardening lately. As a statement for peace, many residents in the area have planted flowers inside of used tear gas grenades left behind from wars between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. Vast flower gardens have been planted in the last year as a memorial for protestor Bassem Abu Rahmeh and the many others who have died. The gardens are near the state’s capital, stretching across a 430 mile wall that was regained by Palestinians in the war. Unfortunately, the supply of containers seems never-ending. Luckily, neither is the ability to try and triumph… read more

I Am Not Afraid Of Color Said The Beach House

I Am Not Afraid Of Color Said The Beach House

Getting to have a stay in a beach house is probably an ideal way to spend some hours. The following are a few relaxing and refreshing looks into waterfront living. From Fábio Galeazzo of G’zzo Galeazzo Design, this bright and unexpected residence is located shore side in Brazil. This reconstructed beach house received an update, both on the exterior and interior. First, it got a lift from inserting bamboo beams to provide necessary structural support that was lacking in the original. The roof was modernized with thermal tiles which adds to the energy efficiency of the already economy minded build…. read more

Portable Audio System Made from Bamboo and Recycled Plastic

Portable Bluetooth Speaker Made from Bamboo and Recycled Plastic

Modern electronics devices are usually made with petroleum-based virgin plastics, which can’t really be recycled or reused once we’re done with the product, which just adds to the environmental toll of our gadget-centric culture. But it doesn’t have to be that way, as there are plenty of options for those looking for a greener way to listen to their music or videos, such as this one, from House of Marley (yes, that Marley family). The Get Together™ Bluetooth portable audio system is small but powerful, and can easily fill a room with sound, thanks to its 3.5″ high output woofers… read more

Industrial Meets Country In This Rustic Retreat

Industrial Meets Country In This Rustic Retreat

From Studio 80, this mountaintop residence is a striking blend of gorgeous countryside and industrial utility. The home cozily sets in a group of other houses, and is nestled near a mountain region. The exterior shows the unique tower room set in stone behind a covered entryway. The mix of stone, wood and metals is carried through the home, and the perfect balance of details mimics the mountainous views found right outdoors. Inside, the tower room provides an interesting canister shaped entryway. The interior is decorated with items that create a pastoral vibe, and the original features add to the character of… read more

Bali’s Bamboo Village

Bali’s Bamboo Village

Bali, Indonesia is known for its natural outdoor beauty, but it holds another attraction that is also gaining a lot of recognition. It is the location of Green Village, a private eco-community. This expanse of exclusive custom built homes has a distinctive appearance. Constructed mainly of bamboo, the resort community currently comprises several completed housing structures and more are said to be in the planning stages. Designed by Ibuku, the Green Village utilizes sustainably derived bamboo as the feature building material, and along with skilled local crafters, the advanced engineering and architectural techniques used to lay out the bamboo pattern… read more

Green Fashions In Shades Of Deep Blue

Green Fashions In Shades Of Deep Blue

The onset of cooler weather may make some lean toward darker clothing colors. However, inviting a bit of visual play in with some color can liven up a dull look. Wardrobes will wake up with the addition of pieces that have bold cobalt shades and deep hues of navy blues. These ecofriendly clothing items offer consumer conscious choices in one of the season’s hottest colors. Skunkfunk’s fall and winter fashion preview includes this blue belted dress. It looks soft, luxuriously comfortable and wearable, and works with the vivid color. The company uses environmentally inclined fabrics for their line, like recycled… read more

Convertible Dresses – Good For Budgets And Boredom

Convertible Dresses – Good For Budgets And Boredom

Convertible fashions offer more ways to wear an item and can add both utilitarian and fun elements to a wardrobe. Several designers wanting to offer their customers versatile pieces in addition to ecofriendly choices in fabrics are adopting the conventional convertible dress and giving it an ecological makeover. Here are a few examples of adaptable clothing options and how they can be recreated in different looks. This 5 in 1 dress from Thieves Boutique offers a multifaceted style that even allows sleeves to be worn several different ways. Watch the demo and learn how the dress can be effortlessly changed around: The… read more

World’s First Bamboo Electric Mountain Bike

World's First Bamboo Electric Mountain Bike

Bamboo is an amazing renewable resource, as it’s not only capable of being used for everything from flooring to food to fiber (textiles and paper) to construction, but because it’s one of the fastest growing plants on Earth, groves of bamboo can be rapidly replenished. And now there’s yet another bamboo product on the market, this time the frame of an electrically-powered mountain bike, from E-Wheels, “The Beast”. While bamboo-framed bikes aren’t new, an electric mountain bike made from bamboo certainly is, and E-Wheels claims theirs is the “world’s first electric bamboo mountain bike”. Featuring a powerful (250W) motor from… read more

Recycled Interior Pieces Save Money And Resources

Recycled Interior Pieces Save Money And Resources

Designing interior spaces can quickly rack up a bill. Integrating a style into a room doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive, though it does take a good eye and some skill to recreate high end looks on a low end budget. Many professionals as well as do it yourselfers are turning to recycled and repurposed materials to cut down on expenses and environmental waste. The interior of this 1950’s era sunroom was redone with mostly recycled and renovated objects from garage sales, flea markets and Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store. Midcentury Living Room This sitting area integrates vintage and repurposed items…. read more