Recycled Materials

INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly

INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s Important to Insulate Your Home Properly

Did you know that insulating your house properly can save you money in both winter and summertime? In winter, insulation keeps warm air from escaping your home and stops drafts from chilling you to the

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Why Building With Bottles Makes Sense

Why Building With Bottles Makes Sense

Here at Build Abroad, we have found that it is best to build with local materials. Local materials can vary from mud bricks to bamboo depending on the region, but the one thing they have in common is they

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6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins Sedlec Ossuary Monastery of San Francisco   San Bernardino alle Ossa Czermna Chapel Capela dos Ossos Our Lady of the Conception of the

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Help to Transform Weapons of Conflict into Wearable Symbols of Peace

Help to Transform Weapons of Conflict into Wearable Symbols of Peace

Cambodia has had nearly 3 million tons of bombs dropped on it in the past century, and most of their remains still lie scattered across the country, maiming and killing hundreds of people every year. The

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Vinylize Turns Burlap Coffee Sacks into Modern Urban Travel Bags

Vinylize Turns Burlap Coffee Sacks into Modern Urban Travel Bags

Recently the folks over at Vinylize - known for their groovy recycled goods - got their hands on a bunch of burlap coffee bean bags from all over the world from local roasters. No strangers to

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The UK’s First Zero-Waste Restaurant Silo Boasts a Raw and Minimalist Interior Aesthetic

The UK’s First Zero-Waste Restaurant Silo Boasts a Raw and Minimalist Interior Aesthetic

Brighton's restaurant-bakery-coffee house Silo was meticulously planned with sustainability in mind. It prides itself on having a pre-industrial food system that generates zero waste, has no bin, is

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These Tiny Cabins Built From 100% Reclaimed Wood are the Perfect Romantic Getaways

These Tiny Cabins Built From 100% Reclaimed Wood are the Perfect Romantic Getaways

Aires Mateus originally recovered the two fisherman huts from an established wharf and rebuilt them offsite before transporting them to their quieter, current location. The architect then stripped the

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6 DIY Halloween Decorations Made with Upcycled Materials

6 DIY Halloween Decorations Made with Upcycled Materials

You know that Halloween is just a few days away, right? Don't worry: it snuck up on us too, and now we're scrambling to decorate the house with a suitable number of scary items so we can celebrate in

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The “Recrystallized Hotel” May Rise from Repurposed Dead Sea Salt Tiles

The “Recrystallized Hotel” May Rise from Repurposed Dead Sea Salt Tiles

Every year, 20 million tons of salt sink to the bottom of the Dead Sea’s fifth pond. The salt is waste from the colossal production of potash and bromine in the Dead Sea Works factory, and it piles up

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Re-vive: rENs Uses Bright Colors to Give Ugly Old Rugs a Second Life

Re-vive: rENs Uses Bright Colors to Give Ugly Old Rugs a Second Life

Many things are often thrown away just because they aren't "cool" anymore, but Dutch design duo rENs teamed up with global carpet company Desso to prove you can make outdated rugs stylish again with a

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Han Solo Trapped In Carbonite Costume Made From Newspaper & an Old Coat

Han Solo Trapped In Carbonite Costume Made From Newspaper & an Old Coat

Inhabitat's Green Halloween Costume Contest is underway for 2014. To help you get in the spirit of things, we're revisiting some of our past contest favorites, along with all their handy DIY instructions.

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Phoebe Washburn’s Mind-Boggling Installations are Made From Scrap Wood & Cardboard

Phoebe Washburn’s Mind-Boggling Installations are Made From Scrap Wood & Cardboard

Her 2011 installation, Nunderwater Nort Lab at Zach Feuer Gallery in New York City, juxtaposed two seemingly unrelated activities - art and lunch. While not necessarily two subjects you think of

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London’s Deptford Cafe Transforms an Old Train Carriage Into an Eco Eatery

London’s Deptford Cafe Transforms an Old Train Carriage Into an Eco Eatery

Weighting 35 tons, the South East Trains' carriage made its way from Essex to Deptford on Valentine’s Day 2008 and was beautifully restored into what is today the Deptford Cafe. Serving delicious home

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Exquisite Birds of Paradise Made Thousands of Recycled Barrettes and Fake Nails!

Exquisite Birds of Paradise Made Thousands of Recycled Barrettes and Fake Nails!

