Recycled Materials

Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Named after a tree, the Illawarra Flame House comes equipped with a 9.4 kW photovoltaic system with two different kinds of cells, a grey water treatment and a rainwater capture system. It also features a

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Mark Powell Creates Incredible Illustrations on Found Love Letters and Newspapers from Centuries Ago

Mark Powell Creates Incredible Illustrations on Found Love Letters and Newspapers from Centuries Ago

Currently on show at Hang-Up Gallery in London, Drawing on History is the enigmatic exhibition of artist Mark Powell. Using nothing but a simple Biro pen, Powell creates incredibly detailed portraits of

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Austrian Designer Upcycles Bicycle Parts to Make Unique Bike Hangers

Austrian Designer Upcycles Bicycle Parts to Make Unique Bike Hangers

Austrian designer Andreas Scheiger has a fetish for cycling. While visiting a bicycle flea market, he thought of a way to turn used bicycle parts into stylish, eco-friendly bike racks in a project he

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7 Eco-Friendly DIY Summer Crafts for Creative Adults (and Kids!)

7 Eco-Friendly DIY Summer Crafts for Creative Adults (and Kids!)

Tin Can Table Lantern Planning a barbecue or an al fresco dinner party? These recycled tin can lanterns are an easy way to add some sparkle without stretching your decorating budget. The materials are

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Open House Renovates an Abandoned Building into a Transforming Open Air Theater

Open House Renovates an Abandoned Building into a Transforming Open Air Theater

Matthew Mazzotta, an artist whose practice focuses on participatory community design, has teamed up with the Coleman Center for the Arts and people of York, Alabama to transform a blighted downtown

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Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Milkovisch was born during the Depression, so was taught at a young age to always reuse and repurpose whatever was brought into the house. Saving old cans in the attic, he got the idea to repurpose them

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Artist Keri Muller Creates Beautiful Wall Installations from Old Books

Artist Keri Muller Creates Beautiful Wall Installations from Old Books

Keri Muller's artworks and installations stand out for their beautiful forms, and the fact that they've been made from books and other debris salvaged from the recycling pile. "I try to give the books

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Can City Recycles Aluminum Cans From the Streets of Sao Paulo Into Furniture!

Can City Recycles Aluminum Cans From the Streets of Sao Paulo Into Furniture!

Design collaborative Studio Swine has created Can City - an amazing collection of furniture made almost entirely from aluminum cans salvaged on the streets of São Paulo. Azusa Murakami and Alexander

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Vibeke Buchwaldt’s Bottle of Light Turns the Bottles of Confiscated Vodka into Votive Holders

Vibeke Buchwaldt’s Bottle of Light Turns the Bottles of Confiscated Vodka into Votive Holders

A Bottle of Light is a truly unique design made from bottles that once contained smuggled liquor! Over 12,000 liters of “original Russian vodka” were confiscated years ago by the Swedish customs.

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Amazing Chairs Made From Recycled Washing Machine Parts

Amazing Chairs Made From Recycled Washing Machine Parts

Israeli industrial designer Antonina sees old defunct washing machines as more than just outdated appliances - she uses them as building blocks to create some pretty spiffy furniture. Her project “I

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Artist Benjamin Jones About His Incredible Sustainable TreeHouse

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Artist Benjamin Jones About His Incredible Sustainable TreeHouse

Some of us were lucky enough to have moms or dads build treehouses for us - for the rest of us, there's Benjamin Jones. The artist recently brought his colorful TreeHouse made of sustainable materials to

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Remains: Shani Langberg Transforms Waste Plastic Into Colorful Recycled Furniture

Remains: Shani Langberg Transforms Waste Plastic Into Colorful Recycled Furniture

Industrial designer Shani Langberg has created a series of furnishings made of left over pieces of rubbish taken from the 'Dispobud' factory, where disposable products such as non-woven fabric are

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6 Totally Insane Designs Made From Repurposed Toilets

6 Totally Insane Designs Made From Repurposed Toilets

The Northern region of New Zealand, on the Coromandel Peninsula, is known for amazing scenery, hiking, and camping. Now it may also be known for crazy toilet sculpture! This humorous installation near a

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Colorful Recycled Cardboard Artime Clock Can be Hung on the Wall or Set on Your Desk

Colorful Recycled Cardboard Artime Clock Can be Hung on the Wall or Set on Your Desk

Artime is a lightweight, versatile and sustainably designed clock that can easily be hung on the wall or set on a desk without the need for any additional materials. Designed by Pedro Gomes in

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UK Paper Company Invents Technology to Recycle Disposable Plasticized Coffee Cups

UK Paper Company Invents Technology to Recycle Disposable Plasticized Coffee Cups

Photo via Shutterstock For most caffeine consumers on-the-go, a good dose of java or tea in the morning is of primary concern. What the liquid is housed in seems to escape attention, being tossed in a

