Recycled Materials

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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Emerging Objects Creates Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Materials

Emerging Objects Creates Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Materials

These days, 3D printers can create just about anything - from human organs to deadly weapons. But one innovation we haven't previously seen in 3D printing? Printer filament made from of planet-friendly

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MOKO Unveils Plans for Crazy Skydiving Center Made From Silos and Shipping Containers

MOKO Unveils Plans for Crazy Skydiving Center Made From Silos and Shipping Containers

MOKO Architects just unveiled plans for a diving and skydiving center constructed out of two abandoned silos and a series of staggered shipping containers. The ten story multi-purpose recreation center

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Willem Heeffer Creates Upcycled Heinz Beanz Can Chandeliers for Helsinki’s Midhill Restaurant

Willem Heeffer Creates Upcycled Heinz Beanz Can Chandeliers for Helsinki’s Midhill Restaurant

Dutch designer Willem Heeffer used 334 recycled cans to create a series of luminous upcycled chandeliers and furnishings for Top Chef Hans Välimäki’s new Midhill American diner in Helsinki, Finland.

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Artist Robert Lach Transforms Old Suitcases into Delicate Bird Nest Sculptures

Artist Robert Lach Transforms Old Suitcases into Delicate Bird Nest Sculptures

Inspired by architecture and his love of bird watching, Lach began working with discarded materials to create his nest pieces as a way to use materials to connect to the local environment. Lach sources

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Valentia and Riccardo Sartori Give a New Life to Discarded Doors

Valentia and Riccardo Sartori Give a New Life to Discarded Doors

Two young designers from Turin have created Deformazione Professionale - a line of clever new furnishings made from old unwanted doors. Founders of Studio Lacrime D’Arte, Valentia and Riccardo Sartori

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Upcycle House: Lendager Architects Building $175,000 Home Entirely from Recycled Materials in Denmark

Upcycle House: Lendager Architects Building $175,000 Home Entirely from Recycled Materials in Denmark

The goal of the Upcycle House is to build a home with a minimal carbon footprint by using materials with a low embodied energy. In choosing materials for the project, Lendager based its selections on four

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Dirk Van Der Kooij’s Spectacular 3D Printer Robot Places Newly Printed Furniture Outside His Shop Window

Dirk Van Der Kooij’s Spectacular 3D Printer Robot Places Newly Printed Furniture Outside His Shop Window

Dirk Van Der Kooij’s space is located in a former Phillips building on the edge of Eindhoven’s Strijp area, next to Piet Hein Eek’s studio, shop and restaurant. An award-winning designer, Van Der

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Finnish Artist Kaarina Kaikkonen Creates Dreamlike Landscapes From Second Hand Clothes

Finnish Artist Kaarina Kaikkonen Creates Dreamlike Landscapes From Second Hand Clothes

Kaarina Kaikkonen's huge site-specific installation contrasts with the former factory’s brutalist architecture. It consists of hundreds of second-hand shirts that together to create flowing forms. The

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Lucirmas Launches ‘Handy’ Line of Recycled Glass and Cork Office Accessories

Lucirmas Launches ‘Handy’ Line of Recycled Glass and Cork Office Accessories

Handy is a new line of sustainably crafted office accessories by Barcelona-based design studio Lucirmas. The versatile, modular desk set is made from recycled glass and cork. It comprises a pencil and

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David Graas’ Colorful Modular Lamps Divert Plastic from the Ocean

David Graas’ Colorful Modular Lamps Divert Plastic from the Ocean

Most plastics can be endlessly recycled without losing their indestructibility. But instead of being reused, the majority of plastics will end up as one-time-use products, finding their end as pollutants

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Just Desserts: Jay Watson Turns Unwanted Dessert Bowls Into Sweet Pendant Lights

Just Desserts: Jay Watson Turns Unwanted Dessert Bowls Into Sweet Pendant Lights

‘Just Desserts’ is a colorful cluster of glass lights made from recycled dessert bowls. UK-based designer Jay Watson created this intriguing lighting array by stringing up traditional glass bowls

