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Occupy Madison Builds Tiny Homes for the Homeless Using Recycled and Repurposed Materials

Occupy Madison Builds Tiny Homes for the Homeless Using Recycled and Repurposed Materials

Occupy Madison, a non-profit organization from Wisconsin, has built a tiny house for the homeless using recycled and repurposed materials. The 96 square foot home was built in only two months for about

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Ales Javurek Wins First Place in Shipping Container Vacation House Competition

Ales Javurek Wins First Place in Shipping Container Vacation House Competition

Ales Javurek beat out 300 entries to take home first prize thanks to his stellar contemporary and sustainable design made out of steel shipping containers and wood panels. The home's ability to blend in

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Snail Poo Makes Weird and Wonderful New Material

Snail Poo Makes Weird and Wonderful New Material

Who would have thought that snail poo could be turned into a new, colorful and flexible material? This exciting new idea was conceived by Dutch designer Lieske Schreuder, who adopted hundreds of snails

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Infographic: How Vehicles are Recycled When They Go to the Scrapyard

Infographic: How Vehicles are Recycled When They Go to the Scrapyard

Millions of people across the states drive a car to work every day - but did you ever stop to consider what happens to vehicles at the end of their lifecycles? Most wind up in salvage yards, where an

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MODU’s Outdoor Room Pavilion Doubles as a Barometer for Beijing’s Air Pollution

MODU’s Outdoor Room Pavilion Doubles as a Barometer for Beijing’s Air Pollution

Constructed of glossy translucent fabric panels, the 5,000 square-foot Outdoor Room captures the change of light and color as polluted air settles on the city. On a clear, sunny day, the bone-white

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Henry Baumann Creates Incredible Sculptural Furniture From Construction Site Waste

Henry Baumann Creates Incredible Sculptural Furniture From Construction Site Waste

Designer Henry Baumann has created an incredible series of sculptural lamps and chairs by recycling big wooden cable drums often found on building sites. He discovered that these drums were simply too big

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Eduoard Martinet Upcycles Junk into Delicate Insect Sculptures

Eduoard Martinet Upcycles Junk into Delicate Insect Sculptures

Martinet’s junk sculptures are unique in their beautiful craftsmanship. Despite being made from clunky elements like used bike chains, typewriter heads and drawer handles, each sculpture appears to be

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Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Studio Gang’s Mega Efficient NRDC Office Retrofit Achieves LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge Certification

Located in the Civic Opera House building, the open floorplan was key to the design because it allowed for a minimal amount of building materials and maixmum energy efficiency. An open layout office

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Fireclay Tile Turns Old CRT TVs & Monitors into Stunning Recycled Glass Tiles

Fireclay Tile Turns Old CRT TVs & Monitors into Stunning Recycled Glass Tiles

Not too long ago your TV and computer monitor used CRT technology to project moving images. This glass is extremely thick and shatter-resistant, which makes it durable - but it also makes it hard to

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Julie Peppito Creates Colorful “Connected” Art from Recycled Materials

Julie Peppito Creates Colorful “Connected” Art from Recycled Materials

Julie Peppito's "Connected" art exhibit consists of sculptures and drawings comprised of intricately drawn on, stitched, and smashed together debris. Her eclectic pieces make metaphorical connections

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Casanova + Hernandez Architects Create Multicolor Wonderland in Jinzhou Ceramic Museum and Mosaic Park

Casanova + Hernandez Architects Create Multicolor Wonderland in Jinzhou Ceramic Museum and Mosaic Park

Built as part of the 2013 Jinzhou World Landscape Art Expo, the Ceramic Museum is covered in a colorful mosaic of recycled ceramic materials that complements the museum display on ceramic art and history.

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Flow Bike Lanes Click Together Like LEGO Bricks for Safe Urban Cycling

Flow Bike Lanes Click Together Like LEGO Bricks for Safe Urban Cycling

Created by the Copenhagenize Design Company, The Flow is a system of pre-fabricated, interlocking modules made from a combination of 100% recycled plastic and wood. Each module snaps together to create

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Bendetto Bufalino Turns Old Police Car Into Deluxe Chicken Coop

Bendetto Bufalino Turns Old Police Car Into Deluxe Chicken Coop

What happens to chickens when they run a-fowl of the law? If they belong to French artist, Bendetto Burfalino, then the birds end up in a converted 1970's police car. Bendetto, known for his visual puns,

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ITKE Constructs New ArboSkin Pavilion with 388 Recyclable Bioplastic Pyramids

ITKE Constructs New ArboSkin Pavilion with 388 Recyclable Bioplastic Pyramids

The blueprint of the shell structure is based on a network of triangular shapes of different sizes. The double curved skin is made of 3.5 mm thick bioplastic pyramids that are mechanically assembled to

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‘Retrash’ Coffee Table Book Offers Up Inspired Upcycled, Recycled, and Repurposed Designs

‘Retrash’ Coffee Table Book Offers Up Inspired Upcycled, Recycled, and Repurposed Designs

