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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Green Blade: New Bio-Sourced Material Made from Banana Plant Trunks

February 18, 2011 by  
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French luxury tablewear specialist Pigment France recently revealed their new collection in a never-before-seen sustainable material at the Paris Maison & Objet exhibit.

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Colorful Orb-Shaped Vases Made From Recycled Materials

February 18, 2011 by  
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These beautiful Insolit vases designed by Béatrix Li-Chin LOOS are inspired by the planets of the universe. The series plays with a mix of recycled and reclaimed materials ranging from glass to wood, aluminum, and leather. Each orb is a unique handmade eco-design that seeks to create a contrast between rugged and the finished surfaces to create a new aesthetic.

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Raymond Smith’s Cool Modern Barnhouses Spurn Ailing South African Grid

February 18, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Raymond Smith’s Cool Modern Barnhouses Spurn Ailing South African Grid http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , barnhouse , green architecture , hydrated lime , north-facing , passive cooling , passive design , passive heating , Raymond Smith , South Africa , southeasterly winds , sustainable design , Western Cape , wind energy

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Old Train Warehouse Turned into Organic Fair Trade People’s Market in Buenos Aires

February 18, 2011 by  
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Organic vegetables grown at a local natural reserve, milk sold in repurposed salsa bottles, lavender and cornstarch refillable deodorant, tetra-brick wallets and coca sweets from the Andes – these are just a handful of the products you will find at a hidden yellow warehouse named El Galpón (The Warehouse).

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