Maizy is a collection of office technology that is made from PLA, or Polylactic acid, an Eco friendly alternative to petroleum-based polymers. The collection of clocks, calculators and alarm clocks are designed by Milanese firm, Spalvieri/ Del Ciotto.
Theo Jansen creates wild amazing beasts that roam the earth and beaches along the Dutch coastline. They are wind powered and work in harmony with their environment as opposed to impacting and changing their environment.
You can see the Strandbeest on Theo Jansen’s blog
Slowly fluorescent light bulbs are becoming harder and harder to find as everyone switches to the energy-efficient, longer lasting compact fluorescent light bulbs. But if you still have some of the older light bulbs and are looking to get rid of them, instead of sending them to the landfill, how about making something practical for the house with them. Like these oil lamps.
Valentines Day is approaching and no matter what anybody says, they want to receive a gift. If you have left it way too late to get something wrapped, I suggest you follow the tutorial on Jessica Jones blog, “How About Orange”, and make your own gift bags as quickly as possible.
Find the complete tutorial on the How About Orange blog
Lady Bird Johnson, the largest net zero school in the United States, begun accepting students in the fall semester of last year. I think its a great idea to teach the next generation to conserve and make as little impact on the environment as possible.
The article on this amazing school can be found at Inhabitat
If you have stylish little children then you need stylish lunch boxes, and that is exactly what Yubo lunch boxes are. They are recyclable, BPA free, dishwasher safe (unlike other lunch boxes out there) and, best of all, customizable. [Read more...]
If you have ever wanted to destroy your own trees without destroying the actual environment, Domino Trees are the way to do it. These beautifully made wooden trees are handmade and sold ready to set up and destroy at will.
Domino trees would make great toys for toddlers and children as they are hardy enough to take a bit of a beating. The trees are sold in packs of fifteen with twenty percent of the profit donated to WWF for forest protection and replanting.
Since being conceived in 2006, Tegu Mobility has managed to not only become popular with children around the world, but also to help solve social problems in Honduras. Tegu toys are magnetic wooden blocks that allow children to construct just about anything they can imagine. In their new incarnation, the Tegu blocks have wheels, making them mobile and fun too.
If you order for $75 or more now, you get free shipping and Tegu toys will guarantee delivery by December 24th 2011, all within the USA. These would make a great, unique stocking stuffer for an adult that has to keep their brain or hands busy or for that kid in your life.
Plan Toys is an American company that manufactures eco-friendly sustainable toys that also help with children’s early development. All their toys are made from kiln dried, chemical free rubber wood and made from rubber trees that no longer produce latex. So instead of being discarded after their period of usefulness has passed, they are cut down and used to make something that your kids can pass down or pass on.
Near Whale Beach on San Sebastian, Sao Paulo, sits a group of four houses that pay homage to the areas natural beauty. Built on a plot of 4000 square meters that were authorised by the city, the condominiums were built so as to keep impact on the local environment and vegetation as minimal as possible, featuring green roofs, open plan interiors to promote cross ventilation, and certified wood finishes and local materials. Architect, Arthur Casas, known for his elegant houses with neutral tones was in charge of the structural and interior designs and made sure that every room faced the sea, because not only is the homes’ location spectacular, but by using natural light in the homes, utility costs are reduced, making the homes even more eco friendly.