Recycled Materials

Chinese Man Lives in Portable House He Carries on his Back Like a Snail

Chinese Man Lives in Portable House He Carries on his Back Like a Snail

One traveling man in China has made his home part of his wardrobe by carrying a hand made shelter on his back like a snail. China News caught up with Liu Lingchao, a 38 year old man who makes his living

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Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

The great philosopher Macklemore said it best in his hit song “Thrift Store” that one man’s trash is another man’s come up. This statement rings particularly true for artist and sculptor George

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BaseCamp Bonn Young Hostel Turns Vintage Trailers and Railcars into Quirky Accommodations

BaseCamp Bonn Young Hostel Turns Vintage Trailers and Railcars into Quirky Accommodations

Each of the vintage units are decorated to a theme by a professional interior designer possessing a background in film and TV sets. Lodgers can choose from 120 bed spots across 15 caravans clustered

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Awesome All-Electric Batpod Motorcycle is Up for Sale on eBay!

Awesome All-Electric Batpod Motorcycle is Up for Sale on eBay!

Have you ever wondered where Batman gets his wonderful toys - and wished that you could buy them yourself? Well, you don't need the budget of a reclusive billionaire to buy your own Batpod, because one

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Shigeru Ban’s Paper-Tube Hut Built on World Heritage Site in Japan

Shigeru Ban’s Paper-Tube Hut Built on World Heritage Site in Japan

Beloved Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban continues to impress the public with designs using cardboard as a construction material. This time Shigeru Ban Architects has designed a mountain lodge hut on

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Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

The 495 square foot public art project stands in a beautiful forest hillside surrounded by pine trees, from where one can look down to the intimate valley and river. Located next to a forest path, the

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West African Inventor Makes a $100 3D Printer From E-Waste

West African Inventor Makes a $100 3D Printer From E-Waste

Kodjo Afate Gnikou, a resourceful inventor from Togo in West Africa, has made a $100 3D printer which he constructed from parts he scrounged from broken scanners, computers, printers and other e-waste.

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Quazi Design Creates Stunning Eco Jewelry From Old Magazines

Quazi Design Creates Stunning Eco Jewelry From Old Magazines

Quazi Design is a cutting-edge craft company that transforms waste magazines into original accessories and interiors. Through innovative techniques they push the boundaries of craft, social

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Container Solutions Unveils India’s First Shipping Container Home in Bangalore

Container Solutions Unveils India’s First Shipping Container Home in Bangalore

Rao previously used shipping containers as an office space and he even stacked four containers vertically to build an artificial climbing wall at Sarjapur.  When he worked in Germany in 2006 he lived in

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Luzinterruptus Creates Colorful Fishing in Light Installation Using Borrowed Containers

Luzinterruptus Creates Colorful Fishing in Light Installation Using Borrowed Containers

For a week, Luzinterruptus traveled around the Spanish town borrowing plastic containers, taking note of the names of each original owner. Once 500 were collected, the installation process began. A sea of

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PopTarts Works’ Cardboard Beehive Hotel Can Support a Colony of City Bees

PopTarts Works’ Cardboard Beehive Hotel Can Support a Colony of City Bees

The designers of PopTarts Works were alarmed by the growing disappearance of Toronto's bees, so they went about trying to find a design solution that could help their fuzzy, flying local friends. What

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Infographic: The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling With Pallets

Infographic: The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling With Pallets

With a little bit of ingenuity, simple shipping pallets can be transformed into an amazing array of things - from furniture and housewares to entire buildings! This new infographic by Terry's Fabrics

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Jay Watson’s Repurposed Candy Dish Lamps Light up the London Design Festival

Jay Watson’s Repurposed Candy Dish Lamps Light up the London Design Festival

Jay Watson is certainly no stranger to innovative repurposed design, but his new line of "Just Desserts" lamps are his sweetest creations yet. The playful lamps put a new spin on something we’ve all

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“Designtists” Dream Up a Hopeful Future at Designersblock’s Fifth Element Show at the London Design Festival

“Designtists” Dream Up a Hopeful Future at Designersblock’s Fifth Element Show at the London Design Festival

Featured projects at The Fifth Element ranged from the playful to the practical to the poetic. Blow by Florian Dussopt is an interactive LED light installation that is activated by visitors blowing into a

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Shipping Container Social Housing Project is a First for Canada

Shipping Container Social Housing Project is a First for Canada

The shipping container project will have 12 units in a three story building. Although the units' 280-290 square foot layout may seem small, even by city standards, many of the women at Atira have had

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Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Middlebury’s InSite Solar-Powered Home is Made From Materials Sourced Within 10 Miles

Following five points of InSiteful design, the Middlebury team has sought to build a home that is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Clad with reclaimed barnwood from Vermont, the

