Recycled Materials

Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

The Dollhouse is a site specific installation by Canadian artist Heather Benning, who likes finding old, run down homes and turning them into giant installations. In 2005, Benning found the two-story

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The Best Green Designs from Designersblock at the London Design Festival

The Best Green Designs from Designersblock at the London Design Festival

Artist Laura Daza is intrigued by how color has been used throughout the ages, and has used both the rituals and techniques used in ancient times to create authentic pigments. Such knowledge is

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British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship in Kamloops, BC;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home

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Restless Futures Showcases Emerging Technologies and their Potential Consequences at the London Design Festival 2014

Restless Futures Showcases Emerging Technologies and their Potential Consequences at the London Design Festival 2014

Located at the Lethaby Gallery, Restless Futures forms part of an 18-month Central Saint Martins program organized around four themes: Disruptive Technologies, Expanded Boundaries, No More Stuff?, and

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Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

To match the color scheme of Palmela's urban landscape, the architects mixed an ochre pigment to the concrete to create a dusky warm tone. The concrete facade also shows a textured finish created from the

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8 Cool Thrift Store Furniture Revamps to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

8 Cool Thrift Store Furniture Revamps to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

Mini Modern Side Table This cute and interesting accent piece was great before it was revamped, but looks even better with a two-toned paint job. Modern End Table All it took was a color

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Dirk Vander Kooij Unveils New Furniture Made from Recycled Plastic Toys and Videotapes

Dirk Vander Kooij Unveils New Furniture Made from Recycled Plastic Toys and Videotapes

Dirk Vander Kooij's furnishings are made from e-waste and 3D-printed recycled materials. His collection now includes a lens-like lamp made from recycled synthetics and polished metal, a table made from

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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

Social events and celebrations happen year-round, and delicious food gifts are as much fun to give away as they are to make! Whenever you buy products that come in glass jars, from jams and jellies to

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Lucirmas Upcycles Wine Bottles into Glass Lamps that Double as Flashlights

Lucirmas Upcycles Wine Bottles into Glass Lamps that Double as Flashlights

Spanish eco-design company Lucirmás just unveiled a handy lamp made from a recycled wine bottle! Created in collaboration with designer Dario Martone, the 75cl lamp is made from a sparkling wine bottle

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Man Transforms School Bus into a Groovy Mobile Cabin Made from Leftover Forest Cuttings

Man Transforms School Bus into a Groovy Mobile Cabin Made from Leftover Forest Cuttings

A long-time traveler, Selby had long entertained the idea of a bus conversion, but the decision to purchase a $3,000 school bus to fix up owed more to happenstance than it did to long-term planning. After

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Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

A lot of us can recall spending hours upon hours of stacking colorful LEGO bricks into shapes and sizes that tickled our imagination when we were kids. While some of us outgrew that phase, thankfully some

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German Clothing Company Freitag Makes 100 Percent Compostable Clothing

German Clothing Company Freitag Makes 100 Percent Compostable Clothing

Tired of fast fashion filling up the landfills? Freitag - the company known for repurposing truck tarps into bags - is making apparel that can be tossed into the compost when you are done with it. Made

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6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter-Than-Air Camping Experience

6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter-Than-Air Camping Experience

Raindrop-Shaped Treetents by Dré Wapenaar These dewdrop-shaped Treetents by Dutch sculptor and designer Dré Wapenaar were originally created to make life a little more comfortable for tree-sitting

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Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

After completing his gorgeous 30 foot high treehouse, Ethan Schussler scoffed at the idea of having to climb up and down a giant ladder all day. Rather than abandoned his tree top escape, the designer put

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The Squirrelz: China’s First Upcycle Design Shop Takes Root in Shanghai’s Eco Village

The Squirrelz: China’s First Upcycle Design Shop Takes Root in Shanghai’s Eco Village

Although the practice of recycling and reuse still remains an integral part of China's resourceful and low-income populations, booming middle and upper-class consumer power in Chinese cities such as

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Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Roskilde's new power plant will incinerate rubbish from nine local municipalities as well as selected international locations to generate electricity and heat for the historic city. The building's unique

