Exhale: a bionic chandelier that uses algae to clean the air

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Engineer and designer Julian Melchiorri used algae to design his bionic chandelier Exhale, designed to purify the air. The chandelier consists of 70 ‘petals’ in 3 different sizes. Each petal contains green algae, which are ...

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Building with bamboo on World Bamboo Day

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Today (18 September) is World Bamboo Day. At Materia, we love bamboo, as it is one of the most sustainable and versatile materials in the world. You can, for example, spin into a fabric and ...

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The 5 finalists (and 1 winner) of the Green Challenge 2017

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The Dutch Postcode Lottery Green Challenge is a large, international competition focused on sustainable entrepreneurship. The winner and runner-up receive EUR 500,000 and 200,000 respectively to further develop their ideas, while the other finalists receive ...

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Waterbench: sitting on water (storage)

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Living in a tropical climate faces a lot of challenges, not in the least because periods of rain are often followed by droughts. With his Waterbench, Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel provides a place ...

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Ice: knitwear that changes colour when exposed to cold

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If you ever regret putting on clothes in a certain colour in the morning, US clothing company Stone Island has found a solution for you. They created a knitwear collection called Ice, which is made ...

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Terracotta cones and water make for low-tech air-conditioning

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With more and more places experiencing long periods of heat, findings ways to keep buildings cool is becoming increasingly important. Electric air-conditioning can be expensive and costs a lot of energy, so it is not ...

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