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From trash to Transformers: A father-son team earns over $160,000 building giant robots from junk

From trash to Transformers: A father-son team earns over $160,000 building giant robots from junk

The Transformers empire is big in China, so the recycled larger-than-life models are drawing quite a bit of attention there. Yu Zhilin of Zhangmu saw the exploding success of the films as a promising

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Azerbaijan’s 2015 Expo Pavilion Keeps a Small Energy Footprint Inside a Slatted Timber Shell

Azerbaijan’s 2015 Expo Pavilion Keeps a Small Energy Footprint Inside a Slatted Timber Shell

The designers created a modular system within the Azerbaijan pavilion so that various levels can be reconfigured to accommodate a variety of different uses. Each floor is connected via an escalator and

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Nymph’s Workshop makes unique, handcrafted lamps out of coconut shells

Nymph’s Workshop makes unique, handcrafted lamps out of coconut shells

Artist from Lithuania creates lamps out of coconuts that not only looks like a piece of jewelry but also shines amazing light art. Nymphs lamps are handcrafted out of coconut shell by drilling thousand

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The world’s first functional ‘human-powered’ cardboard treadmill is a confusing feat

The world’s first functional ‘human-powered’ cardboard treadmill is a confusing feat

We've seen cardboard bikes, surfboards and a huge amount of cardboard furniture, but in what must be a world-first, Lue Nuwame—better known as Homemade Game Guru—has created a cardboard treadmill. And

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DIY: Piled Up Egg Cartons Give Way to an Awesome Lightweight Seating Option

DIY: Piled Up Egg Cartons Give Way to an Awesome Lightweight Seating Option

If you fancy getting your hands into some DIY projects this summer, the best way to start is take note from the DIY masters at ReadyMade (rest in peace). An idea straight from Andrew Wagner, the former

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Study shows biodegradable plastics do not break down more quickly in landfills

Study shows biodegradable plastics do not break down more quickly in landfills

Plastic products labeled as biodegradable may not decompose any more quickly than standard plastics. A new study by Susan Selke and Rafael Auras in the ACS journal, Environmental Science & Technology,

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Researchers transform pesky packing peanuts into fast-charging batteries

Researchers transform pesky packing peanuts into fast-charging batteries

Opening a package only to have your apartment flooded with packing peanuts is an annoying, if not archaic, waste of plastic. But researchers Vilas Pol and Vinodkumar Etacheri at the Purdue University

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Laughing Chickens offers DIY chicken coops that can fit in bike boxes for portability

Laughing Chickens offers DIY chicken coops that can fit in bike boxes for portability

Laughing Chickens is a Marin County, California-based workshop that's been making beautiful hen houses and runs exclusively from reclaimed redwood fence boards. With interest in their designs coming from

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Presso Design upcycles burlap coffee sacks into stylish bags and sleeves

Presso Design upcycles burlap coffee sacks into stylish bags and sleeves

Presso Design is a small, family owned brother & sister business dedicated to crafting laptop, iPad, iPhone etc. sleeves and computer bags made from upcycled coffee sacks and real Italian

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Olle Lundberg Transformed a Salvaged Ferry Boat into a Dynamic Live/Work Space

Olle Lundberg Transformed a Salvaged Ferry Boat into a Dynamic Live/Work Space

Have you ever wished that you could trade your apartment & crappy office space for a floating live/work houseboat in the San Francisco Bay? I know I have. A few years ago, The New York

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Check out this man’s homemade hybrid house on wheels

Check out this man’s homemade hybrid house on wheels

James Lawler is a man who goes after what he wants. Or rather, he builds it. Lawler, a landscaper from Torquay, Australia, enjoys traveling and camping so much that he decided to build his own

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O2 Recycle creates a freshly-cut cell phone from grass clippings

O2 Recycle creates a freshly-cut cell phone from grass clippings

The stadium is the largest dedicated rugby arena in the world, and the second largest stadium in Britain, behind Wembley. It's home to the England Rugby Team, and this fully-functional phone was

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Artist Vincent Skoglund transforms landfill waste into sculptural installations

Artist Vincent Skoglund transforms landfill waste into sculptural installations

Waste and landfills are a serious global problem, but artist Vincent Skoglund finds these unwanted objects and places intriguing and uses them to make surprising art. His collection entitled "The Waste

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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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Artist Ignacio Aracil transforms pressed flowers into ephemeral sculptures

