Recycled Materials

Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

  "Diamonds are forever" might have been the title of a James Bond film, but that statement is actually very true: these sparkling little bits of ultra-compressed carbon are made of one of the

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Alchemy of Waste hopes to promote upcycling with their stunning videos

Alchemy of Waste hopes to promote upcycling with their stunning videos

https://vimeo.com/93551810 Alchemy of Waste is all about "building a waste-not wonderland". It's a collaborative, multi-media project that integrates upcycled materials into an interdisciplinary

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6 Beautiful and eco-friendly offices that make work seem like a dream

6 Beautiful and eco-friendly offices that make work seem like a dream

Those of you who work or have worked in an office are probably familiar with the lifeless 9-5 routine, stress and sedentarism, which are obviously very bad for anyone's health and also, creativity. But

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Students create a machine that turns pop bottles into 3D printing materials

Students create a machine that turns pop bottles into 3D printing materials

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of their studies in 3D printing, three engineering physics students at the University of British Columbia have developed a desktop plastic recycler and

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7 intoxicating green designs for a happy St. Patrick’s Day

7 intoxicating green designs for a happy St. Patrick’s Day

PISSKY: Gilpin Whisky is Recycled from Diabetic’s Urine James Gilpin has a bit of a different interpretation of the adage "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Gilpin, who has Type 1 Diabetes

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Econtainer Recycled Shipping Container Bridge to Provide Gateway to Tel-Aviv’s Ariel Sharon National Park

Econtainer Recycled Shipping Container Bridge to Provide Gateway to Tel-Aviv’s Ariel Sharon National Park

The architects were inspired by the Ariel Sharon National Park itself, which is turning an old urban rubbish dump into a flourishing green space. The reuse of shipping containers makes perfect sense, as

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Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

The 100-square-foot floating pod-shaped home measures 12 meters in diameter and 4 meters tall. Its curved body is constructed from recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled aluminum hull. The rounded

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Tropical Swiss Thai House wraps a reclaimed wood deck around an azure pool

Tropical Swiss Thai House wraps a reclaimed wood deck around an azure pool

Located near the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand in South East Asia, this home is smartly laid out in two stories. The main floor holds the kitchen, dining area, and a large living room surrounded by

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Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and recycled materials

Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and recycled materials

A new bamboo multi-use structure designed by SchilderScholte has popped up in the Bengalese town of Rajarhat. Funded by the Pani foundation out of the Netherlands, the building was made entirely from

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World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.’s largest geothermal system

World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.’s largest geothermal system

Located a few streets down from the U.S. Capitol, the historic Dunbar High School was founded in 1870 as the nation’s first public high school for African Americans. The school was partially demolished

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SwimCity offers 3D-printed floating housing for students in Stockholm

SwimCity offers 3D-printed floating housing for students in Stockholm

Belatchew Labs is an experimental studio under the umbrella of Belatchew Arkitekter, based in Stockholm. The Labs take on projects where it is necessary to solve urban problems with creative thinking,

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Y-town recycles old refrigerator into a dog house for adopted pup!

Y-town recycles old refrigerator into a dog house for adopted pup!

A lucky stray dog in China received the royal treatment with an expansive doghouse made from a recycled refrigerator! Designed by studio Y-town, the sectioned doghouse is made from an old fridge that has

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Thousands of recycled plastic bottles decorate this spectacular LED tree in Nottingham

Thousands of recycled plastic bottles decorate this spectacular LED tree in Nottingham

Turner hand made over a thousand unique LED plastic bottle flowers for the tree light installation. Each plastic bottle was sandblasted to create a white frosted appearance, cut up, and sculpted into

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FactoryTwentyOne’s new Unique Collection is made from oak, mahogany, and recycled pallets

FactoryTwentyOne’s new Unique Collection is made from oak, mahogany, and recycled pallets

The ‘Unique Collection’ of furniture, handmade from precisely cut recycled oak, mahogany, and pallet wood, is the work of FactoryTwentyOne owner, Christopher Berry. Each piece is the result of many

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Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

Photo via Shutterstock Spanish scientists have developed the world's first self-healing polymer - a plastic that can be cut in half and then left to repair itself without any outside intervention.

