Recycled Materials

Hungarian Artist Transforms Discarded Graphite Pencils into Miniature Sculptures

Hungarian Artist Transforms Discarded Graphite Pencils into Miniature Sculptures

Cerkahegyzo was inspired to start sculpting after he came across the work of Dalton Ghetti, who also uses graphite pencils as main design material. Both use razor blades and needles to carve out the

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Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

Australian pilot Jeremy Rowsell is set to break new boundaries for alternative energy by flying from Australia to Britain in an airplane powered entirely by plastic waste. Rowsell’s “Wings of

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Pani Jurek’s Inventive Test Tube Chandeliers Are Inspired by Chemist Marie Curie

Pani Jurek’s Inventive Test Tube Chandeliers Are Inspired by Chemist Marie Curie

Designer Pani Jurek has constructed these brilliant two-tiered chandeliers from test-tubes which can be individually transformed by filling them with flowers, water, or anything that fits! The artist

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Family Cloths: Reusable Toilet Wipes, Gross or Great?

Family Cloths: Reusable Toilet Wipes, Gross or Great?

Many of us who try to lead eco-conscious lifestyles are likely already using many reusable, washable fabric items for both household and personal use; cotton dish cloths, washable baby diapers,

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The Sky’s the Limit for Max McMurdo’s New Recycled Airplane Wing Desk

The Sky’s the Limit for Max McMurdo’s New Recycled Airplane Wing Desk

Green designer Max McMurdo has once again put his skills into action to create a fresh new version of his famous ‘Deborah’ airplane wing desk. Named after Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden, this

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‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

‘Ffrash’ is Furniture Made from Trash by Former Street Children from Jakarta

Designers at Studio Ooms have been working on a fantastic social project in Indonesia that helps to lift people out of poverty while creating great recycled products. So far, the team has spent five weeks

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa

What started as the 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa concept just a few months ago is now an actual built computer learning center and library thanks to architect Charles Newman and the

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Enormous Beehive Made of Recycled Plastic Bags Dangles at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Enormous Beehive Made of Recycled Plastic Bags Dangles at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art

In the 16th century, Italy produced Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, but now many of the world's art museums are filled with trash. Not any old trash, mind you. Pascale Marthine Tayou's latest

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Ogami’s Repap is Eco-Friendly Paper Made from Stone

Ogami’s Repap is Eco-Friendly Paper Made from Stone

Despite the popularity of e-readers and computers, Americans still use about 71 million tons of paper per year -- only 63 percent of which is ever recycled. So when a paper alternative comes along that is

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Melbourne’s Sealight Pavilion is Designed for Contemplating the Elements

Melbourne’s Sealight Pavilion is Designed for Contemplating the Elements

The Sealight Pavilion was constructed as a joint effort over 14 weeks in 2011. It consists of two volumes: a tower and a cantilever, made entirely from locally-sourced, reclaimed cypress wood via

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Artists Transform Abandoned Ship into Gorgeous Open Air Street Art Gallery in Wales

Artists Transform Abandoned Ship into Gorgeous Open Air Street Art Gallery in Wales

Forget city walls, DuDug’s innovative installation enlivens the high seas. Abandoned since 1979, the Duke of Lancaster ship served as a railway passenger ship from 1956 until it was replaced by a larger

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Stephen Shaheen Fashions Stunning Furniture With Salvaged Onyx

Stephen Shaheen Fashions Stunning Furniture With Salvaged Onyx

Stephen Shaheen creates intriguing designs from discarded remnants of onyx left over from industrial stone fabrication. No stranger to upcycling, Shaheen uses these upcycled materials to create

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Bicycled Bikes are Upcycled from Salvaged Car Parts

Bicycled Bikes are Upcycled from Salvaged Car Parts

Although the line has yet to complete, Lola Madrid has a great video which shows just how they transform each car part into a new element of the bicycles. Salvaged from junkyards, the bikes can be made

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Contemporary Casa Box in Brazil Incorporates Transformed Excess Timber As Interior Furnishings

Contemporary Casa Box in Brazil Incorporates Transformed Excess Timber As Interior Furnishings

‘Casa Box’ is a stunning modern renovation of a caretaker's house on a Brazilian island that sits overlooking the coastline like a contemporary cube. The house was constructed by Alan Chu Silveira e

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World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube Mosaic Made of 85,794 Cubes Wins Guinness World Record

World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube Mosaic Made of 85,794 Cubes Wins Guinness World Record

