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Martine Camillieri Makes Toy Cars from Recycled Bottles!

Martine Camillieri Makes Toy Cars from Recycled Bottles!

Got an empty bottle of laundry detergent kicking around? When artist Martine Camillieri looks at it, he sees an ice cream truck. A bottle of motor oil? That looks sort of like a sports car. Camillieri

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Brian Carlisle Upcycles Old Junk and Scrap Metal Into Beautiful Birdhouses

Brian Carlisle Upcycles Old Junk and Scrap Metal Into Beautiful Birdhouses

  Carlisle spends his spare time digging through flea markets, thrift shops, and antique stores, or sifting through items given to him by family and friends for his materials. Items used in his

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Incredible Pendant Lamp Made From 270 Playing Cards

Incredible Pendant Lamp Made From 270 Playing Cards

This year we have seen many examples of household objects turned into spectacular lamps, but we have added appreciation for the calculations needed to making this perfect math puzzle. From an artistic

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Re-worked Brews Up Furniture from Recycled Coffee Grounds

Re-worked Brews Up Furniture from Recycled Coffee Grounds

To most folks, used coffee grounds aren't particularly useful -- but a couple of British designers figured out a way to turn those old grounds into new furniture. That's right, you can now you can rest

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PHOTOS: More Green Designs from London’s New Designers Graduate Show!

PHOTOS: More Green Designs from London’s New Designers Graduate Show!

Produced by free hand steam bending of local Ash, 'Florence' table by University of Plymouth graduate Yvette Cox dances its way into sculptural design while being functional and unique at the same

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Ingenious Students Make a Machine That Turns Art School Waste into Pretty Pencils

Ingenious Students Make a Machine That Turns Art School Waste into Pretty Pencils

Art school can be an expensive place - aside from tuition and living expenses, the cost of materials can really take a toll on students’ wallets. Some bright students at the Royal College of Art decided

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MIT Fab Lab Helping Villagers Build DIY Wireless Internet Networks With Found Materials

MIT Fab Lab Helping Villagers Build DIY Wireless Internet Networks With Found Materials

Here's an incredible story about upcycling and human ingenuity to brighten your weekend: the MIT Fab Lab is teaching people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kenya how to make their own DIY wireless internet

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16-Foot Clothing Mountain Illustrates Hong Kong’s Daily Textile Waste

16-Foot Clothing Mountain Illustrates Hong Kong’s Daily Textile Waste

A 16-foot mountain of used garments towered over Hong Kong's Central Star Ferry Pier last week, as part of the 'Get Redressed' exhibit -- an awareness building campaign to promote recycling in response to

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Tal Gur Upcycles Old Newspapers Into the Daily Chair

Tal Gur Upcycles Old Newspapers Into the Daily Chair

The Daily Chair is an inspiring design from Israeli Tal Gur, which turns day-old newspapers into an upcycled, functional chair. Having made its debut at Milan Design Week, the futuristic-looking chair is

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You Can Hang Ten on Artist Rich Morrison’s Beer Can Surfboard

You Can Hang Ten on Artist Rich Morrison’s Beer Can Surfboard

The Beer Can Surfboard, by San Diego artist Rich Morrison is one of the coolest upcycling project we have seen in a while. A functional surfboard coated in an epoxy resin and containing 72 beer cans --

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Enter the Methodology DIY Design Competition to Win a Year’s Supply of Method Cleaning Products!

Enter the Methodology DIY Design Competition to Win a Year’s Supply of Method Cleaning Products!

This month Method and Dwell are teaming up to give one lucky designer a year's supply of Method cleaning products! They're challenging you to dazzle them with imaginative, innovative, and inspiring

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Artist Painstakingly Assembles Thousands of Puzzle Pieces into This Table

Artist Painstakingly Assembles Thousands of Puzzle Pieces into This Table

Nothing is worse than working on a puzzle for three days only to find a handful of pieces missing - but if you find them under the couch after years, you may not know what to do with them. Artist Rupert

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165 Helianthus: Bao-Khang Luu’s Mesmerizing Pendant Lamp is Woven From Plastic Six Pack Rings

165 Helianthus: Bao-Khang Luu’s Mesmerizing Pendant Lamp is Woven From Plastic Six Pack Rings

Like many of the other smart designs in our Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition, the 165 Helianthus Pendant Light is a recycled lamp inspired by forms from nature. Designed by Bao-Khang Luu, the lamp

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Mayang Anggraeni’s ‘Float Lights’ Are Made From Recycled Laundry Detergent Lids

Mayang Anggraeni’s ‘Float Lights’ Are Made From Recycled Laundry Detergent Lids

Sometimes, the most innovative lighting fixtures don't come from the stable of perfectly finished, sleek task lights at design shows, but from the recycling heaps and hardware stores on the streets of

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Pinkeye Turns Upcycled Shoe Supply Store Into the Talk of Antwerp

