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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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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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GoGreenGames are Made from Recycled Wood and Plastic Bags

GoGreenGames are Made from Recycled Wood and Plastic Bags

Peter Toomey, a Leander, Texas based deck builder, is making use of something that would normally be thrown away. Toomey has come up with a new way to recycle leftover composite deck boards and plastic

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Volunteers Recycle 7000 Plastic Bottles into a Colorful Shingled Roof

Volunteers Recycle 7000 Plastic Bottles into a Colorful Shingled Roof

The Fizzy Bottle Project began at the Deen City Farm in Merton Abbey, London and was designed and coordinated by William Waterhouse and Louisa Loakes. The farm collected used soda and water bottles

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Asia’s First School Made of Plastic Bottles is 3x Stronger than Concrete

Asia’s First School Made of Plastic Bottles is 3x Stronger than Concrete

From family homes to entire temples, we've seen a lot of bottle architecture here at Inhabitat, but this is the first bottle school we've come across, and we think it makes so much sense. Plastic bottles

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Italy to Ban Plastic Bags Starting in the New Year

Italy to Ban Plastic Bags Starting in the New Year

Single use plastic bag bans and taxes are becoming increasingly popular with governments across the world (though unpopular with most store owners) and now Italy is gearing up to implement their own. In

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ENJOY Kitchen Utensils are Made of 90% Recycled PET Plastic

ENJOY Kitchen Utensils are Made of 90% Recycled PET Plastic

These minimalistic Enjoy spatulas by London designer Sebastian Bergne just won the EPRO Best Recycled Product Award, and for good reason. Manufactured by Tefal, they're made of 90% recycled PET and have

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Classic Stools Made from Sawdust and Recycled Plastic Bags

Classic Stools Made from Sawdust and Recycled Plastic Bags

It's always a good idea to have extra seating on hand - you never know who's going to crash your holiday party. But don't see an extra chair as a battle for space - created by Kulla Design, the 50%

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San Jose Bans Plastic Shopping Bags, Biggest Ban in CA

San Jose Bans Plastic Shopping Bags, Biggest Ban in CA

In a sweeping 10-1 verdict, the San Jose City Council has officially banned all single use plastic shopping bags and barred retailers from giving away paper bags yesterday. The ban will take effect on

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War Bowl Made Out of Little Plastic Army Men

War Bowl Made Out of Little Plastic Army Men

If you're a grownup who still secretly loves having toys around (don't worry, you're not alone), this awesome bowl might be just the way for you to do it without breaking your sophisticated adult facade.

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Lovely Luxe Jewelry Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Lovely Luxe Jewelry Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Another design which caught our attention earlier this year at the London Design Festival was this incredible design by Florie Salnot at RCA's Sustain show. Salnot spent time working in Saharawi refugee

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Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Plastic Bags Truly Do Suck

Egregious Packaging Hall of Shame: Plastic Bags Truly Do Suck

Each year nearly 380 billion plastic bags are used in the US -- any only 7 percent of them are recycled. The plastic scourge clogs waterways and takes hundreds of years to break down into smaller plastic

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Plastic Film Bends in Sun to Passively Ventilate Homes

Plastic Film Bends in Sun to Passively Ventilate Homes

Inhabitat recently posted a story about a new photosensitive material that bends in sunlight. An alternative film, called c))motion, is already in production but has a slightly different application. In

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BOTTLES UP! Fiji’s First Recycled Plastic Bottle Boat

BOTTLES UP! Fiji’s First Recycled Plastic Bottle Boat

A clever play on words, Bottles Up is a cute, little plastic bottle boat crafted by the owner and employees of the Rain Tree Lodge - an eco backpacker's hotel on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji. The boat

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Artists Turn Plastic Waste Into Beautiful Art

Artists Turn Plastic Waste Into Beautiful Art

The plastic waste found in our oceans and landfills doesn't have to be a blight on the landscape - it can be beautiful too. The Convergence Exhibition, which opened last month at the Lumenhouse in

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Modern Music Studio Built With Recycled Plastic Planks

Modern Music Studio Built With Recycled Plastic Planks

The site for the music studio is located near a water purification plant that was considered far too noisy for residential housing to be constructed around. However the site was also part of a large urban

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Giant Pink Recycled Plastic Snails Will Invade Miami!

Giant Pink Recycled Plastic Snails Will Invade Miami!

These eight-foot pink snails will claim Miami on November 19th - not because they want to take over the Earth, but because they're an installation by the Cracking Art Group and Galleria Ca’

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Electrolux Unveils “Vacs From the Sea” Made From Plastic Waste

Electrolux Unveils “Vacs From the Sea” Made From Plastic Waste

Electrolux is a home appliance manufacturer and a large consumer of plastics, many of which are not recycled -- but they'd like to change that. They claim that there is not enough quality recycled plastic

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Replenish Cleaner’s Smart Design Cuts CO2 and Plastic Waste

Replenish Cleaner’s Smart Design Cuts CO2 and Plastic Waste

If you’ve been on the hunt for non-toxic cleaner that also boasts a long-lasting reusable bottle, then Replenish may be just the thing you're looking for. This household cleaner is shipped in small pods

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