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Inspired Designer Creates Literal Coffee Cups From Recycled Grounds

Never in history has the phrase “I’ll have a cup of coffee” been more accurate.

Image from the Kaffeeform website.

German designer Julian Lechner spent five years developing a formula for this line of coffee cups and saucers made of coffee grounds. The final recipe includes a mix of recycled grounds, collected from local cafes, natural glues, and sustainably-sourced wood grains. The resulting Kaffeeform Cups, which Lechner is now making available to buyers online, are waterproof and have been pilot-tested at a few local coffee shops. According to Dezeen, the material retains the scent of the coffee grounds—it would be interesting to see how that extra dimension of aroma would deepen the coffee-drinking experience.

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Not Wind Nor Fire Will Blow These Straw Houses Down

Developers in the U.K. have made the first commercially available straw bale houses.

Image courtesy of ModCell.

A British company called ModCell is unveiling a line of seven new prefabricated townhomes for the market—and they’re all made of straw. Your first instinct might be to make a “Three Little Pigs” reference, but these houses bear no resemblance to the flimsy structures depicted in the well-known fairy tale. These straw bale houses are not just low-cost, they’re also environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

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Add “Furniture” to All the Things You Can Make With Seaweed

One Danish design pair is using the oceanic plant to make sustainable furnishings.

Here is a brief list of some of the wonderful things you can make with seaweed:

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