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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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Check out this adorable igloo made entirely out of recycled milk jugs

Check out this adorable igloo made entirely out of recycled milk jugs

Looking for a creative community project? We spied this adorable milk jug igloo over at Diary of a Working Mom and it just screams the perfect way to get people together and get creative. The cozy little

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Open House Renovates an Abandoned Building into a Transforming Open Air Theater

Open House Renovates an Abandoned Building into a Transforming Open Air Theater

Matthew Mazzotta, an artist whose practice focuses on participatory community design, has teamed up with the Coleman Center for the Arts and people of York, Alabama to transform a blighted downtown

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Edouard Martinet’s enchanting metal animal sculptures are made from old bike parts

Edouard Martinet’s enchanting metal animal sculptures are made from old bike parts

  The French artist created his jolly running ostrich by securing the assorted metal parts with a few screws and opted not to use a welding iron. His pigeon and a very cute robin sculpture

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INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

  INHABITAT: Can you tell our readers a bit about how it all began? Elisabeth: I rented this space a year and a half ago to open a restaurant. I had a few ideas about the menu, in that I knew I

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Sukkarboard is a temporary, lightweight shelter made from recycled cardboard and newspaper

Sukkarboard is a temporary, lightweight shelter made from recycled cardboard and newspaper

Italian architecture firm Pelizzi Architettura designed the Sukkarboard, a temporary, lightweight shelter made from cardboard boxes and newspaper. Constructed using paper mache techniques for the weeklong

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Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher’s knife blades into delicate nature scenes

Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher’s knife blades into delicate nature scenes

At first glance, Hongbo’s sculptural scenes appear to be made of a soft or thin material such as paper, like his other sculptures. However, closer inspection reveals the artist’s incredible feat of

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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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Will Florida’s new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or ecological destruction?

Will Florida’s new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or ecological destruction?

Thanks to British Petroleum (BP) decimating the oceanic habitats in the Gulf of Mexico with the infamous Deepwater Horizon spill, their Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund is now being forced to

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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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Top 10 Crazy Christmas Trees Made from Bottles, Bikes, Shopping Carts and More!

Top 10 Crazy Christmas Trees Made from Bottles, Bikes, Shopping Carts and More!

RECYCLED BIKE TIRE TREE This Christmas tree in Bermondsey Square, London is made out of 35 wheels reclaimed from old bikes. It was designed by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects using wheels from a local UK

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10 ways to have a green Christmas this year

10 ways to have a green Christmas this year

1. Make your own recycled gift wrap:  Did you know that some Christmas gift wrapping isn't even recyclable? Keep bags of trash out of the landfill by creating your own simple gift wrap from recycled

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Consumerist Christmas Tree uses 2,000 plastic bags to make you rethink holiday shopping

Consumerist Christmas Tree uses 2,000 plastic bags to make you rethink holiday shopping

This December marks the second year in a row that Luzinterruptus has installed the Consumerist Christmas Tree. The first installation in 2013 had been located in the English city of Durham for the Lumiere

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Margherita is a beautiful lamp made from recycled pizza sauce cans

Margherita is a beautiful lamp made from recycled pizza sauce cans

Did you know an estimated 15,000 pizza sauce cans are thrown away every day in Turin, Italy? Although that's good news for pizza lovers, the growing amount of landfill-bound waste is bad for the

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Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

International carpet designer Interface created Reclaim, a carpet tile line that combines style and socially responsible manufacturing into a 100% recycled product. Inspired by the "natural beauty found

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Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Zaha Hadid’s LEED Platinum-seeking Bee’ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

Surrounded by desert, the curvaceous 75,350-square-foot building was inspired by the shape of sand dunes and oriented to optimize the prevailing Shamal winds and limit exposure to the harsh sun. Hadid

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make just about anything using pallets

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make just about anything using pallets

Over two billion pallets are used every day to move stuff about, but the humble little transporter is way more versatile than just that. Creative minds have used pallets to make everything from doggie

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DIY: Craft an adorable Christmas village from recycled cardboard

DIY: Craft an adorable Christmas village from recycled cardboard

Step One: Gather your materials: • Corrugated cardboard box • Box cutter • Utility knife • Scissors • Ruler • Pencil or pen • White paint and paintbrush • Mini white LED Christmas

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Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural and geographic team

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This typographic calendar shows the date using keyboard keys

This typographic calendar shows the date using keyboard keys

Every year for the past 6 years, artist Harald Geisler has been creating a brilliant Typographic Wall Calendar made entirely out of recycled keyboard keys. Geisler uses the exact number of keys to

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DIY: Recycle last year’s Christmas cards into a colorful bunting garland

DIY: Recycle last year’s Christmas cards into a colorful bunting garland

Step One:  Gather your materials Old Christmas cards Colorful paper or card stock Twine, string, yarn or thin ribbon Double-sided tape Ruler Pen Scissors Needle and thread Step

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Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

Rotterdam’s floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

This week marks a new beginning in Rotterdam: the Recycled Park will begin to retrieve litter from the New Meuse (Nieuwe Maas) river, preventing it from being washed out to the sea. An initiative of

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Win A Kinkajou Glass Bottle Cutter to make your own crafty holiday gifts!

Win A Kinkajou Glass Bottle Cutter to make your own crafty holiday gifts!

Have you ever seen some of the beautiful recycled glass bottle designs we've featured on Inhabitat.com and wondered if you might be able to make your own? Now you too can make stunning and chic upcycled

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This lingerie used to be a Christmas tree

This lingerie used to be a Christmas tree

We've heard of a lot of ways to recycle old Christmas trees, but lingerie? French designer Sophie Young is turning pine needles from old trees into gorgeous underwear. The lingerie is described as being

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