Each of Laurel's birds are carefully crafted from beak to tail feather. The iridescent bodies are comprised of hundreds of unwanted fake nails and polishes donated from the likes of OPI with overstock or

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These 10 Incredible Family Halloween Costumes are Sure to Inspire You

These 10 Incredible Family Halloween Costumes are Sure to Inspire You

Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington, Sally, Lock, Shock, and Barrel are all ready to celebrate the spookiest night of the year. If grandpa wants to get in on the fun as well, you can toss a

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This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

The Cazucá community is currently home to around 70,000 people and is marked by extreme poverty and poor access to public services. In order to address these issues, the Nukanti Foundation teamed up

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INTERVIEW: Kacie Meyers, the 22-Year-Old Who Turned Discarded Wood Pallets into a Commercial Flooring Business

INTERVIEW: Kacie Meyers, the 22-Year-Old Who Turned Discarded Wood Pallets into a Commercial Flooring Business

At a time when most college students are still trying to figure out how they want to make an impact on the world, 22-year-old Kacie Meyers is already building a business empire with Pal Hardwood,

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Creepy Skull Sculptures Rise from the Remains of Dead Skateboards

Creepy Skull Sculptures Rise from the Remains of Dead Skateboards

More frightening than those bruises, broken bones, or arthritis, your old skateboards have come back to haunt you. Carved from the remnants of shattered boards by designer Beto Janz, these creepy heads

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Furniture Designer Hongtao Zhou Resurrected a Creepy, Dripping Zombie Chair

Furniture Designer Hongtao Zhou Resurrected a Creepy, Dripping Zombie Chair

Zombie chair! Out for your wood scraps! Oozing sawdust and pure carnage! Designer Hongtao Zhou, whom we found playing with ice a while ago, decided to channel the walking dead on a broken, abandoned

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Booq Launches Stylish Cobra Slim Bag Made From Recycled Plastic Bottle Yarn

Booq Launches Stylish Cobra Slim Bag Made From Recycled Plastic Bottle Yarn

At Inhabitat, we're always amazed by the many surprising ways designers breathe new life into recycled plastic bottles, and Booq's recently launched Cobra slim bag is no exception. The chic and

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Vik Muniz Transforms Trash from Brazil’s Largest Landfill into Astonishing Works of Art

Vik Muniz Transforms Trash from Brazil’s Largest Landfill into Astonishing Works of Art

While journeying back to his family home in Brazil, Muniz visited one of the world’s largest landfills—the now-closed Jardim Gramacho. It’s there that he witnessed the catadores; the people who are

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Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Across the Himalayas, rural farmers and villagers rely on open, wood-fuelled fires inside their homes to cook their meals. The sheer amount of smoke created in these unventilated homes makes thousands

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Ditch the Sugary Treats this Halloween and Hand Out Jack-O’-Lantern-Shaped Recycled Crayons Instead

Ditch the Sugary Treats this Halloween and Hand Out Jack-O’-Lantern-Shaped Recycled Crayons Instead

Halloween brings out the creativity in kids perhaps more than any other major holiday, and these Jack-O'-Lantern crayons can inspire some great works of art! Made from melted-down, recycled crayons,

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Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by a Chainsaw

Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by a Chainsaw

Other than the fact that it was constructed in Russia, we aren't entirely sure who's responsible for this mean-looking chainsaw bike. While it may look like it's designed for the sole purpose of cutting

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NPIRE Uses 55,000 LEGOs To Create a Funky Pixelated Wall

NPIRE Uses 55,000 LEGOs To Create a Funky Pixelated Wall

To make the striking dividing wall, staff at NPIRE brought their own childhood LEGO bricks and mixed them with about 80 new packs. Using assorted colored blocks they created a playful pixelated design

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PETE Turns Plastic Bottles into Clothing Right at Home

PETE Turns Plastic Bottles into Clothing Right at Home

Want to reduce your plastic waste without it ever leaving your home? Meet PETE, one of the six finalists in the Electrolux Design Lab competition, which lets you recycle plastic bottles into clothing

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Meet SUstand: A Recycled Cardboard Stand for Any Tablet or Smartphone

Meet SUstand: A Recycled Cardboard Stand for Any Tablet or Smartphone

You've probably noticed how popular is cardboard in the world of sustainable products lately. Following the examples of foldable furniture and cardboard surfboards, a team from Eindhoven, the Netherlands,

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Reclaimed Wood Clads This Japanese Izakaya’s Origami-Like Interior in Montreal

Reclaimed Wood Clads This Japanese Izakaya’s Origami-Like Interior in Montreal

Montreal's Izakaya Kinoya has been a hit on the city's food scene since its opening in 2012, but Jean de Lessard's recent renovation of the Japanese tapas bar is expected to draw even larger crowds eager

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Wim Delvoye’s Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recycled X-Rays

Wim Delvoye’s Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recycled X-Rays

Artist Wim Delvoye has proven that he is the master of transforming disused machinery and tires into gorgeous works of art. But the artist also has a sinister side, as this his Chapel series illustrates

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Hotel Shabby Shabby: Pop-Up Hotel Offers Recycled Rooms Built for Under €250

Hotel Shabby Shabby: Pop-Up Hotel Offers Recycled Rooms Built for Under €250

The Hotel Shabby Shabby's 22-rooms were spread out in unexpected locations including a high rooftop, a bustling market square and a tranquil a riverbank. They were built from found or recyclable

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