Recycled Materials

BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

The term “upcycle” - used to describe the process of turning something old and used into a new and useful item - has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years. The term was popularized by Cradle

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Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

These playful Togetherfarm blocks made entirely from recycled plastic allow users to build their own raised garden beds in under five minutes. Inspired by LEGO building blocks, the recycled plastic bricks

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The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

Collier-Woods bought the 31-year-old public transport bus on eBay for £4,500 (approx $7,400). "I had a look on eBay and found that double deckers were not as expensive as I would have thought, so bought

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EnjoyTwice Reinvents Discarded Advertising Cardboard with their Geometric Pendant Lamps

EnjoyTwice Reinvents Discarded Advertising Cardboard with their Geometric Pendant Lamps

Under the flag of design label EnjoyTwice, a handful of designers have been working with difficult to recycle materials since 2009. Their latest product is the EnjoyTwice Light made from recycled

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Werk Studio’s TREE|HUB is a Tiny Wooden Tower Hideout Built for Design Exchange

Werk Studio’s TREE|HUB is a Tiny Wooden Tower Hideout Built for Design Exchange

TREE|HUB is a timber tree house rising 10 feet off the ground. Located in Peckham, it was built by a collaborative team of design students from Goldsmiths University working under the name Werk Studio.

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Pop-Tarts Transforms Vintage Airstream Trailer into Oversized Toaster

Pop-Tarts Transforms Vintage Airstream Trailer into Oversized Toaster

Breakfast pastry Pop-Tarts has transformed a vintage Airstream trailer into an oversized toaster, with giant Pop-Tarts ready for the taking. The silver Airstream toaster rolled up to Park City, Utah,

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Guy Laramée Carves a Majestic Lifelike Mountain Range Out of an Encyclopedia Britannica Set

Guy Laramée Carves a Majestic Lifelike Mountain Range Out of an Encyclopedia Britannica Set

Using similar techniques applied to previous sculptures, such as The Great Wall and Guan Yin, the artist created an entire mountain range inspired by his travels to South America. The majestic landscape

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Trash Amps Transform Mason Jars into Ecofriendly, Hipster-y Speakers

Trash Amps Transform Mason Jars into Ecofriendly, Hipster-y Speakers

Do you love the cool simplicity of the Mason jar? Trash Amps took the hipster-friendly drinking vessel and converted it from a glass container to a portable speaker and practice amp. The Mason Jar

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DIY: How to Turn Two Plastic Hangers Into a Cheap and Easy Way to Store Holiday Lights

DIY: How to Turn Two Plastic Hangers Into a Cheap and Easy Way to Store Holiday Lights

Here's a little trick for storing Holiday lights and re-purposing something you probably already have laying around after opening presents! For years, I've been looking for the cheapest and easiest way to

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Chinese Man Builds His Own Bionic Hands from Scrap Metal After Losing Limbs in Explosion

Chinese Man Builds His Own Bionic Hands from Scrap Metal After Losing Limbs in Explosion

Think you're a pretty good do-it-yourself-er? Think again. The Daily Mail reports that after losing both of his hands and forearms in an explosion (he created a homemade bomb that detonated prematurely),

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How to Reuse, Recycle and Green Your After Christmas Waste

How to Reuse, Recycle and Green Your After Christmas Waste

Want to get a P.H.D. in what to do with your P.H.W.? (That's short for post-holiday waste in case you didn't know.) While you may not have heard of the term (we kind of just made it up), we're pretty sure

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HOW TO: Recycle Your Holiday Wrapping Paper

HOW TO: Recycle Your Holiday Wrapping Paper

Ah, the day after Christmas - if you've been greening your holiday thus far, why stop now? One of the simplest ways to keep up the great eco-work is to recycle that colorful mound of ripped-up wrapping

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Awesome Replica of Dorothy’s Iconic Twister-Swept House from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Built with Scraps

Awesome Replica of Dorothy’s Iconic Twister-Swept House from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Built with Scraps

The house project combines architecture, sculpture and installation art. The team led by artist Jared Cowan purposely kept to the 24 hour time limit so that the final piece doesn’t look too neat or

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Consumerist Christmas Tree Uses Thousands of Multi-Colored Plastic Bags to Symbolize Our Addiction to Waste

Consumerist Christmas Tree Uses Thousands of Multi-Colored Plastic Bags to Symbolize Our Addiction to Waste

A monument to our throwaway society, the 30 foot tall recycled tree symbolizes the wastefulness of excessive shopping and its subsequent environmental consequences. Luzinterruptus sourced over 4,000

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‘Twas the Night Before (a Green) Christmas…

‘Twas the Night Before (a Green) Christmas…

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the green house "We're not ready for Christmas yet!" the whole family groused They'd all been too busy working and living Seems like only a day had

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Concrete Ribbons Add Contemporary Twist to Historic Courtyard in San Francisco

