Recycling / Compost

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

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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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Massive 1,000 LB Butter Sculpture Will Power Pennsylvania Farm for Three Days

Massive 1,000 LB Butter Sculpture Will Power Pennsylvania Farm for Three Days

Each year the Pennsylvania Farm Show unveils a series of giant butter sculptures, and this year the mother of them all was revealed - a 1,000 pound piece of butter art. The sculpture depicts a 4-H member

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Gigantic Cardboard Labyrinth Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

Gigantic Cardboard Labyrinth Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

Brazilian architect Carlos Teixeira created an incredible labyrinth made entirely from layered recycled cardboard for the 29th International Biennial in Sao Paulo. Shaped like a gigantic maze and

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The Mino Garden Gnome Will Feed Your Plants Before It Disappears from Your Garden

The Mino Garden Gnome Will Feed Your Plants Before It Disappears from Your Garden

Giovanni Tomasini's Mino Garden Gnome is a much more enterprising dwarf than those past. Despite its jazzy colors, the classic gnome we've all come to love is a melancholic figure, condemned to a purely

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Quirky Seed-Sprouting Paper Pulp Faces Are the Creepiest Way to Garden

Quirky Seed-Sprouting Paper Pulp Faces Are the Creepiest Way to Garden

We've seen lots of quirky gardening ideas here at Inhabitat, but these sprouting seed faces are one of the strangest concepts we've come across. Formed from recycled paper pulp filled with organic

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Ecolite is a Compostable Cat Litter Box Made from Recycled Paper Pulp

Ecolite is a Compostable Cat Litter Box Made from Recycled Paper Pulp

Although more expensive and less durable than their plastic counterparts, biodegradable cat litter boxes have some sustainable aspects that shouldn't be ignored by feline owners. Designed by French

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POO POWER: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funds First Fecal Sludge to Bio Diesel Plant in Ghana

POO POWER: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funds First Fecal Sludge to Bio Diesel Plant in Ghana

Last year, the Bill Gates Foundation ploughed US $1.5 million into the first fecal sludge to bio diesel conversion plant in Accra, Ghana. The plant, which is run by Colombia University professor Kartik

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Muzoo Toy Set Lets Kids Create Cute Biodegradable Animals From Clumps of Earth

Muzoo Toy Set Lets Kids Create Cute Biodegradable Animals From Clumps of Earth

Israeli designer Noa Himelfarb has designed a toy set for modeling cute animal friends from clumps of earth. Perfect for kids who love getting dirty and playing in the mud, Muzoo consists of a series of

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Iwastology About Their Waste and Consumption Education Curriculum

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Iwastology About Their Waste and Consumption Education Curriculum

Thanks to Iwastology, Filipino and Canadian high school students receive media training sessions that empower them to share ideas in highly visual and engaging manners. Spanning oceans and two distinct

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Studio Re-Creation Recycles Broken Glasses and Cutlery into Beautiful Glass Lamps

Studio Re-Creation Recycles Broken Glasses and Cutlery into Beautiful Glass Lamps

Studio Re-Creation has designed a beautiful set of 'Glass Lamps' made from found recycled objects like glass, cutlery, stainless steel trays, and wire. The sparkling hand-made luminaires raise the issue

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Parasite Farm: Brilliant Indoor Garden and Compost System Adapts to Any Kitchen

Parasite Farm: Brilliant Indoor Garden and Compost System Adapts to Any Kitchen

The Parasite Farm is a new indoor gardening system that encourages small space urban gardening while composting waste into fresh, fertile soil. Designed by Charlotte Dieckmann and Nils Ferber, the system

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Wrapping Paper and Holiday Cards from The UK Could Send a Bus to the Moon 20 Times

Wrapping Paper and Holiday Cards from The UK Could Send a Bus to the Moon 20 Times

According to a study by the Imperial College of London (ICL), if all the used wrapping paper and holiday cards in the United Kingdom were gathered and fermented, they could create enough biofuel to run a

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Peter Marigold’s Log Chess Set is Made from a Single Branch

Peter Marigold’s Log Chess Set is Made from a Single Branch

The Log Chess Set is a handmade, woodland version of the classic board game. Designed by British designer Peter Marigold, the set was made using only a single tree branch. Originally created for use

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Easy Garbage Transforms and Reuses Eco-Unfriendly Plastic Bags as Trash Bags

Easy Garbage Transforms and Reuses Eco-Unfriendly Plastic Bags as Trash Bags

If you've been looking for an easy and effective way to reuse those eco-unfriendly plastic bags, look no further than Easy Garbage. Created by Spanish design duo Javier Taberner Gomez-Ferrer and Nacho

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Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins

Israel-Based Solskin Studio Creates Biodegradable Objects From Orange Skins

Born in a Jewish-Arab village in Israel called Wahat-al-Salam, Ori Sonnenschein is an optimistic young designer who loves experimenting with everyday objects. One of his latest surprising creations is a

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Cool Paper Pulp Alarm Clocks by Joon & Jung Give Mass Produced Objects a Human Touch

Cool Paper Pulp Alarm Clocks by Joon & Jung Give Mass Produced Objects a Human Touch

By asking themselves how  to add a more human touch to objects in the age of mass production, Joon & Jung created these adorable recycled alarm clocks made from recycled paper pulp. Born in Korea and

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San Francisco Working on Plan To Install Composting Public Toilets

San Francisco Working on Plan To Install Composting Public Toilets

San Francisco has a poop problem – in the city’s Tenderloin district alone, there were almost 10,000 recorded “incidents of human waste” last year, according to the Bay Citizen. So

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Mobile Urban Agriculture Blooms in Berlin’s Prinzessinnengarten

Mobile Urban Agriculture Blooms in Berlin’s Prinzessinnengarten

Inhabitat writer Ana Lisa Alperovich visited Prinzessinnengarten and talked to Marco Clausen, who together with Robert Shaw created the fantastic blooming space. Clausen told us how they were inspired by

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