Recycled Materials

Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

As its name suggests, Penda's fantastic plastic arch was designed for Coca-Cola China (unfortunately and ironically). The creative studio collected used bottles from universities around Beijing to make

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Nike’s Shanghai Concept Store is Made With 50,000 Old CDs, 5,500 Used Soda Cans

Nike’s Shanghai Concept Store is Made With 50,000 Old CDs, 5,500 Used Soda Cans

Everything inside Nike’s newest concept store in Shanghai is made from trash,except for the products on sale of course. Taiwanese architectural firm Miniwiz Sustainable Development Ltd. used 5,500 soda

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Solomon’s Castle: a 12,000-Square-Foot Fort Made From Recycled Materials in the Swamps of Florida

Solomon’s Castle: a 12,000-Square-Foot Fort Made From Recycled Materials in the Swamps of Florida

Artist Howard Solomon has fulfilled every kid’s dream by building himself a castle out of recycled materials! Located in Ona, Florida, this 12,000-square-foot home has it all-a moat, dungeon, gardens,

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Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

The Alto Nevados Hotel in Chillan is mainly constructed from steel and designed as a pixelated box volume standing out among the gorgeous Andes Mountains. Its unique facade was made from old wooden boards

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Leonardo Criolani’s Broken Cymbal Lamps Will Bring a Rock ‘n Roll Edge to Any Room

Leonardo Criolani’s Broken Cymbal Lamps Will Bring a Rock ‘n Roll Edge to Any Room

From music to light—Leonardo Criolani turns broken drum cymbals into sweet pendant and wall lamps. The lamps come in different sizes depending on what's around—all the cymbals are reclaimed—and can

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Sep Verboom Transforms Discarded Fans into Lamp Shades

Sep Verboom Transforms Discarded Fans into Lamp Shades

A fan isn't a particularly useful object once it stops working, but Belgian product designer Sep Verboom came up with a clever way to reuse old fans, upcycling them into attractive lamps. Verboom

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Zeo Will Transform Waste Paper and Water Into a Material as Hard as Ebony

Zeo Will Transform Waste Paper and Water Into a Material as Hard as Ebony

Zeo transforms waste paper and water (and nothing else) into a patented molding material that sets as hard as ebony. The material, aptly called Zeoform, is expected to replace wood and wood composites,

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Miniwiz’s Stylish Re-Wine Desktop Lamp is Made from 100% Trash

Miniwiz’s Stylish Re-Wine Desktop Lamp is Made from 100% Trash

Done partying? Don't toss that wine bottle into the recycling bin just yet! Miniwiz has got a great design that will give you at least one more reason to raise your glass. Designed as a wine carrier and a

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Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Funded by the City of Melbourne's 2013 Arts Grant Program, Airborne is a wonderful addition to Australia's second largest city's skyline. Made with recycled bicycle wheels and a bit of wire and adorned

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Earthship Biotecture to Build Green Community Center in Malawi from Earth and Recycled Materials

Earthship Biotecture to Build Green Community Center in Malawi from Earth and Recycled Materials

Earthship architecture not only incorporates natural materials to build off-grid homes and other structures, but also relies on waste materials such as plastic bottles, disused rubber tires, glass and a

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Newly Opened Bestie Brings a Beautiful and Unique Eatery to Downtown Vancouver

Newly Opened Bestie Brings a Beautiful and Unique Eatery to Downtown Vancouver

Bestie was inspired by German street food and local products, so the restaurant is dedicated to sourcing local foods. They bring in all natural, sustainably-raised meat from nearby farms and master

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Melbourne’s One Hot Yoga Uses Energy Efficient Heat Recovery to Make You Sweat

Melbourne’s One Hot Yoga Uses Energy Efficient Heat Recovery to Make You Sweat

One Hot Yoga is located in the South Yarra neighborhood to the southeast of Melbourne and offers Slow Hot Flow yoga. The chic studio has two yoga rooms designed by Rob Mills Architect that radiate a sense

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Beautiful Blue Tell a Story Book Van Takes Literature to the Streets of Lisbon

Beautiful Blue Tell a Story Book Van Takes Literature to the Streets of Lisbon

For the folks at Tell a Story, books are living, breathing entities that need to be shared with as many people as possible. But instead of tucking themselves away in a dusty store on a lonely Lisbon

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Tiny Green Roofed Bike Shed in London is Made from Recycled Yogurt Containers

Tiny Green Roofed Bike Shed in London is Made from Recycled Yogurt Containers

The eco shed replaces a boring old B&Q shed at a bike-loving couple's back yard in Camden Town, and it can fit 11 bikes inside. It was constructed from an FSC wooden frame, recycled yogurt carton

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ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

The 2011 Christchurch earthquake killed 185 people, caused widespread disaster in the central city and eastern suburbs and is considered the costliest disaster in New Zealand's history. To local

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French Team Construct a Cool Catamaran Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles

French Team Construct a Cool Catamaran Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles

Each year the french city of Saint-Victor-sur-Loire hosts a popular raft race that draws visitors from around the region. However one team, Open Sources, decided to put a green spin on their entry to this

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UOW Australia Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon China!

