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DIY: Add a Pop of Color to Your Winter Wardrobe—Learn How to Needle-Felt Shapes to Woolen Clothes

DIY: Add a Pop of Color to Your Winter Wardrobe—Learn How to Needle-Felt Shapes to Woolen Clothes

Woolen sweaters, dresses, pants, skirts, and any accessory you can think of can be spruced up with the addition of some needle-felted appliqués. The elbows on cardigans are popular to decorate, as are

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German Company Offers Free Hot Water and Heating from the Cloud

German Company Offers Free Hot Water and Heating from the Cloud

If you live in Germany, a new company can now offer you free heating and water if you get one of their data centers installed in your office. It's so simple, it's genius. The company, Cloud&Heat,

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Uhuru Design Clads Gärdesgård Chairs With Reclaimed Wood From Kentucky Horse Fencing

Uhuru Design Clads Gärdesgård Chairs With Reclaimed Wood From Kentucky Horse Fencing

Sustainable furniture company Uhuru Design recently launched their latest collection and we're enamored with their new and striking Gärdesgård Line. Inspired by a Scandinavian fence style of the same

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Corkinho Transforms Wine Cork Waste into Beautiful Green Furnishings

Corkinho Transforms Wine Cork Waste into Beautiful Green Furnishings

Etienne is formally an interior designer from Antwerp with a passion for sustainable products. His mission is to "requalify" cork as a material of craft and quality. To achieve this, Etienne constructs

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Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Wheel Story House is West Africa’s Largest and Oldest Home Made from Reclaimed Materials

Currently inhabited and fully functioning, the Wheel Story House recently opened for public tours earlier this year. Ansah hopes that by inviting others to view his unique house, he will inspire the

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

The first thing you notice about this gypsy wagon is the surrounding smell of cedar forest and the sound of crashing waves from the lake, which is just a stone’s throw over the hill. In the winter,

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Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

While the cathedral's design is loosely based on St. Peter’s Cathedral, Don Justo has created no formal drawings or engineering plans. His background in farming did not stop him from taking on such a

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Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

Galletly and The Bower realized early on that building a tiny house atop a 6x8 box trailer was nonviable, and so scaled back their plans to build a tiny bedroom instead. Constructed mostly from salvaged

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DIY: Pocket Hand Warmers for Chilly Days

DIY: Pocket Hand Warmers for Chilly Days

Autumn is well underway and the days are getting colder and colder already. You're undoubtedly feeling a fair bit of crispness in the air in the early morning or after sunset, as days will grow shorter,

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Sustainable Ruche Shelves Harness Beehive Aesthetics and Geometry

Sustainable Ruche Shelves Harness Beehive Aesthetics and Geometry

No screws, glues, or other fasteners are required to assemble Ruche—a sustainable shelving system created by industrial designer Ruthy Shafrir. This smart shelving unit is designed to be different:

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Twentypence Transforms Locally-Sourced and Reclaimed Wood into Nature-Inspired Fall Clocks

Twentypence Transforms Locally-Sourced and Reclaimed Wood into Nature-Inspired Fall Clocks

New Jersey-based product design studio Twentypence just launched a Kickstarter campaign for Fall Clocks, a collection of elegant wall clocks made from locally sourced and reclaimed wood. The clock faces

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HOW TO: Extend Your Garden’s Growing Season With Cloches and Cold Frames

HOW TO: Extend Your Garden’s Growing Season With Cloches and Cold Frames

Hardy vegetables like kale, cabbage, chard, lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, turnips, parsnips, and beets will over-winter well,  and you'd likely also have a fair bit of luck with herbs such as

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

  For those who may be unaware, there is a common and saddening epidemic that exists in today’s textile industry, where impoverished textile workers labor in cotton fields and factories

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Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

Recycled Material Pavilions Help Renew Interest in Costa Rica’s Public Spaces

In August 2014, Benjamin Garcia Saxe and Laura Morelli led an “International Workshop” at the Universidad Veritas in San Jose Costa Rica for a class of students. The month long workshop was intended

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CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

Brown and Wayne's CLOUD in Calgary was an illuminating temporary installation where visitors could pull on cords to turn CFL lights on and off. The playful light exhibit was made up of 6,000 upcycled

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Nick Gentry Transforms Old Film and Disks into Captivating Portraits

Nick Gentry Transforms Old Film and Disks into Captivating Portraits

With the age of technology advancing faster than we can possibly keep up with, we are left with obsolete media. Film cameras have been replaced with digital capture and USB drives render floppy disks

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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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