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Interface Looks at Castor Beans for Source Materials

From castor oil to carpet tiles: an innovative approach promises new markets for one of India's most resilient crops.
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Levi Strauss Partnering With RISD on Sustainable Design Education

Levi Strauss & Co. has recently begun to work closely with the Rhode Island Institute of Design (RISD) on sustainable design education.
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Cutting Edge Business: The Top 10 Sustainable Design Moments of 2012

As we countdown to the new year, here are some of the top 10 moments in sustainable design during 2012.
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Survey Shows Mechanical Engineers Embrace Sustainable Design

New survey among mechanical engineering practitioners and students shows sustainability is clearly establishing itself as part of the mechanical engineering culture.
PulpWorks' PVC-free prototype for a bleach pen replaces the "blister pack" which produces tons of PVC per product line.

PulpWorks: Recycled Paper Will Replace Toxic PVC in Packaging

100% recycled, molded pulp replacing PVC: this is the dream of PulpWorks, Inc., a new company designing custom packaging (some of it very…
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Designing for Resiliency

Good designers know how to create products and services that people love. This seems like the most obvious contribution of design to the…
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BSR Survey: Investors Don’t Read CSR Reports

Sustainability has traveled lightyears in the last two decades, but is not yet woven into the fabric of the American corporation, according to…
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Why Well-Designed Green Architecture Is Not an Oxymoron

Aesthetics of the built environment don’t just make things look better, but rather enhance the usability and productivity of the things we buy…
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10 Marketing Tips to Address Green Building’s New Expectations

In recent years, green building projects and resulting LEED certified buildings have grown in number. Now that so many firms have this once-unique…
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Heineken Needs Help Designing a Greener Six Pack

As part of its efforts to become the greenest brewer in the world, Heineken is taking a broader look at the ways to…
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Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Issues Its Maiden Certification

This month, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute issued its maiden certifications for the products that met their protocol for design and…
For over 115 years architecture and engineering students at Georgia Tech have watched the Atlanta skyline grow upward and outward. Now a seeminingly chronic recession has stopped growth. Credit: Courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology

The Untold Story: The Continuing Demise of the Construction Industry

For over 115 years architecture and engineering students at Georgia Tech have watched the Atlanta skyline grow upward and outward. Now a seeminingly…
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What a Toilet Paper Launch Can Teach Us About Innovation

Innovations sometimes fail not because of any inherent fault of their own. And if they do fail once, they’re seldom given a second…

New Life for a 100-Year-Old Flour Mill

The Hayden Flour Mill currently stands derelict and deserted like a sentinel at the century-old cornerstone entry to the city of Tempe at…
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Source4Style Makes Sustainable Materials Sourcing Fashionable

Source4Style is using the Internet to facilitate commerce between two groups that are disconnected in the global marketplace – the leading sustainable suppliers…