Recycled Materials

Trash Amps Transform Mason Jars into Ecofriendly, Hipster-y Speakers

Trash Amps Transform Mason Jars into Ecofriendly, Hipster-y Speakers

Do you love the cool simplicity of the Mason jar? Trash Amps took the hipster-friendly drinking vessel and converted it from a glass container to a portable speaker and practice amp. The Mason Jar

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AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

Asked to create a design reflecting modernism with an eco-friendly approach, AB extended the home in various directions, incorporating rectilinear volumes and elevated outdoor spaces. With a starting

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How to Reuse, Recycle and Green Your After Christmas Waste

How to Reuse, Recycle and Green Your After Christmas Waste

Want to get a P.H.D. in what to do with your P.H.W.? (That's short for post-holiday waste in case you didn't know.) While you may not have heard of the term (we kind of just made it up), we're pretty sure

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Awesome Replica of Dorothy’s Iconic Twister-Swept House from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Built with Scraps

Awesome Replica of Dorothy’s Iconic Twister-Swept House from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Built with Scraps

The house project combines architecture, sculpture and installation art. The team led by artist Jared Cowan purposely kept to the 24 hour time limit so that the final piece doesn’t look too neat or

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Nice Architects Propose a Hill Built from Construction Rubble for Adelaide Rocks in Australia

Nice Architects Propose a Hill Built from Construction Rubble for Adelaide Rocks in Australia

The artificial hill in the middle of the block is a multi-layered space built around the principles of sustainability and public accessibility. The proposal comprises a strong urban gesture - a hill built

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Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Last year, Hackney City Farm held a design competition open to architects, designers and students for the design of a new shop and info center. The Farm requested that the shop use recycled materials and

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Upcycle House: Lendager Arkitekter Unveils Incredible House Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

Upcycle House: Lendager Arkitekter Unveils Incredible House Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

The Upcycle House's building materials come from a vast variety of sources. The load bearing base of the home is made out of two prefabricated shipping containers that are insulated on the outside, which

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This Towering Holiday Tree is Made of 86 Shopping Carts

This Towering Holiday Tree is Made of 86 Shopping Carts

Images © Graham King “The shopping cart tree symbolizes both generosity and abundance, as well as acknowledging those less fortunate where their whole world may be housed in a cart. We see shopping

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Ruben Thier Creates Wonderful Recycled Furniture from Plastic Factory Waste

Ruben Thier Creates Wonderful Recycled Furniture from Plastic Factory Waste

Dutch Ruben Thier's clever Organic Factory furniture is made from plastic waste leftover from factories' overproduction. To make these outdoors wonders he sneaks in between shifts creating the durable

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INFOGRAPHIC: Make Your Own DIY Decor for the Holidays!

INFOGRAPHIC: Make Your Own DIY Decor for the Holidays!

The holidays are the most festive time of the year - however you don't need to drop a lot of green to deck the halls with seasonal decor. About.com just launched a new infographic packed full of creative

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The Rock Bottom is a Tiny Off-Grid Reading Cabin Built for Just $300 in Vermont

The Rock Bottom is a Tiny Off-Grid Reading Cabin Built for Just $300 in Vermont

The construction cost of the Rock Bottom Cabin was incredibly low thanks to Diedricksen's deft scrap scavenger abilities. In fact, most of the cabin is made up of recycled parts and creatively reused

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Beautiful Cardboard Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art Fair

Shigeru Ban Unveils Beautiful Cardboard Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art Fair

The Abu Dhabi Art Fair commissioned cardboard master Ban to design a temporary mobile pavilion, which was just unveiled this past November. The unique cardboard shelter attracted a great deal of attention

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Giant Buddha Statue Made of Recycled Materials Pops Up on Brooklyn Waterfront

Giant Buddha Statue Made of Recycled Materials Pops Up on Brooklyn Waterfront

For the past week, this enormous Buddha statue has been charming Brooklynites with its headdress made of hats, elbows made of old umbrellas and blingy necklace made of computer keyboards. The recycled

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Adidas Unveils 100 Percent Recycled Cardboard Sneakers Designed By Chris Anderson

Adidas Unveils 100 Percent Recycled Cardboard Sneakers Designed By Chris Anderson

It wouldn't be the smartest footwear in foggy old London, but that's where British artist Chris Anderson has unveiled a new collaboration with Adidas: models of the upcoming Spring/Summer 2014 collection

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Snail Poo Makes Weird and Wonderful New Material

Snail Poo Makes Weird and Wonderful New Material

Who would have thought that snail poo could be turned into a new, colorful and flexible material? This exciting new idea was conceived by Dutch designer Lieske Schreuder, who adopted hundreds of snails

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Infographic: How Vehicles are Recycled When They Go to the Scrapyard

