Recycling / Compost

Berlin’s Wagendorf Lohmühle is a Hidden Self-Sufficient Caravan Village

Berlin’s Wagendorf Lohmühle is a Hidden Self-Sufficient Caravan Village

Wagendorf Lohmühle's recycled and hand-made mobile shelters use solar panels to transform the sun's energy into free electricity. Some wagons, like this geometrical wooden one, were built on-site from a

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Joe Hogan’s Unconventional Biodegradable Containers are Made from Homegrown Materials

Joe Hogan’s Unconventional Biodegradable Containers are Made from Homegrown Materials

Weaving dry bark, willow, catkin and even lichen encrusted birch twigs, basket maker Joe Hogan makes contemporary organic containers with materials he finds rights at home. Based in Loch na Fooey,

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Brilliant Decafé Lamp is Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds!

Brilliant Decafé Lamp is Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds!

Taking advantage of the renewable and biodegradable attributes of coffee, Spanish designer Raúl Laurí created an innovative, experimental and very cute lamp. Dubbed the Decafé Lamp, it is made from a

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Studio Rygalik’s ‘Baguette Table’ Uses Old Bread to Raise Awareness About Food Waste

Studio Rygalik’s ‘Baguette Table’ Uses Old Bread to Raise Awareness About Food Waste

Studio Rygalik estimates that all the food thrown away in Vienna could easily feed half the population of the Austrian city of Graz. With this in mind, the studio created a series of furniture pieces --

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Artist Bovery Lee Draws Detailed Scenes of Power, Sacrifice and Survival with a Knife

Artist Bovery Lee Draws Detailed Scenes of Power, Sacrifice and Survival with a Knife

Power, sacrifice, and survival are the underlying narratives of her work, which she defines by "drawing with a knife". Tsunami nightmares, scenes from the sea, child labor and aspirational lifestyles

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Suluwilo is an Eco-Lux Villa in Mozambique Shaped Like a Boat

Suluwilo is an Eco-Lux Villa in Mozambique Shaped Like a Boat

Inspired by the traditional Dhow fishing boats in East Africa, the angled shelters´ roofs divert strong winds coming in from the sea. Made from dried plants, the thatched roofs are biodegradable,

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Back To Wood: Andrej Malinin Recycles Old Newspapers Into New Furniture

Back To Wood: Andrej Malinin Recycles Old Newspapers Into New Furniture

Swedish designer Andrej Malinin uses recycled newspaper and colorful paper waste to create a strong, compostable material that resembles wood. By gluing together hundreds of paper layers using a

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Consumer Electronics Industry Says it Increased E-cycling by 53 Percent in 2011

Consumer Electronics Industry Says it Increased E-cycling by 53 Percent in 2011

This morning, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) released its first annual report of the eCycling Leadership Initiative, a program that was launched one year ago to encourage nationwide electronic

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Freestanding Garden Tower Provides Green Space For 50 Plants to Flourish

Freestanding Garden Tower Provides Green Space For 50 Plants to Flourish

Here at Inhabitat we love bringing our green-thumbed readers revolutionary designs to help indoor gardens flourish - and that's exactly what this clever Garden Tower compact farm does. The tower

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Artist Calvin Nicholls Creates Life-like Animals Sculptures from Paper

Artist Calvin Nicholls Creates Life-like Animals Sculptures from Paper

Calvin Nicholls has been creating his paper sculptures since 1986 and is now a master of the art. Working with just sheets of paper and a scalpel, he creates the most wonderful 3D pictures inspired by

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Cute Gigantic Muskrat Sculpture Pops Up in the Dutch Countryside!

Cute Gigantic Muskrat Sculpture Pops Up in the Dutch Countryside!

Made from local biodegradable materials, the cute giant sculpture blends in with its surroundings. It was built back in 2004 to show the size of the problem that the animals are said to cause to

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6 Amazing Origami Designs!

6 Amazing Origami Designs!

Anja Markiewicz's Amazingly Tiny Origami German artist Anja Markiewicz makes tiny origami figures from pieces of paper that are less than an inch long. Using a toothpick, her skilled hands and a load

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Chicago Finally Gets Citywide Curbside Recycling Program, Due to Start in 2013

Chicago Finally Gets Citywide Curbside Recycling Program, Due to Start in 2013

Residents of Chicago are set to finally have citywide curbside recycling, more than fifteen years after the City implemented its first recycling program. Rahm Emanuel announced that the program will go

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Giant Red Dog Made from Scrap is a Dutch Village Watchdog

Giant Red Dog Made from Scrap is a Dutch Village Watchdog

Measuring 40 x 26 x 82 feet high, Max doesn't go unnoticed within the Dutch countryside. He is now a landmark making a bright, strong statement and looking after the farmers' village of Leens, in the

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Ithaca Turns Dog Poo Into Compost

Ithaca Turns Dog Poo Into Compost

Dog litter bin photo from Shutterstock In the U.S., approximately 78 million dogs leave behind 10.6 million tons of dog waste each year. Three years ago a park in Ithaca, NY launched a plan to lessen

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‘Bamboo Wing’ is a Stunning Vietnamese Restaurant Made Entirely From Bamboo

‘Bamboo Wing’ is a Stunning Vietnamese Restaurant Made Entirely From Bamboo

To enter Bamboo Wing, customers walk through a series of stepping-stones surrounded by water and growing bamboo. Entirely made of the fast-growing, renewable plant, the open-air Vietnamese restaurant

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Yale Students Discover Rare Plastic-Eating Fungus in the Ecuadorian Rainforest

Yale Students Discover Rare Plastic-Eating Fungus in the Ecuadorian Rainforest

Plastics represent one of the biggest waste problems in the world because they take a really, really long time to break down. But a recent discovery by a group of Yale students could help speed the

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Denver Zoo Develops a Poo-Power System and Tests It Out On a Rickshaw!

