Recycled Materials

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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The Coolest Bar in Texas is Built With Seven Stacked Shipping Containers

The Coolest Bar in Texas is Built With Seven Stacked Shipping Containers

The bar is built up from seven different containers, which have been stacked on top of each other to create a double-height bar area, exposure to the elements, and plenty of cubbyholes where patrons can

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Bureo Launches the World’s First Skateboard Made From Recycled Fishing Nets

Bureo Launches the World’s First Skateboard Made From Recycled Fishing Nets

Los Angeles-based sustainable skateboard company Bureo has developed the world's first skateboard deck made entirely out of recycled fishing nets! The company has set up a recycling program called "Net

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Get Your Own Functioning Toilet Tricycle on Craigslist

Get Your Own Functioning Toilet Tricycle on Craigslist

An artist in Victoria, British Columbia has designed his own functioning toilet tricycle- and now it can be yours! The Camosun College of Visual Arts alum originally crafted the potty trike for the

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Stunning Cabin Made From Recycled Windows Overlooks the Rugged Norwegian Landscape

Stunning Cabin Made From Recycled Windows Overlooks the Rugged Norwegian Landscape

Locals in the remote Nordic district of Lista called upon TYIN Tegnestue to create an architectural piece that would attract visitors and potential investors to the area. So with the help of architecture

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6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

1. Visserhoek School Tsai Design first become known to the international design world during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they haven't stopped producing environmentally and

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Claire Brewster Transforms Vintage Maps into Lacey Scenes of Birds and Flowers

Claire Brewster Transforms Vintage Maps into Lacey Scenes of Birds and Flowers

Brewster’s gorgeous paper pieces take inspiration from the drive of nature itself, creating a literal metaphor of nature’s power to take over the earth if given the chance. Plants, flowers, birds and

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New Gluten-Free Flour Could Reduce the Coffee Industry’s Appalling Environmental Impact

New Gluten-Free Flour Could Reduce the Coffee Industry’s Appalling Environmental Impact

An engineer who has previously built factories for General Motors and Starbucks, Dan Belliveau founded Coffee Flour, a unique new company that makes flour from the byproduct of coffee production. Using

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250 Colorful Pringles Cans Make Up This Working Pipe Organ

250 Colorful Pringles Cans Make Up This Working Pipe Organ

Fall on Your Sword had to eat an ungodly amount of chips to complete their latest masterpiece, but it looks like it was well worth it. The Brooklyn-based art collective worked their way through 250

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Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian student Segun Oyeyiola converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind- and solar-powered car perfect for the country's extreme weather. A student at Obagemi Awolowo University, Oyeyiola completed

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DIY: How to Create a Gorgeous Planter from an Old Hardcover Book

DIY: How to Create a Gorgeous Planter from an Old Hardcover Book

You may have seem some brilliant book planters on Pinterest or Tumblr and marvelled at how such a simple project can yield such beautiful results—I know I have! The folks over at Gartenkultur

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Celebrate Mother’s Day (and Mama Earth) with Eco-Friendly Greeting Cards

Celebrate Mother’s Day (and Mama Earth) with Eco-Friendly Greeting Cards

According to Hallmark, over 160 million greeting cards are given each Mother's Day, making it the third largest card-sending holiday on the planet. That equals a lot of paper, and you can bet that a fair

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Dutch Designer Upcycles Trash into Funky Functional Furniture That Rivals IKEA Hacks

Dutch Designer Upcycles Trash into Funky Functional Furniture That Rivals IKEA Hacks

Francois Duquesnoy gives himself a weeklong deadline to complete an entirely upcycled interior in order to maintain his whimsical and improvisational approach. "As overconsumption and waste are worldwide

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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1600 Paper Mache Pandas Pop Up in Hong Kong to Raise Awareness for Endangered Animals

1600 Paper Mache Pandas Pop Up in Hong Kong to Raise Awareness for Endangered Animals

Artist Paulo Grangeon is raising awareness for the conservation of endangered species by sculpting 1600 panda bears out of recycled materials and papier-mâché! The sculptures will brighten days of

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From Bottle to Bag: Thread Collaborates with Moop to Create Responsible Bags Out of Haitian Trash

From Bottle to Bag: Thread Collaborates with Moop to Create Responsible Bags Out of Haitian Trash

Most of us have seen the islands of discarded plastic bottles that bob around in our oceans and create mountains in landfill sites, but there are a few companies out there that are harnessing all that

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We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

Why did you start Reclaimed Space? Tracen Gardner: The job came about because I’ve always been in the construction business. I had a ranch that was remote, and I questioned how I was going to be able

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Caradoc’s Hideout: A Gorgeous Eco-Roundhouse in Southern Wales

Caradoc’s Hideout: A Gorgeous Eco-Roundhouse in Southern Wales

Like us, you're probably instantly drawn to the pavilion's beautiful roof. The neatly-laid tiles are made from recycled rubber, and are completely child safe, and the roof gets its curved shape from

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Indonesian Safari Park Upcycles Elephant Poo Into Paper

Indonesian Safari Park Upcycles Elephant Poo Into Paper

Tourists are flocking to Taman Safari Park in Indonesia to buy an item in their gift shop- poo paper. Made from the dung created by the park’s elephants each day, the recycled paper is made on-site by

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Brooklyn’s Old Shipping Terminal Gets a New, Eco-Savvy “Comfort Station”

Brooklyn’s Old Shipping Terminal Gets a New, Eco-Savvy “Comfort Station”

The Brookly Bush Terminal seems to be getting a facelift. This historic shipping and warehouse area is being drawn into this new era of eco-responsibility and sustainability with a new 1200-square-foot

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