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Recy-Blocks: Building Material Made from Old Plastic Bags

Recy-Blocks: Building Material Made from Old Plastic Bags

Plastic bags, plastic bags, plastic bags. Since they don't seem to be vanishing any time soon, designers keep coming up with ways to reuse them. The most recent and fascinating of these developments is

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Affresol Makes Modular Homes Out of Recycled Plastic

Affresol Makes Modular Homes Out of Recycled Plastic

While a party guest suggests to Dustin Hoffman's character in The Graduate that "There's a great future in plastics," nobody could have predicted that they'd one day be used to make houses! Plastic waste

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IBM Creates Plant-Based, Highly Recyclable Plastics

IBM Creates Plant-Based, Highly Recyclable Plastics

IBM researchers announced yesterday that they discovered a method of creating highly recyclable plastics from one of the most eco-friendly materials around - plants. Not only are the material's components

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Nike Unveils World Cup Soccer Jerseys Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Nike Unveils World Cup Soccer Jerseys Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

ATTENTION GREEN SOCCER FANS Nike recently unveiled its new team jerseys for the upcoming World Cup and here's the kicker (pun intended) - they're made from discarded plastic bottles! That's right, the

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Recycling Robot Uses Lasers to Sort Plastic

Recycling Robot Uses Lasers to Sort Plastic

Osaka University recently unveiled a recycling robot that uses lasers to sort out different types of plastics. The robot, designed by IDEC, the Photonics Advanced Research Center, and Mitsubishi Electric

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Plastiki Plastic Bottle Boat Unveiled in San Francisco!

Plastiki Plastic Bottle Boat Unveiled in San Francisco!

San Francisco recently saw the unveiling of the Plastiki, a boat constructed of 12,500 2-liter plastic bottles that will be embarking on a 7,500 mile journey to Sydney this spring. Built by Adventure

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La Casa de Botellas: Argentinian Home Made Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles

La Casa de Botellas: Argentinian Home Made Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles

La Casa de Botellas, created by the Alfredo Santa Cruz family in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, was constructed from thousands of PET plastic bottles, and was designed as “a tool for promoting ecological and

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New Sugar-Based Plastics Could Be Composted Right At Home

New Sugar-Based Plastics Could Be Composted Right At Home

New research from scientists at the Imperial College of London has led to a breakthrough in plastics that could be composted right at home! Even though there are already plastics made from corn that do

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IS IT GREEN?: Rethink Hanger Repurposes Plastic Bottles

IS IT GREEN?: Rethink Hanger Repurposes Plastic Bottles

Chinese designer Xuan Yu’s Rethink hanger caught our attention as a clever concept for storing your threads, but we're not casting our vote just yet for this "eco" product. Touted as a green solution,

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Recycled Plastic Wrap Art!

Recycled Plastic Wrap Art!

If you've ever lamented having to throw away a piece of saran wrap, this might cheer you up. This rather striking piece of outdoor eco-art is made out of 10,000 feet of recycled plastic-wrap salvaged from

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Coke Announces Global Rollout of Plant-Based Plastic Bottles

Coke Announces Global Rollout of Plant-Based Plastic Bottles

Nearly 1.6 billion servings of Coca-Cola-branded beverages are served each day. Now some of them will be just a little bit greener now that Coke has announced the global rollout of its PlantBottle, a

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re:Use Canopy Upcycled from Plastic Cups by BIOS Design Collective

re:Use Canopy Upcycled from Plastic Cups by BIOS Design Collective

One of the main principles of permaculture is that "the problem is the solution." Problem: tons of waste cups created by attendees of the OutsideLands concert in San Francisco. Solution: a fabulous

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Zegna Sport’s Ecotech Solar Jacket Made From Recycled Plastic

Zegna Sport’s Ecotech Solar Jacket Made From Recycled Plastic

With fall here and winter on the horizon we're bundling up for brisk weather, and fortunately Zegna is heating things up with their brand new solar-powered Ecotech Jacket. This sharp technical shell is

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Plastic Concrete: Building Bricks Made From Landfill Waste

Plastic Concrete: Building Bricks Made From Landfill Waste

Recent RPI Masters of Architecture graduate Henry Miller has devised a way to reuse waste plastic as an aggregate in cement, circumventing the energy-intensive process of plastic recycling. By grinding up

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New Envion Facility Turns Plastic Waste into $10/Barrel Fuel

New Envion Facility Turns Plastic Waste into $10/Barrel Fuel

What if we could turn all the plastic waste we create on a daily basis into fuel to power our cars? A Washington, DC-based company called Envion claims it can do just that with a process that turns