Artist Ignacio Aracil transforms pressed flowers into ephemeral sculptures

Aracil hand-picks flowers, flattens them, and then weaves them together over a cone-shaped paper mold. After a couple of weeks, the flowers dry out to maintain a shape stable enough for the mold to be

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Mesmerizing black oil spills reflect Swiss Abbey’s beautiful baroque architecture

Mesmerizing black oil spills reflect Swiss Abbey’s beautiful baroque architecture

Created for a 2013 summer exhibition, the La Mise en Abîme installation translates into “a work of art contained in another work of art.” The shiny black surfaces of the two large pools draw viewers

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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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Lanterns Sea Village offers temporary housing for surfers in Spain

Lanterns Sea Village offers temporary housing for surfers in Spain

Lanterns Sea Village is a proposed temporary housing solution for the many surfers who visit Tarifa's shores in southern Spain. Hundreds of bamboo tetrahedra combine to create a strong, solid structure

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The Coolest Bar in Texas is Built With Seven Stacked Shipping Containers

The Coolest Bar in Texas is Built With Seven Stacked Shipping Containers

The bar is built up from seven different containers, which have been stacked on top of each other to create a double-height bar area, exposure to the elements, and plenty of cubbyholes where patrons can

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6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

Photo via Shutterstock 1. Thrift Stores Go to any town or city and you are bound to find a thrift store. Whether its run by Salvation Army, Goodwill, SPCA or owned by a private person, thrift stores

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The Cave is a gorgeous rammed earth villa that opens onto the Sierra Madres

The Cave is a gorgeous rammed earth villa that opens onto the Sierra Madres

The Cave is a beautiful rammed earth villa designed by studio Greenfield that harmonizes with the grounds of the Maderas del Carmen natural park in Mexico. Built for the staff of the on site animal

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6 Most riveting projects made from upcycled airplanes

6 Most riveting projects made from upcycled airplanes

Plane as a Hotel Room Standing on the edge of a National Park, in Costa Rica, the amazing Costa Verde Resort has a unique hotel suite made from an old 60s. Boeing 727. A former South Africa Air plane,

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Eclectic Mill No. 5 is an innovative hipster haven housed within a converted textile mill in Lowell

Eclectic Mill No. 5 is an innovative hipster haven housed within a converted textile mill in Lowell

Envisioned as a haven for creatives, Mill No. 5 is anchored by office spaces for small tech start-ups. The mixed-use building, however, is very different from your average office complex. In addition to

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Reclaim Design handcrafts upcycled planter pots for your eco-conscious garden

Reclaim Design handcrafts upcycled planter pots for your eco-conscious garden

Reclaim Design uses recycled and reclaimed materials to craft their handmade line of planter pots, vertical gardens, and even wall-mounted and hanging terrariums, featuring reclaimed glass jars. Inspired

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Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

  "Diamonds are forever" might have been the title of a James Bond film, but that statement is actually very true: these sparkling little bits of ultra-compressed carbon are made of one of the

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Alchemy of Waste hopes to promote upcycling with their stunning videos

Alchemy of Waste hopes to promote upcycling with their stunning videos

https://vimeo.com/93551810 Alchemy of Waste is all about "building a waste-not wonderland". It's a collaborative, multi-media project that integrates upcycled materials into an interdisciplinary

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6 Beautiful and eco-friendly offices that make work seem like a dream

6 Beautiful and eco-friendly offices that make work seem like a dream

Those of you who work or have worked in an office are probably familiar with the lifeless 9-5 routine, stress and sedentarism, which are obviously very bad for anyone's health and also, creativity. But

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Students create a machine that turns pop bottles into 3D printing materials

Students create a machine that turns pop bottles into 3D printing materials

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of their studies in 3D printing, three engineering physics students at the University of British Columbia have developed a desktop plastic recycler and

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7 intoxicating green designs for a happy St. Patrick’s Day

7 intoxicating green designs for a happy St. Patrick’s Day

PISSKY: Gilpin Whisky is Recycled from Diabetic’s Urine James Gilpin has a bit of a different interpretation of the adage "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Gilpin, who has Type 1 Diabetes

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Econtainer Recycled Shipping Container Bridge to Provide Gateway to Tel-Aviv’s Ariel Sharon National Park

Econtainer Recycled Shipping Container Bridge to Provide Gateway to Tel-Aviv’s Ariel Sharon National Park

The architects were inspired by the Ariel Sharon National Park itself, which is turning an old urban rubbish dump into a flourishing green space. The reuse of shipping containers makes perfect sense, as

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