Recycled Materials

Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by a Chainsaw

Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by a Chainsaw

Other than the fact that it was constructed in Russia, we aren't entirely sure who's responsible for this mean-looking chainsaw bike. While it may look like it's designed for the sole purpose of cutting

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NPIRE Uses 55,000 LEGOs To Create a Funky Pixelated Wall

NPIRE Uses 55,000 LEGOs To Create a Funky Pixelated Wall

To make the striking dividing wall, staff at NPIRE brought their own childhood LEGO bricks and mixed them with about 80 new packs. Using assorted colored blocks they created a playful pixelated design

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PETE Turns Plastic Bottles into Clothing Right at Home

PETE Turns Plastic Bottles into Clothing Right at Home

Want to reduce your plastic waste without it ever leaving your home? Meet PETE, one of the six finalists in the Electrolux Design Lab competition, which lets you recycle plastic bottles into clothing

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Meet SUstand: A Recycled Cardboard Stand for Any Tablet or Smartphone

Meet SUstand: A Recycled Cardboard Stand for Any Tablet or Smartphone

You've probably noticed how popular is cardboard in the world of sustainable products lately. Following the examples of foldable furniture and cardboard surfboards, a team from Eindhoven, the Netherlands,

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Reclaimed Wood Clads This Japanese Izakaya’s Origami-Like Interior in Montreal

Reclaimed Wood Clads This Japanese Izakaya’s Origami-Like Interior in Montreal

Montreal's Izakaya Kinoya has been a hit on the city's food scene since its opening in 2012, but Jean de Lessard's recent renovation of the Japanese tapas bar is expected to draw even larger crowds eager

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Wim Delvoye’s Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recycled X-Rays

Wim Delvoye’s Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recycled X-Rays

Artist Wim Delvoye has proven that he is the master of transforming disused machinery and tires into gorgeous works of art. But the artist also has a sinister side, as this his Chapel series illustrates

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Hotel Shabby Shabby: Pop-Up Hotel Offers Recycled Rooms Built for Under €250

Hotel Shabby Shabby: Pop-Up Hotel Offers Recycled Rooms Built for Under €250

The Hotel Shabby Shabby's 22-rooms were spread out in unexpected locations including a high rooftop, a bustling market square and a tranquil a riverbank. They were built from found or recyclable

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WaterMade’s Handmade Ugandan Jewelry Funds Sustainable Water Projects in Africa

WaterMade’s Handmade Ugandan Jewelry Funds Sustainable Water Projects in Africa

UK-based nonprofit WaterMade is a social enterprise that raises money for water projects across East Africa by selling jewelry handmade from recycled materials by women's groups in Kampala, Uganda.

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10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

Photo via Hometalker Knick of Time Smart Coat Rack Put those unread words to good use by creating a colorful book coat rack that any bibliophile would admire. Just imagine the effect this functional

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6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins Sedlec Ossuary Monastery of San Francisco   San Bernardino alle Ossa Czermna Chapel Capela dos Ossos Our Lady of the Conception of the

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Art of Board Launches First-Ever Recycled Skateboard Floor Collection

Art of Board Launches First-Ever Recycled Skateboard Floor Collection

Lifestyle brand Art of Board recently launched the first-ever floor collection made from recycled skateboard decks collected through their ‘I Ride I Recycle’ program. The collection comprises 12 large

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Steel from San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into Public Art

Steel from San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into Public Art

The old San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, deemed earthquake unsafe a few years ago, is being torn down piece-by-piece after its replacement was completed nearby. But rather than sending all of the

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Diem Chau Carves Pencil Tips Into Incredible Miniature Animal Sculptures!

Diem Chau Carves Pencil Tips Into Incredible Miniature Animal Sculptures!

The artist’s striking tell-tale raven emerges from the whittled, rectangular base of the flat carpenter’s pencil. Standing tall and erect on the white painted stub, Diem has carved the raven in a

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German Artist Turns a BMW Into an Unbelievable Mobile Music Machine

German Artist Turns a BMW Into an Unbelievable Mobile Music Machine

German artist team Neulant van Exel - comprised of architect Axel van Exel and sculptor Marian Neulant -  turned an elderly BMW 820i into a fabulous party machine called the Brassmobil. With a controller

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PalletFest is the Nation’s First Upcycling Festival Made Entirely From Shipping Pallets

PalletFest is the Nation’s First Upcycling Festival Made Entirely From Shipping Pallets

A unique new festival is coming to Denver, Colorado this weekend - PalletFest is the nation’s first major upcycling festival, and it has been selected to be the city's first certifiably green event. On

