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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INFOGRAPHIC: Which supplements are backed by science and which are snake-oil

June 30, 2016 by  
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It seems like hardly a week goes by where we don’t hear about a new miracle supplement or cure-all vitamin. But sometimes these panaceas are nothing more than modern-day snake oil. Before you start tossing the latest trendy supplement into your grocery bag, check out this infographic , which shows which products are worth your money and which are nothing but hogwash. The larger the circle, the more the supplement is Googled. The blue bubbles are generally recognized as useful, with the most useless supplements appearing at the bottom of the graphic. via IFLS

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Declutter your life with Lift, the ultimate multi-use bike hook

June 30, 2016 by  
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Simple and modern, Lift is a new multi-purpose bike hook that can be used for so much more than hanging your wheels. The smart storage system is strong enough to stow your bike and accessible enough to store everyday items. Its notched wooden dowel makes it easy to hang a bag, jacket or scarf, while the durable powder-coated steel arm does the heavy lifting for bikes or ladders. A CNC-milled baltic birch base secures it snugly to the wall and the final product is topped with ethically-sourced synthetic leather. You can check out this beautifully made, handy design on Kickstarter . + Lift 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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FeltForms are handmade felt acoustic panels that merge art and function

July 29, 2015 by  
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FeltForms are a series of organically-inspired handmade felt acoustic 3D panels. Merging art with function, FeltForms were created to accent the beauty of a space and to provide acoustic improvement at the same time. They can be used as a wall panel, room divider or a window curtain and each FeltForm panel is handmade out of high quality wool felt modules.  The whole collection consist of 6 different modules, offering original patterns. The size of the panels can be easily adjusted to the spacial needs and they can be purchased in over 40 colors. Each panel’s sculptural shape allows the appearance to change over time, depending on the time of day or type of lighting used in the space. + Anna Spakowska 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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