Toronto-based Cube Works Studio recently set a new Guinness World Record by building the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube Mosaic from 80,940 cubes! Standing over 13 feet high and 200 feet wide, the

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Tadashi Kawamata Covers Versailles in a Surreal Cascade of 5,000 Recycled Wooden Crates

Tadashi Kawamata Covers Versailles in a Surreal Cascade of 5,000 Recycled Wooden Crates

Tadashi Kawamata is known around the world for his site-specific temporary installations made from recycled materials - we recently showed you his crazy 20-foot pavilion made entirely from chairs. To make

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Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware

Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware

Dutch designer Laurens Van Wieringen collects rejected plastic items from factories and scrap yards and turns them into functional psychedelic objects. His “Mixed” tableware is made by melting

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Jeremiah Johnson Builds Model Homes From Unopened Credit Card Applications

Jeremiah Johnson Builds Model Homes From Unopened Credit Card Applications

Since 1997, Johnson was looking for something to do with the unopened credit card applications that would find their way to him through the mail each week. He floated ideas of taping them together to make

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Barbara Franc Transforms Recycled Objects Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Barbara Franc Transforms Recycled Objects Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Artist Barbara Franc transforms recycled materials and bits of wire into elaborate sculptures of living creatures from every branch of the animal kingdom. Her three-dimensional works range from a

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6 Super Easy DIY Gifts For Your Valentine’s Day Sweetie

6 Super Easy DIY Gifts For Your Valentine’s Day Sweetie

DIY Smart Phone Gloves Smart phones are great, but not when it's 10 degrees out and you need to send a text. Make sure your sweetie's digits are warm by transforming a pair of gloves into texting

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Marcus Thymark’s Open-Source FilaMaker Shreds and Recycles Plastic for 3D Printing

Marcus Thymark’s Open-Source FilaMaker Shreds and Recycles Plastic for 3D Printing

German engineer and inventor Marcus Thymark is developing a filament-producing machine that allows 3D printing enthusiasts to grind up and reprocess discarded printed objects and other scrap plastic for

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Artist Erik Abel Designs Gorgeous Eco Prints and Products to Keep California Oceans Healthy

Artist Erik Abel Designs Gorgeous Eco Prints and Products to Keep California Oceans Healthy

Artist Erik Abel is releasing a series of fine art and eco-friendly products to raise money for Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit working to keep Southern California oceans healthy. Proceeds from

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Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Located in Colorado’s Elkins Meadow (US), the Reed Residence is a zero-energy cozy shelter for a family of four. Half of the roof is clad with sun-gathering panels and the other half is a luscious green

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Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Sometimes we get so caught up in exciting new sustainable homes designed in Japan and Scandanavia, that we forget to honor the original masters of organic architecture. Take Mickey Muennig, who designed

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Living Pots are Sustainable Modular Gardens Made with Scrap Metal and Logs

Living Pots are Sustainable Modular Gardens Made with Scrap Metal and Logs

Living Pots by Design Nobis are sustainable cultivation units that are comprised of 100 percent recyclable and reused materials. Made out of simple bent metal pieces and scrap pieces of log, the pots are

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Milwaukee Modern Transforms a ’75 Lincoln Continental Car Hood Into a Portrait of Abe Lincoln

Milwaukee Modern Transforms a ’75 Lincoln Continental Car Hood Into a Portrait of Abe Lincoln

Milwaukee Modern turns the discarded and unloved into beautiful art for the home or office. Above they transformed the hood of a 1975 Lincoln Continental by grinding a rusted image of Abraham Lincoln

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The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

The Biobot 20 is a Tabletop Biodiesel Processor for Waste Cooking Oil

Now there is something better you can do with that viscous mess of cooking oil instead of sequestering it in a can or pouring it down the drain. The UK-based company Biobot offers the Biobot 20, a

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Brooklyn to West Gives Scrap Wood a New Life as Gorgeous Geometric Tables

Brooklyn to West Gives Scrap Wood a New Life as Gorgeous Geometric Tables

As “a builder, a fixer, and a do-it-myselfer”, Ariele Alasko of Brooklyn to West enjoys big tools, old wood, good pasta, and finding primo building material in the dumpster. Having moved to

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Czech Artist Kristof Kintera Turns Mundane Objects Into Absurd and Extraordinary Sculptures

Czech Artist Kristof Kintera Turns Mundane Objects Into Absurd and Extraordinary Sculptures

Kristof Kintera's recycled sculptures distort reality and show even the most ordinary household items in a new light. He embraces a wide variety of objects as his materials, experimenting with alternate

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