Recycled Materials

Oliver Staiano Upcycles Old BMX Bike Parts Into Cool CycleHangers

Oliver Staiano Upcycles Old BMX Bike Parts Into Cool CycleHangers

If your beloved bike broke and you are left with some spare parts, here is a cool project to keep your old friend useful and close to your heart. Designed by Nottingham Trent University's graduate Oliver

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Yuya Ushida’s Collapsible XXXX_SOFA is Made From 8,000 Sticks of Recycled Plastic

Yuya Ushida’s Collapsible XXXX_SOFA is Made From 8,000 Sticks of Recycled Plastic

Produced by Eindhoven’s Royal Ahrend NV, Ushida’s XXXX_SOFA is made of just 4 different lengths of sticks, rings and joints. Each separate part is pretty average, but when put together it is easy to

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Michael Hannaford Crafts Unique Utensils From Recycled Glass Bottles

Michael Hannaford Crafts Unique Utensils From Recycled Glass Bottles

UK-based designer Michael Hannaford has created a green set of serving utensils made from upcycled glass spirit bottles. Dubbed Spoonboozer, the set is refined, strong, and it reuses resources, making it

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Artisans Transform Recycled Coca-Cola Bottles Into Modern Dishware

Artisans Transform Recycled Coca-Cola Bottles Into Modern Dishware

Earlier this month at Designtide Tokyo, local studio Nendo debuted Bottleware: a collection of beautifully crafted dishware that gives new life to recycled glass Coca-Cola bottles. The green-tinted

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Sander Wassink’s Recycled Scrap Chairs Are in Constant Mutation

Sander Wassink’s Recycled Scrap Chairs Are in Constant Mutation

Sander Wassink‘s “State of Transience” project was inspired by Heraclitus’ quote on perfection: “Nothing is permanent except change”. The Design Academy of Eindhoven graduate uses

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The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

A surprisingly political lineup of speakers (including Jerry Brown, Cory Booker, George Pataki, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski) bookended the 2012 Greenbuild conference in San Francisco. They spoke

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Artist Aurora Robson Transforms Discarded Plastic into Beautiful Pieces of Art

Artist Aurora Robson Transforms Discarded Plastic into Beautiful Pieces of Art

Aurora Robson isn't just an artist -- she's also an environmental activist. The Canadian-born artist's elaborate sculptures are made from cut-up plastic bottles and other bits of discarded plastic, which

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Noor Nuyten Recycles Receipt Rolls Into Cute Desk Accessories

Noor Nuyten Recycles Receipt Rolls Into Cute Desk Accessories

Walking around this year’s Dutch Design Week, we almost missed these cute paper vessels made from recycled receipts by Noor Nuyten. Each paper cup is made from a used receipt roll that has been coated

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George Hlavacs’s Recycled Aluminum Zephyr Table Was Inspired by Winds from the Mediterranean Sea

George Hlavacs’s Recycled Aluminum Zephyr Table Was Inspired by Winds from the Mediterranean Sea

When he set out to create the Zephyr table table, Hungarian designer George Hlavacs wanted to create a long-lasting, beautiful and sustainable piece of furniture. The stripy piece of furniture is made

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RX Made and Strand Design Launch Line of Clever Products Made From Reclaimed Wood

RX Made and Strand Design Launch Line of Clever Products Made From Reclaimed Wood

RX Made is on a mission to turn materials from the waste stream into well-made, well-designed products for everyone. The startup has collaborated with Strand Design to develop a line of sustainably

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Shannon O’Hare’s Recycled Material Mobile Victorian House Sets Sail for Desert Lands

Shannon O’Hare’s Recycled Material Mobile Victorian House Sets Sail for Desert Lands

We all know Burning Man is full of oddities, and the annual event draws thousands into the middle of an inhospitable desert to enjoy a week of delusional mayhem. It’s not uncommon to see giant moving

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Hiroshi Fuji Makes a Dazzling Art Installation in Tokyo Using 50,000 Recycled Toys

Hiroshi Fuji Makes a Dazzling Art Installation in Tokyo Using 50,000 Recycled Toys

Hiroshi Fuji is a well-known installation artist and social activist born in Kagoshima City and working all around the globe. He produces large-scale installations, performances and events with a focus

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Beintween Recycles Old Car Tires Into ‘Matireal’ for Permeable Park Pathway

Beintween Recycles Old Car Tires Into ‘Matireal’ for Permeable Park Pathway

Beintween.org is a social + spatial network improv(is)ing spaces that build community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their mission is to make art do work. Over the past 6 months, they've developed an

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Wonder | Wall is a Zero Waste Pavilion for Singapore’s 2012 Archifest

Wonder | Wall is a Zero Waste Pavilion for Singapore’s 2012 Archifest

WOW Architects was one of four shortlisted firms to design the first-ever pavilion for Singapore's Archifest. Their design for Wonder | Wall took inspiration from the location at Fort Canning Park and was

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Nakai House is a $25,000 Design Build Bluff Home Made from Recycled Materials in Utah

Nakai House is a $25,000 Design Build Bluff Home Made from Recycled Materials in Utah

Design Build Bluff is a design/build program that gives architecture grad students the chance to get some hands-on experience while building a home for a person in the Navajo Nation. The latest home was

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Andy Avalar Makes Unique Business Card Holders From Electronic Components

Andy Avalar Makes Unique Business Card Holders From Electronic Components

After spending years in the computer repair business, mixed media artist Andy Avalar found a good use for all of the old computer and electronic components he collected by transforming them into unique

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MOMO is a Pop-Up Shop Made From Dozens of Recycled Windows

MOMO is a Pop-Up Shop Made From Dozens of Recycled Windows

Tong wanted to create an independent store that contrasted from the big box stores and chain boutiques that surround the atrium in the mall. The resulting shop resembles a misshapen childhood fort, clad

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And Vinyly Turns Your Remains Into a Vinyl Record When You Die!

