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Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

In 2007, Skateistan began working with children aged 5-17 in Kabul as a "sport through development" project. Skateboarding was the best option for the program because Afghanistan law prohibits girls from

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San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

While driving over the bridge one day, David Grieshaber came up with the idea to convert the bridge into a house in order to save the old urban monument for posterity. Following a whole host of ideas on

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Re Rag Rug Makes Socially and Ecologically Responsible Rugs from Textile Waste

Re Rag Rug Makes Socially and Ecologically Responsible Rugs from Textile Waste

Re Rag Rug is an experimental design project that explores the social and ecological sustainability of the rug. Supported by the Swedish Art Grants Committee Konstnärsnämnden, the team behind the

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Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Industrial designer Mark Richardson has transformed a slew of salvaged materials into an awesome DIY velomobile! The Monash University lecturer began collecting old wheels, bike parts, and wheelchairs to

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Crazy 1966 VW Bus With Snowmobile Tracks and Sound System Takes the Party to the Slopes

Crazy 1966 VW Bus With Snowmobile Tracks and Sound System Takes the Party to the Slopes

Apres-ski party anyone? A handy engineer has converted a fully functioning 1966 VW Bus Bulli T1 into a snow-bound DJ machine complete with 1000 watt subwoofer and 2 x 300 watt speakers. Of course, a

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Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

  After Treeson water company founder Carlton Solle took a trip to Costa Rica with his family five years ago and saw the dreadful plastic pollution littering the beach, he learned that less

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INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’

INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’

What is most impressive about the curated collection of material reuse architecture that Bahamón and Sanjinés found is the creativity. Peach pits are used as flooring, tire treads are used as roofing

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Jeremiah Johnson’s ‘House of Worship’ Repurposes the Prescription Pill Bottles He’s Collected Since Getting Sick

Jeremiah Johnson’s ‘House of Worship’ Repurposes the Prescription Pill Bottles He’s Collected Since Getting Sick

First known for his houses constructed from credit card applications, Jeremiah Johnson found a new use for all of the empty pill bottles he's collected since he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in

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Michael Neville’s Colorful Rockers Are Made From Recycled Cardboard

Michael Neville’s Colorful Rockers Are Made From Recycled Cardboard

Designer Michael Neville created these colorful recycled rockers as a material exploration of post-consumer cardboard pulp and natural dyes. The rockers are designed as functional furniture for young

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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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Clever LED Cork Light Transforms Any Wine Bottle into a Lamp

Clever LED Cork Light Transforms Any Wine Bottle into a Lamp

This clever LED bottle light lets you turn any old empty bottle into a glass lamp! The rechargeable light is shaped just like a cork, so it can slip into the empty bottle of your choice. The light charges

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Kayak Instructor Builds Tiny Woodland Home for $11,000

Kayak Instructor Builds Tiny Woodland Home for $11,000

Schulz's tiny woodland cottage measures 14' x 16', and it was built entirely from materials gathered at a local recycling yard and savaged wood from the surrounding forest. The resourceful instructor also

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Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Alexander's two-floor cabin measures 14x14 with space for a full loft, kitchen, bathroom, dining, living and office space. The space-efficient home can even sleep up to six people comfortably. In addition

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DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

Photo © Third Floor Design Studio So, you're trapped indoors because it's -90 degrees outside, and you're going a little stir crazy. How can you combat the cabin fever that drives so many people up

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Fantastic Aluminum Origami Kiosks Pop Up in London

Fantastic Aluminum Origami Kiosks Pop Up in London

In order to develop these extraordinary structures, the London-based studio first made several paper models based on Origami shapes. The small humble designs were then translated into real life structures

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Ron van der Ende Builds Giant Mixtapes and Car Sculptures with Found Wood

Ron van der Ende Builds Giant Mixtapes and Car Sculptures with Found Wood

Van der Ende looks at the fragments of found wood that he collects as elements of a mosaic. Sorting each plank, remnant and small piece into piles of color and texture, the artist has the incredible

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Veronique Lamarre Turns Common Household Objects Into Exquisite Recycled Lamps

Veronique Lamarre Turns Common Household Objects Into Exquisite Recycled Lamps

Véronique Lamarre is an innovative industrial designer who is environment conscious from the beginning. After her Bachelor’s degree at the Université de Montréal she works for several years as

