Although some people thought they were crazy at first, a relatively new Welsh startup called Vertech Ltd. recently upcycled a whopping 50 tonnes of plastic waste into a 90 foot bridge that is durable
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Each year, the Frieze Art Fair brings top galleries and artists from around the world to London. This year, architects Carmody Groarke were asked to create temporary pavilions for the fair in Regent’s
Could your washing machine be polluting the world's oceans? If your clothes are made out of synthetic fibers such as acrylic, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyamide, or polyester, it could be.
Every year, nearly seventy million people, or 200,000 a day, move from rural areas to urban cities. In South Africa alone, more than 2.2 million homes are currently needed, and an additional 180,000 homes
Coca-Cola recently teamed up with environmentally minded designer Wayne Hemingway to introduce an umbrella made from recycled plant-based PET bottles. Available just in time for fall, the umbrellas are a
Hansmeyer's process involves creating an algorithm to design the structure of the Doric column. In the case of the Gwangju Design Biennale installation, none of the four columns share a single surface or
Islands of plastic waste can be found in our oceans around the world. The largest, the Pacific Garbage Patch, is a collection of floating plastic, debris and waste that spans twice the size of Texas. In
We're all very familiar with the concept of a carbon footprint, but have you ever thought about your plastic footprint? Well, the Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) wants us to start. And considering the
Hug It Forward brings communities together with a worthwhile goal: to get the project done "as one". It's an inspiring self and community empowering initiative that also has certain environmental
We've always been fascinated with "bottle schools," which are constructed out of used plastic bottles and tackle both the lack of schools in developing countries and the trash problems these areas face.
Israeli industrial design student Dror Peleg has designed a colorful concept that combines two of our favorite things: cycling and recycling. Peleg's Frii bike strays far from the norm - not only in
Instead of wasting the soil that on-site construction projects produced, Taller de Arquitectura saw a wonderful opportunity to give it a new and sustainable building application. Some of the salvaged
Plastic bags are the bane of every eco-minded person's existence. They can't be normally recycled, they're made with polluting petroleum, they don't breakdown in landfills -- the list of earth-harming
If climate change is to be prevented and environmental consciousness is to prevail, then our children must be well educated in sustainability-focused initiatives. With that in mind, the school children at
Ghigos Group recently turned the disposal of plastic bags into an opportunity to bring life to an unfinished public building. The project takes old shopping bags and turns them into a "dress" or "suit"
Have you collected so many plastic bags that you don't know what to do with them? New Sydney based design brand Supercylers recently launched their Plastic Fantastic range at The Other Hemisphere
What do you do when you have a room that needs a side table, and an accent lamp? Look to Rotoluxe, a company that makes sustainably, eco-friendly illuminated tables and planters. Their glowing pieces come
Kulla Design Studio’s eco-friendly lamps are an adorable set that appear to the eye like a blend of bold and colorful pressed potpourri. The collection, called “50% Sawdust”, feature collaged shades
Our neighbors to the north are making environmental strides by changing the material they use to make their money. Canada’s first polymer bank note has just been unveiled, and is now being issued in
Each day hundreds of thousands of disposable spoons are used to stir coffee and then thrown in the trash and sent directly to the landfill. Seeing this, Studio Verissimo designed a luxurious lamp to give
British designer Michelle Brand's Cascade Lancashire Ceiling Lights are an eco-friendly twist on the iconic chandelier. Made from hanging flower-shaped bottle bases cleverly attached together by plastic
Horseshoe Waterfall was on display for three weeks in April at the Bay Adelaide Centre in Toronto. Commissioned by Brookfield Properties Ltd., the large waterfall measures 19 x 18 x 17 feet and makes use
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
Organelle Design’s series of Hangelier 1.2 lampshades is thoughtfully crafted from off-the-shelf plastic hangers and salvaged bike components. The surprisingly intricate hangers are arranged in a manner
This dynamically structured chandelier designed by Sarah Turner is made from the bottoms of 310 plastic bottles collected from coffee shops and homes. Nicknamed "Ella" for its early resemblance to an
In an effort to make plastics more environmentally friendly, a group of researchers at the University of Florida has found a way to make plastics from yard waste. Traditional plastics are made from oil
When the people behind the Land Art Generator Initiative heard about inventor Akinori Ito's machine, which converts plastics back into oil, they came up with an even more interesting concept. Instead of
Multi-talented Spanish designer Javier Mariscal recently unveiled a recycled plastic chair that is designed for disassembly, inexpensive to produce, and very stylish indeed. Produced by Mobles 114, the
In our convenience-obsessed culture, no matter how many articles about slow food are passed along online or liked on Facebook, fast and easy vittles are still king. And most everything fresh in
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