Recycled Materials

PalletFest is the Nation’s First Upcycling Festival Made Entirely From Shipping Pallets

PalletFest is the Nation’s First Upcycling Festival Made Entirely From Shipping Pallets

A unique new festival is coming to Denver, Colorado this weekend - PalletFest is the nation’s first major upcycling festival, and it has been selected to be the city's first certifiably green event. On

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Taniguchi Aoya Washi Unveils Luminous Paper Lampshades for Nendo

Taniguchi Aoya Washi Unveils Luminous Paper Lampshades for Nendo

Washi paper has been created in Japan for centuries, and now, the Taniguchi Aoya Washi company teamed up with Nendo to create three-dimensional forms with it—like these gorgeous lamps. Using

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The Colour House in Melbourne Wins 2014 Australian Living Green Interior Award

The Colour House in Melbourne Wins 2014 Australian Living Green Interior Award

The Melbourne home focuses on small and sustainable living, demonstrating just how good design mitigates the need for a larger home. Recycled materials are elevated by the clean, modern lines of the space

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Analog Watch Co. Designs Comfortable and Chic Wooden Watches From Reclaimed Lumber

Analog Watch Co. Designs Comfortable and Chic Wooden Watches From Reclaimed Lumber

Analog Watch Co. has designed a gorgeous set of minimalist watches made from the offcuts of lumber. Unlike other wooden watch manufacturers, this Philadelphia-based company is the first to fit each watch

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Sustainability Library Designed by London College of Communication Students

Sustainability Library Designed by London College of Communication Students

A group of year one BA (Hons) Spatial Design students at the London College of Communication were given a live project to promote sustainable design within LCC. Joy Williams and Ashleigh Nutton

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This Amazing Urban ‘Treehouse’ Made From Windows and Doors is Open to Everyone

This Amazing Urban ‘Treehouse’ Made From Windows and Doors is Open to Everyone

Stéphane Malka is known for guerrilla installations and parasitic architecture - in the past he has proposed a housing complex at the Arche de la Défense and student housing made from pallets affixed to

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Cardboard Safari’s Cruelty-Free Taxidermy Kits Bring Your Walls to Life

Cardboard Safari’s Cruelty-Free Taxidermy Kits Bring Your Walls to Life

If you're looking for some tongue-in-cheek, slightly ironic wall decoration, look no further than Cardboard Safari. The Charlottesville–based company creates animal busts to hang on walls like hunting

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A21 Studio’s Rainbow Chapel Wins 2014 WAF’s Building of the Year Award

A21 Studio’s Rainbow Chapel Wins 2014 WAF’s Building of the Year Award

Built to serve an urban ward with a lack of communal space, the 1,500-square-foot Chapel accommodates a variety of community activities, such as weddings and conferences, inside a simple, shed-like

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The DIY Pet House is an Animal Shelter Made From Recycled Bottles

The DIY Pet House is an Animal Shelter Made From Recycled Bottles

Pet House is a conceptual sustainable DIY kit designed by Dr. Hakan Gürsu that transforms waste water bottles into a shelter for animals. Thanks to its easy assembly, anyone can build it for their

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WineHive: Modular 100% Recycled Aluminum Honeycomb Rack “Grows” with Your Wine Collection

WineHive: Modular 100% Recycled Aluminum Honeycomb Rack “Grows” with Your Wine Collection

If you're a wine lover tight on living space, you'll love the space-efficient Winehive, a modular wine rack inspired by the honeycomb structure. Made from 100% recycled aluminum, the WineHive uses a

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Costa Mesa Waldorf School is Made From 32 Recycled Shipping Containers

Costa Mesa Waldorf School is Made From 32 Recycled Shipping Containers

Waldorf Schools and shipping container buildings are two of our favorite things here at Inhabitat - and this amazing project combines them both! The Waldorf School of Orange County recently unveiled a set

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged – all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As then-sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Ai Weiwei is no stranger to imprisonment - the artist is a fierce critic of the Chinese government, and in the past he has been secretly detained for 81 days, beaten by Chinese police placed under house

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Ai Weiwei Creates a Massive Metal Bird Wing From Tibetan Solar Cookers and Teakettles

Ai Weiwei Creates a Massive Metal Bird Wing From Tibetan Solar Cookers and Teakettles

The installation is meant to represent freedom, but is immobilized like a trapped animal inside one of the lower gun galleries of the penitentiary’s New Industries Building, and can only be seen from

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Colorful Intricate Creatures Made from Recycled Prints and Magazines

Colorful Intricate Creatures Made from Recycled Prints and Magazines

The Soon team set to work on piles of used paper, printed with everything from ads to editorials. The pages were separated into a rainbow of colors, giving the paper crafters easy access for their

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9 Groundbreaking New Materials On Display at 100% Design

9 Groundbreaking New Materials On Display at 100% Design

Eric Klarenbeek's material samples are 3D printed from living organisms, such as mycelium, and combined with local raw materials. The fully compostable creations have a negative carbon footprint.