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Stockholm architecture firm Joliark converts historic brewery into a light-filled headquarters for Octapharma

Stockholm architecture firm Joliark converts historic brewery into a light-filled headquarters for Octapharma

The brewery was built in the 1890s and experienced its heyday between 1895 and 1910 before going bankrupt. The brick-and-wood structure has been used in a variety of ways since but was left in disrepair

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6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

6 Extraordinary Airbnb homes that you can rent around the world

Sleep in a Dreamy Tree house in Atlanta Secluded Intown Treehouse offers fairytale-like accommodation for grownups in one of their three rustic cabins in Atlanta. They are entirely made from reclaimed

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Sew Much Style upcycles vintage men’s suits into stylin’ messenger bags

Sew Much Style upcycles vintage men’s suits into stylin’ messenger bags

Designer Terry Lischka’s innovative bags transform thrift store men’s items into fashion-forward unisex messenger bags. Designing under the name Sew Much Style, Lichska scours thrift stores for

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VIDEO: How to make an electricity-free radiant space heater that heats your home for pennies a day

VIDEO: How to make an electricity-free radiant space heater that heats your home for pennies a day

Would you believe that you can heat your space with a few candles and a couple of flower pots, all for just pennies a day? It might be difficult to imagine, but it's easy to do, as this video shows in a

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“Loo-cy” toilet snowplow helps Maryland man beat back winter

“Loo-cy” toilet snowplow helps Maryland man beat back winter

The northeastern US has been inundated with snow over the past month, but one Maryland man has found a way to bring a smile to the faces of passersby with his rather unique snowplow. Dubbed "Loo-cy" David

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Enormous Temple of Trash Made from 100 Tons of Recycled Plastic Bottles

Enormous Temple of Trash Made from 100 Tons of Recycled Plastic Bottles

While the temple is no longer standing, the trend of upcycling plastic bottles that inspired the construction shows no signs of slowing down. Other recent examples of PET bottle creativity include the

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‘Origami 9010′ furniture series folds doors instead of paper

‘Origami 9010′ furniture series folds doors instead of paper

So, it turns out that origami isn't just for paper. Designer Yoraco González's "Origami 9010" furniture series is entirely influenced by traditional Japanese paper-folding techniques. These origami

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INFOGRAPHIC: Get inspired to turn trash into upcycled treasure

INFOGRAPHIC: Get inspired to turn trash into upcycled treasure

Recycling is a great way to reduce the waste stream, but it typically requires a lot of energy and resources to remake those materials into new, often lower quality, products. That’s why we at Inhabitat

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6 ways to reuse your Valentine’s Day roses

6 ways to reuse your Valentine’s Day roses

Valentine's day has come and gone, and if you're one of the millions of people who received roses as a gift for this holiday, chances are that your flowers will keep smelling and looking gorgeous for

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DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

Photo © Third Floor Design Studio So, you're trapped indoors because it's -90 degrees outside, and you're going a little stir crazy. How can you combat the cabin fever that drives so many people up

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Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

Since the Bel Air tree house had to be finished in less than two weeks, Romero called in the help of his friend, designer and carpenter Jeff Casper. Together, they constructed the shelter using 100%

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Lilian van Daal creates a Biomimicry-inspired, 3D-printed chair

Lilian van Daal creates a Biomimicry-inspired, 3D-printed chair

It’s no secret that the modern-day upholstered couch or chair is a nightmare of processing, materials and almost impossible to recycle. Dutch designer Lilian van Daal is looking at ways to reinvent

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Two college students build a tiny home for under $500

Two college students build a tiny home for under $500

According to The Des Moines Register, Andrews and Van Kooten were inspired to build a tiny house for their senior school project after a class trip to Costa Rica, where they were housed in small,

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Eco-friendly youth center is built from bamboo, earth bricks, and recycled plastic bottles in Phnom Penh

Eco-friendly youth center is built from bamboo, earth bricks, and recycled plastic bottles in Phnom Penh

__A group of six, young, Finnish architects has designed and realized an ecologically and socially sustainable youth center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The center hosts teaching in computer skills, languages

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Love sign made of matches and reclaimed wood sets hearts afire

Love sign made of matches and reclaimed wood sets hearts afire

With Valentine's Day right around the bend, we thought it was the perfect time to feature artist Pei San Ng's amore-themed matchstick art. Ng arranged approximately 2,500 match sticks with red tips on a

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