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Glad’s Brilliant Trash Bag Tent Could Solve the Waste Problem at Music Festivals

Glad’s Brilliant Trash Bag Tent Could Solve the Waste Problem at Music Festivals

California-based company Glad may specialize in dustbin liners and food storage containers, but they recently unveiled a brilliant one-person trash bag tent for camping, music festivals and other outdoor

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The Chug-A-Lug Will Turn a Plain Old Jar Into a Cute Portable Drinking Glass

The Chug-A-Lug Will Turn a Plain Old Jar Into a Cute Portable Drinking Glass

Chug-A-Lug is a handcrafted leather cozy that can be slipped onto just about any jar, turning it into a portable cup or even a hanging flower vase. The design also features a handy clip that can be

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Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

Studio-E Architecture’s Oregon Passive House Makes Use of Recycled Materials

The Fern Ridge Lake Residence is located on a 40-acre site on a bluff outside of Eugene, Oregon. The home is joined by an artist studio, a three-car garage and a number of outdoor living spaces to enjoy

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Foodscapes: Contemporary Compostable Tableware Made from Recycled Food Waste

Foodscapes: Contemporary Compostable Tableware Made from Recycled Food Waste

Next time you throw a dinner party at home you can wow your guests even if your cooking isn’t amazing. Designed by Italian studio Whomade and Michela Milani, ‘Foodscapes’ is a contemporary

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The Carma Project Makes a New Bike From Old Car Parts

The Carma Project Makes a New Bike From Old Car Parts

Two Lisbon-based entrepreneurs have devised a way to build a new bike from discarded car parts - and they're planning to ride it the same number of miles that the original vehicle drove to compensate for

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Apartment No. 1 is Built Completely Out of Recycled Stone in Mahallat, Iran

Apartment No. 1 is Built Completely Out of Recycled Stone in Mahallat, Iran

The region around Mahallat has considerable travertine deposits, which is mined and cut into tile in factories. However the process of cutting tile is incredibly energy intensive, and the production of

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Chissick Design Turns Salvaged Wood Scraps Into Beautiful Fused Furniture

Chissick Design Turns Salvaged Wood Scraps Into Beautiful Fused Furniture

Chissick Design just unveiled a new collection of beautiful fused wood furniture. Each piece is made of scrap wood collected from different carpenters that is fused together to create unique pieces of

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Piet Hein Eek Creates an Art Gallery from Recycled Materials in Eindhoven

Piet Hein Eek Creates an Art Gallery from Recycled Materials in Eindhoven

Tucked under a busy highway in Eindhoven’s Strijp-S area is a wonderful new space that was created by local designer Piet Hein Eek and directed by the “Drenthe Village Angels.” The space, which was

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Budri and Patricia Urquiola’s Earthquake 5.9 Collection Reuses Materials Damaged in the 2012 Italian Quake

Budri and Patricia Urquiola’s Earthquake 5.9 Collection Reuses Materials Damaged in the 2012 Italian Quake

5.9 isn’t just any number; it’s the magnitude of the devastating earthquake that struck the Italian region of Emilia May 29, 2012. Italian company Budri was one of the companies affected by the

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Molo Unveils Beautiful LED Softlight Lamps Featuring Eco-Friendly Tyvek Shades

Molo Unveils Beautiful LED Softlight Lamps Featuring Eco-Friendly Tyvek Shades

Inhabitat favorite, Molo, will be unveiling a brand new series of sustainable lamps in just a few weeks at this year's ICFF in New York City. Founders and designers Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen

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ROPE ME Interiors Made From 100% Recycled Materials Unveiled During Milan Design Week

ROPE ME Interiors Made From 100% Recycled Materials Unveiled During Milan Design Week

Zona Tortona showcases unique, outside-the-box thinking every year during Milan Design Week - and few designers exemplify this better than Italy's IDI Studio. A keen user of FSC certified wood, this

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