Recycled Materials

An Incredible Kitchen Renovated with LEGOs

An Incredible Kitchen Renovated with LEGOs

The Munchausen Lego Kitchen is based around an Ikea island that has been outifftted with more than 20,000 Lego pieces. Not quit an afternoon in the playroom, the entire process took the designers more

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This Tiny Toronto Loft Proves that Elegance Can Be Achieved on Any Scale

This Tiny Toronto Loft Proves that Elegance Can Be Achieved on Any Scale

Toronto designer Montana Labelle has just completed one of her favorite projects to date: a teeny tiny loft project that just happens to be the designer's own live/work space.

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DIY: Make Your Own Bath Mat with Recycled Wine Corks!

DIY: Make Your Own Bath Mat with Recycled Wine Corks!

If you're a connoisseur of fine wines, then you know that while the bottle can be recycled, the cork often finds its final resting place in the trash can. To make better use of these tiny stoppers, Danny

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Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Heinz uses the pulp of more than two million tons of tomatoes every year to make their iconic ketchup, soups and sauces - but what happens to the leftovers? Ford just announced that they have teamed up

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Fireclay Tile Debuts Hand Painted Mediterranean and Modern Tiles Made From 70% Recycled Clay

Fireclay Tile Debuts Hand Painted Mediterranean and Modern Tiles Made From 70% Recycled Clay

Inspired by the simple beauty of wall coverings and textiles, Fireclay Tile just launched new lines of contemporary, Moroccan and Mediterranean hand painted tiles that offer modern aesthetics,

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Handmade LaFlor Lamp Upcycles Glass Bottles into Stylish Hanging Lights

Handmade LaFlor Lamp Upcycles Glass Bottles into Stylish Hanging Lights

Spanish eco-brand Lucirmás recently launched the LaFlor Lamp, a handmade light fixture with an environmentally friendly footprint. Designed by the Nutcreatives studio, this stylish hanging lamp combines

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Governor’s Cup Pavilion Weaves Through Trees With Over 25,000 Recycled Cups

Governor’s Cup Pavilion Weaves Through Trees With Over 25,000 Recycled Cups

Here at Inhabitat, we love seeing artists transform recycled materials into larger-than-life sculptures, which is why we popped over to Governors Island to check out Governor's Cup, a giant recycled-cup

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Brighten Up Father’s Day with a DIY Lamp Made of Upcycled CD Cases

Brighten Up Father’s Day with a DIY Lamp Made of Upcycled CD Cases

  Does your dad have a collection of CDs that's just sitting there collecting dust? Author and DIY expert Tiffany Threadgould recently shared this bright idea about how to turn those CD cases

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Trophies Without Tears: Old Bike Parts Get Upcycled into Wall Art

Trophies Without Tears: Old Bike Parts Get Upcycled into Wall Art

  Upcycled Trophies is a series of wall mounts created by Spanish sculptor Enrique Recio, who combines his twin passions for sculpture and vintage bicycle restoration to create these

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Radlabs Create Landmark Walls for Intuit’s New HQ

Radlabs Create Landmark Walls for Intuit’s New HQ

The folks at Intuit outgrew their offices in Waltham, MA, and decided to move into a 60k square foot space in Cambridge instead. They approached Radlab to create a couple of interesting feature walls, and

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FOUNDHouse: a Charming Tiny WikiHouse Clad in Recycled Shipping Pallet Tiles

FOUNDHouse: a Charming Tiny WikiHouse Clad in Recycled Shipping Pallet Tiles

Fndry's Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams created FOUNDHouse as additional student housing needed for the DesignBuildBLUFF (DBB) initiative last year. Designed using the non-profit platform WikiHouse and

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Glitter Without Guilt: Ethical Rings Created from Recycled Precious Metals

Glitter Without Guilt: Ethical Rings Created from Recycled Precious Metals

  Finally, wedding rings without the guilt. Modern day couples shouldn't have to be concerned that their special day and commemorative rings will get overshadowed by the questionable ethics

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Federico Uribe Creates Mind-Blowing Sculptures From Hundreds of Colored Pencils

Federico Uribe Creates Mind-Blowing Sculptures From Hundreds of Colored Pencils

Uribe is inspired by the reuse of everyday objects into art materials. For these sculptures, he challenges the conventional use of colored pencils, which are usually pressed to paper to create art, and

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Functional Eco Design Gems at Milan Design Week 2014

Functional Eco Design Gems at Milan Design Week 2014

I'll begin with the installation Animal House, sponsored by Marni and exhibited at Viale Umbria 42. This big and luminous open space displayed different animal sculptures of metal and bright colored PVC,

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This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

"Art changes people and people change the world". This idea was put forth by British artist Char Evans of Eco Art Installations, and her new collaborative art installation in Auroville, India, is proof of

