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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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100% Recycled Paperwallets are Pieces of Art That Hold Your Cash

100% Recycled Paperwallets are Pieces of Art That Hold Your Cash

The founders of Paperwallet wanted to create a new kind of canvas for art – so they designed a wallet that could feature the work of artists from all over the world. Consumers can carry around art in

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Four Corner Store Upcycles Old Cameras into Cool Urban Designs

Four Corner Store Upcycles Old Cameras into Cool Urban Designs

Four Corner Store recently launched this series of upcycled cameras and stands -- a quirky collection of cameras that have been transformed into camera art installations. The designs, formed from old

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Bruce Munro Creates 100 Giant Shining Waterlilies from 65,000 CDs

Bruce Munro Creates 100 Giant Shining Waterlilies from 65,000 CDs

Now that CDs have gone the way of the 8-track tape, what is there to do with all that useless metal and plastic? UK Artist Bruce Munro took 65,000 defunct discs and turned them into 100 shining

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The Yard is an Ambitious Self-Build Estate Constructed to BREEAM Standards in the UK

The Yard is an Ambitious Self-Build Estate Constructed to BREEAM Standards in the UK

The plan for the site was split into three phases; the first construction phase formed a ring of self-built houses around a communal green space. The second phase saw the homes finished with external

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Giant Salvaged Wood Sculptures by Robots>>>> Ascend the Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank

Giant Salvaged Wood Sculptures by Robots>>>> Ascend the Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank

Robots>>>> is a London-based art collective that builds large-scale sculpture from recycled and repurposed scrap. Designers, artists, engineers and art directors collaborate to create

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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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