Recycled Materials

Taste Tree is Made Up of 5,000 Spare Porcelain Plates & Cups in Belgium

Taste Tree is Made Up of 5,000 Spare Porcelain Plates & Cups in Belgium

The Taste Tree is a unique Christmas tree made up of upcycled plates and cups sourced from local families. Inge Vanluyd and Stefan Vanbergen of the creative firm MOOZ noticed they had odd plates and other

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MVRDV, Shigeru Ban and More Create Architecture For Dogs—With DIY Instructions

MVRDV, Shigeru Ban and More Create Architecture For Dogs—With DIY Instructions

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed a flexible dog space by using his trademark recycled cardboard tubes (attached with two wires) that can be turned from a bed, to a swing, to a maze, and even a

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Chartana’s Cubox Table is Built from Salvaged Crates and Rolled Up Newspaper

Chartana’s Cubox Table is Built from Salvaged Crates and Rolled Up Newspaper

Designed by Chartana, the Cubox table is a distinctive piece of upcycled furniture. The main structure of the Cubox is crafted from wood salvaged from fruit crates, while the 4 sides are formed from

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Shell.ter is a Funky Pergola Tunnel Made From 84 Ordinary Plastic Chairs in Portugal

Shell.ter is a Funky Pergola Tunnel Made From 84 Ordinary Plastic Chairs in Portugal

Instead of inviting people to come to the park and sit on plastic chairs, Shell.ter encourages a whole new association - a funky pergola tunnel that is tall enough to play under. Visitors can lean against

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DIY Gift Wrap and Tags Made From Chip Bags, Clothes and Other Recycled Items

DIY Gift Wrap and Tags Made From Chip Bags, Clothes and Other Recycled Items

If you love wrapping and opening wrapped gifts but hate the resulting pile of wasted paper, then you might want to check out this awesome DIY post. We have compiled a list of clever ways to recycle the

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10 Green Christmas Tree Alternatives to Make Your Holiday Shine

10 Green Christmas Tree Alternatives to Make Your Holiday Shine

Superstar Tree - $449.99 at Modernica Studio Candle Christmas Tree - Contact the artist for pricing Cardboard Alpine Tree - $24.99 at Cardboard Safari Cardboard Christmas Tree - $19.99 at The Cardboard

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The Eames House Sparked New Thinking in Modern Living

The Eames House Sparked New Thinking in Modern Living

The innovative design of the Eames home and studio began in 1945 when Arts & Architecture magazine launched the ambitious Case Study House Program, commissioning progressive-thinking architects of the

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BOARD’s Recycled Apartment Playground is Made from Items Donated by Surrounding Apartments

BOARD’s Recycled Apartment Playground is Made from Items Donated by Surrounding Apartments

BOARD began its design by first recognizing the competition organizers’ wish to involve the surrounding buildings as much as possible. The design team enlarged a typical neighboring apartment floorplan

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Unit B4 by MAKE Hides a Contemporary Wooden Office Within an Industrial Shell

Unit B4 by MAKE Hides a Contemporary Wooden Office Within an Industrial Shell

The modern Unit B4 was designed to house Goodman’s South Sydney team and to also operate as a showroom to exhibit work to clients visiting the office. The space has a long common desk with a sculptural

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WE MAKE CARPETS Arrange Dull Household Items into Eye-Popping Carpets

WE MAKE CARPETS Arrange Dull Household Items into Eye-Popping Carpets

With installations that range from small to large, WE MAKE CARPETS have demonstrated that no material is too dull to turn into colorful works of art. Most recently they presented a carpet made of rows and

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MDC Interiors Creates Awesome LEGO Table With the Help of 3rd Grade Students

MDC Interiors Creates Awesome LEGO Table With the Help of 3rd Grade Students

MDC Interiors was invited to work with The Museum School of Avondale Estates for an art auction to raise money for the school - and they teamed up with a group of talented third graders to assemble this

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Villa Solaire: A Gorgeous 19th Century Alpine Farmhouse Restored with Hand-Carved Wooden Cladding

Villa Solaire: A Gorgeous 19th Century Alpine Farmhouse Restored with Hand-Carved Wooden Cladding

Using the same traditional technique used to aerate hay, JFK and FUGA have left gaps between the spruce cladding to bring in natural light. This combined with cut outs on all sides of the building ensures

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WA Design’s Solar-Powered Stinson Beach House Achieves Net-Zero Energy

WA Design’s Solar-Powered Stinson Beach House Achieves Net-Zero Energy

The design team kept a focus on green objectives, using open-cell foam insulation, natural ventilation, and concrete floors. Their main focus was to create a south-sloping roof from which to access solar

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Green-Roofed Sycamore House is an Exemplary LEED Platinum home

Green-Roofed Sycamore House is an Exemplary LEED Platinum home

The Sycamore House replaced an existing home, although roughly 75% of the materials from the original house were reused and Kovac brought in a herd of goats to eat up the vegetation! Only then did he

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Zouk Architects Repurpose Shipping Materials Into Paper Tube Office

Zouk Architects Repurpose Shipping Materials Into Paper Tube Office

Zouk Architects made creative use of affordable and recycled materials to create an interesting space at minimal expense in their new open plan office, which was later called the "Paper tube" office.

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Anna Garforth Unveils a 3D Digital Model of a Migrating Bear In an Urbanscape

Anna Garforth Unveils a 3D Digital Model of a Migrating Bear In an Urbanscape

Activist and sustainable designer Anna Garforth created a wonderful piece for the recent edition of Dutch Design Week. Dubbed 'Wondering Territory', the 3-D model illustrates the migration of a brown

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Scribe’s House: A Life-Size Apartment Made From Reams of Recycled Paper

Scribe’s House: A Life-Size Apartment Made From Reams of Recycled Paper

Lehmann's nostalgic 'apartment' features a bathtub, curtains, a desk and bed and even little windows, all of which are made of reams and reams of paper. Using only recycled materials, the Argentinian

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DIY: Make a Holiday Activity Advent Calendar for Your Family from Recycled Materials

DIY: Make a Holiday Activity Advent Calendar for Your Family from Recycled Materials

The holidays are the time when many of us get together and spend time as a family — and what better way to excite the kids by surprising them each day with a specially planned activity. This colorful

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BiLD’s Re-structured Suburban Split House Pulls In Melbourne’s Beautiful Light

BiLD’s Re-structured Suburban Split House Pulls In Melbourne’s Beautiful Light

The Split House is a fantastic new renovation located in Melbourne, Australia, completed by architects BiLD. Taking a typical inter-war period house as a starting point, BiLD replaced various elements of

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Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

The toys Massoud and his brother Mahmud built as children were created from a variety of  found materials, but all were propelled by the desert’s string winds. For his final project at the Design

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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 found scrap

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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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