Pinkeye Turns Upcycled Shoe Supply Store Into the Talk of Antwerp

There's nothing ho hum about the Shoe Supply store in Antwerp. Located in a discreet portion of this Belgian city's retail district, the owner wanted a design concept that would get everybody talking. But

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Artist Builds Funky Bulls Made From Recycled Chairs Tossed Out By College Students

Artist Builds Funky Bulls Made From Recycled Chairs Tossed Out By College Students

Wrapped with throwaway belts, these pieces also represent our treatment of animals and overall social condition. The artist admires the material freedom and plenty of American culture, but expresses

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PHOTOS: The Festival of Ideas Transforms Downtown NYC With StreetFest

PHOTOS: The Festival of Ideas Transforms Downtown NYC With StreetFest

The New York City Inhabitat team has been anxiously awaiting the Festival of Ideas, which is taking place this weekend, and the great green gathering has far surpassed our expectations! We've been on the

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Designer Ed Chew Creates Brilliant Lamps From Recycled Drink Cartons

Designer Ed Chew Creates Brilliant Lamps From Recycled Drink Cartons

The TetraBox Spherical Lamp required approximately 450 empty soft drink packets and is 260mm in diameter. The boxes were unfolded and then transformed into 108 hexagons by cutting 6 strips of 6 squares,

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Dirk Van Der Kooij Creates His Modern Endless Chairs from Recycled Refrigerators

Dirk Van Der Kooij Creates His Modern Endless Chairs from Recycled Refrigerators

Dirk Van Der Kooij’s Endless chair is a marvel that uses just one plastic string bent back and forth to form its innovative structure. The best part? The chair is made entirely from recycled

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Classy Monochrome Two-Wheelers Made From Old Recycled Bike Parts

Classy Monochrome Two-Wheelers Made From Old Recycled Bike Parts

Here at Inhabitat, we just can't seem to get our fix when it comes to bikes! We've covered everything from cute bikes in horse shapes to build-your-own bamboo bike kits to even water purifying bikes that

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Yellow Pages Finally Launches Phone Book Opt-Out Website

Yellow Pages Finally Launches Phone Book Opt-Out Website

The YPA is calling the site the National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out Site, because it allows you to opt out of all books or choose to receive selected books. I clicked through through the

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Mousso Koroba Rocking Chairs Turn Recycled Plastic Bags Into Colorful Seating for Malians

Mousso Koroba Rocking Chairs Turn Recycled Plastic Bags Into Colorful Seating for Malians

If you're a resident of Bamako, Mali your possessions probably wouldn't even add up to one-tenth of that of an individual of the United States. For Malians, most single items find a multiple uses, and

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Old Rail Engine Repurposed as Giant Trash Inhaling Machine

Old Rail Engine Repurposed as Giant Trash Inhaling Machine

This old rail engine was assigned to be scrap until Indian Rail engineers decided to use it to clean up the tracks instead. It's been fitted with a massive suction pipe that sucks up all of the garbage in

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Eclectic Wooden Stools Made From Recycled Timber

Eclectic Wooden Stools Made From Recycled Timber

These colorful offcut bar stools by Edwards Moore Architects are a beautiful example of eclectic upcycling. Each stool is composed of a bundle of reclaimed timber pieces that have been parceled together

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In Recycling Your Old Vuvuzela, There is a World of Possibilities

In Recycling Your Old Vuvuzela, There is a World of Possibilities

Though we miss the excitement and camaraderie of the World Cup that took place in these stunning green stadiums this past summer, we don't really miss the low drone of thousands of vuvuzelas on every

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Woven Recycled Denim Cot is a Modern Take on the Charpai

Woven Recycled Denim Cot is a Modern Take on the Charpai

Too many guests crashing at your pad, but too few couches? Here's a Recycled Denim Challenge finalist that offers a brilliant solution. Designed by Siddharth Hirwani, this comfy cot is a modern take on

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Laptop Bag Handwoven From Recycled Denim

Laptop Bag Handwoven From Recycled Denim

There's nothing attractive about a bulky, black laptop bag, so we were seriously wowed by this gorgeous handwoven recycled denim laptop satchel. An amazing entry in Ecouterre's Recycled Denim Challenge,

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Adorable Doggie Vest Made From Recycled Denim

Adorable Doggie Vest Made From Recycled Denim

Here's one of our favorite finalists in the Recycled Denim Challenge -- made especially for pups! Designed by Compai’s Justina Blakeney, this simple biker chic doggie vest has been crafted from an old

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DIY: Beautiful Woven Rug Made From Recycled Jeans

DIY: Beautiful Woven Rug Made From Recycled Jeans

Our Recycled Denim Challenge has given way to some beautiful designs. Handmade by Terry Dewal, this incredible woven rug gives new meaning to the term “from rags to riches.” Taking his old,

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