This lovely lampshade is made from cabbage

January 10, 2020 by  
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Lighting can set the tone of a room, so a lamp with a natural and compostable lampshade can create a cozy, gorgeous and sustainable setting. In a partnership between Indian designer Vaidehi Thakkar and London-based Nir Meiri Studio, Veggie Lights are just that — lampshades made out of red cabbage leaves that lend a warm glow to any space. A testament to the duo’s dedication to exploring and highlighting sustainable options, Veggie Lights offer a useful and elegant decor option straight from the garden. To create the lampshades, Thakkar developed the process of converting vegetables into a paper-like substance called Fiber Flats. Meiri joined the project with a passion for using organic materials, as seen from previous successes in using both mycelium and seaweed to make lampshades. Related: Algae Lamps are a work of art and natural shade in one Each lampshade in the Veggie Lights line is unique, a result of the natural variations in the leaves. Cabbage leaves may not be in the spotlight for intrinsic beauty, but through the process of separating the leaves and soaking them in a water-based color preservative, the originality of each leaf begins to shine through. The leaves are then shaped and left to dry in high temperatures, so all of the moisture evaporates. At this point, the leaves are either left unfinished, or the edges are trimmed and contoured into a gentle downward curve. The design of Veggie Lights places the bulb and electrical parts in a simple and streamlined base. This allows the light to shine upward into the shade, illuminating the natural veins and color variations in the cabbage leaf. Because the lampshades are naturally biodegradable, they will age and are meant to eventually be replaced. However, the base is long-lasting, so you can replace the shade at the end of its life for a refreshed look without producing waste . + Nir Meiri Studio + Vaidehi Thakkar Via Dezeen Image via Nir Meiri Studios

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Guerilla Furniture: Inventive Design Meets Scrappy Spirit

September 22, 2015 by  
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Renowned French architect Jean Prouvé once said, ‘Never design anything that cannot be made.’ A simple statement on its surface, there is actually much more going on behind the scenes including a passion for sustainability principles. Prouvé passed…

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Inhabitat is Hiring New Writers – Apply Today!

December 4, 2014 by  
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Do you have a way with words and a passion for design and the environment? Inhabitat is hiring dedicated writers interested in covering breaking developments in the fields of sustainable design , green architecture , clean technology , and environmental news . Our ideal candidates avidly follow developments in one or more of these fields and are able to source and write daily stories with speed, clarity, precision and wit. We’re offering a platform to broadcast your voice to millions of monthly readers around the globe as well as the ability to work from anywhere and competitive per-post pay. If you think you’d be a great new addition to the Inhabitat team, send the following information to editor [at] inhabitat.com with the headline “ New Inhabitat Writer “: 1. A cover letter telling us a bit about yourself, what your interests/specialties are, and why you would make a fantastic writer for Inhabitat. 2. Three published story clips or links to online articles you have written. 3. Three story ideas that you would like to write for Inhabitat. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: employment listing , environmental news , freelance writing , freelance writing work , freelancers needed , inhabitat , news writing , reporting gig , work , writers , writing gig , writing jobs

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Green Guru Gear Gives Trashed Sports Equipment New Life

March 6, 2013 by  
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The brand includes outdoor sports equipment and accessories made from old bike tires, climbing rope and wet suits. Earth911 sat down with one of the company’s founders to learn more about how two friends turned a passion for reducing waste into…

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Watch: How Paper Gets Recycled

March 6, 2013 by  
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This video entry in Recyclebank’s “The Cycle” series pulls back the curtain on the complexities of the process.

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OpenROV Is World’s First Kit for Do-It-Yourself Ocean Exploration

July 11, 2012 by  
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Eric Stackpole wants every tech geek with a passion for ocean science to have inexpensive, open source hardware to conduct research. The solution that he and a team of fellow enthusiasts has developed is OpenROV—a kit of parts that easily assembles into an underwater robot. With a little help from startup funds on Kickstarter , we could soon see OpenROV scooting along, while submerged 20 meters below the surface, conducting experiments on ocean temperature flux while its creator mans the controls from a laptop above. Read the rest of OpenROV Is World’s First Kit for Do-It-Yourself Ocean Exploration Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: exploration , kickstarter , makers , open source , OpenRov , science , underwater robot

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We Need More Trees: Greeting Cards by Petz Scholtus Celebrate 2011 Year of the Forests (Interview)

December 7, 2010 by  
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All images via www.pokodesign.com We love this join-the-dots co-creative design for a New Year’s greeting card by our very own TreeHugger Barcelona correspondent Petz Scholtus .

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Corals Reefs Will Be Wiped Out By 2050, Expert Says

December 7, 2010 by  
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Photo by laszlo-photo via Flickr creative commons First the news was that if we don’t change our habits around fishing, all the world’s fisheries will be wiped out by 2050.

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Simplenergy domestic wind turbine complements its urban surroundings

September 10, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Stunning wind turbine delivers sufficient energy to power a household electrical item.

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