Recycled Materials

Mark Oliver’s Litter Bugs are Intricate Insects Made from Trash and Found Objects

Mark Oliver’s Litter Bugs are Intricate Insects Made from Trash and Found Objects

Designed to blend in with urban landscapes, Mark Oliver's Litter Bugs fly on wings of paper, walk with eyeglass arms for legs, and have bodies fashioned from tin, watch parts, and book covers. The

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Orla Kiely’s ‘Intimate Garden Shed’ is a Tiny Pop-Up Home Filled With Plants

Orla Kiely’s ‘Intimate Garden Shed’ is a Tiny Pop-Up Home Filled With Plants

Orla Kiely rocked the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year with the Intimate Garden Shed, a vintage tiny home full of plants and flowers. Famous for her prints, the London-based Irish designer wasted no

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The Common Project Updates the Classic Acapulco Chair With Recycled Materials

The Common Project Updates the Classic Acapulco Chair With Recycled Materials

This classic Acapulco Chair - a celebrated 1950’s design - has been re-imagined by The Common Project with a fantastic sustainable twist. The Common Project updated the traditional beach chair from the

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JAMESPLUMB Transforms Vintage Suitcases Into Elegant Chests of Drawers

JAMESPLUMB Transforms Vintage Suitcases Into Elegant Chests of Drawers

The British design team JAMESPLUMB is known for its ingenious one-of-a-kind furnishings and interiors created from antiques, cast-offs, and found objects. We were struck by these beautiful and useful

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Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Scientists have been trying to develop cheap, alternative building materials for years. But there's one material that is surprisingly strong, secure, waterproof and perhaps just too creepy to handle:

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The Farmery is a Farm and Market Set in Four Recycled Shipping Containers in North Carolina

The Farmery is a Farm and Market Set in Four Recycled Shipping Containers in North Carolina

The Famery has successfully raised $25,000 on Kickstarter to make this project a reality, so if you live in Raleigh, you're in for a special treat. So far they have developed two prototypes along with a

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DIY: How to Transform a Defunct XBOX 360 Into a Lush Indoor Planter

DIY: How to Transform a Defunct XBOX 360 Into a Lush Indoor Planter

Stuck with a broken videogame console? Why not convert it into a planter? When Curly Productions moved into a new set of offices, they wanted some quirky objects to bring it to life. It just so happened

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Rune Guneriussen Creates Magical New Artworks by Placing Everyday Objects in Natural Landscapes

Rune Guneriussen Creates Magical New Artworks by Placing Everyday Objects in Natural Landscapes

Rune Guneriussen's art installations are enchanting and imaginative, transforming the most banal objects into works of art. What makes his work even more interesting and mysterious is that Guneriussen is

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Lorenzo Durantini’s Towering Sculptures Made From Thousands of VHS Tapes Explore Obsolescence and Outdated Media

Lorenzo Durantini’s Towering Sculptures Made From Thousands of VHS Tapes Explore Obsolescence and Outdated Media

London-based artist and curator Lorenzo Durantini has gathered thousands of old unwanted VHS tapes to make towering (and almost menacing) sculptures from them. These monoliths of outdated technology offer

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Freegle Brighton Announces Plans to Build Community Center Made Entirely of Local Waste

Freegle Brighton Announces Plans to Build Community Center Made Entirely of Local Waste

Freegle is a UK-based network that allows locals to seek out items other people people are looking to get rid of - including refrigerators, sofas, old doors and windows. Now the Brighton Freegle group

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Willem Heeffer Repurposes 36 Oil Cans into Stylish Lamps at the Midhill Restaurant in Helsinki

Willem Heeffer Repurposes 36 Oil Cans into Stylish Lamps at the Midhill Restaurant in Helsinki

Designer Willem Heeffer transformed 36 oil cans into a fantastic series of lights for a new restaurant in Helsinki, Finland. After salvaging the drums from a local oil recycling center, Heeffer -- an

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Rural Studio’s Lions Park Playscape in Alabama is Made from 2,000 Recycled Steel Drums

Rural Studio’s Lions Park Playscape in Alabama is Made from 2,000 Recycled Steel Drums

The playscape is the fifth phase of Auburn University Rural Studio's effort to revitalize and redevelop Lions Park in Greensboro. The colorful, labyrinthine structure is filled with sound tubes and

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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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