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Celebrate World Water Day by Surfing a 14-Foot Wave Made of Plastic Bottles in San Francisco

Celebrate World Water Day by Surfing a 14-Foot Wave Made of Plastic Bottles in San Francisco

For the past 20 years, the world has observed World Water Day on March 22nd - and to mark the occasion this year, the Dopper Foundation has erected a 14-foot wave made from reclaimed plastic bottles in

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rPETable: UK Company Makes First Ever 100% Recycled Food-Safe Plastic Products

rPETable: UK Company Makes First Ever 100% Recycled Food-Safe Plastic Products

UK company Invicta Group has become the first company in the world to make food-safe products from 100% recycled plastic bottles, containers, tubs and lids. Their new rPETable patented process focuses on

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40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

Comfort, environmental sensitivity and livability were among the main driving principles behind this stellar design, which partially explains the use of natural materials that integrate so well with the

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School Propped up on Plastic Drums Floats on Nigerian Flood Waters

School Propped up on Plastic Drums Floats on Nigerian Flood Waters

Lagos has long been plagued by periodic flooding that wreaks havoc on day-to-day life, so Nigerian architect Kunle Adeyemi conceived an idea that would allow local communities to live in harmony with

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Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

Australian pilot Jeremy Rowsell is set to break new boundaries for alternative energy by flying from Australia to Britain in an airplane powered entirely by plastic waste. Rowsell’s “Wings of

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Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Scientists Use Pine Sap to Create Biodegradable, Renewable Plastics

Photo via Shutterstock As we begin to see the devastating effects of plastic pollution on our environment, scientists are working towards generating more eco-friendly alternatives to petroleum-based

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Enormous Beehive Made of Recycled Plastic Bags Dangles at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Enormous Beehive Made of Recycled Plastic Bags Dangles at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art

In the 16th century, Italy produced Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, but now many of the world's art museums are filled with trash. Not any old trash, mind you. Pascale Marthine Tayou's latest

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Bottle Charger Turns a Plastic Bottle into an Off-Grid Cell Phone Charger

Bottle Charger Turns a Plastic Bottle into an Off-Grid Cell Phone Charger

A group of designers in Nairobi, Kenya have created a way to charge your cell phone with green energy while recycling a plastic bottle! The Bottle Charger transforms any used plastic soda or water bottle

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Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware

Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware

Dutch designer Laurens Van Wieringen collects rejected plastic items from factories and scrap yards and turns them into functional psychedelic objects. His "Mixed" tableware is made by melting and

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Marcus Thymark’s Open-Source FilaMaker Shreds and Recycles Plastic for 3D Printing

Marcus Thymark’s Open-Source FilaMaker Shreds and Recycles Plastic for 3D Printing

German engineer and inventor Marcus Thymark is developing a filament-producing machine that allows 3D printing enthusiasts to grind up and reprocess discarded printed objects and other scrap plastic for

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Ocean Plastics Absorb Other Toxins, Become Even More Dangerous To Marine Life

Ocean Plastics Absorb Other Toxins, Become Even More Dangerous To Marine Life

Photo via Shutterstock Along with acidification and overfishing, plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats to the health of our ocean ecosystems. New research published in this month's issue of

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Erika Drake’s Recycled Plastic Bag Stool Calls Attention to the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

Erika Drake’s Recycled Plastic Bag Stool Calls Attention to the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

Designer and artist Hongtao Zhou worked with his Hawaiian student Erika Drake to fix a broken stool by reinforcing it with recycled plastic bags! The duo wrapped bag tissues around the broken joinery like

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UK Marine Biological Association Finds a Third of All Fish in UK Waters Suffer From Plastic Contamination

UK Marine Biological Association Finds a Third of All Fish in UK Waters Suffer From Plastic Contamination

A joint report by Plymouth University and the UK Marine Biological Association has revealed that a third of fish collected off the coast of Plymouth, UK were found to contain traces of plastic. The study

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Jamie Wolfond’s Recycled Plastic Frumpy Chair Takes on a Familiar Gumby-like Aesthetic

Jamie Wolfond’s Recycled Plastic Frumpy Chair Takes on a Familiar Gumby-like Aesthetic

Jamie Wolfond's Frumpy Chairs are one-of-a-kind seats molded using recycled plastic waste. To make each chair, Jamie pours plastic regrind (ground up rejects of failed injection-molded parts) into a

