Design
Communal Living: Old Concept, New Establishments

Communal Living: Old Concept, New Establishments

Whenever the words communal living is used around me, the first thing I think of is sharing bathrooms and other living spaces.  Many college students understand the concept and most of us will never forget those years. But communal living has become a way many ordinary people live and according to them, the benefits are...
Vertical Hydroponics – The Great Space Saver

Vertical Hydroponics – The Great Space Saver

Hydroponics is defined as “the cultivation of plants by placing the roots in liquid nutrient solutions rather than in soil”.   Vertical hydroponics is simply put the vertical distribution of water. It takes up wall space instead of floor space and works much like normal hydroponics. Many people opt for this type of growing system...
What Is the Built Environment?

What Is the Built Environment?

Chances are you are reading this article in the built environment.  Your house, an office, maybe at the mall (although doubtfully InnoD readers are mall rats!) So, what is the built environment? It refers to all the man-made places, built up around us by our own society- a term that broadly encompasses all the infrastructure...
Design an Herb Container Garden

Design an Herb Container Garden

Container gardening is great if you do not have any land to plant a garden or you just wish to add some texture and beauty to an area.  An easy, healthy, and sustainable set of plants to grow in containers are herbs.  They come in all shapes, sizes, and variety of colors.  Some herbs flower,...
Green Modular Homes Growing in Design Diversity

Green Modular Homes Growing in Design Diversity

Although many find a modern home style to be visually pleasing, many others find the minimal clean lines unappealing and one characteristic that has prevented some people from purchasing an eco-friendly modular home. Thanks to popular demand, the design styles are expanding beyond a modern “efficient.” When most people think of modular homes a vision...
An Underground House Enables Unique Sustainable Living

An Underground House Enables Unique Sustainable Living

Unless you are a huge Tolkien fan, you might not have considered an underground house option, yet they are becoming quite popular and some designs are unique and beautiful. Also, having a home like this is not only a true “hobbit home”, but it has its benefits as well.   You might wonder why people...
Sustainable Packaging: Making A Difference?

Sustainable Packaging: Making A Difference?

Sustainable packaging design is one viable way of providing packaging that is environmentally smart and responsible. Ideally, minimal to no packaging is ideal, but not always practical. So alternatively, choosing carefully choosing packaged products for purchase can make a difference in how we preserve our resources. Sustainable packaging, like the word ‘sustainable’ is loosely defined,...
Upcycled Clothing for Your Own Eco Fashions

Upcycled Clothing for Your Own Eco Fashions

Upcycled clothing might sound like some ridiculous new fashion trend, but it is simply put the recycling up your old, out-dated clothing. If you are creative and pretty good with a needle, this is most definitely for you.   With upcycled clothing you either revamp an old jean by adding something or an old shirt...
Alternative Building Methods Used Today

Alternative Building Methods Used Today

With environmental education and awareness came the need for more eco-friendly and sustainable building methods. It called for people to think out of the box and come up with what we are able to implement today.   Alternative building methods have become more popular due to their often lower cost, novelty, durability, and non-toxicity. A...
The 100 Dollar Laptop

The 100 Dollar Laptop

The 100 Dollar laptop, also known as the Children’s Machine, 2B1 and better known as the XO-1, is an inexpensive subnotebook computer.   It was created with the goal of distributing the laptop to children in developing countries, effectively giving them the opportunity to explore and learn, in the end leading to a better quality...
The Unbelievable Do It Yourself Portable Shower

The Unbelievable Do It Yourself Portable Shower

The first time I read this headline, I had this image of a makeshift shower with a plastic bag for water, trapped in my mind. I started to imagine how such a contraption might work and even came up with a few designs myself. Much to my surprise, the image I had in my mind,...
Compostable Swimwear – Eco-friendly Clothing Gets Teeny

Compostable Swimwear – Eco-friendly Clothing Gets Teeny

Most of us buy clothing without thinking about the environmental or even social impact, but, take a minute and think about it.   The material that is used in the making of the actual garment as well as the transportation of both the materials used and the finished product, has a negative effect on the...