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Biomimicry in Architecture by Michael Pawlyn (Book Review)

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 05:00:00 -0500

(image) A new book on the radical design disicpline of biomimicry in the built in environment

Gisele Bünchen, Wangari Maathai & Unilever Are Big Winners at The International Green Awards 2011

Fri, 25 Nov 2011 09:40:32 -0500

(image) The inspriation filled International Green Awards 2011 take place in London celebrating the best creative work in sustainability.

Meet The Best in Green Business, Product Innovation + Celebrity Campaigners at The International Green Awards 2011

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 09:00:52 -0400

(image) This November the glittering Gala Ceremony for the International Green Awards will take place in London and you can be there.

Do Lectures 2011 - The Importance of Independence

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 05:00:14 -0400

(image) Over the past few weeks we've been sharing the amazing ideas and themes that emerged from the Do Lectures 2011. This year's inspiring talks are now being launched online in

Do Lectures 2011 - The People's Take Over

Fri, 30 Sep 2011 10:41:15 -0400

(image) Yesterday for our third post in the Do Lectures 2011 series we encouraged you to Start Where You Live. You never know quite how far you will travel. In the

Do Lectures 2011 - Start Where You Live

Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:53:20 -0400

(image) So far in our Do Lectures 2011 series we've talked about the fact that Things Are Not Just The Way They Are, we always need to ask difficult questions and challenge the

Do Lectures 2011 - What Can You Uniquely Do?

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 05:55:58 -0400

(image) Yesterday I introduced the Do Lectures 2011 with a flash of party glitter from Steve Edge and the statement, Things are not just the way they are. This first emerging

Do Lectures 2011 - 5 Lessons on How to Love Life & Improve the World Around You

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 08:44:31 -0400

(image) There is a man dressed in a silver lamé suit jumping about with extraordinary energy in a wind blown field in West Wales. His name is Steve Edge and his motto in life is:

The Architecture of Necessity: Talking to Andreas Gjertsen of Tyin Tegnestue (Video)

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 08:56:04 -0400

(image) Over the last few weeks we've been writing about the amazing sustainable design work that went on at the WOMAD festival this summer, in the UK. Peter Gabriel's DJ Booth

Roots Architecture at WOMAD 2011 - A Game of Structural Consequences (Video)

Mon, 29 Aug 2011 05:00:16 -0400

(image) What can you do at a music festival in four days with 75 volunteers and lots of salvaged materials? Build some amazing performance stages, that's what. Last year we reported on the Roots Architecture project at the WOMAD

Ryan Frank is Back with Bee Friendly Furniture for the National Theatre

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 10:55:45 -0400

(image) All images via Ryan Frank. Ryan Frank may have moved his design studio to the sunnier climes of Barcelona, but he is still getting great commissions back in London, where he's made a name for his funky ways with reclaimed materials. The latest project

Peter Gabriel Creates Amazing DJ Booth With His Old CDs and Cassettes

Fri, 12 Aug 2011 05:00:45 -0400

(image) Now that we live in the digital age, the question has often been asked: "What in the love of music do we do with all our old formats?" Yes, all those cassettes, CDs, VHSs and their horribly non-recyclable jewel cases that are still

The 6th International Green Awards Are Calling for Your Entries

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 05:00:07 -0400

(image) Have you got what it takes to win an International Green Award? These awards have built an increasingly prestigious profile over the last few years with both pioneering names and young innovators being rewarded for their extraordinary work in promoting

Redesigning How We Clean: Ami Shah of iQ on Their Award Winning Refill Packaging (Interview)

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 10:12:38 -0400

(image) Over one billion plastic cleaning containers go into landfill each year, according to the Canadian eco-cleaning company Planet People. And did you know that the majority of household cleaners are 95 per cent water and only five per

Low Carbon Living Experiment Ends. Did The Lindell Family Achieve a One Tonne Life? (Video)

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 08:02:41 -0400

(image) You may remember six months ago we travelled to Sweden to meet the lucky Lindell family who had just moved in a beautiful new home in the suburbs of Stockholm. This wasn't any old designer house though, this was

Those Hipsters at Holstee Launch A Colourful Upcycled Wallet for Summer

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 04:45:00 -0400

(image) There's no doubt that an ethical brand with hipster flavour is still rare enough as to be an attention grabbing entity. Holstee is one such brand, being as brilliant with words and positive attitude as it is with eco-friendly products. Their stock in

