eco-materials

Artist Victor Moore Built This Incredible Junk Castle for Just $500

Artist Victor Moore Built This Incredible Junk Castle for Just $500

Although found pieces and sculptures of various sorts are scattered about the property, the junk castle stands as a vigil above the rest. A masterpiece of assemblage, the castle is constructed from items

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Moger Mehrhof Architects Build Rustic Birdhouses from Reclaimed Materials

Moger Mehrhof Architects Build Rustic Birdhouses from Reclaimed Materials

Moger Mehrhof Architects is using an array of sustainably sourced materials to give a modern reinterpretation to familiar birdhouse forms. Found hickory and oak logs are quartered and left raw for

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Iris Industries Launches a Cool New Textile and Building Material Made from Recycled Denim

Iris Industries Launches a Cool New Textile and Building Material Made from Recycled Denim

Iris Industries has just launched it's new sustainable composite: Denimite. This material utilizes recycled denim and resin to create a solid, lightweight, durable material that can be used for

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Zeo Will Transform Waste Paper and Water Into a Material as Hard as Ebony

Zeo Will Transform Waste Paper and Water Into a Material as Hard as Ebony

Zeo transforms waste paper and water (and nothing else) into a patented molding material that sets as hard as ebony. The material, aptly called Zeoform, is expected to replace wood and wood composites,

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Exbury Egg: Amazing Self-Sustaining Floating Office Launches in the UK

Exbury Egg: Amazing Self-Sustaining Floating Office Launches in the UK

The Exbury Egg is a collaboration between British design firm SPUD, Perring Architecture + Design (PAD), boat builder Paul Baker, naval architect Stephen Payne, and artist Stephen Turner. The egg is

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Top Ten Green Lighting Designs at New York Design Week 2013

Top Ten Green Lighting Designs at New York Design Week 2013

LED Chandelier - by Group-Two Design Group-Two Design's elegant LED Chandelier updates the trope of the classic baroque chandelier with twenty-first century lighting technology, and sleek modern lines.

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SandPaper is a Sylish Modular Sofa Made from Recycled Paper Corrugated Cardboard

SandPaper is a Sylish Modular Sofa Made from Recycled Paper Corrugated Cardboard

Ivan Parati's SandPaper is a cool landscape-inspired modular sofa that's been constructed from recycled paper corrugated cardboard. With this furniture set, the interior environment is treated like a

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Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Could Bricks Made of Animal Blood Be the Future of Construction?

Scientists have been trying to develop cheap, alternative building materials for years. But there's one material that is surprisingly strong, secure, waterproof and perhaps just too creepy to handle:

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Download a Free Copy of ‘Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open’

Download a Free Copy of ‘Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open’

'Sustainable Materials: With Both Eyes Open' by Julian M. Allwood and Jonathan Cullen was released today, and you can get a copy for yourself online for free! Production of materials accounts for

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Jan Lampei’s Jar Lamp is a Clever Recycled Chandelier

Jan Lampei’s Jar Lamp is a Clever Recycled Chandelier

Jan Lampei is a brilliant lamp made from recycled jars that was a finalist in the 2012 Green Furniture Awards. The light consists of an organic wooden structure fitted with sterilized jam jars attached

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Dodo Lab’s Prototype Series Turns Unwanted Furniture Into Modern Interior Treasures

Dodo Lab’s Prototype Series Turns Unwanted Furniture Into Modern Interior Treasures

Dodo Lab is a research project set up by Michaela Robinson and Karen Smart that experiments with different ways of regenerating old and unwanted pieces of furniture anew. In a series they dub simply as

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Chris Palmer’s Paper Pulp Series is a Line of Furniture Made of Local Waste Materials

Chris Palmer’s Paper Pulp Series is a Line of Furniture Made of Local Waste Materials

Furniture maker Chris Palmer recently sent us photos of his Paper Pulp Series, a line of furniture made from a mixture of ground up organic waste. The organic-looking pieces - a table, two chairs and a

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French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

French artisan Alain Bellino took his craft to the dark side when he welded a number of leftover metal pieces together to create this surprisingly realistic Darth Vader bust. Bellino saves and

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This Low-Impact Cabin is Accessed Through a Hidden Retractable Staircase!

This Low-Impact Cabin is Accessed Through a Hidden Retractable Staircase!

Perched on four concrete columns, the cabin is accessed by a motorized staircase that can be lifted like a drawbridge, providing security when the owners are away. The small footprint of the house on the

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Retrofitted Mexican Entrepreneur Center Maximizes Performance with a Parametric Pine Facade

Retrofitted Mexican Entrepreneur Center Maximizes Performance with a Parametric Pine Facade

The tiny satellite campus is the collaborative effort of Tecnológico de Monterrey, a private university, and the bank Bancomer. The project was developed to provide education for low-income

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EcoAfrica Transforms T-Shirt Clippings and Weeds Into Amazing Handmade Paper Crafts

EcoAfrica Transforms T-Shirt Clippings and Weeds Into Amazing Handmade Paper Crafts

When Janice went on holiday to Zimbabwe in 2008, she discovered handmade paper products with texture and colors she had never seen before. She immediately contacted their maker, Walter Ruprecht, who had

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George Hollander’s “Goodyear, NewYear” Sculpture is Made With Used Car Tires!

