Recycled Materials

This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

Anna Webster, fourth-year student at the Cass, London Metropolitan University’s School of Architecture, has designed a simple but sturdy house that fits right into the Ghanaian countryside where it has

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Cantilevered shipping container coffee shop pops up in Johannesburg

Cantilevered shipping container coffee shop pops up in Johannesburg

Made from stacked and cantilevered shipping containers, the Foghound Interactive Coffee Company in Johannesburg is a sustainable flagship for the ambitious company. Designed by Earthworld Architects &

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This gigantic shimmering disc is made from 14,000 eyeglass lenses

This gigantic shimmering disc is made from 14,000 eyeglass lenses

Calgary-based artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett reused discarded and broken eyeglass lenses to create a massive installation suspended over the historic facade of Pera Museum in Istanbul.

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Shigeru Ban will reuse earthquake rubble to build Nepal relief shelters

Shigeru Ban will reuse earthquake rubble to build Nepal relief shelters

Shigeru Ban and his humanitarian organization Volunteer Architects Network (VAN) announced plans to build emergency shelters for Nepal back in May, but it wasn’t until now that the prototype designs

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Urban Crepe is a blooming Buenos Aires food stall in a repurposed shipping container

Urban Crepe is a blooming Buenos Aires food stall in a repurposed shipping container

Urban Crepe is located at the 'Distrito Arcos Premium Outlet', an open-air mall on a former railway area within the leafy Palermo. It's massive discount clothes stores are sheltered in re-adapted railway

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Shelters for Nepal earthquake survivors can be built from reclaimed materials in two days

Shelters for Nepal earthquake survivors can be built from reclaimed materials in two days

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfFXLHJ_D6c Charles Lai and Takehiko Suzuki collaborated with AONA architecture studio and the One Village Focus Fund to deliver the design to a remote area of

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Yusuke Seki stacks 25,000 discarded ceramics to form a mind-boggling floor

Yusuke Seki stacks 25,000 discarded ceramics to form a mind-boggling floor

Hasami ceramics are characterized by their simple and minimalist geometry and their modular and stackable design. Seki’s installation pays homage to Hasami’s heritage by giving the discarded pieces a

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Architecture students build Paper Brick pavilion out of 15,775 recycled paper cups

Architecture students build Paper Brick pavilion out of 15,775 recycled paper cups

Paper Brick: A Recyle and Reuse Project “Paper brick” is a waste paper cup pavilion that aims to orientate and raise public attention, regarding awareness on waste recycling and reuse. On June

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How thousands of rough wooden logs protect this pavilion from solar radiation

How thousands of rough wooden logs protect this pavilion from solar radiation

The big surprise of this year World Expo is the striking entry of Uruguay. Participating for the first time in a Universal Exposition with its own national pavilion designed by Javier Díaz Charquero, an

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Aspiring Chinese architect built his office out of 8,500 recycled beer bottles

Aspiring Chinese architect built his office out of 8,500 recycled beer bottles

“Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.” This apocryphal quote credited to Benjamin Franklin is nonetheless apt and resonant with drinkers around the world. The world’s most popular

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This building made from hundreds of apple crates has a surprise inside

This building made from hundreds of apple crates has a surprise inside

Have you ever seen a building built of thousands of recycled apple crates? That’s the case of the Polish Pavilion at Expo 2015 developed by the Warsaw office 2pm studio. Its exceptional façade is a

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Footloose German kid builds an inspiring brick dome home for an orphanage in Kenya

Footloose German kid builds an inspiring brick dome home for an orphanage in Kenya

When Torsten Kremer met Mama Dolfine, she had lost a 14 and 27-year-old son in one year, sank into a pit of despair, and then climbed out and built heaven--in the form of a new orphanage. After living

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This PaperJohn backpack could make shopping by bike a breeze

This PaperJohn backpack could make shopping by bike a breeze

Wish you could do more shopping on two wheels but don’t have the bicycle basket or gear to carry the bags? Meet the PaperJohn, a paper bag design that can be worn as a backpack. Designed by a

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Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

We love technology and even those of us who don't love it, probably still use it to some degree. Even some of our common appliances like TV's, some refrigerators, microwaves, watches and other items use

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Hankook’s airless car tires should hit the market very, very soon

Hankook’s airless car tires should hit the market very, very soon

We are in the midst of a generational shift in environmentally friendly vehicles with electric cars becoming more of a practical reality each day, yet there are also other innovations being perfected,

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Pop-Tarts transforms vintage Airstream into an oversized toaster

