Recycled “Spaceframe” by Modernseed

by Justin Thomas •

This little fellow is hiding under a Spaceframe, which is made from 100% recycled plastic soda bottles. It’s soft to the touch while still strong enough to build a grand sculptural statement. Kids can configure these into whatever arrangement they can dream up. Available at Modernseed for $169.

Raintree Nutrition: Sustainable Extracts from the Amazon

by Justin Thomas •

Need some Maca, Chuchuhuasi, or Cat’s Claw to cure what ails you? You might want to try Raintree. They wild-harvest and export over 60 sustainable rainforest plants, resins and oils from the Amazon. Raintree has developed many proprietary rainforest herbal formulas and extracts utilizing these medicinal plants. They also have a first-rate Tropical Plant Database.

Boomtune Mini: Portable Speaker Tripod

by Justin Thomas •

The Boomtune Mini is a portable speaker system that incorporates a tripod design and has a 2 x 1W output. It runs on one AAA battery. Boomtune Mini can be used with almost any MP3 player. It appears to only be available in Japan. More information at Yanko Design – thanks for the tip.

Lacquered Bamboo Dishes

by Justin Thomas •

These dishes are made of lacquered, wound bamboo, which comes from Cat Dang, Vietnam. The soaked bamboo is cut into very fine strips and pressed into a curve. The strips are then coiled outward from the centre of each dish. A frame is used to achieve uniform depth and angles. After a coating of cashew oil-based glue, the work is …

Kago Matchstick Lamp

by Justin Thomas •

This Kago Lamp has a natural matchstick weave. Available from Oriental Furniture for $24.

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Enlighten Lamps: Bamboo and Reclaimed Teak

by Justin Thomas •

Enlighten makes lamps using sustainable woods like bamboo and reclaimed teak. The artist, Deaw Intawong, has a rustic-contemporary approach to design. The lamps are handmade in Thailand and fair traded. They are available from YuzuMura for $70.

Enertia Homes: Wall Segments: Solid Wood: Efficient

by Justin Thomas •

Enertia builds houses with solid, engineered wall segments in place of siding, framing and insulation. The houses are designed so that an envelope of air runs around the building, just inside the walls, creating a miniature biosphere. Solid wood buildings, common in Europe and Scandinavia, are not seen much in America, except for log homes.

Cellulose Tape: Biodegradable

by Justin Thomas •

Cellulose Tape is metaefficient because it is completely biodegradable. It is difficult to find, especially in the US. Almost all transparent tape sold here is made of acetate. One store, Green Earth Office does offer it. Brands such as Sellotape are available in the UK. Sellotape is made from wood pulp that comes from suppliers with extensive reforestation programs.

Botanikka Heirloom Seeds

by Justin Thomas •

Botanikka sells very affordable heirloom vegetable seeds. They come in packs with quaint, retro images on them. We planted some of the seeds, and sure enough, we now have heirloom varieties of vegetables growing all over the place. See more info on heirloom seeds here. The French Cuisine mix, for example, contains ten packs of unusual, French-themed vegetables and herbs, …

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Flare Innovation: PowerFlare with LEDs

by Justin Thomas •

Invented by a police officer, PowerFlares are LED replacements for convetional flares. They have the advantage of not emitting toxic fumes or polluting the the ground. They also tend to cause fires, such as the one seen here. PowerFlares emit light in all directions, and can be seen for miles at night. Each unit is about the size of a …