Recycled Materials

Berlin’s High-Flying ‘Mount Center’ Climbing Park Looks Like a Real-Life Donkey Kong Level

Berlin’s High-Flying ‘Mount Center’ Climbing Park Looks Like a Real-Life Donkey Kong Level

Berlin's amazing Mount Center opened in 2010 next to a wild park, meters away from the Nordbanhof S-Bahn train station. After a short training session with an experienced guide, visitors are welcome to

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The UK’s First Poo-Powered Bus Hits the Streets

The UK’s First Poo-Powered Bus Hits the Streets

The Bio-Bus, the U.K.'s first poo-powered bus, just hit the road and is going into active service for a four-week trial period starting Monday 24 November, 2014. The 40-seater bus runs on gas generated

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DIY: How to Recycle Aluminum Soda and Beer Cans into Roof Shingles and Siding

DIY: How to Recycle Aluminum Soda and Beer Cans into Roof Shingles and Siding

Many people recycle old aluminum cans so that they are diverted from landfills and reused to make a variety of items. But if you're a fan of DIY projects, you might consider saving those cans and

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Brilliant Device Turns Waste Paper Into Pencils

Brilliant Device Turns Waste Paper Into Pencils

If you often find yourself searching for a pencil, then this clever little device called the P&P Office Waste Processor will keep well stocked by quickly producing them from simple office waste

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Low-Cost Lapdeck is a Recycled Cardboard Laptop Desk You Can Take Anywhere

Low-Cost Lapdeck is a Recycled Cardboard Laptop Desk You Can Take Anywhere

Despite all the buzz about standing desks, there are still times when you want to sit down somewhere comfortable, like in bed or on the couch, and work on your laptop. Of course, laptop desks have been

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DIY Gift Idea: Make 10 Epicurean Vegan Treats in Beautiful Recycled Glass Jars

DIY Gift Idea: Make 10 Epicurean Vegan Treats in Beautiful Recycled Glass Jars

Homemade gifts are always appreciated by recipients, and food gifts are as much fun to give as they are to make. Whenever you buy products that come in glass jars, from jams and jellies to artichoke

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DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

Image © Marcie What you’ll need: A selection of porcelain teacups Wax (we recommend soy wax because it burns without smoke, but you can also use paraffin or beeswax). This is also a great

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Creative Polish Bakery Uses Recycled Baking Trays as Wall Tiles

Creative Polish Bakery Uses Recycled Baking Trays as Wall Tiles

With 18 stores in Toruń, one of the oldest cities in Poland, this traditional bakery has renovated its store and its character. Tasked with the renovation, Poznań-based Mode:lina architekci left the

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Solar-Powered Floating Greenhouse is an Off-Grid Solution to Food Scarcity

Solar-Powered Floating Greenhouse is an Off-Grid Solution to Food Scarcity

Designed by Studiomobile architects Antonio Girardi and Cristiana Favretto, the Jellyfish Barge is an octagonal greenhouse set atop a 750-square-foot wooden base that floats atop 96 recycled plastic

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DIY Gift Idea: Make Photo Snow Globes from Recycled Jars

DIY Gift Idea: Make Photo Snow Globes from Recycled Jars

It's likely that we all had a snow globe or seven when we were kids, and we took great glee in shaking them up to see the little flakes dance around. It's easy to make your own glittery globes with a few

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French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French artisan Alain Bellino took his craft to the dark side when he welded a number of leftover metal pieces together to create this surprisingly realistic Darth Vader bust. Bellino saves and restores a

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Space Buckets Open Source Plans Help You MacGuyver Your Own Indoor Gardening System

Space Buckets Open Source Plans Help You MacGuyver Your Own Indoor Gardening System

So, you'd like to grow your own food indoors, but don't have the space (or enough natural light) to pull that off? Good news—you can just use buckets. Space buckets, to be specific: futuristic-looking

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DIY: Add a Pop of Color to Your Winter Wardrobe—Learn How to Needle-Felt Shapes to Woolen Clothes

DIY: Add a Pop of Color to Your Winter Wardrobe—Learn How to Needle-Felt Shapes to Woolen Clothes

Woolen sweaters, dresses, pants, skirts, and any accessory you can think of can be spruced up with the addition of some needle-felted appliqués. The elbows on cardigans are popular to decorate, as are