Concrete Ribbons Add Contemporary Twist to Historic Courtyard in San Francisco

The courtyard's sculptural and symmetric shape reflects the classical design of the 1932 Arthus Brown building. Concrete paving ribbons curve out from each entrance in the courtyard and partition the

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Adorable Recycled Paper Pressed Pets Ornaments Turn Green Christmas Trees into Fairytales

Adorable Recycled Paper Pressed Pets Ornaments Turn Green Christmas Trees into Fairytales

Christmas is just a couple days away, and these handcrafted holiday decorations would make charming eco-friendly gifts. Called Pressed Pets, these adorable ornaments are made entirely from pressed

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Nice Architects Propose a Hill Built from Construction Rubble for Adelaide Rocks in Australia

Nice Architects Propose a Hill Built from Construction Rubble for Adelaide Rocks in Australia

The artificial hill in the middle of the block is a multi-layered space built around the principles of sustainability and public accessibility. The proposal comprises a strong urban gesture - a hill built

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Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Sill-to-Sill is a Recycled Material Gift Shop at Hackney City Farm

Last year, Hackney City Farm held a design competition open to architects, designers and students for the design of a new shop and info center. The Farm requested that the shop use recycled materials and

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Iconic Design Makes Unique Office Chairs from Reclaimed Lambretta Scooter Parts

Iconic Design Makes Unique Office Chairs from Reclaimed Lambretta Scooter Parts

Iconic Design has created a series of unique handcrafted office chairs from pieces of Italian Lambretta motor scooters. Jim Plester, the designer of the chairs, used traditional scooter spares; this

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Matt Gagnon’s Knit Fort Built with Reclaimed Wood Makes a Perfect Hideaway Cocoon

Matt Gagnon’s Knit Fort Built with Reclaimed Wood Makes a Perfect Hideaway Cocoon

Whether it's used as a relaxing time out space in a bustling office, a child's playroom, a chill out zone in the back yard or an exterior shade cabana in an exotic location, Gagnon's Knit Fort is one very

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Upcycle House: Lendager Arkitekter Unveils Incredible House Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

Upcycle House: Lendager Arkitekter Unveils Incredible House Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

The Upcycle House's building materials come from a vast variety of sources. The load bearing base of the home is made out of two prefabricated shipping containers that are insulated on the outside, which

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Vermont Woods Studio’s Beautiful Reclaimed Bench Takes Inspiration from Bridges

Vermont Woods Studio’s Beautiful Reclaimed Bench Takes Inspiration from Bridges

The Wood and Steel Bridges bench is a green furniture lover's dream design. Handcrafted in Vermont, this industrial-style piece is made of reclaimed wood and custom metal legs, bringing together an

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This Towering Holiday Tree is Made of 86 Shopping Carts

This Towering Holiday Tree is Made of 86 Shopping Carts

Images © Graham King “The shopping cart tree symbolizes both generosity and abundance, as well as acknowledging those less fortunate where their whole world may be housed in a cart. We see shopping

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Agüevo Cork Egg Cup Keeps Soft-Boiled Eggs Warm

Agüevo Cork Egg Cup Keeps Soft-Boiled Eggs Warm

Agüevo is a new modern egg cup made from natural cork! Designed by IN-TENTA, these water-repellent, lightweight anti-slip egg cups protect soft-boiled eggs and keep them warm thanks to the great

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DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Photo Snow Globes from Recycled Jars

DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Photo Snow Globes from Recycled Jars

It's likely that we all had a snow globe or seven when we were kids, and we took great glee in shaking them up to see the little flakes dance around every time we shook them. It's easy to make your own

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DIY: How To Make a Beautiful Holiday Wreath in 5 Easy Steps

DIY: How To Make a Beautiful Holiday Wreath in 5 Easy Steps

To create your holiday wreath you will need: - Fabric shears. These will cut through fabric more easily than standard scissors. - A collection of small pieces of fabric swatches. We used table cloths,

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School of Tyres is a Temporary Handbuilt School in the West Bank

School of Tyres is a Temporary Handbuilt School in the West Bank

Built for the Vento di Terra o.n.g. and the Jerusalem Beduin Cooperative Commitee, the School of Tyres is a practical solution to provide an education for the children of the Al Khan Al Ahmar Bedouin

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6 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Alternatives

6 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Alternatives

Image via mah_japan/Flickr Fabric Gift Wrap Fabric is the perfect reuseable material for wrapping presents because it comes in lots of colors and patterns just like wrapping paper. In Japan, fabric

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Anastasiya Kovaleva Makes Delicate Art from Recycled Materials and Food Waste

Anastasiya Kovaleva Makes Delicate Art from Recycled Materials and Food Waste

Artist Anastasiya Kovaleva’s beautiful 'Black Garden' collage is made from a collection of recycled cardboard, paper egg cartons, eggshells, garlic peels, and paper. Kovaleva's work aims to show

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