Recycled Materials

World’s First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

World’s First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK

The Carbon Buster is the world's first building block to capture more carbon dioxide than is emitted during its manufacturing (14kg per ton). The high-performing masonry product, developed by British

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Artist James Dive Compacts an Entire Amusement Park Into a 4-Meter Cube

Artist James Dive Compacts an Entire Amusement Park Into a 4-Meter Cube

James Dive of The Glue Society has compacted an entire amusement park - including coasters, plush prizes, bells and used tickets - into a single cube. Entitled “Once”, the demolished amusement park

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Italian Appliance Manufacturer Smeg is Transforming Classic Fiat 500s into Fridges

Italian Appliance Manufacturer Smeg is Transforming Classic Fiat 500s into Fridges

Just when you thought the original Fiat 500 couldn't get any cuter, Italian home appliance manufacturer Smeg has gone and turned the front end of the car into a stylish mini fridge. The two iconic Italian

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Learn How to Create Cute Photo Magnets Using Old Bottle Caps!

Learn How to Create Cute Photo Magnets Using Old Bottle Caps!

Upcycle old bottle caps into magnetic photo memories! The newly launched site, called Made + Remade, features ways that you can make, fix and find materials. Recycled and salvaged materials are a focus of

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Claire Tracey Creates Giant Water Dragon Sculpture from Recycled Water Bottles

Claire Tracey Creates Giant Water Dragon Sculpture from Recycled Water Bottles

In 2012, Claire Tracey was commissioned by the city of Melbourne to produce “Water Dragon,” a giant transparent dragon sculpture made from recycled plastic water bottles. Developed with The Chinese

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Laurence Vallières Creates a Menagerie from Cardboard

Laurence Vallières Creates a Menagerie from Cardboard

Drawing upon the writings of George Orwell and comics of Art Spiegelman, Vallières takes uses metaphor to critique a philosophy without the explicit use of anger. Her beasts sit around tables, attack

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Benjamin Weinstein’s Stylish Bags and Cases are Made from Discarded Rubber Tires and Inner Tubes

Benjamin Weinstein’s Stylish Bags and Cases are Made from Discarded Rubber Tires and Inner Tubes

Discarded rubber tires and inner tubes are among the largest and most problematic sources of waste worldwide. Tires are made to be incredibly strong and long lasting, which is great for the operation of a

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The Cardboard Collective Releases Detailed Instructions for Creating Children’s Furniture from Reclaimed Cardboard

The Cardboard Collective Releases Detailed Instructions for Creating Children’s Furniture from Reclaimed Cardboard

The Cardboard Collective just released a new pattern for making a set of stacking cardboard boxes that convert into a nightstand, an ottoman, a stool or a tiny table with chairs. They were developed by a

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Longest Recycled Bridge in the United States Pops Up in Ohio

Longest Recycled Bridge in the United States Pops Up in Ohio

The Onion Ditch Bridge in Logan County, Ohio is officially the longest recycled plastic bridge in the United States. The sturdy 24.6-foot-long bridge was constructed with AXION's proprietary ECOTRAX and

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Glowing Light Installation at Vivid Sydney 2013 is Made from 200 Traffic Cones

Glowing Light Installation at Vivid Sydney 2013 is Made from 200 Traffic Cones

The installation is the brainchild of a team of nine designers from Woods Bagot’s Sydney studio who built it using the simple geometry of a sphere and adding interactive elements that made it take a

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HOW TO: Build Your Own Bodacious Beach Bar from 7 Discarded Shipping Pallets

HOW TO: Build Your Own Bodacious Beach Bar from 7 Discarded Shipping Pallets

Using seven discarded shipping pallets, avid recycler and designer James Higginson—who previously shared his pallet table project with us—now ups his game with a gorgeous DIY beach bar built on a

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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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