Recycled Materials

South American Plastic Banks Turn Pollution into Currency

South American Plastic Banks Turn Pollution into Currency

Canadian Entrepreneurs David Katz and Shaun Frankson are on a mission to tackle poverty and plastic pollution in one fell swoop. Their startup Plastic Bank recognizes that many areas affected by plastic

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5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

Coco Hut Made From Recycled Scrap Wood Made from FSC-certified wood and random scraps, Coco Hut is a cozy shelter shaped like a ball. Created by Dutch designer Gert Eussen, it stands on stilts and can be

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Reclaimed Plastic Furniture Can Help You Recline in Style

Reclaimed Plastic Furniture Can Help You Recline in Style

Isn't it ironic that most things that are made of plastic are used only once and then thrown into the trash, but plastic itself is a material that lasts forever; something that the Earth simply cannot

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Gorgeous Detroit Bus Shelters Made of Materials From Abandoned Homes

Gorgeous Detroit Bus Shelters Made of Materials From Abandoned Homes

If you have ever had to wait around in the rain or snow for hours waiting for a bus to arrive, then you can imagine the public transport situation in Detroit. With half of the bus routes cancelled and a

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LEGOLAND Florida Becomes Nation’s First Theme Park to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy on Earth Day

LEGOLAND Florida Becomes Nation’s First Theme Park to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy on Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, LEGOLAND Florida just become the first theme park in the U.S. to be completely powered by renewable solar energy. The 150-acre theme park teamed up with Tampa Electric to go off the

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TrashNothing Connects Freecyclers Around the World to Reduce Landfill use

TrashNothing Connects Freecyclers Around the World to Reduce Landfill use

You've probably heard of "Freecycling" by now, but if you haven't, it's a system through which one person's used/unloved items become another person's treasure. As the idea has gained in popularity,

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Cans, Bottles, and Cardboard Boxes are Recycled Into Brand New Products

INFOGRAPHIC: How Cans, Bottles, and Cardboard Boxes are Recycled Into Brand New Products

By now most people know how important it is to recycle bottles and cans - but do you know what happens to your used containers once you toss them in the blue bin? I Want to Be Recycled has launched a

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Nimbus Eco Tree-free Bamboo and Sugarcane Toilet Paper Makes a Splash at Coachella

Nimbus Eco Tree-free Bamboo and Sugarcane Toilet Paper Makes a Splash at Coachella

According to estimates, Americans alone use an average of 23.6 rolls of toilet paper per person annually, which results in some serious damage to the environment. Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist at

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Elliat Rich’s Decennia Chair Blooms With Colorful Patterns as its Paint Wears Away

Elliat Rich’s Decennia Chair Blooms With Colorful Patterns as its Paint Wears Away

If you’re passionate about bespoke furniture, you can’t get any more personalized than Elliat Rich's Decennia Chair currently on show at Milan Design Week as part of ‘The Other Hemisphere’

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Weird ‘Well Proven’ Chairs Made With Wood Shavings Pop Up in Milan

Weird ‘Well Proven’ Chairs Made With Wood Shavings Pop Up in Milan

Dutch-Brit designer duo Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw have created a new material that looks like polystyrene foam but is made from timber waste instead. Their wonderful Well Proven Chairs and Stools

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Johanna Riedl’s Saw Dust Chair is Made From Its Own Waste

Johanna Riedl’s Saw Dust Chair is Made From Its Own Waste

Danish designer Johanna Riedl's Saw Dust Chair redefines waste minimization by reusing sawdust from its own manufacture to create a comfy cushion. Sawdust created while constructing the chair's wood frame

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Graypants’ Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture

Graypants’ Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture

The Garage is located in Vashon, an island southwest of Seattle that sits in the Puget Sound. The project sits on the shores of the sound, and the building opens up on all sides to let in the views and

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Tiny SCADpad Asia Apartment Captures the Spirit of Hong Kong for Just $40,000

Tiny SCADpad Asia Apartment Captures the Spirit of Hong Kong for Just $40,000

Each of SCADpad's tiny mobile units are almost entirely designed and developed by an interdisciplinary team of SCAD students, staff, and alumni. Inhabitat was invited to explore SCADpad’s three

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Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Sweden-based designer Hampus Penttinen created his Svartskär chair out of the flotsam that washes up on the shore of Kosterhavet—Sweden's only national marine park. He used grafting techniques to bind

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SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

SCADpad North America Lets Tiny House Lovers Live Large in a Parking Spot

Situated between the SCADpad community garden and a parking space-sized exterior courtyard, SCADpad North America features large windows that overlook its adjacent spaces as well as the Atlanta city

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TROCHET: Ateeq Upcycled Plastic Bag Furniture & Yoga Mats Empower Saudi Women

TROCHET: Ateeq Upcycled Plastic Bag Furniture & Yoga Mats Empower Saudi Women

Diana Rayyan is the amazing force behind Ateeq, an inspiring social organization in Saudi Arabia that makes all sorts of objects from old plastic bags. Called Trochet -- a combination of the words

