Recycled Materials

Branch Studio’s Recycled Corrugated Iron Workspace Ages Gracefully

Branch Studio’s Recycled Corrugated Iron Workspace Ages Gracefully

Branch Studio's Nicholas Russo and Brad Wray constructed their countryside office in Victoria with old corrugated iron collected from the paddocks surrounding the site. In contrast with its rough

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CityHEART is an Interactive Sculpture Made from Upcycled Bicycle Wheels

CityHEART is an Interactive Sculpture Made from Upcycled Bicycle Wheels

Architect and artist Casey Milbrand wrote a love letter to his hometown of Buffalo by creating a gorgeous upcycled sculpture called CityHEART. Made from twenty five disused bicycle wheels, the

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Temporary Story Tower Made With Recycled Materials Offers Free Book Exchange in Latvia

Temporary Story Tower Made With Recycled Materials Offers Free Book Exchange in Latvia

Modeled after a giant wooden lamp and made entirely from donated and recycled materials, the Story Tower has a roof of 2250 shingles made from Tetra-Pak milk cartons folded and assembled like tiles on top

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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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Couple Leave Their Jobs to Build a Recycled Windows Love Nest

Couple Leave Their Jobs to Build a Recycled Windows Love Nest

To make their dreamlike home and watch the sun set over the mountains, the romantic duo came up with the idea of building the whole facade from windows. That way they will get plenty of natural light in,

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Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

As its name suggests, Penda's fantastic plastic arch was designed for Coca-Cola China (unfortunately and ironically). The creative studio collected used bottles from universities around Beijing to make

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Nike’s Shanghai Concept Store is Made With 50,000 Old CDs, 5,500 Used Soda Cans

Nike’s Shanghai Concept Store is Made With 50,000 Old CDs, 5,500 Used Soda Cans

Everything inside Nike’s newest concept store in Shanghai is made from trash,except for the products on sale of course. Taiwanese architectural firm Miniwiz Sustainable Development Ltd. used 5,500 soda

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Amazing Darth Vader Tank is Made from Salvaged Materials

Amazing Darth Vader Tank is Made from Salvaged Materials

Perhaps the most badass villain in this universe is Darth Vader, and that's the reason why DIYers have created so many projects revolving around this Star Wars bad guy. Above is one creation that turns

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Solomon’s Castle: a 12,000-Square-Foot Fort Made From Recycled Materials in the Swamps of Florida

Solomon’s Castle: a 12,000-Square-Foot Fort Made From Recycled Materials in the Swamps of Florida

Artist Howard Solomon has fulfilled every kid’s dream by building himself a castle out of recycled materials! Located in Ona, Florida, this 12,000-square-foot home has it all-a moat, dungeon, gardens,

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Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

Burnt Down Thermal Spa in Chile Turned into an Eco-Luxe Pixelated Hotel

The Alto Nevados Hotel in Chillan is mainly constructed from steel and designed as a pixelated box volume standing out among the gorgeous Andes Mountains. Its unique facade was made from old wooden boards

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DIY: How to Knit or Crochet “Swiffer” Covers

DIY: How to Knit or Crochet “Swiffer” Covers

Image © handknitted4you Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society's love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods, diapers, and cutlery has created so much

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Leonardo Criolani’s Broken Cymbal Lamps Will Bring a Rock ‘n Roll Edge to Any Room

Leonardo Criolani’s Broken Cymbal Lamps Will Bring a Rock ‘n Roll Edge to Any Room

From music to light—Leonardo Criolani turns broken drum cymbals into sweet pendant and wall lamps. The lamps come in different sizes depending on what's around—all the cymbals are reclaimed—and can

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Ole Ukena’s Barbed Wire Rainbow Asks You to Look, But Not Touch

Ole Ukena’s Barbed Wire Rainbow Asks You to Look, But Not Touch

At first glance, the piece “Protected Paradise” looks like a typical, even child-like rainbow. But take a closer look and the rainbow’s innocence fades just as quickly as a real one does after a

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Students Transform Liquid Shipping Containers into Solar Lighting Cubes for Dominican Animal Shelter

Students Transform Liquid Shipping Containers into Solar Lighting Cubes for Dominican Animal Shelter

Ghetto2Garden had previously made a plea to the local community for materials to repurpose into comfortable kennels for the cats and dogs that were rescued. After tackling living quarters, the team turned

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INFOGRAPHIC: Shingle Recycling – Turn Your Roof Into a Road!

INFOGRAPHIC: Shingle Recycling – Turn Your Roof Into a Road!

