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EvoWheel converts almost any bicycle into an electric bike in just 30 seconds

Ready to give your old cruiser a swanky electric makeover? The innovative EvoWheel turns almost any old regular bike into a speedy e-bike in under 30 …

Electric Bikes
Sustainability

How to reduce waste and help the planet this holiday season

It’s the trashiest time of the year—but it doesn't have to be.<p>Taylor Swift’s latest album wasn’t her best, but the pop star was onto something, scientifically speaking. On the last track of the album, “New Year’s Day,” Swift sings about the aftermath of a holiday party. While the garbage in the …

Sustainability

Tesla Announces New Electric Semi Trucks and Big Companies Are Already Lining Up for Preorders

With nearly 2 million semi-trucks in the United States alone, Tesla is venturing to make an environmentally friendly dent in the market. Using his trademark flair, CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's new electric semi-truck at a splashy event that saw an 18-wheeler hauled out on stage. With a …

Eco-Friendly Logo Redesigns Promises to Save Millions a Year in Printing Costs

Sustainability is a pressing issue in fields like architecture, but it’s relatively rare in the world of branding design. This facet of the graphic industry, however, is getting an “ecological transformation.” Through the design company Ecobranding, they tweak logos and optimize them so that they …

Graphic Design

China Just Built the World’s Cutest Panda-Shaped Solar Farm

Renewable energy just got an injection of cuteness thanks to the Panda Power Plant, a new solar farm installed in the Shanxi province of China. The adorable, panda-shaped farm will have an aggregate capacity of 100 MW when completely finished.<p>The initiative by Panda Green Energy, in cooperation …

Renewable Energy

Giant Hands Rise Up from Venetian Lagoon in “Support” of Climate Change Awareness

Venice holds an interesting position as a city steeped in history, yet also at the cutting edge of contemporary art. And with the 57th International Art Biennale getting set to open in June, surprising art is already starting to pop up in the lagoon. Installed on May 13, Lorenzo Quinn‘s monumental …

Old Shipping Containers Given New Life as Stylish Eco-Friendly Homes

If you’ve ever been to a port city, you’ve probably seen shipping containers. They’re massive corrugated metal bins that hold everything from clothing to electronics to cars. Their utility makes them easy to pass by without a second glance. But for some people, shipping containers are what they …

Shipping Containers

Fleet of Flower Bicycles Take Over the Streets of São Paulo

In the past, avant-garde artist Azuma Makoto has created experimental art ranging from cosmic plants to ice block bouquets. Now, the Japanese artist is back with another beautiful and botanical work of art called <i>Flower</i> <i>Messenger</i>.<p>Composed of 30 functioning bikes overflowing with floral arrangements,</i> …

São Paulo

First Vertical Forrest in Asia will be Covered in Over 3,000 Plants

Italian architect Stefano Boeri is set to bring his famed vertical forest to Nanjing, China. The new project, to be completed in 2018, will see 1,110 trees and 2,500 shrubs engulf the facades of two enormous towers.<p>The Nanjing towers will stand 656 feet and 354 feet tall and will be the first …

Architecture

Bridges for Animals to Safely Cross Freeways Are Popping Up Around the World

Wildlife crossings are more than simple road signs as you speed down the highway. Conservationists use all sorts of methods to keep our furry friends safe from becoming roadkill or having their habitats fragmented. Increasingly, animal bridges are being employed around the globe in order to …

Wildlife

Floating Gym in Paris Designed to be Powered by Human Energy

Want to work up a sweat while cruising down a river? If so, you’ll love Carlo Ratti Associati‘s new project, <i>The Paris Navigating Gym</i>. The Italian architecture firm has dreamed up a floating gym, which when powered by human energy, floats down the Seine in Paris. The 65-foot vessel bobs downstream, …

Nonprofits

Family Lives in the Arctic Circle by Building Cob House in a Solar Geodesic Dome

The Arctic Circle conjures up images of extreme weather conditions, but one family has managed to create their own cozy oasis in the far reaches of Norway. The Hjertefølger family has been living on Norway’s Sandhornøya island, where they started their journey into sustainable living, since 2013. …

Northern Lights

France Opens World’s First Solar Panel Road

France officially opened the world’s first solar panel road this week. It features 2,880 solar panels over 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche. The energy efficient road was built with Colas’ Wattway technology, which is installed directly on existing pavement. It’s …

Uttar Pradesh

Artist Spends Hundreds of Hours Drawing Hyperrealistic Portraits Mimicking Renaissance Techniques

At first glance, the highly-technical drawings of Emanuele Dascanio look as though they’re photographs—it’s only until you see the Italian artist put pencil to paper that you realize and appreciate the true value of his artistic skill. The large, labor-intensive portraits—some that take up to 780 …

Digital Art

The Glass House Built Around A Tree

A significant number of my childhood fantasies revolved around <b>tree houses</b> - but this design by Kazakh architect <b>Aibek Almassov</b> just flips the whole …

Architecture

Gentle genius: bright red jeweled facade slashes Italian home's energy use

This faceted house in southern Italy looks like a glittery red jewel. Architect Giacomo Garziano renovated the house which his grandfather built in …

Architecture

Brilliant Pencil Sharpener Design Helps You Endlessly Extend Pencils

Uses miniature wood joinery to turn your No. 2 into a No. 2222<p>One of the more fascinating challenges for a product designer is creating the UI for …

Woodworking

Edible Agroforestry: Designing Your Own Food Forest

Backyard Abundance, an environmental education non-profit organization, has released an open-source document on how to create your own “food forest” …

New Inventions 2015: Top Eco-Friendly Designs and Innovations

2015 was a big year in terms of eco-friendly gadgets and architectural design. More and more it seems that designers are heeding a rising demand for inventions that are both useful and ecologically sensitive. Over the past year, some of the featured innovations and structural blueprints here at the …

Inventions

Farmers Create Giant Crabs Made of Straw to Spread Awareness About Air Pollution

Sitting in a rice field in Shanghai, three giant crabs made of straw have cropped up overnight. The peculiar display in Chongming county is reportedly an expressive art demonstration that aims to raise environmental awareness. The farmers behind the massive crabs created the structures in order to …

Demonstration

Germany Unveils the First Section of a 62-Mile Bicycle Superhighway

Cyclists in Germany are getting their own form of the Autobahn. The country has recently opened the first five-kilometer (three-mile) stretch of a bicycle highway that will eventually span over 100 kilometers (62 miles). This special four-meter-wide (13 feet) path differs from a traditional bike …

Bike Lanes

Innovative Shredder Simultaneously Recycles Paper and Produces New Sheets on Site

The Epson PaperLab wants to cut out the middle man and allow a business to directly recycle paper in their own building. Soon, it will be unnecessary to haul waste to a recycling center and then buy new reams of paper. Instead, a company can simply reproduce their own like-new paper on site.<p>Epson's …

Green Living
Gardening

Go Green to Breathe Clean

Go Green to Breathe Clean infographic designed by GridSpace at HypothesisGroup proposes a way to solve "sick building syndrome" by adding plants to a …

The Global Carbon Budget 2015

The Global Carbon Budget 2015 full report and infographic have just been released this week.<p>You can also download the infographic as a HiRes JPG or …

Eco-Friendly Furniture Uses Glowing Bio Resin to "Self Heal" Salvaged Wood

In nature, trees can heal themselves when wounded while simultaneously promoting healthy growth. Inspired by this self-repairing process, German design company Manufract has created unique furniture pieces that combine salvaged oak with bio resins–this material repairs the wood and forms it into …

Furniture