Infographic: How Vehicles are Recycled When They Go to the Scrapyard

Millions of people across the states drive a car to work every day - but did you ever stop to consider what happens to vehicles at the end of their lifecycles? Most wind up in salvage yards, where an

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Henry Baumann Creates Incredible Sculptural Furniture From Construction Site Waste

Henry Baumann Creates Incredible Sculptural Furniture From Construction Site Waste

Designer Henry Baumann has created an incredible series of sculptural lamps and chairs by recycling big wooden cable drums often found on building sites. He discovered that these drums were simply too big

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Crea-re Studio Creates Beautiful Hanging Lamps From Wooden Clothespins

Crea-re Studio Creates Beautiful Hanging Lamps From Wooden Clothespins

Sometimes the most beautiful designs are also the simplest - Crea-re has created a line of hanging and standing lamps made almost entirely from repurposed wooden clothespins! When the lamps are turned on

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Fireclay Tile Turns Old CRT TVs & Monitors into Stunning Recycled Glass Tiles

Fireclay Tile Turns Old CRT TVs & Monitors into Stunning Recycled Glass Tiles

Not too long ago your TV and computer monitor used CRT technology to project moving images. This glass is extremely thick and shatter-resistant, which makes it durable - but it also makes it hard to

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Las Vegas Extreme Sports Park Combines Snowboarding, Organic Food and Repurposed Shipping Containers

Las Vegas Extreme Sports Park Combines Snowboarding, Organic Food and Repurposed Shipping Containers

The $50 million complex is located on a 42-acre lot, half a block away from the Las Vegas Strip. It features a diverse range of sports park amenities and is flanked by three towers with different

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Julie Peppito Creates Colorful “Connected” Art from Recycled Materials

Julie Peppito Creates Colorful “Connected” Art from Recycled Materials

Julie Peppito's "Connected" art exhibit consists of sculptures and drawings comprised of intricately drawn on, stitched, and smashed together debris. Her eclectic pieces make metaphorical connections

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Flow Bike Lanes Click Together Like LEGO Bricks for Safe Urban Cycling

Flow Bike Lanes Click Together Like LEGO Bricks for Safe Urban Cycling

Created by the Copenhagenize Design Company, The Flow is a system of pre-fabricated, interlocking modules made from a combination of 100% recycled plastic and wood. Each module snaps together to create

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rePly Turns Plywood Scraps Into Unique Modern Furniture

rePly Turns Plywood Scraps Into Unique Modern Furniture

Tired of looking to IKEA for your furniture fix? The designers over at rePly Furniture are creating eco-friendly furniture from recovered materials, just for people who are tired of mass-produced,

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‘Beads’ Art Installation Made From Recycled Plastic Bags Pops Up in Israel

‘Beads’ Art Installation Made From Recycled Plastic Bags Pops Up in Israel

'Beads' is a community art installation made of used plastic bags that is located in a shopping center in Zichron Ya'akov, Israel. For a period of 2 months Noa Mer and Tali Buchler held an open activity

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Bizarre Casa dos Leões in Brazil Grows Recycled Wooden Tumors

Bizarre Casa dos Leões in Brazil Grows Recycled Wooden Tumors

Henrique Oliveira holds a degree in painting but his work is an exploration on three-dimensional constructions and temporary installations. He was a student in São Paulo when he spotted a plywood fence

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Artist Sayaka Ganz Unveils Underwater Ecosystem Made From Recycled Beach Plastic

Artist Sayaka Ganz Unveils Underwater Ecosystem Made From Recycled Beach Plastic

We've featured Sayaka Ganz' incredible sculptures made from recycled materials in the past, and the artist just completed an amazing new installation at the Port Canaveral Welcome Center in Port

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you&me Creates an Interactive Art Exhibit in Greece from Reclaimed Materials

you&me Creates an Interactive Art Exhibit in Greece from Reclaimed Materials

you&me collaborated with the Greek artist and sculptor, Dionysis Papadatos to create an interactive exhibition of his works at the Kryti Cultural Centre in Zakynthos, Greece. The exhibition explores

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Antonio Larosa Recycles Old Oil Drums Into Elegant New Mirrors

Antonio Larosa Recycles Old Oil Drums Into Elegant New Mirrors

Antonio Larosa has created a stylish collection of furniture and accessories made entirely from recycled oil drums! The cool range was produced after the Phillips Collection commissioned Larosa to design

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Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Timber Barn Repurposed into Inspiring Activity Hall at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Nature Center Camp

Taking advantage of the existing barn on the camp's site, Lord, Aeck & Sargent, in cooperation with local architect Byce & Associates, rehabilitated the structure into Kalamazoo Nature Center

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Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

The 495 square foot public art project stands in a beautiful forest hillside surrounded by pine trees, from where one can look down to the intimate valley and river. Located next to a forest path, the

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