George Hollander’s “Goodyear, NewYear” Sculpture is Made With Used Car Tires!

It's a "Goodyear, NewYear" for artisan and designer George Hollander. The U.S. Virgin Islands-based artist made this incredible light sculpture for the holiday season by stacking nine tires and topping

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Plastic Formwork System Provides Quick and Quality Housing for Those in Need

Plastic Formwork System Provides Quick and Quality Housing for Those in Need

Every year, nearly seventy million people, or 200,000 a day, move from rural areas to urban cities. In South Africa alone, more than 2.2 million homes are currently needed, and an additional 180,000 homes

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Waste Converters is a Recycled Material Depot Frequented by Melbourne’s Top Designers

Waste Converters is a Recycled Material Depot Frequented by Melbourne’s Top Designers

An old recycling depot in a suburb near Melbourne may seem like an unlikely place to see some of Australia's most acclaimed furniture designers, chefs, architects and artists, but that's where many of

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MIT’s $1000 House Challenge Inspires Groundbreaking Designs

MIT’s $1000 House Challenge Inspires Groundbreaking Designs

Chui’s design is a series of repeated L-shaped walls made from earth blocks which are capped with a bamboo and corrugated roof. Each wall section is set 90 degrees from each other to create multiple

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New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

New CO2 Sand Bricks are 2.5 Times Stronger than Concrete

Japanese construction and design firm TIS & Partners has just unveiled a strong and surprisingly low-tech brick that can be rapidly produced in disaster areas, and applied to the quick construction of

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We Check Out Tiffany Threadgould’s New Book Remake It! And Share a Free DIY Crafting Tutorial

We Check Out Tiffany Threadgould’s New Book Remake It! And Share a Free DIY Crafting Tutorial

We recently got our hands on a copy of Tiffany Threadgould's new book, ReMake It!, which is filled with recycled DIY goodness including this clever picture frame made from a pair of eyeglasses. The book

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The Shiner’s Minimalist Rocking Bed is Built from Industrial Waste

The Shiner’s Minimalist Rocking Bed is Built from Industrial Waste

When Joe Manus, founder of Shiner, was 7 he was punched in the eye. This dark memory stayed with him his entire life, eventually influencing his design work today. Built to look tough, dark and damaged,

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Cassette Chair is Recycled Seating You Can Really Groove To

Cassette Chair is Recycled Seating You Can Really Groove To

Miss the 80s? Give your @ss a blast to the past with this retrotastic cassette chair. Conceived by Ooomydesign, the recycled seat is made of old cassette tapes that have been joined with flanges and

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The Ecomusée Rennes Proudly Wears Its Sustainability On Its Shingled Sleeve

The Ecomusée Rennes Proudly Wears Its Sustainability On Its Shingled Sleeve

Built from an ecological concrete wall base tinged with natural pigments, the building is shingled with natural chestnut wood and accented with irregularly shaped porthole-like windows. Diamond-shaped

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Villa Rotterdam: Ooze Architects Wraps a House With a Spectacular Geometric Skin

Villa Rotterdam: Ooze Architects Wraps a House With a Spectacular Geometric Skin

Ooze Architects was first hired to design a new kitchen, but the architects' scope of work quickly evolved into a complete renovation and extension - even though the house had been extended several times

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Clockpops: Colorful Retro Clocks Made from Recycled Bottlecaps

Clockpops: Colorful Retro Clocks Made from Recycled Bottlecaps

These “Clockpops” made from discarded plastic bottle and jar caps offer a clever twist on the classic mid-century modern ball clock. Available in several shapes, sizes, and an endless choice of color

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Amazing Natural Packaging Design: Human Skin!

Amazing Natural Packaging Design: Human Skin!

Many of us don't give our skin much thought -- except when it seems to betray us. Teenage acne, painful sunburns, scratchy winter dryness and mosquito bites alert us whenever our body's largest organ is

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Steam Studio: A Mysterious Recycled Glass Cube in the Swedish Forest

Steam Studio: A Mysterious Recycled Glass Cube in the Swedish Forest

Steam Studio is a 1.2 x 1.5 x 1.5 meter glass cube that stands alone in the Swedish forest. Designed by artist Helle Kvamme, the mysterious structure is made of recycled windows and recycled plastic

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Nick Georgiou’s Recycled Newspaper Art Channels Edvard Munch’s “Scream”

Nick Georgiou’s Recycled Newspaper Art Channels Edvard Munch’s “Scream”

Nick Georgiou recycles his old newspapers, but probably not in the same way that most people do. The Queens, NY based green artist makes three dimensional sculptures from the waste material including the

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