Right at the heart of New York City, people are expected to be more aware of the modern designs than with the environmental effects. However, you will definitely be surprised with the homeowners Dominique Camacho and Gary Hirschkron that turned a synagogue into a beautiful penthouse that they now owned. The couple kept the eco-friendly theme of the building by renovating it using low-impact materials for renovation. The home has now a downstairs lounge, a second-floor library and a third-floor bedroom. This contemporary home uses glasses and wood for a simple yet classy look. How I wish I can also have a home like this, stylish and eco-friendly.
Growing your own plants at the comfort of your home through the Veggie Patch is a perfect way of having and eco-friendly lifestyle. With the veggie patch, being an eco-friendly individual starts with the materials used by the project like cardboard, banana paper, and tire crumbs. After constructing your patch, you can now start to grow your own plants and veggies and have the chance to serve fresh foods on your table without the need to refrigerate them thus allows you to save energy. The best part is, the veggie patch is very versatile and can be perfectly placed anywhere with different environment.
Another great invention that will brighten up our paths is the eco-friendly lighting instrument by designers Jia Peng, Cheng Peng, and Wang Dong Dong called the Bottle Light. It requires no external power to produce light. What it needed is an empty bottle like a cola or mineral water bottle. All you have to do is to replace the bottle cap with the Bottle Light that uses LED light. After replacing the bottle cap, you now need to compress the air in the bottle repeatedly so that the piston of the bottle light will move up and down. This process will now changes mechanical energy into an electric energy the let the LED light to power on.
Celebrating Christmas in a sustainable way is easy to achieve with the recycled Christmas card by Johnson Banks. Hailed as the winner during the design week awards 2009, aside from a sustainable Christmas card, Johnson Banks also included in the range spare magazines that are ram-punched into Christmas trees and old posters that are used to make an envelope. In this way, you don’t need to throw your old newspapers and posters, thus less landfill and less carbon emission because they don’t need to manufacture new products intended for your Christmas cards for distribution to your friends or for sale.
Celebrate the Lenten Season with the Wonder Bunny, which is just right for the Easter. Made from reused plastic Wonder bread bags, and stuffed with reused bubble wrap, the Wonder Bunny is perfect for your kids to play with while commemorating the Lenten Season. In this way, you and your family will not only be simply celebrating the Lenten Season, but celebrating it in an eco-friendly way. The wonder bunny can also be a perfect gift to everyone who loves unique and handmade stuffs, and wanted to help in preserving the environment as well by using recycled materials. The wonder bunny will also help reduce waste, thus less landfill in the future.
Designed for plust collection, the saving space vase by Joe Velluto will definitely make the people ask if it is a bottle or a vase. This unusual vase is perfect for those who wanted to stack an item in one place if not in use, because this wonderful design of Joe Velluto came out of mould when undertook a pressure process. The new approach use for the manufacturing process and the innovative finishes of the vase has renewal as its core matter, which made this beautiful vase not only an innovative, space saver, and stylish but also an eco-friendly product as well.
For sure, many of us have vintage appliances that are not already in use. Why not do the same as what Melinda Marinsky did. She makes use of her vintage blender to create a blender table lamp. It uses a 25 watts bulb and rewired the base to have an on and off switch for the lamp. This idea will make us aware that used items are still useful if we just find some ways. It will not only save us money but environment as well. This eco-friendly blender lamp is one of the finalists in Inhabitat’s Spring Greening Contest.
Designer Chris Rucker of Ruckercorp is creating numerous furniture designs made from re-cycled or reclaimed materials. Aside from the eco-friendly materials he uses, the creations itself are economically designed as well. Just like the Double Chair. It is a chair designed to accommodate two people at a time seating face-to-face or back-to-back. Other Chris Rucker’s creations include the armchair, the dining chair, and the Strandboard Writing Desk. All have elegant designs and uses pervasive OSB. OSB is made of perpendicularly oriented wood chips, which is cheaper than CDX, but of the same quality making it a designer’s choice for wall, roof coverings, and sub-floors.
Fashionably carry your tote bag with pride using the Rebel Green reusable tote bag. This eco-friendly fashionable bag is made from 100 percent certified organic cotton and is printed using low impact inks. Caring for the rebel green eco-friendly bag is very simple by washing it using eco-friendly detergent soaps in cold water and line dry to save electricity. Being a reusable bag, your rebel green tote bag can now be carried wherever you may go. Just wash it every other use and your rebel tote bag is again ready for your next destination. By using the rebel green tote bag, you are not only keeping yourself fashionable, but you as well save the environment
The Rolling Stone, No! This is not the famous band that you know but an eco-friendly housing structure by a Slovakia-based Nice Architects. This wonderful traveling housing module is built from environmentally friendly materials, and is self-sufficient when it comes to energy, water and waste. The Rolling Stone is completely movable when towed and can be expanded when stationary so that one can form an open studio or a mobile stage if desired. This beautiful housing capsule has a reflective surface made from recycled aluminum can tiles and the rest are made from locally sourced wood and OSB panels. The Rolling Stone can accommodate 2 to 6 person and is complete with a bedroom, bathroom, shower and sink, and a living room with a kitchenette.
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