Recycled Materials

Adrien Rovero Gives Salvaged Ski Gondolas a Second Life as Unique Rocking Chairs

Adrien Rovero Gives Salvaged Ski Gondolas a Second Life as Unique Rocking Chairs

These stylish rocking chairs are crafted from salvaged ski gondolas by Adrien Rovero. The chairs, dubbed ‘Rock’, are part of a larger project organized by Mountain Climbers, a group which combines

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Sarah Turner Creates Gorgeous Chandelier from Recycled Coca Cola Bottles

Sarah Turner Creates Gorgeous Chandelier from Recycled Coca Cola Bottles

Coca Cola commissioned eco artist Sarah Turner to create lighting and a massive recycled sculpture for their Hospitality Centre at the London 2012 Olympic games. At 2 meters wide the lights make quite a

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Tom Allen’s Beautiful Dama Lamp is Made From a Recycled Wine Jug

Tom Allen’s Beautiful Dama Lamp is Made From a Recycled Wine Jug

Barcelona-based design studio Lucirmás just launched Dama, a sustainably designed table lamp made from recycled materials by Australian designer Tom Allen. Each Dama lamp is made from a recycled 5-liter

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Lisa Occhipinti Repurposes Abandoned Novels into Sculptural Bookmobiles

Lisa Occhipinti Repurposes Abandoned Novels into Sculptural Bookmobiles

Books are more than just containers for information and stories - they're also an amazing resource for artists looking for a new creative medium. Lisa Occhipinti repurposes old, abandoned books from flea

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Peter McFarlane Transforms Old Circuit Boards into Gorgeous, Poignant Fossil Art

Peter McFarlane Transforms Old Circuit Boards into Gorgeous, Poignant Fossil Art

Using wires, pieces of metal sheeting and solder, McFarlane creates representations of creatures past.  Lizards (perhaps tiny dinosaurs?), plumes of feathers, and herringboned fish skeletons are embedded

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Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

In 1978, Schaeffer founded Real Goods Solar in Hopland, California, one of the nation's first solar energy companies, and his solar panels power the home. A large array of solar photovoltaic panels line

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Solar-Powered La Muna House Renovated with a Rich Palette of Reclaimed Materials in Colorado

Solar-Powered La Muna House Renovated with a Rich Palette of Reclaimed Materials in Colorado

The design pays homage to the Japanese spirit of Wabi Sabi in its sophisticated but luxurious simplicity, at the same time that it completely ingratiates itself to the high altitude mountain setting.

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Recycled Materials and Innovative Low-Energy Designs Shine at Paris’ Maison & Objet

Recycled Materials and Innovative Low-Energy Designs Shine at Paris’ Maison & Objet

One of our favorite finds, COLORS' Chiba is a Japanese take on classic Danish LEGO bricks made from recycled coffee beans, tea and wood chips—and it smells great!. Ground coffee was pretty big at

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Maison & Objet’s Parcours Fil Vert Showcases Imaginative Eco Products at Paris Design Week

Maison & Objet’s Parcours Fil Vert Showcases Imaginative Eco Products at Paris Design Week

Swedish designer Iris Shantverk has been making functional brushes since 1884, crafted from unusual biodegradable materials including horse hair, cactus fibers and goat hair, paired with local wood to

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Recycled Jack-O’-Lantern Crayons Are a Fun Alternative to Sugary Halloween Candy

Recycled Jack-O’-Lantern Crayons Are a Fun Alternative to Sugary Halloween Candy

Halloween brings out the creativity in kids perhaps more than any other major holiday. And these Jack-0-lantern crayons, which are made from melted down recycled crayons, promote artistic creativity while

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Texas Man Builds Incredible 60-Ton Junk Cathedral from Salvaged Materials – But the City of Austin Wants to Tear it Down

Texas Man Builds Incredible 60-Ton Junk Cathedral from Salvaged Materials – But the City of Austin Wants to Tear it Down

Screenshot from The Junk King by Evan Burns A Texan man named Vince Hannemann has been collecting other people’s junk in his backyard since 1989. Over the past several years, he has constructed a

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Electri-City: Benjamin Yates Creates Miniature Sci-Fi Worlds From Recycled E-Waste

Electri-City: Benjamin Yates Creates Miniature Sci-Fi Worlds From Recycled E-Waste

The electronic components of Benjamin Yates' Electri-City Coffee Tables are contained inside sturdy acrylic and glass enclosures. Yates tries to utilize as much waste as possible: the screws from

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Waste Is Generated in the UK by Major Holidays?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Waste Is Generated in the UK by Major Holidays?

