These Futuristic Villas Would Produce More Energy Than They Consume

It's sort of an environmentalist's dream. Forty-five gorgeous villas built on a wasteland that are so impossibly eco-friendly that they produce more energy than they consume in a given year. Ideal as it sounds, Vincent Callebaut has designed just that. » 3/06/14 2:20pm 3/06/14 2:20pm

7 of the World's Most Awesome Alternative Christmas Trees

Nothing will ever be able to replace the simple beauty of a real, live Christmas tree—and don't even get us started on the smell. But no matter how much we may cherish this piney holiday tradition, the reality remains: They're bulky, messy, and a pain in the ass to toss out once they're dead. But fake Christmas trees… » 12/24/13 9:00am 12/24/13 9:00am

Sustainable Wooden Speakers For Ethical Audiophiles

If you're just as concerned by the origins of your technology as their quality, then these speakers could be just the thing you're after. » 6/10/13 7:59am 6/10/13 7:59am

This Hanging Hotel Made of Recycled Materials Is Definitely Weird,…

AirHotel, a sustainable and mobile hanging hotel designed by a group of Belgian artists, is actually a collection of six unique pod-like rooms, each with its own theme. May 10 - June 2, AirHotel will be set up at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in the UK, where a stay in one of its wacky rooms will begin at about $57… » 5/02/12 1:20am 5/02/12 1:20am

New York City Is Losing 30 Percent of Its Water Supply?

Martin Chavez, the Executive Director of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, was talking with Planet Forward and let drop the tidbit of information that NYC is losing 30% of its water supply to unknown leakages. Say what? » 6/23/11 10:10pm 6/23/11 10:10pm

This Super Sherpa Climbed Everest 21 Times. Here's His Eco Gadget Bag.

Last week, Apa Sherpa made it to the summit of Mount Everest for a record-breaking 21st time. This "Super Sherpa", who now lives in Utah, has climbed for the past several years with the Eco Everest Expedition, a team with a "leave no trace" outdoor ethic dedicated to cleaning up Everest. The group has brought down… » 5/17/11 8:37pm 5/17/11 8:37pm

This House Provides Sustainable Energy in a Half-Shell

Solaleya's Pearl house takes on the counter-intuitive task of maximizing its energy efficiency by limiting the amount of solar energy it absorbs throughout the year. This tactic allows the structure to delegate energy-intensive tasks to the elements. » 4/12/11 8:40pm 4/12/11 8:40pm

This White Wheel Can (Unfortunately?) Make Any Room Your Office

The Yill, designed by Werner Aisslinger for the Berlin-based renewable energy company Younicos, is a self-contained energy storage unit that can quickly and simply bring power to any room. Its lithium titanium battery, which can be charged by a standard outlet or renewable sources like solar cells, can serve up to 300… » 2/25/11 9:13am 2/25/11 9:13am

Is the Internet Sustainable When Everyone On Earth Uses Over 3…

As the internet gets more data intensive—the cloud, streaming media, etc.—how much data will we use in the future? A computer scientist crunched the numbers and came up with 3 gigabytes of data per day. Is that sustainable? » 12/04/10 10:00am 12/04/10 10:00am

An Ancient Village With 21st Century Juice

Tocco da Casauria is a quaint town, located in the mountainous region of Italy's interior. It's also home to an electrical grid that bests many of the world's metropolises—the small burg is powered entirely by wind and solar. » 9/30/10 2:00am 9/30/10 2:00am

Lexon's New Gadgets Brought To You By Corn, Bamboo, and the Sun

Lexon recently announced a new line of sustainably powered gadgets that are decidedly down to Earth. That is, they're made from bamboo and maize bio-plastics. And let me tell you, corn has never looked better. » 1/27/10 12:00am 1/27/10 12:00am

German University Constructs Giant Planet-Saving Spherical Building

The Bibliosphere, an administration and student services buiding at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, is both an ecological and architectural achievement. It's incredibly environmentally-friendly, and did we mention it's a giant sphere?
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Four "Tropical Skyscapers" Commissioned To Keep Shenzhen Stock Exchange…

Steven Holl Architects' winning design from the "4 Tower in 1" competition calls for a quartet of towers to be built around the brand new Shenzhen Stock Exchange and its surrounding plaza. » 2/27/09 7:00pm 2/27/09 7:00pm

Inside the Recompute Cardboard PC

While I was going through gear at the Greener Gadgets conference, a dude came up to me and asked, "Hey, you wanna see something?" He pulled out a beat-up suitcase stuffed with old, dirty dishrags. » 2/27/09 2:40pm 2/27/09 2:40pm

Bird-Electron EZ-TAKEGTF2 Electricity-Free Bamboo Speaker

No need to worry about batteries when you take along the Bird-Electron EZ-TAKEGTF2 electricity-free portable bamboo speaker ($199). Just plug the stereo miniplug into your MP3 player and you can rock the bamboo, off-grid style. » 8/03/06 1:16pm 8/03/06 1:16pm

Off the Grid: Treehouse Concept

British design firm Sybarite aims to develop a modular treehouse concept that the company says could encourage a more organic approach to country living. The plan is to pre-fabricate modules of the house, quickly assembling a dwelling with up to five bedrooms. » 5/12/06 9:26am 5/12/06 9:26am