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 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
A team of Brazilian researchers developed a way to create strong, lightweight plastic with the fibers in fruit.
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
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
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.
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
Research centers around the globe are working to develop eco-friendly self-healing plastics.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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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