Check out this concept for a skyscraper that grows taller as its inhabitants recycle

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Eco on Monday 14 July 2014

Designed by architect Thomas Corbasson, this organic skyscraper is pure genius. Inspired by the use of bamboo scaffolding in the far east, the building incorporates a permanent scaffold all the way through it’s frame, allowing it to be in a continual state if growth while also including an unusual. As it’s occupants discard paper, glass and recyclable plastics they are transported to the highest platform where there is a recycling plant. This cuts down on transport costs by having the means of creating building materials at the very site itself.

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Bamboo bikes to teach kids to balance, plus go green from a young age

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Wednesday 25 June 2014

Sure, we’ve seen bamboo bikes before way back when in 2011, but these ones by GreenChamp Bikes rock harder. Why? These beginners’ balance bikes for young kids aged 3-5 look so darn cute, they are definitely a great way to incorporate eco-consciousness in these little rascals, never mind the lack of pedals.

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From the LAEM Store: Indio Sunnies

Alison Shepard Contributor

By Alison Shepard in New Products on Friday 21 March 2014

We’re long time fans of Blue Planet Eyewear and their buy a pair give a pair charitable initiative. Moreover though, their handcrafted wood sunnies are just so damn cool – especially the newest striped variety in the line. The Indio Sunnies just scream summertime – with candy-colored striped bamboo stems and rich colorful lenses, this […]

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From the LAEM store: TIMBER sunnnies from skateboards

Alison Shepard Contributor

By Alison Shepard in New Products on Thursday 24 May 2012

Inspired by skate and surf culture, TIMBER creates eyewear and accessories from skateboard ply. Their Surf Glasses are crafted from eco-friendly wood and bamboo, and inspired by early boards. While their line of recycled belt buckles takes weathered skate decks and repurposes them into a cool statement of form and function. Select eyewear and accessories are available now in the Lost At E Minor online store.

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Handmade bamboo and canvas bags

Contributions Reader Find

By meriah doty in New Design on Tuesday 17 May 2011

John Cho Moore grew tired of the limitations of the industrial design process and is now trying to capture the essence of design with his beautifully handmade bamboo and canvas bags.

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Imitating Nature: Japanese packaging design

Stacey Howard Reader Find

By Stacey Howard in New Products on Wednesday 5 March 2008

How to Wrap Five More Eggs: Traditional Japanese Packaging by Hideyuki Oka is an easy read with the story told primarily through the book’s pictures. As the title suggests, it’s all about a traditional form of Japanese packaging, which mostly incorporates food. The idea behind it is that when you present someone with a cake, for instance, and it’s nicely packaged, that they get a feeling that you want them to enjoy the cake. The five eggs of the title are bound with straw and woven in an indigenous way.

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