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The Filabot: Desktop Machine Turns Recyclable Plastics Into Filament for 3D Printers

The Filabot: Desktop Machine Turns Recyclable Plastics Into Filament for 3D Printers

Now that desktop 3D printers are more affordable and compact, the world of DIY fabrication is quickly transforming the way we produce durable goods. Yet the filaments that 3D printers use to assemble

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Study Finds Ants Are Contaminated With Phthalates, a Widespread Plastic Additive

Study Finds Ants Are Contaminated With Phthalates, a Widespread Plastic Additive

Chemical compounds known as phthalates are used as plasticizers and softeners in products ranging from vinyl to cosmetics. They're suspected of being endocrine disrupters (substances that interfere with

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Starbucks Launches $1 Reusable Plastic Cups to Reduce Waste

Starbucks Launches $1 Reusable Plastic Cups to Reduce Waste

In an attempt to reduce their customers’ waste, Starbucks is introducing a reusable plastic cup for frequent customers. At $1 a pop, the logo-emblazoned plastic cups are shaped like their traditional

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Concord, Mass. Becomes the First US City to Ban Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles

Concord, Mass. Becomes the First US City to Ban Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles

Cities across the country have already worked towards banning plastic bags, and now Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the very first communities to ditch the single-use plastic bottle. The result

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Plastic Bottles Reformed Into Stylish Birdhouses & Vases in Portugal

Plastic Bottles Reformed Into Stylish Birdhouses & Vases in Portugal

Serra da Estrela has a number of well known environmental concerns and re-foresting campaigns, such as planting a new tree for every sold bottle. The water company wanted to further its efforts and find a

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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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Kim Preston Morphs Plastic Trash Into Living Sea Creatures

Kim Preston Morphs Plastic Trash Into Living Sea Creatures

Human beings produce and toss so much plastic out into the ocean that we have created the Pacific Trash Vortex, also known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Gyres swirl this floating rubbish heap

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Now There’s Microplastic Pollution in the Great Lakes Too

Now There’s Microplastic Pollution in the Great Lakes Too

Plastic pollution on Bicaz Lake in Romania for illustrative purposes only, Shutterstock Swirling plastic pools as large as countries have long collected in our oceans, but now researchers have found

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Vancouver Becomes First City to Pave Its Streets With Recycled Plastic

Vancouver Becomes First City to Pave Its Streets With Recycled Plastic

Photo from Shutterstock The City of Vancouver has set the lofty goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020 and, judging by their latest green innovation, they are thinking outside of the

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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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Coca-Cola Launches Plastic Bottle Recycling Program To Make Seats For Brazilian World Cup Stadium

Coca-Cola Launches Plastic Bottle Recycling Program To Make Seats For Brazilian World Cup Stadium

Photo via Shutterstock In two years Brazil will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and as one of its main sponsors Coca-Cola has pledged to reduce the tournament's environmental footprint by launching a

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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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Product Review: The Nubagg Lets You Reuse Your Plastic Bags As a Garbage Can

Product Review: The Nubagg Lets You Reuse Your Plastic Bags As a Garbage Can

Garbage cans belong to that group of mundane household items that have been around for so long that it seems there really isn't much that can be done to improve on their design. Or so we thought.

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Whim Architects Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Build Self-Sustaining Island Homes from Pacific Plastic Garbage

Whim Architects Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Build Self-Sustaining Island Homes from Pacific Plastic Garbage

Dutch studio Whim Architects has unveiled plans for a floating, self-sustaining home that would respond to rising sea levels—and they hope to construct the island residence from plastic waste currently

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Studio Levant Uses Recycled Pallets and HDPE Plastics To Make Desks and Tables

Studio Levant Uses Recycled Pallets and HDPE Plastics To Make Desks and Tables

In en effort to transform waste into functional objects, Australian design firm Studio Levant has produced a full line of tables and desks that are made from recycled shipping pallets and recycled

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Seung Han Lee’s Scrap Wood Chair is Made from Recycled Wood and Plastic Resin

Seung Han Lee’s Scrap Wood Chair is Made from Recycled Wood and Plastic Resin

  When you make something out of wood, you are almost always left with several pieces of scrap wood that aren't easy to use. Designer Seung Han Lee found a clever use for those pieces of

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