Recycled Materials

Thousands of recycled plastic bottles decorate this spectacular LED tree light installation in Nottingham

Thousands of recycled plastic bottles decorate this spectacular LED tree light installation in Nottingham

Turner hand made over a thousand unique LED plastic bottle flowers for the tree light installation. Each plastic bottle was sandblasted to create a white frosted appearance, cut up, and sculpted into

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Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Photo via Shutterstock Spanish scientists have developed the world's first self-healing polymer - a plastic that can be cut in half and then left to repair itself without any outside intervention.

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Maya Pedal transforms old bikes into pedal-powered water pumps, blenders, and more

Maya Pedal transforms old bikes into pedal-powered water pumps, blenders, and more

We've seen some incredible innovations in bicycle technology lately - from self-charging components such as the Copenhagen Wheel to designer fixies by Diesel. But what happens to these and all other bikes

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Stockholm architecture firm Joliark converts historic brewery into a light-filled headquarters for Octapharma

Stockholm architecture firm Joliark converts historic brewery into a light-filled headquarters for Octapharma

The brewery was built in the 1890s and experienced its heyday between 1895 and 1910 before going bankrupt. The brick-and-wood structure has been used in a variety of ways since but was left in disrepair

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6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

Sleep in a Dreamy Tree house in Atlanta Secluded Intown Treehouse offers fairytale-like accommodation for grownups in one of their three rustic cabins in Atlanta. They are entirely made from reclaimed

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Sew Much Style upcycles vintage men’s suits into stylin’ messenger bags

Sew Much Style upcycles vintage men’s suits into stylin’ messenger bags

Designer Terry Lischka’s innovative bags transform thrift store men’s items into fashion-forward unisex messenger bags. Designing under the name Sew Much Style, Lichska scours thrift stores for

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VIDEO: How to make an electricity-free radiant space heater that heats your home for pennies a day

VIDEO: How to make an electricity-free radiant space heater that heats your home for pennies a day

Would you believe that you can heat your space with a few candles and a couple of flower pots, all for just pennies a day? It might be difficult to imagine, but it's easy to do, as this video shows in a

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“Loo-cy” toilet snowplow helps Maryland man beat back winter

“Loo-cy” toilet snowplow helps Maryland man beat back winter

The northeastern US has been inundated with snow over the past month, but one Maryland man has found a way to bring a smile to the faces of passersby with his rather unique snowplow. Dubbed "Loo-cy" David

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‘Origami 9010′ furniture series folds doors instead of paper

‘Origami 9010′ furniture series folds doors instead of paper

So, it turns out that origami isn't just for paper. Designer Yoraco González's "Origami 9010" furniture series is entirely influenced by traditional Japanese paper-folding techniques. These origami

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INFOGRAPHIC: Get inspired to turn trash into upcycled treasure

INFOGRAPHIC: Get inspired to turn trash into upcycled treasure

Recycling is a great way to reduce the waste stream, but it typically requires a lot of energy and resources to remake those materials into new, often lower quality, products. That’s why we at Inhabitat

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6 ways to reuse your Valentine’s Day roses

6 ways to reuse your Valentine’s Day roses

Valentine's day has come and gone, and if you're one of the millions of people who received roses as a gift for this holiday, chances are that your flowers will keep smelling and looking gorgeous for

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DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

Photo © Third Floor Design Studio So, you're trapped indoors because it's -90 degrees outside, and you're going a little stir crazy. How can you combat the cabin fever that drives so many people up

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Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Since the Bel Air tree house had to be finished in less than two weeks, Romero called in the help of his friend, designer and carpenter Jeff Casper. Together, they constructed the shelter using 100%

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Lilian van Daal creates a Biomimicry-inspired, 3D-printed chair

Lilian van Daal creates a Biomimicry-inspired, 3D-printed chair

It’s no secret that the modern-day upholstered couch or chair is a nightmare of processing, materials and almost impossible to recycle. Dutch designer Lilian van Daal is looking at ways to reinvent

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Two college students build a tiny home for under $500

Two college students build a tiny home for under $500

According to The Des Moines Register, Andrews and Van Kooten were inspired to build a tiny house for their senior school project after a class trip to Costa Rica, where they were housed in small,