As Halloween approaches, it's time to start carving jack o' lanterns and concocting fabulous costumes. And as we do so, it's worth remembering why it's always best to create DIY costumes with materials

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Lowe’s Pavilion is Transparent Metallic-Skinned Art Shelter at North Carolina’s Museum of Art

Lowe’s Pavilion is Transparent Metallic-Skinned Art Shelter at North Carolina’s Museum of Art

Lowe's Pavilion is an outdoor classroom and component of the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Sculpture Park. The two-story structure is built from steel beams with wood decks and is wrapped in varying

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How To Make Reusable Halloween Window Decals

How To Make Reusable Halloween Window Decals

Halloween can be among the most wasteful holidays if you only buy store-bought, disposable decorations, but it doesn't have to be! One sure way to lower your Halloween eco-footprint is to make your own

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Repair is Beautiful: Paulo Goldstein Repairs Broken Objects to Be Better Than Before

Repair is Beautiful: Paulo Goldstein Repairs Broken Objects to Be Better Than Before

Repair is Beautiful began with the idea of solving frustration. A broken object delivers frustration because it doesn’t achieve its functionality, but the same principle applies to a broken system that

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Jonathan Fuller’s Beautiful Sea Glass Mosaics Pay Tribute to the Power of the Ocean

Jonathan Fuller’s Beautiful Sea Glass Mosaics Pay Tribute to the Power of the Ocean

When washed up on the beach, sea glass looks like tiny pieces of treasure. Hand-collecting each piece, Cornish artist Jonathan Fuller assembles mounds of glass into mosaics set against plain, white

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Grow Anthology Crafts Vintage-Inspired Longboards from Recycled Paper

Grow Anthology Crafts Vintage-Inspired Longboards from Recycled Paper

Grow Anthology crafts these flexible, waterproof and eco-friendly longboards from recycled paper. With designs that reference nature and that are inspired by the lines of vintage surfboards, each

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DecoBricks: Durable Building Bricks Made From Recycled PET Cups

DecoBricks: Durable Building Bricks Made From Recycled PET Cups

DecoBricks are a system of modular building bricks made from recycled PET plastic. The decorative bricks repurpose plastic cups and bottles, and they can be used to create green walls, buildings, and

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Gigantic Slugs Made From 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bags Crawl Through the Streets of Angers, France

Gigantic Slugs Made From 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bags Crawl Through the Streets of Angers, France

The Slow Slugs project that was in display until early September is not all serious, of course. Even though Hofman addresses some somber situations such as too much plastic, the corruption of religious

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Straight Line Design’s Tree Rings Are Playful Stump Tables That Light Up A Room

Straight Line Design’s Tree Rings Are Playful Stump Tables That Light Up A Room

The tree stump table has been done before, but never like this. Judson Beaumont of Straight Line Designs Inc. has turned the concept of stump furniture on its head with Tree Rings. They look pretty

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Tristan Roland’s Music Box Transforms a Discarded Chair and Record Player into a Multi-Functional Piece of Furniture

Tristan Roland’s Music Box Transforms a Discarded Chair and Record Player into a Multi-Functional Piece of Furniture

Designer Tristan Roland's Music Box is a generic dining chair that was rescued from the trash and repurposed, with a record player built into the seat. Appropriated, morphed and recreated, Roland has

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Wood Con Fusion: Chissick Designs Creates Funky Furniture from Industrial Offcuts

Wood Con Fusion: Chissick Designs Creates Funky Furniture from Industrial Offcuts

Israel-based designer Eli Chissick's Wood Con Fusion series transforms unassuming pieces of fiberboard, veneer and Formica into an array of bold furniture pieces. Each table, cabinet and bench begins its

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Radiator Lounge: A Crazy Chair Made From A Recycled Radiator!

Radiator Lounge: A Crazy Chair Made From A Recycled Radiator!

The Radiator Lounge is a crazy chaise made from recycled radiators that recently won the jury award and people's choice award at the Seattle Design Jam during the Seattle Design Festival. The project

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Escaravox is a Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion on Wheels in Madrid

Escaravox is a Greenhouse-Inspired Pavilion on Wheels in Madrid

The structure is located in Matadero Madrid, a former slaughterhouse in Madrid's Arganzuela district that is now used as a multi-functional public space and cultural playground, housing various types of

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SOL Grotto is a Cool & Mesmerizing Space Made With Reclaimed Solyndra Rods in Berkeley

SOL Grotto is a Cool & Mesmerizing Space Made With Reclaimed Solyndra Rods in Berkeley

SOL Grotto is part of a larger project called Natural Discourse at UC Botanical Gardens at Berkeley, where artists, architects, scientists and poets have been invited to spend time in the gardens and

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Gorgeous CLOUD Made From 6,000 Burnt-Out Incandescent Bulbs Lights Up the Night in Calgary

Gorgeous CLOUD Made From 6,000 Burnt-Out Incandescent Bulbs Lights Up the Night in Calgary

CLOUD is an interactive lighting installation designed by Caitlind Brown for Nuit Blanche Calgary - an all-night art festival that took place on September 15th. The festival occured in Olympic Plaza from

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Designersblock Showcases Innovative and Quirky Eco Designs at the 2012 London Design Festival

Designersblock Showcases Innovative and Quirky Eco Designs at the 2012 London Design Festival

BreadedEscalope studio presented their low-tech, low-energy, steam-bending machine and showed the public how it worked at this year's bustling Designersblock event. As 50% of the world's computer

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Traces ‘Junk’ Shop Showcases Playful Recycled Designs at the London Design Festival

Traces ‘Junk’ Shop Showcases Playful Recycled Designs at the London Design Festival

One of our favorite items was Madam Bottwright's Bureau by Tim Burrell-Saward and Mike Kann. This item combined old found furniture pieces with technology to draw us into a playful guessing game. The

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