3d-printer turns used plastic bottles into beautiful vases

April 4, 2016 by  
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The makers at DesignLibero have developed a brilliant new way to upcycle plastic bottles into beautiful home decor. Using 3D-printing technology, the designers have fashioned this intricate shell customized to fit perfectly over a 0.5 or 1 liter PET water or soft drink bottle. The shell can be screwed easily onto a bottle just like a cap, making any bottle magically disappear under its mesh. The vases are now available in several styles on Make it LEO and Tessa’s Curated Boutique . + DesignLibero Images via Claudio Morelli 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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Solar-powered FlipFlic transforms ordinary blinds into self-adjusting smart windows

March 29, 2016 by  
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If you want to make your home more comfortable, livable, and energy-efficient, home automation is for you. One fantastic and affordable example of home automation is the FlipFlic , a solar-powered device that adjusts your window blinds based on sunlight, temperature , or customized app settings. Small and elegant, the FlipFlic is easy to install and can be attached to any existing window blinds—vertical or horizontal—and is outfitted with sensors that automatically respond to changing conditions. The device also comes with a smartphone app so that you can open or close your blinds instantly with just a tap of a finger. Want to get your hands on FlipFlic? Head over to their Kickstarter campaign where you can get a FlipFlic at a special early-bird price. + FlipFlic 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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INTERVIEW: Bridget Hilton, Founder of LSTN Sound Co.

March 29, 2016 by  
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Slipping on headphones and listening to tunes is a luxury 360 million people across the globe will never have. What’s worse? Many of these people with disabling hearing loss could be simply helped with a hearing aid. Enter eco-entrepreneur Bridget Hilton. After seeing a YouTube video of a 20-something woman hearing for the very first time, Bridget, who grew up in the music industry and can’t imagine a life without sound, decided to start  LSTN , a headphone and speaker maker dedicated to helping those in need through the  Starkey Hearing Foundation . With their “buy one give one model,” LSTN has, to date, helped more than 20,000 individuals hear for the first time. Inhabitat recently spoke to Bridget about her company’s “sound good, look good, do good” philosophy to find out more. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Bridget Hilton, Founder of LSTN Sound Co.

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Martin Angelov upcycles an abandoned telephone booth into public seating

March 23, 2016 by  
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Now that mobile phones are ubiquitous, it seems like telephone booths have nowhere to go but the way of the dodo. While many governments and civilians may be fine with dumping those booths at the landfill, artist Martin Angelov shows that outdated structures can be given new life with just a bit of creative elbow grease. Angelov transformed parts of an old telephone booth into a chair in a project described as “a protest against hundreds of abandoned telephone booths in the era of mobile communications.” + Martin Angelov 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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Woman crafts gorgeous floral arrangements out of paper

March 22, 2016 by  
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American consumers spend billions of dollars on flowers every year, an industry which has proven to be environmentally destructive in more ways than not. Floral arrangements may look beautiful for a day or two, but they last for so little time that it hardly seems worth it. Erica Worrall is one NYC woman who’s setting out to change this, however, by crafting the most beautifully delicate floral arrangements out of paper alone. The gorgeous bouquets, garlands and floral crowns found on her website Little Paper Flowers are handcrafted for weddings, special occasions, and home decor, and unlike their more wasteful counterparts, are made to last forever. Their remarkably lifelike quality makes them an apt substitute for botanical arrangements. We certainly hope this trend catches on. 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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Reshtki turns unwanted “trash” into comfortable and stylish urban furniture

March 17, 2016 by  
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Where some may only see trash, Reshtki sees opportunity. Founded by Sara Podwysocka and Maria Ostrowska, the Polish design studio specializes in breathing new life into found materials . In their latest project, Reshtki old traction poles, leftover wood, and PCV pipe into new benches and tables. The comfortable and stylish urban furniture was created for a neighborhood park in Gda?sk. + Reshtki 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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Honest Pet Products makes natural pet toys out of sustainable hemp and organic wool

March 15, 2016 by  
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Honest Pet Products manufactures natural pet toys made of sustainable hemp  and organic wool. Their hemp toys are made in Wisconsin by adults with developmental disabilities and several of their cat toys are made by women supporting their impoverished families living in the Gobi Desert and Nepal. In exchange for this rare economic opportunity, the nomadic sheepherders agree to protect the endangered snow leopards who share their habitat. The organic dog and cat shampoos are made in the USA using 100% organic oils and extracts with no detergents, dyes or chemicals. Honest Pet Products stands on the solid principle of leaving the planet better when we leave it – one pet toy at a time. + Honest Pet Products Lead image via Torrey Wiley 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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Affordable FUBi Fixie rides like a full-size bicycle, but can fold down in seconds

March 14, 2016 by  
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Folding bikes are convenient, but they often come with tradeoffs like lowered riding performance and higher costs. The FUBi Fixie wants to change that by letting you transform your full-sized bicycle into a folding bike at an affordable price. Designed for single-speed or fixed gear bicycles, the FUBi system uses all standard parts with the exception of its frame that folds down in seconds without the need for any tools. The frame is rigid, tested for safety, and makea handling and storing your bicycle a snap. Head over to the Kickstarter , where you can get your own FUBi bicycle for an early-bird price. + FUBi Fixie Kickstarter 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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Grow a miniature green wall at home with the IVY planter

March 14, 2016 by  
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Ever wanted a green wall in your home, but have too humble of an abode? The IVY planter is designed to help you grow the living wall of your wildest dreams, even in the smallest of spaces. Designed by Helbert Suarex and Remi Melander of System Design Studio in Spain, the IVY is a modular structure with interlacing panels that helps climbing plants grow in beautiful patterns. Thanks to this lovely invention, climbing ivy is no longer reserved for the outdoors. 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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No Crash Zone is a brilliant pixelated “renovation” of a window to help protect urban birds

March 9, 2016 by  
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Did you know that the leading cause of bird mortality in urban areas is collision with glass ? No Crash Zone is a temporary “renovation” of a window in the Carson, Pirie, Scott Building in Chicago to make visible the logics of bird-strike prevention. Bringing visual interference patterns into glass without undermining Modernism’s dream of transparency, the design considers the subjectivity of non-human species, while still enhancing the human desire to view from inside out. + Ants of the Prairie 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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