Here at Inhabitat, we love designers and crafters that find innovative ways to turn trash into new, modern treasures. Now there's a book called Retrash that features an array of artists from around the

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‘Beads’ Art Installation Made From Recycled Plastic Bags Pops Up in Israel

‘Beads’ Art Installation Made From Recycled Plastic Bags Pops Up in Israel

'Beads' is a community art installation made of used plastic bags that is located in a shopping center in Zichron Ya'akov, Israel. For a period of 2 months Noa Mer and Tali Buchler held an open activity

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Bizarre Casa dos Leões in Brazil Grows Recycled Wooden Tumors

Bizarre Casa dos Leões in Brazil Grows Recycled Wooden Tumors

Henrique Oliveira holds a degree in painting but his work is an exploration on three-dimensional constructions and temporary installations. He was a student in São Paulo when he spotted a plywood fence

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Artist Sayaka Ganz Unveils Underwater Ecosystem Made From Recycled Beach Plastic

Artist Sayaka Ganz Unveils Underwater Ecosystem Made From Recycled Beach Plastic

We've featured Sayaka Ganz' incredible sculptures made from recycled materials in the past, and the artist just completed an amazing new installation at the Port Canaveral Welcome Center in Port

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Fiona Roberts’ Creepy Scopophilia Chair is Made From Hundreds of Repurposed Glass Eyes!

Fiona Roberts’ Creepy Scopophilia Chair is Made From Hundreds of Repurposed Glass Eyes!

The eyes have it in Fiona Roberts' spooky Scopophilia chair - which is made from hundreds of glass eyes! The Australian designer didn’t skin a hundred Furby dolls to make the eye-catching chair, but

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6 Eco Burial Options for a Green Afterlife

6 Eco Burial Options for a Green Afterlife

Life Gem And Vinyly Eternal Reefs Human Ash Pencils Shelves for Life 3D Cremation Ash Printers Life Gem Your loved ones can forever be reminded of your sparkle, by having your ashes compressed

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Chinese Man Lives in Portable House He Carries on his Back Like a Snail

Chinese Man Lives in Portable House He Carries on his Back Like a Snail

One traveling man in China has made his home part of his wardrobe by carrying a hand made shelter on his back like a snail. China News caught up with Liu Lingchao, a 38 year old man who makes his living

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Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

The great philosopher Macklemore said it best in his hit song “Thrift Store” that one man’s trash is another man’s come up. This statement rings particularly true for artist and sculptor George

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BaseCamp Bonn Young Hostel Turns Vintage Trailers and Railcars into Quirky Accommodations

BaseCamp Bonn Young Hostel Turns Vintage Trailers and Railcars into Quirky Accommodations

Each of the vintage units are decorated to a theme by a professional interior designer possessing a background in film and TV sets. Lodgers can choose from 120 bed spots across 15 caravans clustered

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Awesome All-Electric Batpod Motorcycle is Up for Sale on eBay!

Awesome All-Electric Batpod Motorcycle is Up for Sale on eBay!

Have you ever wondered where Batman gets his wonderful toys - and wished that you could buy them yourself? Well, you don't need the budget of a reclusive billionaire to buy your own Batpod, because one

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Shigeru Ban’s Paper-Tube Hut Built on World Heritage Site in Japan

Shigeru Ban’s Paper-Tube Hut Built on World Heritage Site in Japan

Beloved Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban continues to impress the public with designs using cardboard as a construction material. This time Shigeru Ban Architects has designed a mountain lodge hut on

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Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

The 495 square foot public art project stands in a beautiful forest hillside surrounded by pine trees, from where one can look down to the intimate valley and river. Located next to a forest path, the

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West African Inventor Makes a $100 3D Printer From E-Waste

West African Inventor Makes a $100 3D Printer From E-Waste

Kodjo Afate Gnikou, a resourceful inventor from Togo in West Africa, has made a $100 3D printer which he constructed from parts he scrounged from broken scanners, computers, printers and other e-waste.

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Quazi Design Creates Stunning Eco Jewelry From Old Magazines

Quazi Design Creates Stunning Eco Jewelry From Old Magazines

Quazi Design is a cutting-edge craft company that transforms waste magazines into original accessories and interiors. Through innovative techniques they push the boundaries of craft, social

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Container Solutions Unveils India’s First Shipping Container Home in Bangalore

Container Solutions Unveils India’s First Shipping Container Home in Bangalore

Rao previously used shipping containers as an office space and he even stacked four containers vertically to build an artificial climbing wall at Sarjapur.  When he worked in Germany in 2006 he lived in

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Luzinterruptus Creates Colorful Fishing in Light Installation Using Borrowed Containers

Luzinterruptus Creates Colorful Fishing in Light Installation Using Borrowed Containers

For a week, Luzinterruptus traveled around the Spanish town borrowing plastic containers, taking note of the names of each original owner. Once 500 were collected, the installation process began. A sea of

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