Shingle recycling is a huge opportunity that is evolving way to slowly. About 22 billion pounds of roofing waste is removed from U.S. homes each year, the majority of which is asphalt shingles. Almost

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Sep Verboom Transforms Discarded Fans into Lamp Shades

Sep Verboom Transforms Discarded Fans into Lamp Shades

A fan isn't a particularly useful object once it stops working, but Belgian product designer Sep Verboom came up with a clever way to reuse old fans, upcycling them into attractive lamps. Verboom

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Students Design a Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Pavilion for Baltimore’s Artscape Festival

Students Design a Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Pavilion for Baltimore’s Artscape Festival

The geometric canopy, which echoes Fuller’s iconic geodesic dome, was designed to use as little material as possible. The frame was made from light weight EMT, a metal used for electrical raceways that

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Terracyle Turns Electronic Waste Into Stylish Clipboards

Terracyle Turns Electronic Waste Into Stylish Clipboards

If you've ever tried to recycle a used computer, you know how tough it can be to find someone to take your old electronics. Many people don't even realize that recycling is an option -- as a result,

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Zeo Will Transform Waste Paper and Water Into a Material as Hard as Ebony

Zeo Will Transform Waste Paper and Water Into a Material as Hard as Ebony

Zeo transforms waste paper and water (and nothing else) into a patented molding material that sets as hard as ebony. The material, aptly called Zeoform, is expected to replace wood and wood composites,

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Miniwiz’s Stylish Re-Wine Desktop Lamp is Made from 100% Trash

Miniwiz’s Stylish Re-Wine Desktop Lamp is Made from 100% Trash

Done partying? Don't toss that wine bottle into the recycling bin just yet! Miniwiz has got a great design that will give you at least one more reason to raise your glass. Designed as a wine carrier and a

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First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

First Phase of k20 Architecture’s Hindmarsh Shire Council Centre Complete in Australia

The Hindmarsh Shire building is in a region of Australia that is exposed to extreme temperatures, and therefore k20 Architecture began their adaptation by creating a building envelope with great thermal

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Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

Funded by the City of Melbourne's 2013 Arts Grant Program, Airborne is a wonderful addition to Australia's second largest city's skyline. Made with recycled bicycle wheels and a bit of wire and adorned

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Earthship Biotecture to Build Green Community Center in Malawi from Earth and Recycled Materials

Earthship Biotecture to Build Green Community Center in Malawi from Earth and Recycled Materials

Earthship architecture not only incorporates natural materials to build off-grid homes and other structures, but also relies on waste materials such as plastic bottles, disused rubber tires, glass and a

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Artist Natsuko Kogure Creates Over 600 Colorful Octopi From Recycled Newspaper

Artist Natsuko Kogure Creates Over 600 Colorful Octopi From Recycled Newspaper

Kogure recently exhibited over 600 of her bright, whimsical octopi at Gallery Le Bain. Each of her marvelous mollusks is composed of recycled newspaper and carries a unique expression, color palette, and

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Beautiful Blue Tell a Story Book Van Takes Literature to the Streets of Lisbon

Beautiful Blue Tell a Story Book Van Takes Literature to the Streets of Lisbon

For the folks at Tell a Story, books are living, breathing entities that need to be shared with as many people as possible. But instead of tucking themselves away in a dusty store on a lonely Lisbon

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Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers Encourage Water Infiltration Without Gaps

Hydro-Flo is a permeable paving system that relies on science rather than gaps to encourage water infiltration. Composed of 48% recycled material, the pavers allow water to pass through the surface

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Tiny Green Roofed Bike Shed in London is Made from Recycled Yogurt Containers

Tiny Green Roofed Bike Shed in London is Made from Recycled Yogurt Containers

The eco shed replaces a boring old B&Q shed at a bike-loving couple's back yard in Camden Town, and it can fit 11 bikes inside. It was constructed from an FSC wooden frame, recycled yogurt carton

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ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

The 2011 Christchurch earthquake killed 185 people, caused widespread disaster in the central city and eastern suburbs and is considered the costliest disaster in New Zealand's history. To local

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French Team Construct a Cool Catamaran Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles

French Team Construct a Cool Catamaran Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles

Each year the french city of Saint-Victor-sur-Loire hosts a popular raft race that draws visitors from around the region. However one team, Open Sources, decided to put a green spin on their entry to this

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Rypen Launches Blend Collection With Recycled Steel Foundation Desk

Rypen Launches Blend Collection With Recycled Steel Foundation Desk

Rypen.com just launched its own line of furniture and home goods called the Rypen Blend Collection. The first product in the collection is the American-made, recycled, solid steel Foundation Desk. The

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