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Tiny 120 Sq Ft Studio Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood Chills in Sunny California

Tiny 120 Sq Ft Studio Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood Chills in Sunny California

Placed on a 3,100 square foot lot, the tiny studio was a labor of love for both John McBride, a carpenter, and Sarah. They sourced all of their own materials and did the design and the construction, which

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

STEP 1: Gather your materials Recycled containers (glass jam or sauce jars, plastic takeout containers, or yogurt cups are ideal) String or twine (cotton, hemp, or nylon). We used basic cotton twine

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Mitchell Joachim Wants to 3D Print Cities Using ‘Smart Trash’ From the World’s Overflowing Landfills

Mitchell Joachim Wants to 3D Print Cities Using ‘Smart Trash’ From the World’s Overflowing Landfills

The world's landfills are literally overflowing. According to 2008 figures (and we've added a few people since then), America alone produces a whopping 1.35 billion pounds of garbage every day - and

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Ai Weiwei Salvages and Straightens 150 Tons of Rebar From the Sitchuan Earthquake to Create Stunning Art Installation

Ai Weiwei Salvages and Straightens 150 Tons of Rebar From the Sitchuan Earthquake to Create Stunning Art Installation

Ai Weiwei's Straight installation continues the artist’s longstanding involvement in social, political and cultural activism. The work was first exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in

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Upcycle Goods Launches iPad Sleeves Made From Salvaged Treadmill Belts

Upcycle Goods Launches iPad Sleeves Made From Salvaged Treadmill Belts

These new Upcycle Goods Rubber Tread iPad Sleeves are handcrafted in Seattle, WA by local skilled artisans who really care about what they are making. The rubber tread is sourced from a local treadmill

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Pop-Up Mini-Farmery Shop is Absolutely Covered in Organic Veggies

Pop-Up Mini-Farmery Shop is Absolutely Covered in Organic Veggies

Sponsored by Burt's Bees and located directly in front of their headquarters on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North Carolina, the Mini-Farmery is absolutely covered in living walls. Apart from

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Vicara Gives the Traditional Lamp a Facelift Using Recycled Cardboard

Vicara Gives the Traditional Lamp a Facelift Using Recycled Cardboard

Vicara, a cool design brand based in Portugal, recently launched a brand new lamp made from recycled cardboard. Dubbed Cartonado, this cute little table lamp is laser cut into to pieces than come

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ITZ Creates Exquisite Furniture Using Fallen Wood Reclaimed from Hurricanes and Forest Fires

ITZ Creates Exquisite Furniture Using Fallen Wood Reclaimed from Hurricanes and Forest Fires

ITZ Mayan Wood Furniture specializes in creating gorgeous, modern furniture pieces, but with a keen focus on sustainability. Led by Ania Wołowska and Luis López Antúnez Hassey, the company was

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Andy Avalar Repurposes E-Waste to Create Colorful Recycled Artworks

Andy Avalar Repurposes E-Waste to Create Colorful Recycled Artworks

Artist Andy Avalar uses discarded computers, cables, and other forms of e-waste to create vibrant recycled artworks. Each piece repurposes various electronic components to shine a new light on materials

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LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall was one of about a dozen entries in the 2012 ReSpace Competition and was selected as the Grand Prize winner. The project was designed by Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler of the NCSU College of

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DIY Solar Thermal Panel Made with 275 Aluminum Cans Takes a Seattle Home Office Off-Grid

DIY Solar Thermal Panel Made with 275 Aluminum Cans Takes a Seattle Home Office Off-Grid

When Peter Rowan left corporate life to pursue a career writing fiction and teaching, he needed a little office in which to work. So he decided to convert his backyard shed in Seattle into an off-grid

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Solar-Powered 2013 Shed of the Year is Topped With an Old Fishing Boat

Solar-Powered 2013 Shed of the Year is Topped With an Old Fishing Boat

Located at an altitude of 750ft above sea level in the Cambrian Mountain range, mid Wales, the rustic and charming shelter is made from recycled materials. The roof is made from a 14ft long old fishing

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Ernie Adams Hand-Builds Tiny Dwarf Cars From Scrap

Ernie Adams Hand-Builds Tiny Dwarf Cars From Scrap

When Ernie Adams was eleven years old he took on his first project - upgrading a bicycle with a motor and a dual exhaust system. After dropping motors into tricycles and wagons, he graduated to slightly

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Krystal O’Mara Makes Unique Furniture from Recycled Bike Parts

Krystal O’Mara Makes Unique Furniture from Recycled Bike Parts

When most folks see a rusty bike rotting in a scrapyard, they see little of value, but Krystal O'Mara sees potential. O'Mara is a self-taught artist and craftsman, and she specializes in producing

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