The Science Behind Ocean Acidification: Helen Findlay on Her Work in the Arctic Sea Ice (Interview)

Wed, 22 Jun 2011 07:37:20 -0400

(image) In the last week there have been some very sobering reports on the extremely degraded conditions of our oceans. The general gist is that it is much worse than previously thought, which is worrying

Worn Again Equip Eurostar Staff With Upcycled Bags Made From Their Old Uniforms

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 08:51:29 -0400

(image) Good news today as another sustainable design concept becomes reality. Upcycling company Worn Again have equipped 250 Eurostar train managers with some rather smart bags made from old staff uniforms. It's been a long journey

The Volvo Challenge: Or How We Attempted to Drive 850 miles on One Tank of Fuel

Thu, 14 Apr 2011 06:11:03 -0400

(image) So this is where we ended up last week, dancing like crazy in our ski boots, on a blazingly sunny mountain top in the Tirolean mountains - Mark Ronson DJing in consummate style at

Do Lectures Launch Snazzy New HTML 5 Site + Stellar Speaker Line Up for 2011

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 12:17:44 -0400

(image) It's a double dose of exciting news from the Do Lectures camp today. In true double-barreled doing style they are launching their new super snazzy HTML 5 website to the world this afternoon, plus the speaker line up for Do 2011. The new site is

The Volvo Snowbombing Challenge: Drive from the UK to Austria on One Tank of Petrol. Can We Do It?

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 07:56:39 -0400

(image) At TreeHugger we totally dig examples of real world low carbon living solutions. While visiting the One Tonne Life project in Stockholm earlier this year, we saw how brands like Volvo, Siemens + Vattenfall are collaborating to

Sculptural Energy Saving Lightbulb Wins Design of The Year Award

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:28:59 -0400

(image) Great news from London today as the beautiful Plumen 001 bulb wins the overall Design of the Award at the Brit Insurance Design Awards 2011. This CFL has been described as the world's first designer energy saving light bulb and

One Tonne Life: Test Driving the Volvo C30 Electric Family Car (Interview)

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:05:48 -0500

(image) Last month I was lucky enough to visit the One Tonne Life project in Stockholm to meet the Lindell family, who've embarked on a low carbon lifestyle experiment to radically reduce their carbon footprints from an average of

Emiliano Godoy Teams Up with Ecoist for Cool Candy Wrapper Chair (Photos)

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 06:38:37 -0500

(image) A great discovery over at designboom this week is a new design from Emiliano Godoy, one of our favourite thought provoking designers. Emiliano, he of the biodegradable golf tee and the Global Warming Rug, has teamed up with

Greenland Play Dramatises Our Inept Responses to Climate Change

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 11:39:45 -0500

(image) Plays about climate change are all the rage in London right now. What with The Heretic at the Royal Court and Greenland at The National playing simultaneously, it appears theater land is suddenly making a conscious effort to get involved in the climate

Planetary Survivors: See The World Through Cockroach Eyes at The Science Museum

Thu, 03 Feb 2011 06:44:53 -0500

(image) Well this is an entertaining idea. The Science Museum in London is offering tours of their climate, energy and space galleries from the perspective of a cockroach - costume and all!

One Tonne Life: Interview with Project Architect Gert Wingårdh on His Energy Efficient Building (Video)

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 05:15:00 -0500

(image) Last week the One Tonne Life project began in Stockholm and TreeHugger was there to meet the key players in this fascinating low carbon lifestyle experiment. To recap, the Lindell family have moved

One Tonne Life: A Swedish Family's Green Lifestyle Experiment Begins

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:18:06 -0500

(image) This week in Sweden an unprecedented low carbon lifestyle experiment has begun. The Lindell family have moved into a solar powered prefab house in the suburbs of Stockholm that is specially designed to minimise energy

Incredible Sahara Forest Project Moves From Concept To Reality With Major Development Deal

Tue, 18 Jan 2011 06:41:12 -0500

(image) There's great news for sustainable design innovation this week as the Sahara Forest Project gets backing from a development deal between Norway and Jordan. We wrote

Nike's Better World Site: One Shoe Does Good, The Other Shoe Kicks Ass

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 09:04:07 -0500

(image) Time was when it was difficult to write about Nike on TreeHugger without reminding everyone how blackened their ethical record was. Times have changed people. Being one of the biggest apparel companies in the world,