Recycled Materials

WaterMade’s Handmade Ugandan Jewelry Funds Sustainable Water Projects in Africa

WaterMade’s Handmade Ugandan Jewelry Funds Sustainable Water Projects in Africa

UK-based nonprofit WaterMade is a social enterprise that raises money for water projects across East Africa by selling jewelry handmade from recycled materials by women's groups in Kampala, Uganda.

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Steel from San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into Public Art

Steel from San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into Public Art

The old San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, deemed earthquake unsafe a few years ago, is being torn down piece-by-piece after its replacement was completed nearby. But rather than sending all of the

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The Colour House in Melbourne Wins 2014 Australian Living Green Interior Award

The Colour House in Melbourne Wins 2014 Australian Living Green Interior Award

The Melbourne home focuses on small and sustainable living, demonstrating just how good design mitigates the need for a larger home. Recycled materials are elevated by the clean, modern lines of the space

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A21 Studio’s Rainbow Chapel Wins 2014 WAF’s Building of the Year Award

A21 Studio’s Rainbow Chapel Wins 2014 WAF’s Building of the Year Award

Built to serve an urban ward with a lack of communal space, the 1,500-square-foot Chapel accommodates a variety of community activities, such as weddings and conferences, inside a simple, shed-like

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Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Ai Weiwei is no stranger to imprisonment - the artist is a fierce critic of the Chinese government, and in the past he has been secretly detained for 81 days, beaten by Chinese police placed under house

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Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

After receiving $400,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wayne National Forest commissioned Third Sun Solar to install their 51.6 kW rooftop solar array on the building's

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British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship in Kamloops, BC;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home

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Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

After completing his gorgeous 30 foot high treehouse, Ethan Schussler scoffed at the idea of having to climb up and down a giant ladder all day. Rather than abandoned his tree top escape, the designer put

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Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Lovingly constructed over a period of several years with mostly recycled materials and help from friends, the HemLoft is truly one of the most perfect treehouse designs we have seen over the years, and we

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The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

Very easy to assemble, the Garden Igloo comes with a step by step instruction guide. In fact, it's so simple to build, one person can do it themselves! The tiny shelter doesn’t need foundations and is

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6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash Pools are short in supply in NYC, so Macro Sea set out to add more with their ingenious Dumpster Pools. Commissioned by the city, Macro Sea built three pools out of

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McDonald’s Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

McDonald’s Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

A new program at McDonald’s in Stockholm is even more affordable than their Dollar Menu. Through an collaboration with DDB, the fast food chain is now accepting recycled cans in exchange for food.

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INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INHABITAT: James, can you tell us about the genesis of your MV Recyclone barge concept? DYSON: To an engineer, there’s a certain thrill in solving problems, and this was absolutely an interesting one.

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JAHN’S Leatop Plaza Becomes South China’s First LEED Gold Certified Building!

JAHN’S Leatop Plaza Becomes South China’s First LEED Gold Certified Building!

The booming construction market in China has come at a very high-energy cost--currently 45% of the country's energy expenditures can be linked to the manufacturing, transportation, and construction of new

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How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

People all over the world are looking for cheap, alternative housing, and recycled shipping containers are starting to become ever more popular; not just homes but also for all sorts of structures. The

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Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High-Performance Supercapacitors

Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High-Performance Supercapacitors

There’s no butts about it - scientists in South Korea just found a way to recycle smoked cigarette filters into high performing supercapacitors. Researchers from Seoul National University found a way to

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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

To showcase the event's 2015 theme, the architects have developed a massive and literal green machine, inside and out. The large vertical garden will be planted with edible plants and vegetables and will

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Iliui Turns Old Tin Cans Into Cool Modern Task Lamps

Iliui Turns Old Tin Cans Into Cool Modern Task Lamps

Iliui shines new light on old tin cans by turning them into cool modern task lamps. The designers take old tomato or coffee tins and give them a fresh coat of paint before setting them atop wooden bases.

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Art of Board Turns Old Skateboards into the Coolest Wall and Floor Tiles Ever

Art of Board Turns Old Skateboards into the Coolest Wall and Floor Tiles Ever

Recycling skateboards is all the rage lately, but these tiles are the coolest upcycled product we've seen to date. Art of Board is a lifestyle and design brand that embodies the creative spirit, freedom

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Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

So how does the Wonderbag work? It couldn't be more simple. Users simply put their pot of food on the stove - it can be a stew, rice, maize meal, or other staples. Once it has been brought to a boil, the

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Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

Nomad is a portable herb planter in the form of folded fabric. The design is adaptable to a variety of environments with limited space for plants. It can hang from a rope, sit on the coffee table, be

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Emeco’s New Su Stool Captures the Spirit of the Navy Chair With Recycled Materials

Emeco’s New Su Stool Captures the Spirit of the Navy Chair With Recycled Materials

Design lovers are sure to be familiar with Emeco's 1006 Navy Chair - a classic seat that was originally designed for the US Navy but found popular appeal due to its simplicity, durability, and light

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Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Kevin Cyr recognizes that although some people choose to construct tiny houses out of a deep love for the environment, hundreds of thousands of people around the world don't have the resources to build

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Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

Soninke by Davide G Aquini is a buffet with wings that are entirely covered with slats that are used to shield furniture during the lacquering process. After being used several times, these slats, which

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Used Tear Gas Canisters Become a Living Garden in Poignant West Bank Shrine

Used Tear Gas Canisters Become a Living Garden in Poignant West Bank Shrine

Bilin has become a central focus of Palestinian protests against Israeli policies in the West Bank, and was the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Five Broken Cameras". The daily conflicts are

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Hundreds of Children Build Amazing Elephant Sculpture from 900 Recycled Plastic Bottles in the UK

Hundreds of Children Build Amazing Elephant Sculpture from 900 Recycled Plastic Bottles in the UK

With a focus on eco art and design, artist Sarah Turner created the lightweight frame for the elephant sculpture out of hula hoops, wood, and plumbing pipes inserted into large recycled water jugs. The

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Support iThemba Tower: Soaring Art Installation Made with 5,000 Plastic Bottles to Promote Recycling in South Africa

Support iThemba Tower: Soaring Art Installation Made with 5,000 Plastic Bottles to Promote Recycling in South Africa

We are a team of South African artists who wish to support the people of Troyeville in downtown Johannesburg to raise up “iThemba Tower.” This is a 30 meter-high permanent art installation made with

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Artist Karrie Hovey Grows Gardens with Garbage in San Francisco

Artist Karrie Hovey Grows Gardens with Garbage in San Francisco

Artist Karrie Hovey makes gardens out of garbage - literally. The San Francisco-based artist recently filled the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Georgia with thousands of

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Olle Lundberg Transformed a Salvaged Ferry Boat into a Dynamic Live/Work Space

Olle Lundberg Transformed a Salvaged Ferry Boat into a Dynamic Live/Work Space

Have you ever wished that you could trade your apartment & crappy office space for a floating live/work houseboat in the San Francisco Bay? I know I have. A few years ago, The New York

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Have You Seen the 19th Century Log Cabins Twitter Installed at its San Francisco Headquarters?

Have You Seen the 19th Century Log Cabins Twitter Installed at its San Francisco Headquarters?

Photo: Mark McBride's Twitter feed Employees at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters now have a chance to tap their creativity inside repurposed 19th century log cabins. Olle Lundberg Design helped

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