Denver Zoo Develops a Poo-Power System and Tests It Out On a Rickshaw!

Denver Zoo acknowledged that they have a lot of poo on their hands, but rather than hauling their waste off to a landfill or compost, they developed their own on-site poo-power system! They've applied the

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Artist Taku Satoh’s 3D Japanese Alphabet is Made Out of Layered Paper

Artist Taku Satoh’s 3D Japanese Alphabet is Made Out of Layered Paper

Taku Satoh Design Office created this 3D paper version of the Japanese Hiragana alphabet in response to the prevalence of superflat media, where we read and watch from 2D screens. Unveiled at Gallery

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HOW TO: Use Naturemill’s Metro Composter to Compost Indoors Without the Odor

HOW TO: Use Naturemill’s Metro Composter to Compost Indoors Without the Odor

STEP 1: Getting set up Remove all of the contents from the shipping box and find a good spot in your home to keep your unit. You will need to be close to an electric outlet, so a kitchen counter may

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Miso Designs Beautiful Origami Tables for Kyoto’s Shofudo Paper Store

Miso Designs Beautiful Origami Tables for Kyoto’s Shofudo Paper Store

When interiors company Miso was commissioned to design the table displays for a traditional Japanese paper store, there was no doubt about the material selection. Designed to be collapsible,

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Spherical Underwater ‘Fish Tower’ Skyscraper Recycles Debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Spherical Underwater ‘Fish Tower’ Skyscraper Recycles Debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch was the inspiration for the Plastic Fish Tower, an orb-like underwater skyscraper that recently caught our eye as an honorable mention in eVolo’s 2012

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Was This Free Chicago Recycling Program Squashed by City Politics?

Was This Free Chicago Recycling Program Squashed by City Politics?

A free public recycling program in Chicago was recently halted by Mayor Rahm Emmaunel, and the development has been causing quite a stir. The recycling cans were installed at some of the trendy Wicker

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Urban Mushroom Farm Pops Up in Olson Kundig Architects’ Seattle Storefront

Urban Mushroom Farm Pops Up in Olson Kundig Architects’ Seattle Storefront

Each month Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects’ studio gets a makeover and the latest installation to be unveiled is a tented experimental mushroom farm! Design team CityLab7 collaborated with the

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Artist Anja Markiewicz Folds Amazingly Tiny Origami Out of Inch-Long Pieces of Paper

Artist Anja Markiewicz Folds Amazingly Tiny Origami Out of Inch-Long Pieces of Paper

Cranes, dragons, mice, snowflakes, flowers and all sorts of insects are recreated by paper in an extraordinary scale. Working from her Postdam studio near Berlin, Markiewicz folds her tiny paper

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Artist Anna-Wili Highfield Creates Magical Animal Sculptures from Paper

Artist Anna-Wili Highfield Creates Magical Animal Sculptures from Paper

Pandas, horses, cows and plenty of birds are recreated as amazing paper sculptures by the hands of Sydney-based artist Anna-Wili Highfield. The daughter of a puppeteer, Anna spent her childhood exposed to

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128 Cardboard: A Clever Recycled Cardboard Fruit Bowl by SEMdesign

128 Cardboard: A Clever Recycled Cardboard Fruit Bowl by SEMdesign

Utrecht-based SEMdesign created this low-impact faceted bowl that is made entirely from cardboard so it can be easily recycled or composted at the end of its life. Named "Fruit Bowl 128 Cardboard", this

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Lazerian Unveils Celestial Lamps Made from Folded Paper

Lazerian Unveils Celestial Lamps Made from Folded Paper

Manchester-based Lazerian just unveiled a stellar set of Paper Light Shades named after the stars that define the vertices, which make up the Northern hemisphere's Summer Triangle - Altair, Deneb and

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The Label Popper Helps You Properly Recycle a Can’s Paper Label

The Label Popper Helps You Properly Recycle a Can’s Paper Label

Every year, Americans recycle 19.5 Billion steel cans, but when a can is recycled, the label is burned up as the metal is melted. Because of this, more than 1 million trees worth of paper is destroyed

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World Clean Up 2012 Recruits Community Members Across the Globe to Clear Up Trash

World Clean Up 2012 Recruits Community Members Across the Globe to Clear Up Trash

Unleashing a world-wide project to clean up the planet, Let's Do It World is bringing groups on every continent together for World Clean Up 2012. Driven to do something about the 100 million tons of

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