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Support Studio Swine’s Voyage to the North Atlantic Gyre and Help Them Turn Ocean Plastic into Bespoke Furniture

Support Studio Swine’s Voyage to the North Atlantic Gyre and Help Them Turn Ocean Plastic into Bespoke Furniture

While most have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, few know about the smaller, but equally problematic North Atlantic Gyre. To help raise awareness about the issue and remove plastic from our

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Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

Artist Heather Benning Turns an Abandoned Farmhouse into a Life-Sized Dollhouse in Canada

The Dollhouse is a site specific installation by Canadian artist Heather Benning, who likes finding old, run down homes and turning them into giant installations. In 2005, Benning found the two-story

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The Best Green Designs from Designersblock at the London Design Festival

The Best Green Designs from Designersblock at the London Design Festival

Artist Laura Daza is intrigued by how color has been used throughout the ages, and has used both the rituals and techniques used in ancient times to create authentic pigments. Such knowledge is

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British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship in Kamloops, BC;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home

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Restless Futures Showcases Emerging Technologies and their Potential Consequences at the London Design Festival 2014

Restless Futures Showcases Emerging Technologies and their Potential Consequences at the London Design Festival 2014

Located at the Lethaby Gallery, Restless Futures forms part of an 18-month Central Saint Martins program organized around four themes: Disruptive Technologies, Expanded Boundaries, No More Stuff?, and

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Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

To match the color scheme of Palmela's urban landscape, the architects mixed an ochre pigment to the concrete to create a dusky warm tone. The concrete facade also shows a textured finish created from the

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8 Cool Thrift Store Furniture Revamps to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

8 Cool Thrift Store Furniture Revamps to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

Mini Modern Side Table This cute and interesting accent piece was great before it was revamped, but looks even better with a two-toned paint job. Modern End Table All it took was a color

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Dirk Vander Kooij Unveils New Furniture Made from Recycled Plastic Toys and Videotapes

Dirk Vander Kooij Unveils New Furniture Made from Recycled Plastic Toys and Videotapes

Dirk Vander Kooij's furnishings are made from e-waste and 3D-printed recycled materials. His collection now includes a lens-like lamp made from recycled synthetics and polished metal, a table made from

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Lucirmas Upcycles Wine Bottles into Glass Lamps that Double as Flashlights

Lucirmas Upcycles Wine Bottles into Glass Lamps that Double as Flashlights

Spanish eco-design company Lucirmás just unveiled a handy lamp made from a recycled wine bottle! Created in collaboration with designer Dario Martone, the 75cl lamp is made from a sparkling wine bottle

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Man Transforms School Bus into a Groovy Mobile Cabin Made from Leftover Forest Cuttings

Man Transforms School Bus into a Groovy Mobile Cabin Made from Leftover Forest Cuttings

A long-time traveler, Selby had long entertained the idea of a bus conversion, but the decision to purchase a $3,000 school bus to fix up owed more to happenstance than it did to long-term planning. After

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Swiss Clothing Company Freitag Makes 100 Percent Compostable Clothing

Swiss Clothing Company Freitag Makes 100 Percent Compostable Clothing

Tired of fast fashion filling up the landfills? Freitag - the company known for repurposing truck tarps into bags - is making apparel that can be tossed into the compost when you are done with it. Made

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6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter-Than-Air Camping Experience

6 Suspended Tree Tents For a Lighter-Than-Air Camping Experience

Raindrop-Shaped Treetents by Dré Wapenaar These dewdrop-shaped Treetents by Dutch sculptor and designer Dré Wapenaar were originally created to make life a little more comfortable for tree-sitting

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Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

After completing his gorgeous 30 foot high treehouse, Ethan Schussler scoffed at the idea of having to climb up and down a giant ladder all day. Rather than abandoned his tree top escape, the designer put

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The Squirrelz: China’s First Upcycle Design Shop Takes Root in Shanghai’s Eco Village

The Squirrelz: China’s First Upcycle Design Shop Takes Root in Shanghai’s Eco Village

Although the practice of recycling and reuse still remains an integral part of China's resourceful and low-income populations, booming middle and upper-class consumer power in Chinese cities such as

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