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Old & busted: the Hartford Whalers. New hotness: the Connecticut Whale! Naming amateur or professional sports teams after endangered species is a cool way to raise environmental awareness while infusing the players, team, school and franchise with an aura of down to earth goodness.
Have you ever watched a grasshopper scratch its chin, or examined all of the tiny hairs on the face of a bee? Have you seen the world around you reflected in a drop of dew? Unless you’re a macro photographer – taking extreme close-up images of insects, flowers and other objects – you’ve probably never [...]
Cardboard is just a throwaway material, short-lived and impermanent. But it doesn’t have to be. While cardboard may perform mostly temporary functions in our lives, it can serve as the basis of some absolutely amazing sculptures, furniture, functioning electronics and even entire offices and apartments. These 45 works of recycled and reclaimed art made with [...]
After a long day of climbing mountains in the Alps, looking out over snow-covered boulders and valleys shrouded in fog, wouldn’t it be amazing to spend a night in this cozy cantilevered getaway? The prefabricated tube juts out over a cliff, resembling a giant telescope from which occupants can continue to gaze at their incomparable [...]
Thundersnow... if there's a more awesome-sounding meteorological phenomenon, then bring it on! While the name “Thundersnow” is eminently suitable for a Marvel superhero, a WWE wrestler or a heavy metal band, it's actually an easily explainable (though rare and unusual) aspect of wild winter weather.
Decorating your home? There’s nothing more environmentally friendly than choosing pre-owned goods, especially those that may be seen as trash by others. Look for aging items with lots of texture and character like apothecary cabinets, bins and baskets, bird cages, dressing tables, suitcases, picture frames, shutters, scrap wood, jars and tins. Use these 35 photos [...]
Humble and beautiful in their imperfection, little cottages with hand-made details call to mind the tales of the Brothers Grimm and other fairy stories, making us long for an adorable abode to call our own. These tiny houses provide inspiration to simplify and live smaller, and they’re definitely fun to look at. So make yourself [...]
The latest buzz on urban gardening? Urban beehives, or course! These 7 bee-friendly beehives may be designed for city slickers who think Honeycomb comes in a box, but they're ideal for anyone who wants to invite a little urban wildlife into their nature-challenged neighborhood.
Forget going to a big-box store and piling a cart high with cheap, mass-produced holiday decorations made in China. Warm up your home with handmade ornaments, wreaths and more that you (and the kids!) can easily make out of reclaimed and natural materials like toilet paper rolls, pine cones, wine corks, scrap fabric and cranberries. [...]
Have you ever visited a harbor bustling with barges, cranes and sunburned dock workers and thought, ‘I wish I could sleep here’? If so, you’re in luck. The architecture firm Stephen Williams Associates have completed a hotel in Hamburg that will make you feel like you’re staying in a shipping warehouse “with the roughness a [...]
What is this, a farm for ants?? Yes, yes it is, and you can forget Farmville because back to nature is where it's at! These 10 amazing ant farms combine the best features of aquariums, art, furniture and pets in a low-maintenance, eco-friendly, educational format. Also, ants!
Rescuing discarded materials like parachutes, military blankets, shower curtains, wood chips and festival tents from the dumpster, eco-minded designers create couture that ranges from the cute and totally wearable to the artistic and avant-garde. Whether it’s ready for the rack or meant for the runway only, these 13 collections of upcycled fashion definitely make surprising [...]
Urban chickens have never had it so good. Not only is backyard chicken farming increasing in popularity, but chicken digs are getting cooler and fancier, with coop designs that rival those of the owners’ houses. These 13 poultry palaces range from ultramodern egg-shaped coops for a trio of birds up to larger wind-powered enclosures that [...]
Thanksgiving without the turkey is like Groundhog Day without the... OK, bad analogy but you get my drift. Not everyone enjoys the basted beast, however, so it can be a real challenge trying to satisfy those who'd rather flip off the bird than eat it. These 8 turkey-free Thanksgiving treats (and I use the term loosely) make for some great gobbling at any meatless meet & greet.
Does your boss really need another coffee mug, or your father another tie? What if you could, instead, give them a gift that changes another person’s life, or improves the environment? These 14 charitable giving websites allow you to symbolically ‘adopt’ an animal, foster a coral reef, provide school books for children in third world [...]
A crystalline sculpture of 1200 suspended bicycles stretches from floor to ceiling at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, seats and pedals removed, the frames welded together into one massive structure. This installation is the work of artist Ai Weiwei as part of an exhibit entitled “Ai Weiwei, Absent.” Named by the British magazine Art Review [...]
The New7Wonders Foundation's long-running campaign to select (with your help) the world's seven most outstanding natural wonders officially ended on November 11th, 2011. The highly-publicized process was hugely successful in raising awareness of our planet's natural beauty and in that respect, everyone's a winner.
Strong and durable, the rubber used to make tires has many uses long after the tires are no longer fit for the road. Unfortunately, more than 290 million tires are dumped or tossed into landfills each year in North America alone. If only more people completed brilliant recycling projects like these 25 examples – including [...]
Boats can’t hold water forever, and once they’re brought on land, most never return to usefulness. But a little imagination can turn ships, rowboats, canoes and other floating vessels – and all of their respective parts and accessories – into beautiful nautical-themed furniture, decor, bicycles – even shops and homes. Fishing Boat Buildings (images via: [...]