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Eco-friendly youth center is built from bamboo, earth bricks, and recycled plastic bottles in Phnom Penh

Eco-friendly youth center is built from bamboo, earth bricks, and recycled plastic bottles in Phnom Penh

__A group of six, young, Finnish architects has designed and realized an ecologically and socially sustainable youth center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The center hosts teaching in computer skills, languages

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Love sign made of matches and reclaimed wood sets hearts afire

Love sign made of matches and reclaimed wood sets hearts afire

With Valentine's Day right around the bend, we thought it was the perfect time to feature artist Pei San Ng's amore-themed matchstick art. Ng arranged approximately 2,500 match sticks with red tips on a

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Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

The net-zero ranch comprises a cluster of buildings that frame and protect a sunny central courtyard from strong winds. The courtyard’s plunge pool and hot tub were strategically placed to overlook

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7 ways to revel in an eco-friendly Mardi Gras

7 ways to revel in an eco-friendly Mardi Gras

Recycle your Beads Mardi Gras "throws", the trinkets thrown by Krewe members from floats to parade goers, have a pretty rich history. Modern throws however, are largely made up of cheap plastic strings

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Artist Nikki Ella Whitlock recycles wine bottle fragments into ethereal mosaics

Artist Nikki Ella Whitlock recycles wine bottle fragments into ethereal mosaics

British artist Nikki Ella Whitlock takes recycling to ethereal levels, by transforming old glass into stunning mosaics. With a mix of tiles and glass mostly from used wine bottles, the Derbyshire-based

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“Family cloths” reusable toilet wipes: gross or great?

“Family cloths” reusable toilet wipes: gross or great?

Many of us who try to lead eco-conscious lifestyles are likely already using many reusable, washable fabric items for both household and personal use; cotton dish cloths, washable baby diapers,

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MUM students build a solar-powered bicycle repair station out of salvaged materials

MUM students build a solar-powered bicycle repair station out of salvaged materials

A bike repair stand, basic hand tools and a solar powered air compressor and USB cellphone charger are all at your disposal when you pull up to the DIY bike repair station. Designed and built from

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heri&salli design a minimalist Viennese Guest Room made from wooden pallets

heri&salli design a minimalist Viennese Guest Room made from wooden pallets

Architecture studio heri&salli designed a set of Viennese Guest Rooms with the main furnishings made entirely from wooden pallets and timber. Designed for Vienna’s Gegenbauer Vinegar Brewery, each room

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DIY: Make recycled candles for Candlemas Day

DIY: Make recycled candles for Candlemas Day

  February 2nd has had special ___ since ancient times: celebrated as Imbolc by the Celts, and more recently as Candlemas by Christians, it's also commonly known as Groundhog Day. Although the

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New Zealand company turns old carpet into cool bicycles for kids

New Zealand company turns old carpet into cool bicycles for kids

Carpet may not be in style anymore, but they do serve a useful purpose --warming up a floor -- and now they can serve again after they’ve been torn out and thrown away. A New Zealand company has found a

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This tiny Wedge cabin looks great and has a place for everything

This tiny Wedge cabin looks great and has a place for everything

This "rustic cabin with a modern aesthetic" is the perfect combination of tiny house living and architectural excellence. Designed to everything you need and everything in its place, the small Wedge cabin

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DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Plantable Valentines Made From Recycled Paper 1. Gather Your Materials 2. Shred Paper – make sure you don’t use coated paper like magazines. Use a few pieces of colored paper to tint your

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Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australians are being encouraged to increase their recycling habits with a program called "Cash for Containers". In Sydney and areas of New South Wales, kiosks accept recyclable cans and bottles and allow

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Dreamy Panchoran Retreat is made from old telephone poles and bamboo from the forests of Bali

Dreamy Panchoran Retreat is made from old telephone poles and bamboo from the forests of Bali

Photo: Tim Street Porter Tucked away within 25 acres of bamboo and coconut palm groves near Ubud, Bali, Panchoran is a little piece of paradise and the perfect way for anyone who is tired of taking

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Incredible Amsterdam office created entirely from cardboard

Incredible Amsterdam office created entirely from cardboard

The designers created an entire office space by carefully cutting and folding sheets of 15 mm honeycomb cardboard. The area includes desks, tables, bookshelves, columns, stairs, and even rooms made out of

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