Recycled Materials

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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Tinplate Girl Upcycles Old Tin Cans into Airships, Toys, and Sculptures

Tinplate Girl Upcycles Old Tin Cans into Airships, Toys, and Sculptures

The creative team has made a wide array of artistic projects ranging from miniature steam boats to children's pinwheels. Marc (aka 'Tinplate Dad") began working in this medium about 15 years ago, while

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Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles

Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles

Three Italian product design students from Portugal's Matosinhos School of Art and Design have created Stallo, a set of elegant cups upcycled from glass bottles. Created as an act of protest against

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InsideOutHouse: Packwood Follies Repurposes Junk Furniture to Build a Creepy Cottage

InsideOutHouse: Packwood Follies Repurposes Junk Furniture to Build a Creepy Cottage

The National Trust’s historic Packwood House is home to three new upcycled art installations by artist Hilary Jack. Using found materials and discarded Tudor furniture, Packwood Follies turns garbage as

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Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

The transportation sector accounts for a whopping 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Improving public transit is one of the best ways to cut that figure down - and the Transbay

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DIY: Make Your Own Rustic Sofa from Used Shipping Pallets

DIY: Make Your Own Rustic Sofa from Used Shipping Pallets

If you're in the market for a new sofa but don't feel like shelling out too much cash for one, then why not make your own?! Styleitchic posted the ultimate DIY guide to building very cool, recycled

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MapleXO and Case-of-Bass Turn Junk Skateboards into a Music Box You Can Skate On

MapleXO and Case-of-Bass Turn Junk Skateboards into a Music Box You Can Skate On

Skateboard recycler MapleXO joins forces with boombox maker Case-of-Bass to turn skateboards into music and a ramp that is blowing minds. The ramp is a 4-foot tall quarter pipe covered in the colorful

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Mariclaro Repurposes Landfill-Destined Materials into Stylish and Durable Chameleon Tote Bags

Mariclaro Repurposes Landfill-Destined Materials into Stylish and Durable Chameleon Tote Bags

Canadian design firm Mariclaro recently unveiled Chameleon, a stylish and durable tote bag made from recycled materials that had once been destined for the landfill. Made from a car seatbelt, furniture

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Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Built along the side of a highway, the Salvaged Ring coffee shop features a curved thatch roof that connects the roadway with the riverbank. The sloped roof helps soften the appearance of the building in

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Designnobis’ Pets for Pets Feeder Automatically Distributes Food and Water for Your Animal Friends

Designnobis’ Pets for Pets Feeder Automatically Distributes Food and Water for Your Animal Friends

True to its name, PetsForPets is an automatic pet feeder designed for cats, dogs and birds. It is composed of a recycled PET bottle integrated into a plastic structure. The simple reservoir can distribute

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Artist Victor Moore Built This Incredible Junk Castle for Just $500

Artist Victor Moore Built This Incredible Junk Castle for Just $500

Although found pieces and sculptures of various sorts are scattered about the property, the junk castle stands as a vigil above the rest. A masterpiece of assemblage, the castle is constructed from items

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Guy Laramee’s Carvings Prove that Books Can Transport Us to Incredible New Worlds

Guy Laramee’s Carvings Prove that Books Can Transport Us to Incredible New Worlds

Guy has been creating these remarkable carved books for several years, and  the Guan Yin series is dedicated to the forces that enable people to deal with traumatic situations, grief, and

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Vinylize Launches Groovy Lamps Made From Repurposed Vinyl Records

Vinylize Launches Groovy Lamps Made From Repurposed Vinyl Records

Budapest-based design studio Vinylize just launched a new lamp with a shade made from a repurposed vinyl record! The lamp is made from aluminum, and its cable, switch and plug hark back to the old days of

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WHIM Architecture’s Floating Recycled Park Proposal Cleans Up Plastic Litter

WHIM Architecture’s Floating Recycled Park Proposal Cleans Up Plastic Litter

WHIM Architecture recently unveiled their renderings for Recycled Park, a floating recreational space that retrieves plastic waste from the Netherland's Nieuwe Maas river right before it reaches the North

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Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

These gardens are not about plants, so much as ideas, and they come from the domain of conceptual art as much as design. The idea is to provoke a reaction in the viewer and arrest their attention with a

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Lush Green Roof Keeps This Tiny Cottage Home Cool in Oregon

Lush Green Roof Keeps This Tiny Cottage Home Cool in Oregon

The tiny cottage was originally built in the 1940s as shipyard working housing for Vanport Village. After the village flooded, the house was successfully moved by floating it down river to Sauvie Island

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This Tiny Toronto Loft Proves that Elegance Can Be Achieved on Any Scale

This Tiny Toronto Loft Proves that Elegance Can Be Achieved on Any Scale

Toronto designer Montana Labelle has just completed one of her favorite projects to date: a teeny tiny loft project that just happens to be the designer's own live/work space.

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DIY: Make Your Own Bath Mat with Recycled Wine Corks!

DIY: Make Your Own Bath Mat with Recycled Wine Corks!

If you're a connoisseur of fine wines, then you know that while the bottle can be recycled, the cork often finds its final resting place in the trash can. To make better use of these tiny stoppers, Danny

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Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Heinz uses the pulp of more than two million tons of tomatoes every year to make their iconic ketchup, soups and sauces - but what happens to the leftovers? Ford just announced that they have teamed up

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Fireclay Tile Debuts Hand Painted Mediterranean and Modern Tiles Made From 70% Recycled Clay

Fireclay Tile Debuts Hand Painted Mediterranean and Modern Tiles Made From 70% Recycled Clay

Inspired by the simple beauty of wall coverings and textiles, Fireclay Tile just launched new lines of contemporary, Moroccan and Mediterranean hand painted tiles that offer modern aesthetics,

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Handmade LaFlor Lamp Upcycles Glass Bottles into Stylish Hanging Lights

Handmade LaFlor Lamp Upcycles Glass Bottles into Stylish Hanging Lights

Spanish eco-brand Lucirmás recently launched the LaFlor Lamp, a handmade light fixture with an environmentally friendly footprint. Designed by the Nutcreatives studio, this stylish hanging lamp combines

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FOUNDHouse: a Charming Tiny WikiHouse Clad in Recycled Shipping Pallet Tiles

FOUNDHouse: a Charming Tiny WikiHouse Clad in Recycled Shipping Pallet Tiles

Fndry's Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams created FOUNDHouse as additional student housing needed for the DesignBuildBLUFF (DBB) initiative last year. Designed using the non-profit platform WikiHouse and

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Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

The bottles used to complete the structure, all of which were donated by students and the local community, help to regulate sunlight and control the temperature within the nursery. A water inlet tray on

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This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

"Art changes people and people change the world". This idea was put forth by British artist Char Evans of Eco Art Installations, and her new collaborative art installation in Auroville, India, is proof of

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6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

Muir Trail Hut in California Muir Trail Hut stands at 12,059 feet within California's rocky peaks, and is one of the trail's greatest landmarks. Built in 1930 by the Sierra Club of California, this

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Scrap Metal and Old Timber Team Up for a Stylish Modern Coffee Table

Scrap Metal and Old Timber Team Up for a Stylish Modern Coffee Table

Upcycled materials are more popular than ever, and it's amazing to see how people are finding new ways to re-use old materials—like this collaborative coffee table piece created by Carnegie Mellon

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