Green Blade banana fiber panels provide a stylish, sustainable alternative to wood

June 30, 2016 by  
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Potassium-rich bananas are a staple for healthy eaters but did you know that the “tree” trunk is a valuable resource as well? Martinique-based company FIBandCO transforms the bulk of the plant into “Green Blade” an all-natural, sustainable veneer used for decorative and acoustic panels. The exotic-looking material gives banana plants a second life and saves them from their typical fate of ending up as waste once the fruit has been harvested. Like bamboo , the banana plant is actually a grass, growing faster than traditional wood and reaching maturity at 9 months. In addition to promoting a rapidly renewable resource, Green Blade reduces deforestation, requires no water or glue in its production, and is manufactured in a factory powered entirely by photovoltaic panels. A popular material amongst architects, designers, and furniture makers alike, Green Blade strikes an impressive balance of being stylish, sustainable, and eco-responsible. + FIBandCO Images via Vimeo Screenshot The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Zappos redesigns its shoe boxes to be infinitely reusable

May 29, 2016 by  
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With more and more of us now ordering basic goods online, the average person’s life is starting to include more cardboard than ever before. Online shoe retailer Zappos has decided to do its part in cutting down on cardboard waste by redesigning its packaging in a truly innovative way. Instead of ending up in a landfill, each box is able to take on a second life as a fun or useful craft project.  

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The Growing Trend Of Zero Food Waste And U.S. Companies

September 9, 2015 by  
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We’ve become a throwaway society. Leftovers from a dinner out get tossed into the trash. Bruised or past due supermarket produce winds up in dumpsters and ultimately in our landfills. There’s a growing movement to give “organics” a second life. The…

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Upcycle Empty Bottles into LED Lamps

December 4, 2013 by  
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An environmentally friendly conversion kit gives empty glass bottles a second life.

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SEE: Zero-Waste Designs from Daniel Silverstein

December 4, 2013 by  
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Fashion designer Daniel Silverstein creates virtually zero-waste couture using fabric scraps.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: For the Gadget Geek

December 4, 2013 by  
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Nine of the coolest eco-friendly gifts — from mason jar speakers to smartphone sleeves made from recycled cork — for your techie friends.

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Contraband Scissors Transformed into Sinister Spiders by Sculptor Christopher Locke

April 16, 2012 by  
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Ever wondered how what happens to the thousands of personal objects confiscated at airport terminals around the world? Sculptor Christopher Locke has embarked on a project to give some of these items a second life. Locke transforms small scissors banned from flights by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) into these frightening spiders that look like they belong in an animated horror movie! Read the rest of Contraband Scissors Transformed into Sinister Spiders by Sculptor Christopher Locke Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: christopher locke , confiscated objects , heartless machine , Recycled Items , recycled sculptures , scissor sculptures , TSA

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Contraband Scissors Transformed into Sinister Spiders by Sculptor Christopher Locke

April 16, 2012 by  
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Ever wondered how what happens to the thousands of personal objects confiscated at airport terminals around the world? Sculptor Christopher Locke has embarked on a project to give some of these items a second life. Locke transforms small scissors banned from flights by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) into these frightening spiders that look like they belong in an animated horror movie! Read the rest of Contraband Scissors Transformed into Sinister Spiders by Sculptor Christopher Locke Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: christopher locke , confiscated objects , heartless machine , Recycled Items , recycled sculptures , scissor sculptures , TSA

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Abracadabra Bench by Lagranja Turns Boring Seating Into a Colorful Sculpture

April 16, 2012 by  
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Abracadabra by the Barcelona-based design group Lagranja is more than a bench. It is a set of elements of different colors and materials that, when combined, give birth to an infinite number of shapes. Linear, cross, or with a branch structure, the seating arrangements can start at 140 centimeters and reach 20 meters. The bench is an iconic object, a little urban sculpture, and Abracadabra is an antidote to the grey of our cities. Pietra serena stone, painted iron, wood, and recycled aluminum are the chosen materials. Each element, however, is made of a single material, to allow – in many, many years from now – for easy recycling. + Lagranja Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , “sustainable furniture” , Abracadabra Bench , Abracadabra Bench lagranja , barcelona design firm , lagranja , recyclable materials , sustainable design firm

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Hilton Gives Gently Used Furnishings a New Life with Good360

November 23, 2011 by  
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Hilton Worldwide has found a new way to give its surplus and gently used items a second life.

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