Pop-Tarts transforms vintage Airstream into an oversized toaster

Breakfast pastry Pop-Tarts has transformed a vintage Airstream trailer into an oversized toaster, with giant Pop-Tarts ready for the taking. The silver Airstream toaster rolled up to Park City, Utah,

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The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

Collier-Woods bought the 31-year-old public transport bus on eBay for £4,500 (approx $7,400). "I had a look on eBay and found that double deckers were not as expensive as I would have thought, so bought

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These life-sized willow whales swim through a sea of plastic bottles to raise pollution awareness

These life-sized willow whales swim through a sea of plastic bottles to raise pollution awareness

A sculpture of two life size whales, made from Somerset willow and 70,000 upcycled plastic bottles, has been unveiled in Bristol to mark the city’s status as the UK’s first European Green

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HOW TO: Recycle a Tin Can Into a Gorgeous Outdoor Lantern for Summer Parties

HOW TO: Recycle a Tin Can Into a Gorgeous Outdoor Lantern for Summer Parties

STEP 1: GATHER YOUR MATERIALS All you need to do to get started on this eco-friendly summer craft project is gather the following materials: 2-4 cleaned, empty tin cans (you can use any size) a

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Cecilia Levy upcycles old Spiderman comics into delicate teacups and saucers

Cecilia Levy upcycles old Spiderman comics into delicate teacups and saucers

Levy comes from a background in graphic design and bookbinding, but turned to papier-mâché art after experimentation in 2009. She began by tearing apart the pages of an old book into small pieces and

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Future Dutch roadways made of recycled plastic will snap together like LEGO

Future Dutch roadways made of recycled plastic will snap together like LEGO

The Dutch city of Rotterdam may soon be the first city to have roads made of recycled plastic waste, fished out of the oceans. The city is collaborating with VolkerWessels, a construction firm with some

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The Vintages boasts 15 painstakingly restored trailers in one retro park

The Vintages boasts 15 painstakingly restored trailers in one retro park

You don't have to haul a trailer to the woods to enjoy the thrill of hanging out in a retro trailer. This amazing collection of 15 trailers straight out of a Lucy and Desi movie, rests in the Willamette

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Emergent Structures challenges furniture design students to transform waste into striking work desks

Emergent Structures challenges furniture design students to transform waste into striking work desks

Jobs needed one. Gates needed one. Even Alexander Graham Bell needed one. Without a table to work on, there’s not an entrepreneur in history who could’ve gotten their ideas off the ground (bad pun

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6 Awesome upcycled shipping pallet creations you can make yourself

6 Awesome upcycled shipping pallet creations you can make yourself

Vibrant Folding Chairs From Upcycled Shipping Pallets These colorful Fold-out Pallet Chairs from Gas & Air Studios are each made from a single shipping pallet. The only treatment these chairs get

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Nightmarish figures made from old VHS tapes wander in frozen Iceland

Nightmarish figures made from old VHS tapes wander in frozen Iceland

Philip Ob Rey’s V project was designed in collaboration with Louie Otesanek and photographer Mailie Viney. The black-and-white photographs show the mysterious Lovecraftian figures in a desolate

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16 upcycled Mason jar crafts and projects that are kid-approved

16 upcycled Mason jar crafts and projects that are kid-approved

Glass Mason jars are perhaps the ultimate upcycling ingredient of all time. They come in all shapes, sizes, and even in a variety of colors. Mason jars can be used to give wonderful homemade edible gifts,

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Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by a Chainsaw

Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by a Chainsaw

Other than the fact that it was constructed in Russia, we aren't entirely sure who's responsible for this mean-looking chainsaw bike. While it may look like it's designed for the sole purpose of cutting

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This country was recently ranked as the world’s most sustainable

This country was recently ranked as the world’s most sustainable

A new study proclaims Sweden to be the world's most sustainable country. Yes, the land of Ikea has beaten out everyone other country on the planet -- and Norway is a close second. RobecoSAM, an investment

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Playful Troels the Troll is built out of recycled wood pallets and scrap

Playful Troels the Troll is built out of recycled wood pallets and scrap

Named after Dambo’s assistant, Troels is, by the looks of it, a friendly giant encouraging of play as evidenced by the children’s swing it holds in its outstretched hand. The troll is almost entirely

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Fern & Roby make high-end electronics out of reclaimed wood

Fern & Roby make high-end electronics out of reclaimed wood

  Richmond, Virginia-based Fern & Roby produces high-end furniture, audio, and hardwares that reflect the founders’ desire to celebrate the narrative and history of the materials they use.

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