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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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Organelle’s Elegant Hangelier 1.2 is Fashioned from Repurposed Plastic Hangers

Organelle’s Elegant Hangelier 1.2 is Fashioned from Repurposed Plastic Hangers

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

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The “Ella” Plastic Bottle Chandelier Is an Umbrella of Energy-Efficient Light

The “Ella” Plastic Bottle Chandelier Is an Umbrella of Energy-Efficient Light

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

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Researchers Develop a Way to Make Plastic From Yard Waste

Researchers Develop a Way to Make Plastic From Yard Waste

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

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Solar-Powered Plastikoleum Tower Recycles Plastic Back into 900 Barrels of Oil a Day

Solar-Powered Plastikoleum Tower Recycles Plastic Back into 900 Barrels of Oil a Day

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

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Javier Mariscal’s Stylish Recycled Plastic Chair is Designed for Disassembly

Javier Mariscal’s Stylish Recycled Plastic Chair is Designed for Disassembly

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

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Packaging the Future: Could Paper Take Plastic’s Place?

Packaging the Future: Could Paper Take Plastic’s Place?

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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Wild Waste Baskets Made from Reused Plastic Bins and Sustainable Woven Rattan

Wild Waste Baskets Made from Reused Plastic Bins and Sustainable Woven Rattan

A study in contradiction, this wild waste basket created by German designer Cordula Kehrer is a cool way to collect your recyclables. Produced by the indigenous Aeta people of the Philippines via fair

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Fantastic Plastic Objects Made from Trash by Buenos Aires’ Cartoneros

Fantastic Plastic Objects Made from Trash by Buenos Aires’ Cartoneros

After the 2001 economic crisis that hit Argentina, thousands of people that had lost their jobs were pressed to learn how to survive by collecting and selling urban rubbish to local recycling centers.

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“Cheap Ass Elite” Uses Recycled Plastic Baskets to Make Ornate Louis Style Armchairs

“Cheap Ass Elite” Uses Recycled Plastic Baskets to Make Ornate Louis Style Armchairs

Designer Saran Yen’s new series of furniture takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to the battle of the classes. Using recycled plastic baskets and cast off chair legs, the installation “Cheap Ass

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Grow Your Own Basil In The World’s Smallest Urban Garden – Plastic Bottle Caps

Grow Your Own Basil In The World’s Smallest Urban Garden – Plastic Bottle Caps

We've featured vertical gardens, rooftop gardens, urban gardens and a bevy of other kinds of gardens, but this is the first time we've ever seen teensy weensy bottlecap gardens! Spotted over at

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Precious Waste: Plastic Shopping Bags Recycled Into a New Durable Textile

Precious Waste: Plastic Shopping Bags Recycled Into a New Durable Textile

Even if you bring your own fabric bag when picking up your weekly groceries, plastic shopping bags are difficult to avoid and are a huge environmental problem. They could be recycled to avoid using

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Robert Janson’s Floating Plastic Bag Sculptures Resemble Giant Pink Jellyfish

Robert Janson’s Floating Plastic Bag Sculptures Resemble Giant Pink Jellyfish

As plastic bags slowly become a thing of the past and reusable totes take over, one artist is putting the leftovers to good use. Robert Janson’s beautiful plastic bag installations range from delicate

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Chicken Feathers Could Be Used Make Stronger Plastics

Chicken Feathers Could Be Used Make Stronger Plastics

The U.S. poultry industry produces more than 4 billion pounds of chicken feathers every year* - so finding a way to put all of this fluff to good use would not only benefit frustrated chicken farmers but

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Banana Plastic: Researchers Create Strong Plastic from Fruit that Rivals Kevlar

Banana Plastic: Researchers Create Strong Plastic from Fruit that Rivals Kevlar

A team of Brazilian researchers developed a way to create strong, lightweight plastic with the fibers in fruit.

