Former Brooklyn Container Terminal To Be Transformed Into State-Of-The-Art Sims Recycling Center

Former Brooklyn Container Terminal To Be Transformed Into State-Of-The-Art Sims Recycling Center

A massive 88-acre container terminal in Brooklyn is being transformed into the state-of-the-art Sims Municipal Recycling Facility as part of the Mayor’s PlaNYC2030 initiative to…

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World's First Roving Recyclarium Trailer Hits the Streets of New York City

World's First Roving Recyclarium Trailer Hits the Streets of New York City

Recycling may not yet be a priority for our younger generation, but a new "Recyclarium" featuring fun interactive games that teach about sustainability has hit the streets of New York…

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Storage Bed Using a Repurposed IKEA Bookcase

DIY: How to Make Your Own Storage Bed Using a Repurposed IKEA Bookcase

MATERIALS: - One full size mattress - One 4 x 4 grid Ikea Expedit bookshelf (find some inexpensive options here on craigslist) - 2 sheets of 1/2" thick plywood cut to 38" wide x…

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New CitiLogs Newark Sawmill Will Recycle Urban Wood and Aim for LEED Platinum Certification

New CitiLogs Newark Sawmill Will Recycle Urban Wood and Aim for LEED Platinum Certification

CitiLogs is a seasoned urban milling company that has been upcycling wood since 1991. Each year in urban and suburban neighborhoods around the city, thousands of trees and branches are…

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Bomb-Proof Renew Recycle Bins Will Soon Bring News and Weather to New Yorkers

Bomb-Proof Renew Recycle Bins Will Soon Bring News and Weather to New Yorkers

The super-futuristic Renew recycle bins that have been popping up all over London are now coming to New York! Eco-company J.M. Ornstein is partnering with the Alliance for Downtown New…

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Tom Fruin's Multi-Colored Plexiglass Watertower Glitters on a DUMBO Rooftop

Tom Fruin's Multi-Colored Plexiglass Watertower Glitters on a DUMBO Rooftop

The transparent water tower sculpture opened last week, and adorns the new Brooklyn Bridge Park area which has been heavily redeveloped into a crowd-drawing green area over the past few…

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VIDEO: Ecosystems Gives a Tour of the Queens Kickshaw's Awesome Reclaimed Interior

VIDEO: Ecosystems Gives a Tour of the Queens Kickshaw's Awesome Reclaimed Interior

Our friends over at EcoSystems recently shared their newest design video with us, and if you have a second to watch, we promise it'll put a smile on your face. The clip takes us behind…

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Re-fashionNYC Recycling Program Diverts 124 Tons of Clothing from Landfills in NYC

Re-fashionNYC Recycling Program Diverts 124 Tons of Clothing from Landfills in NYC

We wrote about New York City's Re-fashionNYC textile recycling program when it first launched and now that it's been in business for a year, we're pleased to report on what a success…

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Fiyel Levent Transforms Wood from Historic NYC Bar into a Bespoke Liquor Cabinet

Fiyel Levent Transforms Wood from Historic NYC Bar into a Bespoke Liquor Cabinet

Brooklyn-based Fiyel Levent was one of the talented designers that participated in the innovative 12 x 12 project, which upcycled wood from some of New York’s historic buildings into…

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Bellboy New York Upcycles a Park Avenue Water Tower into a Sexy Wooden Chair for 12 x 12

Bellboy New York Upcycles a Park Avenue Water Tower into a Sexy Wooden Chair for 12 x 12

Water towers have a storied history in New York, and have unintentionally become iconic symbols of the city. Originally constructed during the Industrial Revolution in the…

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Louis Lim's Round&Round is a Circular Bench Made of Reclaimed NYC Wood

Louis Lim's Round&Round is a Circular Bench Made of Reclaimed NYC Wood

Designed by Louis Lim, a Cooper Union graduate, the bench was created as part of the 12 x 12 exhibit during New York Design Week. Like all of the other pieces comprising the 12 x 12…

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The Swap-O-Matic in Brooklyn Is a Vending Machine That Lets You Trade Old Stuff for New Wares

The Swap-O-Matic in Brooklyn Is a Vending Machine That Lets You Trade Old Stuff for New Wares

Turn all your unwanted clothes, gadgets and knick-knacks into cool new treasures with the Swap-O-Matic, a vending machine that allows users to swap and trade, rather than buy. Designed…

