Recycled Materials

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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Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

Beautiful net-zero energy family ranch comfortably hosts sixteen in California

The net-zero ranch comprises a cluster of buildings that frame and protect a sunny central courtyard from strong winds. The courtyard’s plunge pool and hot tub were strategically placed to overlook

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7 ways to revel in an eco-friendly Mardi Gras

7 ways to revel in an eco-friendly Mardi Gras

Recycle your Beads Mardi Gras "throws", the trinkets thrown by Krewe members from floats to parade goers, have a pretty rich history. Modern throws however, are largely made up of cheap plastic strings

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Artist Nikki Ella Whitlock recycles wine bottle fragments into ethereal mosaics

Artist Nikki Ella Whitlock recycles wine bottle fragments into ethereal mosaics

British artist Nikki Ella Whitlock takes recycling to ethereal levels, by transforming old glass into stunning mosaics. With a mix of tiles and glass mostly from used wine bottles, the Derbyshire-based

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“Family cloths” reusable toilet wipes: gross or great?

“Family cloths” reusable toilet wipes: gross or great?

Many of us who try to lead eco-conscious lifestyles are likely already using many reusable, washable fabric items for both household and personal use; cotton dish cloths, washable baby diapers,

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MUM students build a solar-powered bicycle repair station out of salvaged materials

MUM students build a solar-powered bicycle repair station out of salvaged materials

A bike repair stand, basic hand tools and a solar powered air compressor and USB cellphone charger are all at your disposal when you pull up to the DIY bike repair station. Designed and built from

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heri&salli design a minimalist Viennese Guest Room made from wooden pallets

heri&salli design a minimalist Viennese Guest Room made from wooden pallets

Architecture studio heri&salli designed a set of Viennese Guest Rooms with the main furnishings made entirely from wooden pallets and timber. Designed for Vienna’s Gegenbauer Vinegar Brewery, each room

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DIY: Make recycled candles for Candlemas Day

DIY: Make recycled candles for Candlemas Day

  February 2nd has had special ___ since ancient times: celebrated as Imbolc by the Celts, and more recently as Candlemas by Christians, it's also commonly known as Groundhog Day. Although the

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New Zealand company turns old carpet into cool bicycles for kids

New Zealand company turns old carpet into cool bicycles for kids

Carpet may not be in style anymore, but they do serve a useful purpose --warming up a floor -- and now they can serve again after they’ve been torn out and thrown away. A New Zealand company has found a

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This tiny Wedge cabin looks great and has a place for everything

This tiny Wedge cabin looks great and has a place for everything

This "rustic cabin with a modern aesthetic" is the perfect combination of tiny house living and architectural excellence. Designed to everything you need and everything in its place, the small Wedge cabin

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DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Plantable Valentines Made From Recycled Paper 1. Gather Your Materials 2. Shred Paper – make sure you don’t use coated paper like magazines. Use a few pieces of colored paper to tint your

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Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

Australians are being encouraged to increase their recycling habits with a program called "Cash for Containers". In Sydney and areas of New South Wales, kiosks accept recyclable cans and bottles and allow

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Dreamy Panchoran Retreat is made from old telephone poles and bamboo from the forests of Bali

Dreamy Panchoran Retreat is made from old telephone poles and bamboo from the forests of Bali

Photo: Tim Street Porter Tucked away within 25 acres of bamboo and coconut palm groves near Ubud, Bali, Panchoran is a little piece of paradise and the perfect way for anyone who is tired of taking

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Incredible Amsterdam office created entirely from cardboard

Incredible Amsterdam office created entirely from cardboard

The designers created an entire office space by carefully cutting and folding sheets of 15 mm honeycomb cardboard. The area includes desks, tables, bookshelves, columns, stairs, and even rooms made out of

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French Rollkers ‘under shoes’ allow walkers to travel at up to 7mph!

French Rollkers ‘under shoes’ allow walkers to travel at up to 7mph!

French startup Rollkers SAS is coming to the US to unveil their unique shoe accessory. The Rollkers undershoe is described as a "transportation accessory that increases a person’s average walking

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Make 2015 your most organized year ever with these smart upcycled household items

Make 2015 your most organized year ever with these smart upcycled household items

Trying to get your house in order for the new year can cost a pretty penny, what with buying new bins, racks, baskets, etc. to handle all the storage and organizing. But there’s a very simple way to

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Artist uses poop to paint portrait of Mark Zuckerberg

Artist uses poop to paint portrait of Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is not generally thought of as a well-loved person—many, in fact, believe that he single-handedly ruined the Internet by making the surveillance-rife, brand-punishing,

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DIY: Make your own bowl out of an old LP record

DIY: Make your own bowl out of an old LP record

Brooklyn based Vinylux fashions tableware from old records. Artist Jeff Davis started hand?making these symmetrical, stepped bowls from non-playable LPs as part of his graduate thesis project. The product

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Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud

Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud

Inspired by the mud dauber, a little wasp which builds its home with mud, Massimo Moretti later learned of bio-architecture and started to work to put the two together. Concerned about the housing crisis

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Amazing 5-foot-long Boeing 777 replica is made from over 2,000 hand-made pieces of manila folders

Amazing 5-foot-long Boeing 777 replica is made from over 2,000 hand-made pieces of manila folders

Luka found the inspiration for the project during a high school art architecture class in 2008. He acquired the schematic designs of an Air India 777-3000ER and began building the 5-foot-long 1:60 scale

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DIY: Learn how to make a beautiful braided rug from old fabric

DIY: Learn how to make a beautiful braided rug from old fabric

What You'll Need: Long strips of fabric (old sheets and curtains are ideal, and far easier to work with than t-shirt scraps sewn together to make them longer) Sewing scissors A

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‘Till the Cows Come Home: a shipping container restaurant in Berlin

‘Till the Cows Come Home: a shipping container restaurant in Berlin

Set in a 40-foot-long cargo container, Till the Cows Come Home is a Berlin-based slow food kitchen that serves haute vegetarian cuisine. Designed by Natalie Viaux, the shipping container has been

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Super strong, lightweight cardboard bicycle costs just $10 to make!

Super strong, lightweight cardboard bicycle costs just $10 to make!

Gafni describes the beginning of his cardboard obsession as when he read about a man creating a canoe with the same material. He ran into his shed and began cutting and shaping his old boxes into what

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New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

New plastic recycling process uses no water and cuts costs in half

A Mexico-based tech company says it can recycle more than 90 percent of any type of plastic without using water. The new method also reduces costs by half without suffering any loss in quality,

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TallerDE2′s Pop-Up House reinvents the bachelor pad with modular OSB units

TallerDE2′s Pop-Up House reinvents the bachelor pad with modular OSB units

The first thing the architects did for this pop-up house designed for a thirty-something bachelor, was remove all of the dividing walls, fittings and fixtures. Then they divided the space efficiently

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Green design keeps this tiny mobile home warm in Canada’s below-freezing winters

Green design keeps this tiny mobile home warm in Canada’s below-freezing winters

Located in Pelly Crossing, a small community north of Whitehouse, Yukon, the 97-square-foot version.3 tiny house currently serves as the home for the instructor/coordinator of the Yukon College Campus. To

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Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Milkovisch was born during the Depression, so was taught at a young age to always reuse and repurpose whatever was brought into the house. Saving old cans in the attic, he got the idea to repurpose them

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