Ideal Materials


The Gingerbread Movement: The Greenest Building Material

Source: treehugger.com Published: December 19, 2012 Architizer/via Lloyd Alter lloydalter Everything in a healthy home should be non-toxic, from the building materials to the finishes. Think gingerbread. The other great thing is that gingerbread structures tend...

Real Wood iPad Cover Doubles as Roll-Top ‘Desk’

Source: earthtechling.com Published: December 4, 2012 Image via Miniot By Beth Buczynski Today’s technology is all chrome and LEDs. Sometimes, a geek feels a gentle yearning for the way gadgets used to be: handmade, from materials found in nature. Although today’s...

Why Alpaca Beats Wool for Eco Friendliness

Source: mnn.com Published: November 28, 2012 Alpaca accessories and sweaters are popping up everywhere this year. Here’s why this trend has a lighter footprint (literally).   Starre Vartan Recently, the Higg Index rated a number of fabrics for sustainability the...

Luminous Laser-Cut Lamps Made Out of Kelp

Source: treehugger.com Published: October 24, 2012 Dezeen/via Kimberley Mok From biofuels to fish-free health supplements and interactive, energy-generating “cyber-gardens,” there are a lot of potential green uses for algae. On the design side, we’ve...

Sunflower-Inspired Solar Panels Track Sun Without Motors

Source: mnn.com Published: August 17, 2012 InnovationNewsDaily Staff Developed by an engineer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the system allows the panels to collect more solar energy without using additional electricity. Credit: Shutterstock A new,...