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MoMA Wants Your Old Junk For Their New Meta-Monumental Garage Sale Exhibit

MoMA Wants Your Old Junk For Their New Meta-Monumental Garage Sale Exhibit

©Colros If you haven’t gotten around to getting that garage sale together to sell your old junk, it could end up as part of something even greater -  MoMA’s next art…

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Street Seats: Abandoned Chairs Given a Taxicab Yellow Facelift for the Armory Show

Street Seats: Abandoned Chairs Given a Taxicab Yellow Facelift for the Armory Show

For a new collection called Street Seats, Bade Stageberg Cox turned a handful ho-hum chairs found scattered around New York City into a stylish series of 50 bright yellow…

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Recyclebank’s Ron Gonen Joins Department of Sanitation With Plans to Double NYC's Recycling Rate

Recyclebank’s Ron Gonen Joins Department of Sanitation With Plans to Double NYC's Recycling Rate

Since the word got out that New York’s recycling rate has plummeted to embarrassing numbers, the Department of Sanitation has brought in a new leader with the hope of doubling the…

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Honest Tea's 30-Foot-Tall Recycling Bin Pops Up in Times Square

Honest Tea's 30-Foot-Tall Recycling Bin Pops Up in Times Square

Coinciding with the recent reports that New York City’s recycling rate is dwindling, beverage company Honest Tea is bringing awareness to Times Square. In collaboration with GrowNYC,…

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Thousands of New Yorkers Recycle Electronics at the City's Safe Disposal Event in Queens

Thousands of New Yorkers Recycle Electronics at the City's Safe Disposal Event in Queens

With over 3,700 people attending the Queens SAFE Disposal event, the parking lot at St. John's was quite the scene with everything from propane tanks to piles of computer monitors…

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Photos: Katharine Harvey's Glittering Plastic

Photos: Katharine Harvey's Glittering Plastic "Chandelier" is Made from 1,000s of Pieces of Garbage

Made possible by Arts Brookfield, the installation features thousands of used plastic containers, which were washed thoroughly and then strung together by Toronto-based artist…

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New York City's Recycling Rate Plummets

New York City's Recycling Rate Plummets

Despite Mayor Bloomberg's many new sustainable practices that have been implemented through the PlaNYC initiatve, new data reveals that the city's recycling rate has dropped over the…

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Get Fast Cash For Used Gadgets at eBay's Instant Sale Event at the Ainsworth in NYC from March 27-30

Get Fast Cash For Used Gadgets at eBay's Instant Sale Event at the Ainsworth in NYC from March 27-30

We know that you, as a good green citizen of New York City, properly recycle your old electronics, but wouldn't it be nice if you could get a little something in return? After all, you…

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NY-Based Design Company Ecovative Grows Mushrooms For Packaging Material, Insulation, & More

NY-Based Design Company Ecovative Grows Mushrooms For Packaging Material, Insulation, & More

Answering the call for an eco-friendly solution to environmentally damaging packing materials, Ecovative Design has created a new niche in the green market by using mushroom-based…

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NYC Phone Booths Turned Into Free Mini Libraries by Architect John Locke

NYC Phone Booths Turned Into Free Mini Libraries by Architect John Locke

The libraries are part of Locke's urban intervention project call the Department of Urban Betterment (thus, DUB). The first mini-library was installed on a phone booth eight blocks…

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You Can Own a Used NYC Subway Bench for $650

You Can Own a Used NYC Subway Bench for $650

The decades-old wooden benches we’ve become accustomed to in New York City subway stations are now up for sale. For $650 you can purchase a piece of salvaged New York history from the…

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Textile Recycling is on the Rise Thanks to Re-FashioNYC Apartment Building Collection Bins

Textile Recycling is on the Rise Thanks to Re-FashioNYC Apartment Building Collection Bins

New Yorkers throw away nearly 200,000 tons of clothing a year. But thanks to a recent spurt of recycling programs throughout New York City, collecting and reusing textiles is becoming…

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Charm Your Valentine With Recycled Paper Roses from Lower East Side Girls Club

Charm Your Valentine With Recycled Paper Roses from Lower East Side Girls Club

This Valentine's Day, give your love something eco-friendly -- a bouquet of artful recycled newspaper roses! While cut flowers are pretty for a fleeting moment, they are wasteful and…

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