Recycled Materials

The Elysorium is a Former Factory Turned Into a Community Space for Shared-Resources

The Elysorium is a Former Factory Turned Into a Community Space for Shared-Resources

The Elysorium is a community of like-minded individuals that share a resourceful, anti-consumption attitude and a (messy) open living space. Located in a former factory site in the west of Zurich,

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Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseno Showcases Brilliant Eco Designs from Across Argentina

Buenos Aires’ Feria Puro Diseno Showcases Brilliant Eco Designs from Across Argentina

In addition to a collection of accessories and home ware made from biodegradable felt, studio Planar displayed "Armando," an elegant modular shelving unit that uses no glue no screws and is extremely

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Ai Weiwei Unveils Staggering Tower of 886 Repurposed Stools at the Venice Biennale

Ai Weiwei Unveils Staggering Tower of 886 Repurposed Stools at the Venice Biennale

The three-legged stools hanging every which way in Weiwei’s “Bang” are from an era of craftsmanship that has since been eclipsed by the modern industrial age. Once made by hand from wood, the stools

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Elephant Room Gets an Award-Winning Eco Upgrade at Wellington Zoo in New Zealand

Elephant Room Gets an Award-Winning Eco Upgrade at Wellington Zoo in New Zealand

Tasked with this challenging adaptive reuse project, Assembly Architects was careful to minimize their environmental impact by using the earth excavated in the marquee's walls and the pathway leading to

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FABRICA Repurposes Found Materials into High Quality, Cheerful Guatemalan Furnishings

FABRICA Repurposes Found Materials into High Quality, Cheerful Guatemalan Furnishings

When FABRICA does use new materials for their chairs, tables and other interiors, they carefully purchase only FSC-certified woods that have the smallest environmental impact. Otherwise, they find a use

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Samuel Bernier’s DIY Instructions Transform a Fire Extinguisher Into a Gorgeous Floor Lamp

Samuel Bernier’s DIY Instructions Transform a Fire Extinguisher Into a Gorgeous Floor Lamp

Samuel Bernier’s new floor lamp is upcycled from old fire extinguisher parts - and the industrial designer is sharing the DIY instructions! Named Achille Le Grand after designer Achille Castiglioni’s

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Ffrash Project Transforms Trash Into Recycled Furnishings in Indonesia

Ffrash Project Transforms Trash Into Recycled Furnishings in Indonesia

Garbage is everywhere in the streets of Jakarta. Bottles, caps, plastic bags - the scrap heap is enormous. New Dutch/Indonesian initiative Ffrash hopes to help by turning the trash into recycled furniture

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Martin Davis’ Beautiful ‘Grandpa’s Desk’ Reclaims Wood from Old Wardrobes No Longer in Use

Martin Davis’ Beautiful ‘Grandpa’s Desk’ Reclaims Wood from Old Wardrobes No Longer in Use

Designer Martin Davis created Grandpa’s Desk after he was commissioned by a client to turn two wardrobes, built decades ago by her grandfather, into a new piece of furniture. Asked to design an office

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Hobbitat Prefab Micro-Houses Are Built From Reclaimed and Recycled Materials

Hobbitat Prefab Micro-Houses Are Built From Reclaimed and Recycled Materials

The company’s founder Bill Thomas built the first Hobbitat house in 2011 using materials from his grandfather’s barn, windows from his childhood cabin and other reclaimed doors and materials. The

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Stay in a Tiny Hobbitat House at the Blue Moon Rising Eco Resort in Maryland

Stay in a Tiny Hobbitat House at the Blue Moon Rising Eco Resort in Maryland

Blue Moon Rising resort is located in McHenry in western Maryland, and it's dedicated to nature and sustainable education. Located just above Deep Creek Lake, the 15-acre site boasts views of the water

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Pop-Up Shoe Shop in Poland Made Entirely from Reused Wooden Pallets

Pop-Up Shoe Shop in Poland Made Entirely from Reused Wooden Pallets

Located within Poznań’s Galeria Malta, the Clae pop-up footwear store attracts customers with its recycled aesthetics. Due to the shop’s temporary nature, the architects decided to make it from

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The Retyrement Plan Creates Indestructable Ottomans from Old Tires and Recycled Plastic

The Retyrement Plan Creates Indestructable Ottomans from Old Tires and Recycled Plastic

The Retyrement Plan is a collection of outdoor weatherproof furniture items created from old, discarded automobile tires and recycled plastics. Anu Tandon Viera creates a woven upholstery of recycled

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David Emitt Adams Places Tintype Images on Cans Collected from the Desert Floor

David Emitt Adams Places Tintype Images on Cans Collected from the Desert Floor

Born in Yuma, Arizona in 1980, Adams had never fully experienced the iconic West as it was before roads and urban sprawl. "This notion of land untouched by the hand of man is so foreign it might as

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Hinterland’s Scatter/Gather Lamp is Made from Salvaged Driftwood

Hinterland’s Scatter/Gather Lamp is Made from Salvaged Driftwood

Hinterland’s rustic-chic Scatter/Gather chandelier is a low-energy light made from artfully arranged pieces of driftwood that were collected from the coasts of British Columbia. The hand-made pendant

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Snohetta’s Eggum Tourist Stop Celebrates the Norwegian Landscape with Local Materials

Snohetta’s Eggum Tourist Stop Celebrates the Norwegian Landscape with Local Materials