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Stanford University Builds the World’s First Carbon Nanotube Computer

Stanford University Builds the World’s First Carbon Nanotube Computer

A team of Stanford engineers just created the world's first computer made from carbon nanotubes! The invention has the potential to launch a new generation of electronic devices that are faster, lighter

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Ecover to Launch Bottles Made From Salvaged Sea Plastic and Bioplastic

Ecover to Launch Bottles Made From Salvaged Sea Plastic and Bioplastic

Two million plastic bottles are used in the UK every day, and over 50% of them are recycled. To help ensure the sustainability of its cleaning products, Ecover introduced a new plastic made from sugarcane

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Manoteca’s ‘Box sir’ Table Uses Beautifully Restored Pieces That Lock Together Like a Puzzle

Manoteca’s ‘Box sir’ Table Uses Beautifully Restored Pieces That Lock Together Like a Puzzle

Recently, the fantastic design team at Manoteca launched Box sir, their latest collection of beautifully restored wooden designs. In addition to being stunning pieces of furniture, they are cool to boot!

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Beautiful Braided Rug from Old Fabric

DIY: Learn How to Make a Beautiful Braided Rug from Old Fabric

Image © Martin Labar If you've ever cringed when your bare toes have come into contact with a freezing floor first thing in the morning, you can probably appreciate how much difference a rug can make

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Nailed Succession Stool Made from 12,000 Staples is a Prickly Pincushion Seat

Nailed Succession Stool Made from 12,000 Staples is a Prickly Pincushion Seat

From afar, Farg & Blanche’s gorgeous stool looks round and plush. But on closer inspection 'Nailed Succession' could double as a torture device for the would-be sitter. Shown at the London Design

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Cardboard Glasses and Toilet Brush Lamps Amuse and Provoke at Designersblock at London Design Festival 2013

Cardboard Glasses and Toilet Brush Lamps Amuse and Provoke at Designersblock at London Design Festival 2013

Experiments in lighting were especially striking at Designersblock, with designer Natalie Simpson crafting lamps out of everyday items like whisks, household brushes and hangers. WALTERWORKs transformed

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Prefab Jean-Claude Carrière Theater Pops Up in Montpellier, France

Prefab Jean-Claude Carrière Theater Pops Up in Montpellier, France

The building is oriented perpendicular to the axis of Montpellier’s historic district such that it does not disturb the area's overall composition and communication trajectories. The theater expands on

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Breezy, Hammock-Shaped Paraguayan Home is the Perfect Place for an Afternoon Siesta

Breezy, Hammock-Shaped Paraguayan Home is the Perfect Place for an Afternoon Siesta

Casa Hamaca's structure was built to follow the form of the classic Catenary Curve. Located in hot and humid Paraguay, the home measures 860 square feet and it is open to the elements. The project's name

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400,000 Plastic Sandals Upcycled Into Colorful Oceanside Sculptures

400,000 Plastic Sandals Upcycled Into Colorful Oceanside Sculptures

Although ocean beaches are one of the most beautiful parts of nature, they're also the place we're most likely to come face to face with the ugly side of overconsumption. Beaches around the world are

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Dallas’ Design District Gets Two Colorful Dumpster Pools!

Dallas’ Design District Gets Two Colorful Dumpster Pools!

Without a single splash in sight this year, we thought that dumpster pools had entered the dark ages. But just last month Progressive Waste Solutions proved us wrong by hosting an event in Dallas' design

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H Arquitectes’ Gorgeous Wooden House 205 is Designed for Disassembly

H Arquitectes’ Gorgeous Wooden House 205 is Designed for Disassembly

The geometrical wooden House 205 stands firmly within a thicket of trees and bushes. Designed to have a minimal footprint on the ground it sits, the structure is built on a natural rocky platform atop

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La Fabrique: Pavilion Built with Recycled Windows Draws Inspiration from Silent Movies

La Fabrique: Pavilion Built with Recycled Windows Draws Inspiration from Silent Movies

The idea of introducing spontaneity into the process of building resulted in a structure that looks a bit like a garden folly. With help from their clients, the architects collected windows from

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Willem Heeffer’s Up-Cycled Washing Machine Drum Lamps are Made with a Clean Conscience

Willem Heeffer’s Up-Cycled Washing Machine Drum Lamps are Made with a Clean Conscience

Used washing machine drums are given a new life by designer Willem Heeffer as retro lamps with a sweet powder coated finish. Aptly named 'Drums', these pendants seems to hover in the air suspended by

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From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

The Adhocracy exhibition features products and concepts that show the wide range of developments in this new industrial revolution - from digital fabrication to open design to distributed manufacturing.

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