What you will do when your pencil are too small to actually write with? Most probably, dump it in the trash. Three MIT students think it is a huge waste considering there are 15 billion pencils made each year. Hence, they created a multifunctional alternative called Sprout Pencil. In place of an eraser, the wooden pencils have a biodegradable capsule containing a mixture of seeds and peat. So when you wear a pencil down to a stub, you can simply place the instrument in a pot of soil and grow lavender, basil, sunflowers, tomatoes, green peppers, and more. By doing this, an expired product is literally giving birth to a new form of life. What a brilliant ideas! These eco-friendly pencils are quite populate in Europe and now, you can get them in America as well. 8 plant-able pencils for $18 is not that cheap. But if you consider all the other values it adds on and want to be part of this sustainable activity, you can get it on amazon.
Designed by Luciano Pia, this incredible treehouse located in “a small forest” of Turin, Italy. With an attempt to evade Turin’s homogeneous urban scene and integrate life into the facade of the residential building, this building looks like a steel infrastructure covering the facade in massive pops of green foliage.
Bloom is a futuristic concept about marine farming designed by French firm Sitbon Architectes. The spherical structure is designed to be a semi-submersible laboratory garden, cultivating microscopic marine organisms known as phytoplankton that produce oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The floating structure is attached to the seabed by a system of cables and uses an advanced filtration system to make salt-water into fresh-water for the onboard residents. Moreover, bloom is sensitive to even the smallest sea level variations in the surrounding waters to help alert nearby nations of impending tsunamis.
This beautiful house, located 25 miles north of Seattle, has been completely renovated while retaining the spirit of the original house. When you first see it, you will notice there are lots of wood, at least wood texture looking furniture and decoration. Many green materials (such as resin panels, quartz counters, linoleum, low VOC paint, and sustainable wood products) were widely used in the project. High clerestory windows bring natural light deep into the house and motorized operators allow for venting during summer months. Really love the light-filled Master Bedroom and Master Bath, with each space surrounded by glass and views to the forest.