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6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

Muir Trail Hut in California Muir Trail Hut stands at 12,059 feet within California's rocky peaks, and is one of the trail's greatest landmarks. Built in 1930 by the Sierra Club of California, this

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Scrap Metal and Old Timber Team Up for a Stylish Modern Coffee Table

Scrap Metal and Old Timber Team Up for a Stylish Modern Coffee Table

Upcycled materials are more popular than ever, and it's amazing to see how people are finding new ways to re-use old materials—like this collaborative coffee table piece created by Carnegie Mellon

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TRMTAB Upcycles Leather Factory Waste to Create Beautiful Bags and Accessories

TRMTAB Upcycles Leather Factory Waste to Create Beautiful Bags and Accessories

TRMTAB’s cleverly designed, limited edition bags and accessories are upcycled from a leather factory’s production waste. Collaborating with a factory in India, TRMTAB founders discovered that each

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How To: Make a Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials

How To: Make a Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials

Step One: Gather the materials Gather the materials you'll need: A recycled clean plastic peanut-butter jar with a screw-on lid (any size will do) Lid from a large plastic yogurt container Dremel

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KISSACO’s Chic Upcycled Coffee Sack Bags Provide Jobs for Rural Vietnamese Women

KISSACO’s Chic Upcycled Coffee Sack Bags Provide Jobs for Rural Vietnamese Women

When designer Yuri Okamoto first started studying bag-making, she probably didn't imagine that her designs would one day provide jobs for rural Vietnamese women and help divert waste from landfills. But

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HOW TO: Make a Hanging Planter with a Recycled Plastic Pop Bottle

HOW TO: Make a Hanging Planter with a Recycled Plastic Pop Bottle

STEP 1: Prep your bottle Use a sharp utility knife to cut off the base of the bottle about 1 inch above the bottom, and then wash and try the bottle thoroughly. STEP 2: Tape edges and

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Sarah Turner’s Repurposed Plastic Bottle Lamps Illuminate the Beauty of Upcycled Materials

Sarah Turner’s Repurposed Plastic Bottle Lamps Illuminate the Beauty of Upcycled Materials

It's great to see that recycled materials are now at the forefront of today's modern product design, and at design festivals around the world, multitudes of innovative eco-artists are enlightening

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DIY Hostess Gift Idea: Homemade Pesto in Gourmet-Looking Recycled Glass Jars

DIY Hostess Gift Idea: Homemade Pesto in Gourmet-Looking Recycled Glass Jars

MATERIALS: For the packaging: A glass jar (we used a stout artichoke jar but you can use any jar you like) A rubber band A square of recycled fabric or tissue paper that will fit over the

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Barracks Design Turn Manga Comics into an Offbeat Recycled Chair

Barracks Design Turn Manga Comics into an Offbeat Recycled Chair

Kiichiro Ogawa solves the problem of what to do with a languishing stack of old magazines in fine style with Manga chair. Like many people, Ogawa had a stack of long forgotten magazines quietly gathering

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Emi from Lil Nika is a Fun Nightlight, Wall Lamp, or Even a Hat for Imaginative Kids

Emi from Lil Nika is a Fun Nightlight, Wall Lamp, or Even a Hat for Imaginative Kids

It's possible that most of us wore lampshades on our heads at some point during our childhood, but Emi the Elephant Lamp is a different creature entirely. Made of 100% recycled plastic from Japan, this

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we've given you the low-down, it's time to get specific. While the

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BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor shows that helping out the environment does not mean compromising on style. With nearly 300 pages full of beautifully crisp photographs, resources, and design tips,

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Tableware Crafted from Animal Bones, Fur, and Skin Highlights How Wasteful We’ve Become

Tableware Crafted from Animal Bones, Fur, and Skin Highlights How Wasteful We’ve Become

The collection of ladles, teapots, and other household items aims to illustrate the origin of food in a primal way, which also explains why many of the pieces take on the shape of a totem pole and other

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Fabrica’s Uniquely Textured Polar Bear Rug Is Upcycled from Guatemalan Textile Waste

Fabrica’s Uniquely Textured Polar Bear Rug Is Upcycled from Guatemalan Textile Waste

Have you ever dreamed about curling up in front of the fire--with a glass of wine and that special someone--on a gorgeous polar bear rug? Don't worry--we're not suddenly supporting the hunting of these

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New Metal-Eating Shrub Species Could Clean Up Toxic Waste Sites Around the World

New Metal-Eating Shrub Species Could Clean Up Toxic Waste Sites Around the World

A newly described shrub species is capable of consuming between 100 to 1000 times the amount of nickel that normal plants can. A team from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños that described the

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