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Pierce’s Park Combines Art, Play, and Stormwater Management into a Stunning Urban Oasis in Baltimore

Pierce’s Park Combines Art, Play, and Stormwater Management into a Stunning Urban Oasis in Baltimore

Located on what had once been an underutilized and largely paved pass-through space along the city's Inner Harbor, Pierce's Park was developed to satisfy a need for a children's play area in Downtown

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Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage

Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage

Sweden now recycles or reuses an incredible 99 percent of its waste, an improvement on the already impressive 2012 figure of 96 percent. The country uses a waste management hierarchy system that focuses

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Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

Rehabilitated Shipyard Reuses Old Boats as Shops and Offices in Amsterdam

The Municipality of Amsterdam granted space&matter and their associates access to the De Ceuvel site with a 10-year lease. Because of the temporary nature of the project, the designers’ budget was

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How-To: Make a Summery Coconut-Sea Salt Lip Scrub

How-To: Make a Summery Coconut-Sea Salt Lip Scrub

Step 1: Gather your materials: Virgin coconut oil (refrigerate it in warm weather for easier mixing), fine-grained natural sea salt (real seal salt has bonus minerals, and larger crystals are too rough

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Henrique Oliveira’s Powerful Recycled Wood “Tridimensional” Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

Henrique Oliveira’s Powerful Recycled Wood “Tridimensional” Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

Initially a painter, Oliveira was inspired by an old wooden fence he saw through his window across the street from his studio in Sao Paulo. The wood was so weathered that it split into layers, which

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Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape

Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape

Excessive packaging is one of our top pet peeves here at Inhabitat, so we were really inspired by this flat cardboard sheet that is capable of conforming to the shape of any object, saving a bundle on

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6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash Pools are short in supply in NYC, so Macro Sea set out to add more with their ingenious Dumpster Pools. Commissioned by the city, Macro Sea built three pools out of

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Street Artist r1 Recycles Reclaimed Wood Pallets Into Mobile Pop-Up Benches in Johannesburg

Street Artist r1 Recycles Reclaimed Wood Pallets Into Mobile Pop-Up Benches in Johannesburg

During the Absolut residency, the six artists shared an apartment in Jeppestown, Johannesburg where they exchanged ideas on how to design creative solutions to the city's issues. "The theme of the project

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Ultra-Grippy and 100% Biodegradable YOGO Mat Folds Down to the Size of a Newspaper

Ultra-Grippy and 100% Biodegradable YOGO Mat Folds Down to the Size of a Newspaper

San Francisco-based startup YOGO just launched the YOGO Mat, a foldable eco-friendly yoga mat compact enough to fit into a purse or backpack. Made from 100% biodegradable natural tree rubber and

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The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland’s Solheimar Ecovillage

The Sesseljuhus structure is the center of Solheimar, both physically and psychologically. The building functions as a resource and information center on Solheimer and environmental living, and also

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Crea-Re Studio’s Pendant Lamps Cast Paper in a New Light at the London Design Festival

Crea-Re Studio’s Pendant Lamps Cast Paper in a New Light at the London Design Festival

  Crea-Re Studio is a collaborative team comprised of Polish artist Maria Fiter and Italian Marco Migliorisi. Together, they create a number of products which are all unique and hand-crafted

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Artist Melts 1,527 Guns to Make Shovels for Tree Planting!

Artist Melts 1,527 Guns to Make Shovels for Tree Planting!

The city of Culiacán, in western Mexico has the highest rate of gun deaths in the country. After speaking with family members of victims of drug crimes in the city, artist Pedro Reyes decided to use its

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Shipping Container Home Pops Up in NY

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Shipping Container Home Pops Up in NY

Founder, Michael de Jong came up the idea for the MEKA after years of building luxury homes in Belize, hiring Jason Halter and Christos Marcopoulous for the design. Michael states, "Many prospective

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Upcycled Shipping Containers are Reborn as Colorful Schoolrooms

Upcycled Shipping Containers are Reborn as Colorful Schoolrooms

Shipping containers are commonly seen on the backs of trucks all over the world, but few of us are accustomed to seeing them in our schools! You can find these containers for sale in Perth, New York,

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