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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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Enormous Temple of Trash Made from 100 Tons of Recycled Plastic Bottles

Enormous Temple of Trash Made from 100 Tons of Recycled Plastic Bottles

While the temple is no longer standing, the trend of upcycling plastic bottles that inspired the construction shows no signs of slowing down. Other recent examples of PET bottle creativity include the

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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, beat-up blue

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8 Recycled Denim Designs for the Home!

8 Recycled Denim Designs for the Home!

Recycled Denim Coasters and Table Setting Mat Heidi Clark believes there are no creative limitations when it comes to recycling old denim. Channeling a cool country-western aesthetic, Heidi created a set

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LAST DAY to Enter the Recycled Denim Challenge!

LAST DAY to Enter the Recycled Denim Challenge!

Hey crafters - don't miss your chance to show of your stuff and win a $200 Gap shopping spree! If you haven't already submitted your entry in the Recycled Denim Challenge, the awesome design

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Deadline for the Recycled Denim Challenge EXTENDED to 10/24!

Deadline for the Recycled Denim Challenge EXTENDED to 10/24!

Don't miss your chance to win $200 and show your design to the world! DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SUNDAY, 10/24 You may have already submitted your entry in the Recycled Denim Challenge, the

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Enter The Recycled Denim Challenge to Win $200 to the Gap!

Enter The Recycled Denim Challenge to Win $200 to the Gap!

If you’re into turning worn-out things into hot new wearable creations, then we’ve got a challenge for you! Our eco fashion design site Ecouterre and GAP 1969 Stream have teamed up to find the most

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Enter The Recycled Denim Challenge to Win $200 at Gap!

Enter The Recycled Denim Challenge to Win $200 at Gap!

ARE YOU A DIY DENIM JEANIUS? If you've got a knack for turning tired old denim into haute new creations - we want to hear from you! Our eco fashion design site Ecouterre and GAP 1969 Stream have teamed

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Enter The Recycled Denim Challenge to Win a $200 Gap Gift Card!

Enter The Recycled Denim Challenge to Win a $200 Gap Gift Card!

CALLING ALL ECO DESIGNERS AND CRAFTY DENIM DIY-ERS! Have you reincarnated a favorite pair of old jeans into a heavenly new creation? Well, our eco fashion design site Ecouterre and GAP 1969 Stream are

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Build A Better Burb Winner “Upcycles” Long Island Suburbs

Build A Better Burb Winner “Upcycles” Long Island Suburbs

The goal of the Build A Better Burb competition was to address several challenges facing the vast suburbs of Long Island. The competition sought to specifically address ways to build more affordable

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Go-Kart Powered by 6 Circular Saws Slices Through UK Derby

Go-Kart Powered by 6 Circular Saws Slices Through UK Derby

Just how powerful is your circular saw? Well, put six of them together and they can propel a go-kart and rider at more than 40 miles an hour. This important discovery was made this weekend at the UK's

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GM to Use Recycled Oil Spill Cleanup Materials in New Cars

GM to Use Recycled Oil Spill Cleanup Materials in New Cars

If you're in the market for a GM car, you may soon be sitting among recycled Gulf oil spill materials. With partner GDC, GM is cleaning and recycling the infamous absorbent booms from the Gulf and will

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Glowing Mobile Bars Are an Upcycled Roving Party!

Glowing Mobile Bars Are an Upcycled Roving Party!

Designers Denis Oudendijk, Jan Körbes, Paolo de Guidi and Nancy/Artyjane (with technical support by Attilio Del Pico) were asked to draw people to an unused bike lane on a bridge in Terni as the city

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DIY Altoids Mini BBQ Grill Is Curiously Awesome!

DIY Altoids Mini BBQ Grill Is Curiously Awesome!

Happy Labor Day! As households across the states prepare to fire up the BBQ today, why not give your grilling a smaller footprint this year with this awesome mini grill made from a tin of Altoids! This

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Lottery Tickets Transformed Into Beautiful Works of Art

Lottery Tickets Transformed Into Beautiful Works of Art

Lottery tickets can make or break dreams, but they can also be transformed into beautiful objects in their own right. Ghost of a Dream, a team of two Rhode Island School of Design Graduates, has created

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Upcycled Wood Flooring Gets Character from Old Wine Barrels

Upcycled Wood Flooring Gets Character from Old Wine Barrels

It's not unreasonable to think of this as upcycling, since the flooring is a higher-value product with a longer useful life. Oak is a desirable flooring material and is also preferred by vintners for the

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Versatile Green Lighting Made From Sandblasted Glass Jars

Versatile Green Lighting Made From Sandblasted Glass Jars

We love seeing fresh ideas for lighting solutions made from recycled materials, and UK designer James Shaw's Jar Lamps are a great example of simple yet innovative recycling. To create these lights Shaw

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LEGO Headphones Bring New Life to Old Toys

LEGO Headphones Bring New Life to Old Toys

Still have a tub full of building bricks sitting around after your last life-size LEGO project? Why not transform them into a pair of block-rocking LEGO headphones, as per these directions from

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Architect Creates Geodesic Building Toys from Recycled Trash!

Architect Creates Geodesic Building Toys from Recycled Trash!

If you're into structures and architecture like we are, playing with K'nex or Tinker Toys as a child may have had something to do with it. Now one enterprising architect/grandfather, Ron Aarons AIA, is

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Inhabitat’s Spring Greening DIY Design Competition: Get Your Entries In!

Inhabitat’s Spring Greening DIY Design Competition: Get Your Entries In!

ATTENTION GREEN DESIGNERS AND DIY EXPERTS! Want to put your DIY and upcycling skills to the ultimate test? Enter our second annual Spring Greening DIY Design Competition and go head to head with other

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