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Found Cutlery Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Found Cutlery Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Spanish designer Oscar Diaz has found a new way to rescue our Earth from discarded plastic bottles. In a series called "Found" the designer has cleverly produced a range of super-light flatware cut

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Development Shines Light on Solar Energy Generating Plastics

Development Shines Light on Solar Energy Generating Plastics

Plastic sure has gotten a bad rap lately -- it takes petroleum to produce it, most kinds are notoriously difficult to recycle and it can leach harmful chemicals like BPA. But that hasn't stopped

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Aveda is Saving Oceans & Marine Life One Plastic Cap at a Time

Aveda is Saving Oceans & Marine Life One Plastic Cap at a Time

Wondering how to turn all of those plastic bottle caps running rampant in your household into a green, planet saving endeavor? Well, lucky for you, and for marine life everywhere, Aveda has come up with

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‘Re-Juicer’ Gets More Juice Out of Plastic Water Bottles

‘Re-Juicer’ Gets More Juice Out of Plastic Water Bottles

Simple yet clever, we're raising our glasses to the inventive repurposing behind the Re-Juicer. The Re-Juicer turns an orange into OJ with the twist of a wrist and a plastic water bottle. Another cheeky

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ECO ART: Plastic Bottle Installation in NYC

ECO ART: Plastic Bottle Installation in NYC

Sometimes it is hard to truly grasp how much waste we create as a society. That's why NYC-based graphic design agency, MSLK is creating an installation that is an in-your-face visual of the amount of

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Scientists Discover How to Grow Plastic on Trees

Scientists Discover How to Grow Plastic on Trees

We tend not to acknowledge it, but our dependence on oil is not limited to the consumption of fossil fuels for energy and transportation. Finding an alternative to plastic (which is also made from oil),

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Plastiki Boat Made of Plastic Bottles Prepares to Set Sail

Plastiki Boat Made of Plastic Bottles Prepares to Set Sail

It's been several months since we brought you news of the Plastiki, a boat made of 12,500 plastic bottles, so we figured it was time for an update. When we left the Plastiki expedition last, David de

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Plastic Spoon Chandelier by Daisuke Hiraiwa

Plastic Spoon Chandelier by Daisuke Hiraiwa

We're perpetually amazed by the way that Japanese designer Daisuke Hiraiwa transforms everyday objects into striking examples of found design, and we were particularly impressed with his incredible line

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ECO ART: Aurora Robson Recycled Plastic Sculptures

ECO ART: Aurora Robson Recycled Plastic Sculptures

The Inhabitat crew was pretty blown away by artist Aurora Robson's artwork at the recent Designers & Agents Green Room, so we thought we'd take this opportunity to explore her body of work in more

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ECO ART: Plastic Bag Light Garden

ECO ART: Plastic Bag Light Garden

Is it possible that this is the song of the plastic bag? Plastic's infamous reputation with the eco-crowd has fueled a creative renaissance that stirs significant introspection into how we  have used

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GREEN RANT: Why Won’t NYC Recycle Plastic?

GREEN RANT: Why Won’t NYC Recycle Plastic?

Why does NYC send easily recyclable PET plastic containers to landfill? New York City recycles plastic - or so I thought! For the last several years I have been carefully scrubbing all plastic number 1

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New York Mayor Proposes Charge on Plastic Bags

New York Mayor Proposes Charge on Plastic Bags

Recently New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed that NYC begin charging shoppers 6 cents for each plastic bag issued at the register. The policy is the latest attempt by the city to go green and reduce

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Michelle Brand’s Stunning Plastic Bottle Chandelier

Michelle Brand’s Stunning Plastic Bottle Chandelier

One of the most stunning pieces at this year's 100% Design was this gorgeous recycled plastic bottle chandelier by Michelle Brand. Composed entirely from cut-off bottle bases, it lit up the floor at

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Plastic Bottle Boat to Cross the Pacific Ocean

Plastic Bottle Boat to Cross the Pacific Ocean

Eco-celebrity David de Rothschild has decided to show the world what to do with its discarded plastic bottles. For his recent project, the Plastiki Expedition, the adventurous environmentalist plans to

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BUMBERSHOOT 2008: The Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

BUMBERSHOOT 2008: The Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

This year, Americans will drink more than 30 billion single-serving bottles of water. To raise awareness of the alarming problem of plastic waste, Jasmine Zimmerman created the Bottle House - an

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