Recycled Materials

Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

International carpet designer Interface created Reclaim, a carpet tile line that combines style and socially responsible manufacturing into a 100% recycled product. Inspired by the "natural beauty found

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Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Surrounded by desert, the curvaceous 75,350-square-foot building was inspired by the shape of sand dunes and oriented to optimize the prevailing Shamal winds and limit exposure to the harsh sun. Hadid

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make just about anything using pallets

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make just about anything using pallets

Over two billion pallets are used every day to move stuff about, but the humble little transporter is way more versatile than just that. Creative minds have used pallets to make everything from doggie

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DIY: Craft an adorable Christmas village from recycled cardboard

DIY: Craft an adorable Christmas village from recycled cardboard

Step One: Gather your materials: • Corrugated cardboard box • Box cutter • Utility knife • Scissors • Ruler • Pencil or pen • White paint and paintbrush • Mini white LED Christmas

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Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural and geographic team

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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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This typographic calendar shows the date using keyboard keys

This typographic calendar shows the date using keyboard keys

Every year for the past 6 years, artist Harald Geisler has been creating a brilliant Typographic Wall Calendar made entirely out of recycled keyboard keys. Geisler uses the exact number of keys to

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DIY: Recycle last year’s Christmas cards into a colorful bunting garland

DIY: Recycle last year’s Christmas cards into a colorful bunting garland

Step One:  Gather your materials Old Christmas cards Colorful paper or card stock Twine, string, yarn or thin ribbon Double-sided tape Ruler Pen Scissors Needle and thread Step

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Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

This week marks a new beginning in Rotterdam: the Recycled Park will begin to retrieve litter from the New Meuse (Nieuwe Maas) river, preventing it from being washed out to the sea. An initiative of

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Win A Kinkajou Glass Bottle Cutter to make your own crafty holiday gifts!

Win A Kinkajou Glass Bottle Cutter to make your own crafty holiday gifts!

Have you ever seen some of the beautiful recycled glass bottle designs we've featured on Inhabitat.com and wondered if you might be able to make your own? Now you too can make stunning and chic upcycled

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This lingerie used to be a Christmas tree

This lingerie used to be a Christmas tree

We've heard of a lot of ways to recycle old Christmas trees, but lingerie? French designer Sophie Young is turning pine needles from old trees into gorgeous underwear. The lingerie is described as being

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Habitat Horticulture completes largest indoor living wall in California

Habitat Horticulture completes largest indoor living wall in California

Designed by Habitat Horticulture's David Brenner, the Foundry Square III's lush green space spans two living walls. The first wall comprises 1,426 square feet of monochromatic greenery planted with

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HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

MATERIALS: - A long sleeved shirt. The thinner the shirt, the easier it will be to turn it into a satchel. - A gift to wrap (one that will fit in the center of your shirt with at least 6 inches or so to

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Nudie Jeans recycles worn-out jeans to make adorable camper seats and holiday gifts

Nudie Jeans recycles worn-out jeans to make adorable camper seats and holiday gifts

Swedish company Nudie Jeans recycled 2,700 pairs of their worn-out old jeans and used the material to build incredible furniture pieces and holiday gifts. Around 90 percent of every pair of denim jeans

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Orkidstudio builds passive solar African orphanage using earthbag construction

Orkidstudio builds passive solar African orphanage using earthbag construction

The Nakuru earthbag orphanage stands out from the surrounding architectural typology, which is dominated by stone and concrete homes. The use of local earth as the primary construction material not only

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling tips for the holidays

INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling tips for the holidays

Have you heard the term "closing the loop" with regard to holiday shopping? It refers to the idea of purchasing items made with recycled materials instead of brand-new products, like recycling a cell

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INFOGRAPHIC: Spruce up your home with these upcycled DIY urban gardening ideas

INFOGRAPHIC: Spruce up your home with these upcycled DIY urban gardening ideas

If you live in a tiny apartment where owning even a few potted plants make your place feel cluttered, you'll love these DIY plant organizers that let you save green while growing green. Purely Shutters

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Top 10 Crazy Christmas Trees Made from Bottles, Bikes, Shopping Carts and More!

Top 10 Crazy Christmas Trees Made from Bottles, Bikes, Shopping Carts and More!

RECYCLED BIKE TIRE TREE This Christmas tree in Bermondsey Square, London is made out of 35 wheels reclaimed from old bikes. It was designed by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects using wheels from a local UK

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Oxgut Hose Company Makes Household Products Using Reclaimed Fire Hose

Oxgut Hose Company Makes Household Products Using Reclaimed Fire Hose

What happens to fire hose once it has reached the end of its use? At Oxgut Hose Co., they become just about anything for the home that you can imagine, like seating, rugs or a even a firehose wood

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Creative ways to recycle last year’s gift wrapping paper and cards for the holidays

Creative ways to recycle last year’s gift wrapping paper and cards for the holidays

Photo: GardenTherapy Giving gifts is wonderful, but the aftermath of crumpled wrapping paper and greeting cards can put a real damper on holiday festivities. Used gift wrap and shopping bags add up to

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Live Out Your Fairytale Fantasy in This Dreamy Treehouse Airbnb in Atlanta

Live Out Your Fairytale Fantasy in This Dreamy Treehouse Airbnb in Atlanta

Peter Bahouth, former Greenpeace executive director and current executive director of the U.S. Climate Action Network designed and built the Secluded Intown Treehouse after six months of design and six

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Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

Gorgeous Northcote Hemp House Receives an 8-Star Energy Rating in Australia

The Northcote Hemp Houses in Melbourne are two attached family homes that share a backyard and are built with a combination of rammed earth, timber and Hempcrete walls. The project received an 8-star

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Gensler’s New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

Gensler’s New Zero-Carbon Glumac Office Produces More Energy Than it Consumes in Shanghai

To provide a safe haven in a country notorious for its air pollution, Gensler designed the Glumac office with advanced air purification systems that provide healthy indoor air quality consistently

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Charming Wine Shop Built with Repurposed Shipping Pallets Pops Up in Poland

Charming Wine Shop Built with Repurposed Shipping Pallets Pops Up in Poland

The wine shop has bottles from many different parts of the world, an accessories department, and a tapas bar with tasting area. Visitors can buy wine, taste some chorizo and stay to become a pro wine

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RE-Place Redefines the Nature of Building Renovation

RE-Place Redefines the Nature of Building Renovation

Buildings influence our behaviour. They are where we live, work, and eat, and they always seem to be evolving. It's part of human nature to constantly look for ways to rethink and redesign our

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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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