And Vinyly Turns Your Remains Into a Vinyl Record When You Die!

“Dig into the groove!” If you want to be spinning jams into the afterlife, get your ashes pressed into a vinyl record. As an alternative to anaerobic decomposition, UK-based company And Vinyly

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King County Parks and HyBrid Architecture Unveil Upcycled Shipping Container Camper

King County Parks and HyBrid Architecture Unveil Upcycled Shipping Container Camper

King County Parks just finished a new, comfortable and ecologically-sound camping structure that was created from a 24-foot-long used cargo container. The project, dubbed “Re-Tain” was

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Seung Han Lee’s Scrap Wood Chair is Made from Recycled Wood and Plastic Resin

Seung Han Lee’s Scrap Wood Chair is Made from Recycled Wood and Plastic Resin

  When you make something out of wood, you are almost always left with several pieces of scrap wood that aren't easy to use. Designer Seung Han Lee found a clever use for those pieces of

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Jay Watson Makes Pixelated Furniture from Recycled Corian Samples

Jay Watson Makes Pixelated Furniture from Recycled Corian Samples

Using recycled Corian samples from kitchen designers and sustainably sourced birch, Oxfordshire-based designer Jay Watson built this beautiful credenza. Corian is a popular material for kitchen

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Japanese Artist Makaon Recycles Trash into American Pop Culture Icons

Japanese Artist Makaon Recycles Trash into American Pop Culture Icons

Makaon collects every day materials that most people consider to be rubbish, cleans them off, sometimes crushes the cans if necessary, and sorts his bounty of recycled materials into different colors.

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BRZ Architecture’s Cozy LEED Platinum Southern Cottage Finds a Home on Spring Island, SC

BRZ Architecture’s Cozy LEED Platinum Southern Cottage Finds a Home on Spring Island, SC

Spring Island is a community located in 3,000 acres of maritime forest along the coast of South Carolina. This new community is home to luxury estates and a gated community surrounding an Arnold Palmer

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8 DIY Cardboard Costumes That Will Make Your Kid the Talk of the Town (In a Good Way)

8 DIY Cardboard Costumes That Will Make Your Kid the Talk of the Town (In a Good Way)

Kids often accuse their eco-minded parents of taking recycling and DIY projects to a level that is socially suicidal, especially during holidays like Halloween. So we put together a series of awesome

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Will.i.am, Coca-Cola’s ‘Ekocycle’ Initiative Welcomes Levi’s and Case-Mate

Will.i.am, Coca-Cola’s ‘Ekocycle’ Initiative Welcomes Levi’s and Case-Mate

Since Will.i.am and Coca-Cola launched their 'Ekocycle' initiative in July to educate the hip, young crowd about the importance of recycling, scores of brands have joined the fun, including Levi's and

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Bogota’s Ecotelhado Colombia is Topped With a Gorgeous Rooftop Garden

Bogota’s Ecotelhado Colombia is Topped With a Gorgeous Rooftop Garden

Ecotelhado Colombia is a beautiful hotel in the heart of Bogotá topped with a green rooftop garden. An intensive renovation transformed the roof of the 50-year-old building into a verdant space that

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Industoftrial Uses Unconventional Materials to Give a Prague Apartment a Colorful Facelift

Industoftrial Uses Unconventional Materials to Give a Prague Apartment a Colorful Facelift

Young designer Ondra Bumbalek wanted to create an unusual interior for his apartment in Prague, Czech Republic. He sought to reconstruct the space for the lowest cost possible without sacrificing an

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Dan Goldstein’s Re-Ply Chair is a Minimalist Recliner Made from Recycled Cardboard

Dan Goldstein’s Re-Ply Chair is a Minimalist Recliner Made from Recycled Cardboard

The Re-Ply reclining chair uses a patent-pending molding technique to shape four plys of cardboard into a strong comfortable shell. Not only does the re-ply use cardboard in a way never done before, its

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Ashley Baldwin-Smith’s Tube Chair is Made Entirely from Recycled Steel Tubes

Ashley Baldwin-Smith’s Tube Chair is Made Entirely from Recycled Steel Tubes

Cambridge-based artist and contemporary furniture designer Ashley Baldwin-Smith from Ashwin Studio specializes in creating furniture from found objects, recycled engine parts and scrap

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Charming Timber Matchbox House in Michigan is on Track for LEED Platinum

Charming Timber Matchbox House in Michigan is on Track for LEED Platinum

Completed in the summer of 2012, the Matchbox House in Ann Arbor has a compact footprint and is landscaped using only indigenous plant species that require absolutely zero irrigation. Low-flow toilets,

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