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Incredible Miniature Sculptures Carved From Pencil Tips

Incredible Miniature Sculptures Carved From Pencil Tips

Ghetti, who is originally from Brazil, uses his little lead canvases to explore all types of subjects. The image above depicts a part of his 26 pencil letter series - one pencil tip for each letter of

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Gas & Air Studios Unveil Stylish New Shipping Pallet Coffee Table & Stool

Gas & Air Studios Unveil Stylish New Shipping Pallet Coffee Table & Stool

London-based Gas & Air Studios has unveiled their latest shipping pallet creation, the classic coffee table and a slate covered stool. Gas & Air Studios is the maker of the XChair and the fold-out

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Artists Transform Disused Bottles into Prophetic Art Works for ‘Message in a Bottle’ Exhibit

Artists Transform Disused Bottles into Prophetic Art Works for ‘Message in a Bottle’ Exhibit

“Message in a Bottle” asked 50 artists to use the ancient tradition of throwing a bottle into the sea as inspiration to convey their own messages. Each was asked to recycle a bottle of their choice,

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Machine Turns Old Newspapers into Beautiful Wrapping Paper for Chinese New Year

Machine Turns Old Newspapers into Beautiful Wrapping Paper for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year may go unnoticed by many in the west, but it takes about 1,600 trees and 170,000 liters of petrol to meet the holiday demand for wrapping paper in Hong Kong alone. To raise awareness and

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Paulo Goldstein Transforms Discarded Items Into Dynamic Furniture for Central Saint Martins’ New Parlor

Paulo Goldstein Transforms Discarded Items Into Dynamic Furniture for Central Saint Martins’ New Parlor

“What if instead off adding one redistributes what is there already?” Based on his recent research into scarcity, Head of College Professor Jeremy Till commissioned Paulo Goldstein to rescue an

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Researchers Recycle Plastic Bags into Usable Fuel

Researchers Recycle Plastic Bags into Usable Fuel

Plastic bags / Shutterstock  A group of scientists in India have developed a process to transform disused plastic bags into usable fuel. Researchers at the National Institute of Technology and the

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The Durango Tiny House on Wheels is a Minimalist Traveler’s Dream Come True

The Durango Tiny House on Wheels is a Minimalist Traveler’s Dream Come True

The Durango comes with all of the traditional home basics as well as many one-of-a kind features such as the light fixtures made of reclaimed wood. The kitchen galley is equipped with a two well sink, a

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Bee Colony Adapts to Human Environmental Impact by Using Plastic to Build Nests

Bee Colony Adapts to Human Environmental Impact by Using Plastic to Build Nests

Insects are adjusting to climate change and human waste in incredible ways, one of which was noted in a recent study written by York University biologists. Bees are using plastic waste to build nests - a

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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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Willem Heeffer’s Mandala Office Retrofit Pops With Bold Colors and Recycled Materials

Willem Heeffer’s Mandala Office Retrofit Pops With Bold Colors and Recycled Materials

A lamp made from a washing machine drum, a stool made from scrap wood; designer Willem Heeffer spots the design potential in everyday waste objects and sets out to give them a stylish new purpose. Heeffer

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The Begyle Brewing Company Gets a Brand New Tasting Room Designed by moss design

The Begyle Brewing Company Gets a Brand New Tasting Room Designed by moss design

The new tasting room for Begyle Brewing Company, by moss design, showcases their love of beer with sleekly finished industrial materials. With pendant lights made from old helium tank caps and salvaged

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Paola Bazz Uses Recycled Materials to Make Her Three-Dimensional Collages Pop

Paola Bazz Uses Recycled Materials to Make Her Three-Dimensional Collages Pop

The use of recycled materials, such as printed-paper, cardboard, wood and plastic bottle tops, characterizes much of Paola Bazz's artistic production and is the central theme of her works. Bazz focuses

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Stuart Haygarth’s Opulent Chandeliers Are Made Entirely from Recycled Objects

Stuart Haygarth’s Opulent Chandeliers Are Made Entirely from Recycled Objects

Designer Stuart Haygarth creates dazzling functional art entirely from upcycled, discarded objects. For the past decade Haygarth has collaged toys, auto parts, and even eye glass parts into luxurious

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