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BREEAM Excellent Everyman Theatre Renovation Reuses 25,000 Bricks in Liverpool

BREEAM Excellent Everyman Theatre Renovation Reuses 25,000 Bricks in Liverpool

The Everyman is a culturally important hub for Liverpool, capturing the creativity and community engagement that makes the theater a vital building. Originally housed in a converted 19th century chapel,

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Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Vena Cava Winery was started by Phil Gregory, who also owns and runs the nearby luxury hotel La Villa del Valle in Guadalupe Valley. The desert valley enjoys an interesting microclimate for growing grapes

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Gleaming Pop-Up Habitat Made from Repurposed Photographic Reflective Panels Packs Down in a Jiffy

Gleaming Pop-Up Habitat Made from Repurposed Photographic Reflective Panels Packs Down in a Jiffy

The Pop-Up Habitat is a modular, multi-purpose system made of reflective panels. It uses their rigidity, flexibility and collapsibility to create an array of spatial configurations. Each module consists

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Bernard Pras Recreates Artistic Masterpieces Entirely from Recycled Materials

Bernard Pras Recreates Artistic Masterpieces Entirely from Recycled Materials

From afar, each of Pras’ pieces appear like seamless paintings. Hokusai’s classic “The Wave” crests with white caps, and Van Gogh’s infamous “Starry Night” swirls in hues of blue and yellow.

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Jason Allerman Builds Functioning LEGO Keyboard With 1,500 Pieces

Jason Allerman Builds Functioning LEGO Keyboard With 1,500 Pieces

LEGO maniac Jason Allerman has used his enthusiasm for the toy bricks to create a fully functioning computer keyboard. Using over 1,500 LEGO pieces, Allerman transformed a discarded broken keyboard into a

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Chinese Company Assembles 10 3D-Printed Concrete Houses in a Day for Less Than $5,000 Each

Chinese Company Assembles 10 3D-Printed Concrete Houses in a Day for Less Than $5,000 Each

A massive 3D printer measuring 490 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 20 feet deep was used to 3D print each of the structural components from the giant concrete slabs to the inner cross bracing. To cut down on

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New Work Station Made With Recycled Pallets Cost Less Than €30 to Build

New Work Station Made With Recycled Pallets Cost Less Than €30 to Build

Two different professionals with different needs needed a new working station. But they had to share the same 18.5 square meter space and they had a very limited budget. They knew the solution had to be

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Australia’s Largest Cargotecture House is a Modern Masterpiece Built from 31 Shipping Containers

Australia’s Largest Cargotecture House is a Modern Masterpiece Built from 31 Shipping Containers

Miller superbly combines textures to create a rich sense of depth in the house's facade. In the front of the house, the corrugated steel of the shipping containers are juxtaposed against warm wood

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Fantasized: Belgian Designer Creates Livable Products Out of Discarded Fans

Fantasized: Belgian Designer Creates Livable Products Out of Discarded Fans

Belgian designer Sep Verboom partnered with social environmentalist Hon. Nida Cabrera to innovate the waste management in Cebu City. Old fans are purchased in Philippine junkshops and combined with

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‘Broken’ Furniture Finds Beauty in Cracked and Unwanted Wood

‘Broken’ Furniture Finds Beauty in Cracked and Unwanted Wood

Finnish designer and woodworker Jalmari Laihinen's amazing new collection of furniture celebrates the beauty of cracked, harsh edged wood that would otherwise go unnoticed or discarded. Laihinen's Broken

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Hare + Klein’s Award-Winning Eco Lodge in the Australian Bush Charms with Local and Recycled Materials

Hare + Klein’s Award-Winning Eco Lodge in the Australian Bush Charms with Local and Recycled Materials

Hare and Klein's eco lodge is located in a coastal village just south of Sydney. Inside, tables and chairs made from minimally treated willow and silver birch contribute a raw and natural aesthetic that

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Shipping Container Crowds a Tiny Room to Critique the Industrial Age

Shipping Container Crowds a Tiny Room to Critique the Industrial Age

Artist Jorge Macchi criticizes global trade and industrialism with this intriguing shipping container art installation. Previously on display at Mamba in Buenos Aires, the 'Container' is placed diagonally

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Torafu Architects’s Sparkling Raindrop Lights are Made From Recycled Fluorescent Bulbs

Torafu Architects’s Sparkling Raindrop Lights are Made From Recycled Fluorescent Bulbs

Torafu Architects collaborated with a glass artist for their latest design adventure. "Water Balloon" is a magical light installation made from 36 pendant lights shaped like raindrops. The handcrafted,

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Paul Borrero’s Stylish New UNA Chair is Made From 100% Recycled Cardboard

Paul Borrero’s Stylish New UNA Chair is Made From 100% Recycled Cardboard

Award-winning Industrial and Graphic Designer Paul Borrero designed UNA, an innovative new chair made from recycled cardboard. Borrero has been creating, testing, and refining the chair for three years

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