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GrowOya Pots Allow for Easier and More Water-Efficient Gardening

Watering pots designed by GrowOya are a water-efficiency answer to the question of how to keep that garden growing while maintaining a busy…

Shattering Glass Myths: Design for Climate Action

Buildings encased in glass and steel are poor insulators and diminish energy efficiency, yet they are ubiquitous. Smita Chandra Thomas, sustainability consultant and…

These Cradle-to-Cradle Innovations Will Make You Look Twice

The Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge seeks to inspire up-and-coming designers to create products for the circular economy -- highlighting safe materials…

3p Weekend: 8 Craziest Water Bottle Concepts on Kickstarter Right Now

For a creative solution to our nation's bottled water problem, we turned to that ever-bubbling hot-spring of innovation, Kickstarter. The ideas may seem…

3 Mind-Blowing CSR Strategies from SXSW Eco

Corporate responsibility programs are on autopilot. Donate to the local nonprofit. Fill up backpacks for school kids. Assemble bicycles for Christmas gifts. Those…

Meet 5 Companies Making Sustainability Sexy

At the SXSW Eco Data + Tech competition last week, each contestant addressed a traditionally boring topic: air pollution, fire hydrants and lamp…

How Environmental Testing Makes Products Safer

Most of us don’t think about the stages of testing and design products go through before they become part of our daily lives.…

Haute Couture Fabrics from Plastic Waste

What does it take to make a shift in sustainable fashion and turn a plastic bottle into gorgeous couture dresses? Dutch entrepreneur Monique…

Adidas Designs Sneakers Made Entirely from Ocean Waste

In partnership with Parley for the Oceans, Adidas recently released an innovative pair of sneakers made entirely of recycled plastic ocean waste.

Educated Girls Uncover Unmet Design Needs

Human Centered Design helps young women uncover big problems in need of a design solution. This “open architecture” approach delivers maximum impact with…

3p Weekend: 6 Most Innovative Public Spaces of 2015

Every year, the Urban Land Institute recognizes outstanding examples of successful public spaces that have "socially enriched and revitalized the economy of their…

Tiny Houses Are Gaining a Footing in North American Cities

Miniature seems to be in these days. For those who always wanted to own a house but couldn't quite stand the thought of…

3 Architects Who are Converting Your Waste to Buildings

What does it really mean to repurpose the waste we generate? Well, for one, it means thinking outside the box, as these architects…

Photos: Artfully Documenting Change in a Run-Down Seaport

Newhaven is a slightly run-down harbor town with a busy ferry port in East Sussex, England. In recent years, the area has received…

Spiders Are Making Your New Silk Clothes

A startup, Bolt Threads, is turning a silky supermaterial from spider butt ducts into sports bras, athletic shirts, and potentially artificial tendons and…