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New Process Can Turn Nine Billion Pounds of Meat and Bone Meal into Plastic

New Process Can Turn Nine Billion Pounds of Meat and Bone Meal into Plastic

Cows continue to have a disastrous environmental impact long after they meat their unhappy fate at the slaughterhouse. In order to keep America Mad Cow Disease-free, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Packaging the Future: Micromidas Makes Biodegradable Plastic from Sewage

Packaging the Future: Micromidas Makes Biodegradable Plastic from Sewage

Right now, 8% of the world's oil is used to make plastics -- and oil has to be extracted from the belly of the earth using extremely energy and cost-intensive processes. At the same time, the world's

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5 Gyres Update: The Finale of Our Oceanic Plastic Research Expedition

5 Gyres Update: The Finale of Our Oceanic Plastic Research Expedition

My journey on the Sea Dragon with the 5 Gyres crew — sponsored by Electrolux — has finally come to a close, and I am back home safe and sound.

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5 Gyres Report: Sampling Chilean Water for Plastic Pollution

5 Gyres Report: Sampling Chilean Water for Plastic Pollution

Our plastic research expedition -- and my trip sponsored by Electrolux -- has made its way north to the top of the Chilean fjords and we were just anchored safely in the Caleta Lamento del Indio, waiting

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Scientists Developing Self-Healing Plastics Inspired by Rubber Tree Plants

Scientists Developing Self-Healing Plastics Inspired by Rubber Tree Plants

Research centers around the globe are working to develop eco-friendly self-healing plastics.

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Inhabitat’s Brit Liggett Reports from the South Sea on the Search for Plastic Pollution

Inhabitat’s Brit Liggett Reports from the South Sea on the Search for Plastic Pollution

Hello from Chile! Our plastic research expedition with the 5 Gyres Project has set sail in the Beagle Channel and is just coming up on the Magellan Strait. I've been chatting more with Anna Rotander, our

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Inhabitat Sets Sail With the 5 Gyres Project to Explore Plastic Pollution in Chile

Inhabitat Sets Sail With the 5 Gyres Project to Explore Plastic Pollution in Chile

Hello from south of the Equator! I'm excited to announce that I've been chosen to be a crew member on the latest 5 Gyres mission, which will study plastic pollution (like the debris in Punta Arenas, Chile

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Recycled Bottle Lamps Turn Dumpster Plastic into Stunning Lights

Recycled Bottle Lamps Turn Dumpster Plastic into Stunning Lights

The last time we heard from eco-designer Sarah Turner she was showing her recycled Drinks Bottle Lighting at the Ideal Home Show in London. Since then, Sarah’s designs have gone big-time and can now be

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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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Japanese Inventor Akinori Ito Creates Machine That Converts Plastic Bags into Fuel

Japanese Inventor Akinori Ito Creates Machine That Converts Plastic Bags into Fuel

But Japanese inventor Akinori Ito created a machine that converts ubiquitous plastic bags into fuel. The carbon negative system is now being sold by Ito's Blest Corporation.

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Sarah Turner’s Recycled Plastic Bottle Lamp Lights Up to Eco-Tweets

Sarah Turner’s Recycled Plastic Bottle Lamp Lights Up to Eco-Tweets

Sarah's stunning piece is formed with 562 reused bottle ends, each one hand cut and attached to each other gradually building into a spherical shape. Each bottle end holds a LED inside, which also

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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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Design a Symbol for Bioplastics in Cereplast’s “Make Your Mark” Contest!

Design a Symbol for Bioplastics in Cereplast’s “Make Your Mark” Contest!

Calling all green graphic designers! Did you know you can't recycle bioplastics? A single bioplastic container thrown in a batch of recycled PET will ruin the whole batch and make it non recyclable.

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MS Lounge Sports a Forest-Like Facade of Recycled Plastic Tubes

MS Lounge Sports a Forest-Like Facade of Recycled Plastic Tubes

Inside, the space is airy and filled with daylight streaming from a strategically-placed skylight. The cement floor and thin, metal poles that hold up the roof give the interior a monochromatic,

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‘Plastic Planet’ Documentary Opens in NYC on Jan. 14

‘Plastic Planet’ Documentary Opens in NYC on Jan. 14

In his call-to-action documentary 'Plastic Planet,' Austrian filmmaker Werner Boote seeks to the serious risks posed by plastic and why we can't seem to change our consumer habits. In 2009, the film

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