UOW Australia Wins the 2013 Solar Decathlon China!

For the first time in the competition's history, a retrofitted structure takes top honors at the Solar Decathlon. The modern, stylish interior is surrounded by double glazed windows, advanced insulation,

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Designer Fumi Masuda About Sustainable Design

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Designer Fumi Masuda About Sustainable Design

Japanese designer Fumi Masuda, who is responsible for the Pile Chair (an Inhabitat favorite) is the director of the EcoDesign Institute, a professor at the Design Department at Tokyo Zokei University,

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Recycled Slate-ish Tiles Offer a Beautiful Alternative to Mined and Imported Slate

Recycled Slate-ish Tiles Offer a Beautiful Alternative to Mined and Imported Slate

Slate-ish is a beautiful sustainable surface material made from reclaimed paper-laminate scrap. The durable, lightweight tiles offer a great alternative to natural slate stone, which is often mined

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Mark Powell Creates Incredible Illustrations on Found Love Letters and Newspapers from Centuries Ago

Mark Powell Creates Incredible Illustrations on Found Love Letters and Newspapers from Centuries Ago

Currently on show at Hang-Up Gallery in London, Drawing on History is the enigmatic exhibition of artist Mark Powell. Using nothing but a simple Biro pen, Powell creates incredibly detailed portraits of

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5 Handy Green Gardening Tools Made from Recycled Materials

5 Handy Green Gardening Tools Made from Recycled Materials

Digging into gardening is a great way to live a greener lifestyle. Growing your own organic produce, planting a bee-friendly lawn, and setting aside an area of your garden specifically for wildlife can

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Self-Sufficient Bharathi Antarctic Research Station is Made From 134 Shipping Containers

Self-Sufficient Bharathi Antarctic Research Station is Made From 134 Shipping Containers

Easy to transport and erect, the shipping containers used to construct the research station in Northeast Antarctica are also easy to disassemble. This and self-sufficiency are key aspects of the design

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Artist Keri Muller Creates Beautiful Wall Installations from Old Books

Artist Keri Muller Creates Beautiful Wall Installations from Old Books

Keri Muller's artworks and installations stand out for their beautiful forms, and the fact that they've been made from books and other debris salvaged from the recycling pile. "I try to give the books

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Henrique Oliveira’s Organic Sculptures Made from Reclaimed Wood Symbolize Sao Paulo’s Favelas

Henrique Oliveira’s Organic Sculptures Made from Reclaimed Wood Symbolize Sao Paulo’s Favelas

Using reclaimed wood from fences surround Sao Paulo’s construction sites, Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira created an art installation that seems to grow out of walls, columns and girders of the

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Artist Benjamin Jones About His Incredible Sustainable TreeHouse

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Artist Benjamin Jones About His Incredible Sustainable TreeHouse

Some of us were lucky enough to have moms or dads build treehouses for us - for the rest of us, there's Benjamin Jones. The artist recently brought his colorful TreeHouse made of sustainable materials to

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Remains: Shani Langberg Transforms Waste Plastic Into Colorful Recycled Furniture

Remains: Shani Langberg Transforms Waste Plastic Into Colorful Recycled Furniture

Industrial designer Shani Langberg has created a series of furnishings made of left over pieces of rubbish taken from the 'Dispobud' factory, where disposable products such as non-woven fabric are

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Use the Foldable Chesstache Chessboard to Challenge Friends When They Least Expect It

Use the Foldable Chesstache Chessboard to Challenge Friends When They Least Expect It

The Chesstasche is an ultraportable chessboard that's both stylish and sustainable. While creating the new game board, designers Laura Landy and Spencer Anastasio knew that they wanted to repurpose old

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Upcycle Goods Launches iPad Sleeves Made From Salvaged Treadmill Belts

Upcycle Goods Launches iPad Sleeves Made From Salvaged Treadmill Belts

These new Upcycle Goods Rubber Tread iPad Sleeves are handcrafted in Seattle, WA by local skilled artisans who really care about what they are making. The rubber tread is sourced from a local treadmill

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Andy Avalar Repurposes E-Waste to Create Colorful Recycled Artworks

Andy Avalar Repurposes E-Waste to Create Colorful Recycled Artworks

Artist Andy Avalar uses discarded computers, cables, and other forms of e-waste to create vibrant recycled artworks. Each piece repurposes various electronic components to shine a new light on materials

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LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall was one of about a dozen entries in the 2012 ReSpace Competition and was selected as the Grand Prize winner. The project was designed by Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler of the NCSU College of

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