The Eggum Tourist Stop is located in the middle of the E10 Lofoten route on the north side of the archipelago. The rest area has a car park and service facilities with views of the water and surrounding

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Bradley Hart Creates Hyper-Realistic Portraits by Injecting Recycled Bubble Wrap with Paint

Bradley Hart Creates Hyper-Realistic Portraits by Injecting Recycled Bubble Wrap with Paint

Where most people see packing material to be discarded after use, artist Bradley Hart sees a blank canvas waiting to be filled with pops of color. The New York-based Toronto native has been creating

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Artists Create Chandeliers Out of Bike Parts Under a Freeway Overpass

Artists Create Chandeliers Out of Bike Parts Under a Freeway Overpass

A freeway overpass is not the first place you would think to look for innovative art. But if you happen to be Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock, the freeway overpass is a natural canvas for industrial

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The reCYCLER Upcycles Old Bikes into Funky Chairs

The reCYCLER Upcycles Old Bikes into Funky Chairs

One day, quite by accident, Vanden Heuvel found that his love of cycling combined with metal working skills he developed while running a pig farm made an curious combination. After making his first

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Colin Selig’s Dalí-Esque Sofas Are Made from Recycled Propane Tanks

Colin Selig’s Dalí-Esque Sofas Are Made from Recycled Propane Tanks

"It began with this junk propane tank on my property" Selig explains on his website. "A lot of energy had been used to form the thick steel into this shape and it seemed a shame to let it go to waste."

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Fallen Tree Wine Rack Holds a Wine Collection of Epic Proportions

Fallen Tree Wine Rack Holds a Wine Collection of Epic Proportions

Wood|Stone|Metal Studio’s gorgeous new wine rack is large enough to cover an entire wall. The eight-foot-tall installation is made from a large slab of wood that was cut from a naturally-felled tree.

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Energy-Generating Bikes Made From Trash Power Film Festival in France

Energy-Generating Bikes Made From Trash Power Film Festival in France

The initiative was launched in 2012 by students determined to study the electricity production of pedaling. First drawings and design study for the project were made by BP design agency. Two of the five

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Designtree’s Gorgeous Frankie Lamps are Made with 100% Recycled PET and FSC-Certified Beech

Designtree’s Gorgeous Frankie Lamps are Made with 100% Recycled PET and FSC-Certified Beech

The Frankie lamp exemplifies the best in green interior design. In addition to the felt lamp shade made from recycled plastic and the natural timber base taken from timber harvested from carefully

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Nadia Belalia Unveils Colorful New Lamps Made From Repurposed Colanders

Nadia Belalia Unveils Colorful New Lamps Made From Repurposed Colanders

So far we’ve seen many examples of kitchen utensils being repurposed into customized, low-tech and eco-friendly objects - but these gorgeous colander light shades by New York-based designer Nadia

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Ballroom Luminoso: San Antonio Freeway Underpass Transformed Into a Beautiful Gathering Space

Ballroom Luminoso: San Antonio Freeway Underpass Transformed Into a Beautiful Gathering Space

Ballroom Luminoso, a new public artwork by Joe O’Connell + Blessing Hancock, was recently installed in a freeway underpass in San Antonio, TX. Composed of six brilliantly lit, color-changing

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Reclamation Etchworks Creates Modern Spirit Decanters From Recycled Glass Bottles

Reclamation Etchworks Creates Modern Spirit Decanters From Recycled Glass Bottles

Reclamation Etchworks creates modern day spirit decanters for your home bar by upcycling bottles collected in local San Francisco restaurants. With the help of an entire community of bartenders they were

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Supermarkets Transform Their Unsold Spoiled Food Into Green Energy

Supermarkets Transform Their Unsold Spoiled Food Into Green Energy

Two supermarkets are making lemonade out of lemons the green way—by converting their spoiled food into energy. Grocery chains Ralphs and Food 4 Less (both part of the Kroger Co.) have joined forces

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Dirk Vander Kooij Uses Waste Plastic from His 3D-Printed Chubby Chairs to Make Colorful Coat Hangers

Dirk Vander Kooij Uses Waste Plastic from His 3D-Printed Chubby Chairs to Make Colorful Coat Hangers

With a wall-size photograph of Fanuc watching over the booth, Vander Kooij’s Chubby Chairs were perched on shipping pallets at ICFF. Each chair is made from recycled plastic from refrigerators, ground

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Tat Chao’s Gorgeous Bipolar LED Lamps Are Made From Recycled Wine Glasses

Tat Chao’s Gorgeous Bipolar LED Lamps Are Made From Recycled Wine Glasses

Canadian designer Tat Chao gives old, damaged and unwanted wine glasses a new life as energy-efficient LED lamps! Chao detaches the bases from wine glasses and champagne flutes and joins them to create

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Urban Chandy’s Recycled Chandeliers Use Vintage Edison Bulbs with Cool Coils

Urban Chandy’s Recycled Chandeliers Use Vintage Edison Bulbs with Cool Coils

While Urban Chandy currently uses vintage Edison bulbs for their lighting, which critics worry is not the most environmentally-conscious choice, they do aspire to keep their energy as low as possible

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Protea Debuts a Fetching New Wine Bottle that’s Designed to Be Upcycled

Protea Debuts a Fetching New Wine Bottle that’s Designed to Be Upcycled

It's Friday, which means many of us are just counting the minutes until happy hour. After enjoying a bottle of wine, it's always a bit sad to dump the bottle in the recycling bin. Although there are

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