Sustainable Materials

We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

We Talk With Tracen Gardner of Reclaimed Space About Prefab Building & Salvaging Materials

Why did you start Reclaimed Space? Tracen Gardner: The job came about because I’ve always been in the construction business. I had a ranch that was remote, and I questioned how I was going to be able

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Brooklyn’s Old Shipping Terminal Gets a New, Eco-Savvy “Comfort Station”

Brooklyn’s Old Shipping Terminal Gets a New, Eco-Savvy “Comfort Station”

The Brookly Bush Terminal seems to be getting a facelift. This historic shipping and warehouse area is being drawn into this new era of eco-responsibility and sustainability with a new 1200-square-foot

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Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Sweden-based designer Hampus Penttinen created his Svartskär chair out of the flotsam that washes up on the shore of Kosterhavet—Sweden's only national marine park. He used grafting techniques to bind

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Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

With 250 days of sunshine a year, Mongolia's potential for solar energy is vast but mostly underutilized. That's beginning to change though - a new government sponsored initiative aims to equip

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Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia

Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia

Throughout many remote villages in Ethiopia, water gathering is quite an ardous and dangerous task. With the burden typically falling on matriarchs of the family, the trip to the nearest water source can

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Rising Moon Pavilion Made Entirely of Recycled Water Bottles Puts on an Amazing Light Show

Rising Moon Pavilion Made Entirely of Recycled Water Bottles Puts on an Amazing Light Show

Hong Kong-based firm Daydreamers Design created 'Rising Moon' in celebration of last month’s Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, a tradition that celebrates the point at which the full moon is at its brightest

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Hollow Lamp: Salvaged Wood Pendant Shines a Light on Forestry Devastation

Hollow Lamp: Salvaged Wood Pendant Shines a Light on Forestry Devastation

Daniel Byström and Kristján Kristjánsson used discarded wood to develop a series of beautiful, hand-crafted light fixtures that raise awareness for serious issues plaguing forests. Their Hollow Lamp

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‘Broken’ Furniture Finds Beauty in Cracked and Unwanted Wood

‘Broken’ Furniture Finds Beauty in Cracked and Unwanted Wood

Finnish designer and woodworker Jalmari Laihinen's amazing new collection of furniture celebrates the beauty of cracked, harsh edged wood that would otherwise go unnoticed or discarded. Laihinen's Broken

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John McAslan + Partners Convert a 1929 Stone Barn into a Luminous Student Center

John McAslan + Partners Convert a 1929 Stone Barn into a Luminous Student Center

The completed barn conversion now serves as a welcoming new social center for the university's students. The interior space was extended significantly thanks to a new sloped roof. The architects left the

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MIT Engineers Create New Hybrid Materials That Could ‘Grow’ Electronic Devices

MIT Engineers Create New Hybrid Materials That Could ‘Grow’ Electronic Devices

A team of MIT engineers have created 'living cells' made from bacteria that could be used to 'grow' electronic devices. The cells are then used to produce biofilms that incorporate nonliving materials,

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Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

UK-based Cyclehoop has found a way to use pieces of recycled plastic to keep cyclists safe on the road. Their clever "Armadillo" lane dividers can be easily installed on roads to divide bike lanes from

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Design Shanghai 2014 Welcomes Thousands of Visitors With Flourishing Gardens and Bamboo Forests

Design Shanghai 2014 Welcomes Thousands of Visitors With Flourishing Gardens and Bamboo Forests

In a unique collaboration with Sennheiser, artist Kristjana S Williams takes visitors on an audio tour through a bamboo forest. Each visitor is given a set of headphones and a portable player and as they

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Madeover Maine Bus is a Groovy Guest Home on Wheels

Madeover Maine Bus is a Groovy Guest Home on Wheels

Complementing the micro home movement, bus renovations allow people to not only minimalize their lifestyle, but enjoy the benefits of traveling while doing so. The Maine Bus renovation was built for a

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Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

The Crown Sky Garden offers patients the chance to enjoy nature in a tactile and multi-sensory environment. A multi-colored wall crafted of folded and interlocking eco-resin panels changes in color from a

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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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Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

With Steve doing the majority of the work on the home, the recently-finished Tin Can Cabin took almost four years to complete. With little building experience, he first consulted with an engineer in order

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Spectacular Land Art Sculptures Made From Sticks and Stones Reflect Natural Cycles

Spectacular Land Art Sculptures Made From Sticks and Stones Reflect Natural Cycles

Hill and Jones often build a semi-circle from natural materials and set it amidst a dazzling lake. Then they wait for the sun to hit at the right moment to create a perfect reflection that completes the

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Mollusk-Inspired Super Material is 200 Times Stronger than Standard Glass

Mollusk-Inspired Super Material is 200 Times Stronger than Standard Glass

Abalone Shell photo from Shutterstock Cracked smartphone screens and shattered windows may be a thing of the past. Scientists at McGill University in Montreal have created a new type of glass that is

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Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Washing dishes may soon be a thing of the past thanks to an incredible new coating that makes food simply roll of your plates and bowls. It sounds too good to be true, but according to Swedish design

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Harry Yoell’s Potato Starch Plant Pots Biodegrade at the End of Their Lifecycle

Harry Yoell’s Potato Starch Plant Pots Biodegrade at the End of Their Lifecycle

Designer Harry Yoell created this set of sustainable herb pots from his own potato starch-based bioplastic. The green material is very light and strong, and once the pots have served their purpose they

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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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Man Builds Spectacular Dream Home in the Norwegian Countryside

Man Builds Spectacular Dream Home in the Norwegian Countryside

Monan had dreamt of building his own home for a while, but lack of funds meant he would have never been able to afford having craftmen build the house of his dreams exactly as he imagined it. So, he took

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First Simpsons LEGO Set Announced for 2014!

First Simpsons LEGO Set Announced for 2014!

Television’s longest running cartoon has partnered with one of the world’s most popular toys. The exciting Simpsons House set will come with 2,523 Simpsons-related LEGO bricks. The kit will include

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The Wedgie is an Adorable Multi-Colored Tiny Home on Wheels

The Wedgie is an Adorable Multi-Colored Tiny Home on Wheels

Not only the latest in a long line of innovative tiny structures from the company, the Wedgie is also affordable and sustainable. According to Mr. Everson, the Wedgie is completely off-grid. The home was

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Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

Registration for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition Opens in Copenhagen

The 2014 edition of the Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition, which will take place in Copenhagen this year, is officially open for submissions. The international design competition seeks to

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BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

The term “upcycle” - used to describe the process of turning something old and used into a new and useful item - has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years. The term was popularized by Cradle

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Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

These playful Togetherfarm blocks made entirely from recycled plastic allow users to build their own raised garden beds in under five minutes. Inspired by LEGO building blocks, the recycled plastic bricks

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Klopf Architect’s Zen-Like Manzanita House Blends Martial Arts Principles with Architecture

Klopf Architect’s Zen-Like Manzanita House Blends Martial Arts Principles with Architecture

Although the size of new home is a fairly compact 1,500 square feet, the open and minimalist features of the structure provide a welcoming atmosphere closely connected with the area's beautiful landscape.

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The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

The Big Green Bus is a Retired City Bus Renovated into a Mini Traveling Hotel

Collier-Woods bought the 31-year-old public transport bus on eBay for £4,500 (approx $7,400). "I had a look on eBay and found that double deckers were not as expensive as I would have thought, so bought

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