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German Company Offers Free Hot Water and Heating from the Cloud

German Company Offers Free Hot Water and Heating from the Cloud

If you live in Germany, a new company can now offer you free heating and water if you get one of their data centers installed in your office. It's so simple, it's genius. The company, Cloud&Heat,

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Transglass Recycled Glass Tableware by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden

Transglass Recycled Glass Tableware by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden

Tranglass is one of our favorite recycled-design projects of all time. Contradicting the old notion that recycling in design equals handicrafts made from buttons and popsicle sticks, the Transglass

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Uhuru Design Clads Gärdesgård Chairs With Reclaimed Wood From Kentucky Horse Fencing

Uhuru Design Clads Gärdesgård Chairs With Reclaimed Wood From Kentucky Horse Fencing

Sustainable furniture company Uhuru Design recently launched their latest collection and we're enamored with their new and striking Gärdesgård Line. Inspired by a Scandinavian fence style of the same

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Corkinho Transforms Wine Cork Waste into Beautiful Green Furnishings

Corkinho Transforms Wine Cork Waste into Beautiful Green Furnishings

Etienne is formally an interior designer from Antwerp with a passion for sustainable products. His mission is to "requalify" cork as a material of craft and quality. To achieve this, Etienne constructs

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Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Currently inhabited and fully functioning, the Wheel Story House recently opened for public tours earlier this year. Ansah hopes that by inviting others to view his unique house, he will inspire the

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

The first thing you notice about this gypsy wagon is the surrounding smell of cedar forest and the sound of crashing waves from the lake, which is just a stone’s throw over the hill. In the winter,

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Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

While the cathedral's design is loosely based on St. Peter’s Cathedral, Don Justo has created no formal drawings or engineering plans. His background in farming did not stop him from taking on such a

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Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Galletly and The Bower realized early on that building a tiny house atop a 6x8 box trailer was nonviable, and so scaled back their plans to build a tiny bedroom instead. Constructed mostly from salvaged

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DIY: Pocket Hand Warmers for Chilly Days

DIY: Pocket Hand Warmers for Chilly Days

Autumn is well underway and the days are getting colder and colder already. You're undoubtedly feeling a fair bit of crispness in the air in the early morning or after sunset, as days will grow shorter,

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Sustainable Ruche Shelves Harness Beehive Aesthetics and Geometry

Sustainable Ruche Shelves Harness Beehive Aesthetics and Geometry

No screws, glues, or other fasteners are required to assemble Ruche—a sustainable shelving system created by industrial designer Ruthy Shafrir. This smart shelving unit is designed to be different:

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Twentypence Transforms Locally-Sourced and Reclaimed Wood into Nature-Inspired Fall Clocks

Twentypence Transforms Locally-Sourced and Reclaimed Wood into Nature-Inspired Fall Clocks

New Jersey-based product design studio Twentypence just launched a Kickstarter campaign for Fall Clocks, a collection of elegant wall clocks made from locally sourced and reclaimed wood. The clock faces

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HOW TO: Extend Your Garden’s Growing Season With Cloches and Cold Frames

HOW TO: Extend Your Garden’s Growing Season With Cloches and Cold Frames

Hardy vegetables like kale, cabbage, chard, lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, turnips, parsnips, and beets will over-winter well,  and you'd likely also have a fair bit of luck with herbs such as

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

  For those who may be unaware, there is a common and saddening epidemic that exists in today’s textile industry, where impoverished textile workers labor in cotton fields and factories

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Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

In August 2014, Benjamin Garcia Saxe and Laura Morelli led an “International Workshop” at the Universidad Veritas in San Jose Costa Rica for a class of students. The month long workshop was intended

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CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

Brown and Wayne's CLOUD in Calgary was an illuminating temporary installation where visitors could pull on cords to turn CFL lights on and off. The playful light exhibit was made up of 6,000 upcycled

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Nick Gentry Transforms Old Film and Disks into Captivating Portraits

Nick Gentry Transforms Old Film and Disks into Captivating Portraits

With the age of technology advancing faster than we can possibly keep up with, we are left with obsolete media. Film cameras have been replaced with digital capture and USB drives render floppy disks

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly

INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly

Did you know that insulating your house properly can save you money in both winter and summertime? In winter, insulation keeps warm air from escaping your home and stops drafts from chilling you to the

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