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Taniguchi Aoya Washi Unveils Luminous Paper Lampshades for Nendo

Taniguchi Aoya Washi Unveils Luminous Paper Lampshades for Nendo

Washi paper has been created in Japan for centuries, and now, the Taniguchi Aoya Washi company teamed up with Nendo to create three-dimensional forms with it—like these gorgeous lamps. Using

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The Colour House in Melbourne Wins 2014 Australian Living Green Interior Award

The Colour House in Melbourne Wins 2014 Australian Living Green Interior Award

The Melbourne home focuses on small and sustainable living, demonstrating just how good design mitigates the need for a larger home. Recycled materials are elevated by the clean, modern lines of the space

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Analog Watch Co. Designs Comfortable and Chic Wooden Watches From Reclaimed Lumber

Analog Watch Co. Designs Comfortable and Chic Wooden Watches From Reclaimed Lumber

Analog Watch Co. has designed a gorgeous set of minimalist watches made from the offcuts of lumber. Unlike other wooden watch manufacturers, this Philadelphia-based company is the first to fit each watch

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Sustainability Library Designed by London College of Communication Students

Sustainability Library Designed by London College of Communication Students

A group of year one BA (Hons) Spatial Design students at the London College of Communication were given a live project to promote sustainable design within LCC. Joy Williams and Ashleigh Nutton

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This Amazing Urban ‘Treehouse’ Made From Windows and Doors is Open to Everyone

This Amazing Urban ‘Treehouse’ Made From Windows and Doors is Open to Everyone

Stéphane Malka is known for guerrilla installations and parasitic architecture - in the past he has proposed a housing complex at the Arche de la Défense and student housing made from pallets affixed to

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Cardboard Safari’s Cruelty-Free Taxidermy Kits Bring Your Walls to Life

Cardboard Safari’s Cruelty-Free Taxidermy Kits Bring Your Walls to Life

If you're looking for some tongue-in-cheek, slightly ironic wall decoration, look no further than Cardboard Safari. The Charlottesville–based company creates animal busts to hang on walls like hunting

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A21 Studio’s Rainbow Chapel Wins 2014 WAF’s Building of the Year Award

A21 Studio’s Rainbow Chapel Wins 2014 WAF’s Building of the Year Award

Built to serve an urban ward with a lack of communal space, the 1,500-square-foot Chapel accommodates a variety of community activities, such as weddings and conferences, inside a simple, shed-like

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The DIY Pet House is an Animal Shelter Made From Recycled Bottles

The DIY Pet House is an Animal Shelter Made From Recycled Bottles

Pet House is a conceptual sustainable DIY kit designed by Dr. Hakan Gürsu that transforms waste water bottles into a shelter for animals. Thanks to its easy assembly, anyone can build it for their

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WineHive: Modular 100% Recycled Aluminum Honeycomb Rack “Grows” with Your Wine Collection

WineHive: Modular 100% Recycled Aluminum Honeycomb Rack “Grows” with Your Wine Collection

If you're a wine lover tight on living space, you'll love the space-efficient Winehive, a modular wine rack inspired by the honeycomb structure. Made from 100% recycled aluminum, the WineHive uses a

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Costa Mesa Waldorf School is Made From 32 Recycled Shipping Containers

Costa Mesa Waldorf School is Made From 32 Recycled Shipping Containers

Waldorf Schools and shipping container buildings are two of our favorite things here at Inhabitat - and this amazing project combines them both! The Waldorf School of Orange County recently unveiled a set

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged – all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As then-sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Ai Weiwei is no stranger to imprisonment - the artist is a fierce critic of the Chinese government, and in the past he has been secretly detained for 81 days, beaten by Chinese police placed under house

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Ai Weiwei Creates a Massive Metal Bird Wing From Tibetan Solar Cookers and Teakettles

Ai Weiwei Creates a Massive Metal Bird Wing From Tibetan Solar Cookers and Teakettles

The installation is meant to represent freedom, but is immobilized like a trapped animal inside one of the lower gun galleries of the penitentiary’s New Industries Building, and can only be seen from

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Colorful Intricate Creatures Made from Recycled Prints and Magazines

Colorful Intricate Creatures Made from Recycled Prints and Magazines

The Soon team set to work on piles of used paper, printed with everything from ads to editorials. The pages were separated into a rainbow of colors, giving the paper crafters easy access for their

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9 Groundbreaking New Materials On Display at 100% Design

9 Groundbreaking New Materials On Display at 100% Design

Eric Klarenbeek's material samples are 3D printed from living organisms, such as mycelium, and combined with local raw materials. The fully compostable creations have a negative carbon footprint.

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