TAG: Biodegradable

Surprise On Trash Day

Surprise On Trash Day

What if you awoke on trash collection day to find that the normally littered about garbage bags were gone and had been replaced with more colorful versions? This is what happened in New York one unsuspecting morning in 2008. It wasn’t a crazy mix up at the garbage bag production factory, but it was actually a living art installation to bring attention to waste. Called the TRASH Project, artist Adrian Kondratowicz thought of the interactive, functional art display that involved the help of the surrounding community. He had specialty TRASH Project bags made that were composed of biodegradable plastic and with the assistance… read more

Not Quite The Empty Nester

Biomimicry-inspired Human Nests

You might not be too familiar with the concept of Biomimicry (or Biomimetics) yet, but it’s all about getting inspiration on how nature builds models, processes and elements in order to solve human problems. The term comes from the Greek words “bios”, meaning life, and “mimesis” which mean to imitate. This idea has been around for a long time and one of the early examples of Biomimicry, although never successful but highly inspiring, was Leonardo da Vinci’s “flying machines”, that were created by observing the anatomy and flight of birds. Taking this Biomimicry concept to an extreme, South Africa-based artist… read more

Stone Paper: Good Alternative or Eco Exaggeration?

Stone Paper: Good Alternative or Eco Exaggeration?

Paper made from recycled content is obviously a better option than papers made from new resources. Paper makes up over one half of all recycled substances by weight that is gathered in the U.S. New merchandise is always popping up in the eco friendly market, and the paper industry is full of them. Stone paper is one spin on paper products that has surfaced in recent years. Marketed as environmentally friendly and a better choice than paper made wood pulp, stone paper is made mostly with calcium carbonite which is a natural mineral. For durability, a high density polyethylene is… read more

Tips for a Greener Office

Greening Your Office

To begin, no green renovations, big or small, will make an environmental dent if the company who employs them manufactures unsustainable products or services. However, any personal change among employees, let alone the habits of an entire office are certainly worth the effort. Though it would help if the office wasn’t situated in the headquarters of an oil company. That said, there are numerous, often simply over-looked, altercations that will improve the productivity and efficiency of an office. On a personal level you can begin by using refillable pens. Over 5 billion pens are bought and tossed out by Americans… read more

Adorable Tiny Origami

Adorable Tiny Origami

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. It is said to have started in the 17th century AD and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. Its name comes from the word ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper“, and it is now a modern form of art. Origami is made by transforming a flat sheet of paper into a sculptural design, through folding and sculpting techniques that requires no cuts or glue. The best thing about it is that anyone can do it, instructions are easily found and the only thing needed is a square sheet of paper, and dedication…. read more

Edible, Dissolveable or Biodegradable

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There is no waste in nature, as at the end of every living thing’s life it serves as a source of nutrients once it returns from where it came. Thus, waste in a modern sense is a human creation – and modified materials like plastic, a mutation of nature. While many companies have introduced “green packaging”, and certainly the efforts have been impressive, it would be incorrect to herald them as sustainable. For a package to be sustainable, its existence must create zero waste. It also cannot rely on finite resources for its manufacture and use. This is because sustainability… read more

Greener Trash Bags

Greener Trash Bags

We sometimes have to buy merchandise that we probably would rather not, due to the price or its environmental hazard factor. One item that usually fails in both categories is trash bags. This is one example of something most would rather not spend money on. In addition to negative environmental effects, they are normally expensive for an object that is just going to be thrown out. Some varieties also may be thin and inferior, so they have to be doubled up on which adds to the waste. Even though the evils of the made from plastic bag have been preached for some time,… read more

The Twists and The Turns

Artist Laura Bacon Waves Huge Willow Sculptures

British artist, Laura Bacon, weaves her way into beautiful large-scale eco-friendly installations. She creates powerful huge sculptures by twisting, turning and weaving dried willow branches using her own hands. The artist enjoys reorganizing chaotic amounts of raw material to create organic sculptures and site-specific spaces that evoke nature and provide people with mysterious powerful art. Her sculptures are made to engage with people and to beautifully sit within its surroundings. They are designed for climbing, hiding, walking through them or just admiring their intricate craft. Taking inspiration from the way birds build their own nests using flexible often-natural materials, Bacon weaves… read more

Do You Like Ramen Noodles?

Do You Like Ramen Noodles?

If so, you may have hungrily indulged in the hot noodles and not really thought too much about the packaging that they came in. Sometimes this meal for one can come in the not so earth friendly Styrofoam or unrecyclable waxed paper containers. When heated, Styrofoam and some plastic packaging can unleash chemicals from the containers into the food, serving up a bit of unintended contaminant along with your dinner. Tomorrow Machine, a company ran by package designers Anna Glansén and Hanna Billqvist, along with an eco focused research facility named Innventia, have conceptualized a redesign of an old standby,… read more

Biodegradable Designs Made From The Earth

TERRA: BIODEGRADABLE OBJECTS MADE FROM EARTH

Tel-Aviv based sustainability designer, social-entrepreneur and teacher Adital Ela enjoys getting her hands dirty. A graduate from renowned Design Academy Eindhoven, in The Netherlands, she produces fantastic objects made from soil and fibers. Her collection is called “Terra” and includes stools (for children and adults) and lampshades, and she will soon unveil a new and bigger object: an earth bedside cupboard. Made from soil and dry plants fibers, that give the mix a long lasting quality and structure, the Terra collection is entirely craft by hand. Ela collects her raw materials from a site nearby her Tel-Aviv studio, mixes it… read more