Reclaimed Materials

The Poor Porker is a New Site Dedicated to DIY Upcycling on a Budget

The Poor Porker is a New Site Dedicated to DIY Upcycling on a Budget

The Poor Porker a rising DIY portal for the crafty, creative, and self-reliant “trash into treasure” aficionado. Founded in 2012 by eco-friendly duo Robyn and Jarrid, the site features new ways to

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Thomas Troisch Cobbles Together Colorful Sea Glass Chandeliers Using Recycled Materials

Thomas Troisch Cobbles Together Colorful Sea Glass Chandeliers Using Recycled Materials

Thomas Troisch cobbles together reclaimed materials and colorful seaglass to make these unique chandeliers. "After having stared at one too many $1,295 rental apartment excuses for a ceiling light, I

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Brew Tavern and Cafe in Michigan Offers Local Produce Within a 100 Year Old Opera House

Brew Tavern and Cafe in Michigan Offers Local Produce Within a 100 Year Old Opera House

The Opera House's maple floors, yellow masonry and rustic tin ceiling have been rescued and restored creating a friendly and unique atmosphere. Making the most out of the space, Brew will be continually

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Awesome Shinto-Inspired Sleeping Cabin Made From Reclaimed Materials In California

Awesome Shinto-Inspired Sleeping Cabin Made From Reclaimed Materials In California

This reclaimed wood sleeping cabin was built by Simple Shelter Texas on a 40 acre site in California. Starting with a pile of reclaimed fencing and some other reclaimed wood, Victor Summers built this

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Montreal’s Cluny ArtBar is a Hot Spot Furnished with Salvaged Materials

Montreal’s Cluny ArtBar is a Hot Spot Furnished with Salvaged Materials

The Darling Foundry was transformed as an adaptive reuse project in 2002 by In Situ Design after being abandoned for over 10 years. The new building houses three exhibition spaces, as well as a network

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Benjamin Bullins Crafts a Chic Sink & Vanity from an Old Bike

Benjamin Bullins Crafts a Chic Sink & Vanity from an Old Bike

An old, vintage bike becomes something to primp over in this design that turned a forgotten two-wheeler into a beautifully hand-crafted vanity and sink. Created by New Orleans-based crafter and decorator

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Indo Teak’s Gorgeous Flooring is Reclaimed from Architectural Salvage

Indo Teak’s Gorgeous Flooring is Reclaimed from Architectural Salvage

If you’re looking to revamp your home’s flooring, then Indo Teak’s sustainable flooring is a great green option. The eco-conscious company sources its reclaimed teak for flooring, beams, lumber and

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Ted Moallem’s Braille-It Labeler Prints Tactile Labels for the Blind

Ted Moallem’s Braille-It Labeler Prints Tactile Labels for the Blind

Blind people have been long overlooked when it comes to social advancement and technological innovation, and Moallem's labeler offers a simple, affordable solution that will have its largest impact in the

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DERELICT: Recycled Modern Furnishings Give Reclaimed Wood New Life

DERELICT: Recycled Modern Furnishings Give Reclaimed Wood New Life

Designers Tõnis Kalve and Ahti Grünberg find a fresh new life for reclaimed wood in their series of "Derelict" tables and chairs. The project explores the process of establishing an equilibrium between

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Designers Breathe New Life Into Old Chairs at ‘Chairs for Charity’

Designers Breathe New Life Into Old Chairs at ‘Chairs for Charity’

Before you throw away that wobbly old stool, or that faded easy chair with Aunt Maggie's favorite pattern on it, consider giving it a second chance at life with a good sanding, some new screws, and

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The Rubber House is a Prefab Home Made from Secondhand Materials in The Netherlands

The Rubber House is a Prefab Home Made from Secondhand Materials in The Netherlands

Located just outside of Amsterdam, De Eenvoud is a follow-up settlement to the experimental housing settlements “De Fantasie” and “De Realiteit” developed in the 1980s. This time around though,

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UNICEF Upcycles Oil Drums into Solar-Powered Digital Kiosks for Uganda

UNICEF Upcycles Oil Drums into Solar-Powered Digital Kiosks for Uganda

It is well-documented that improved access to information has the power to transform individuals and communities, so UNICEF contributed funding to bring 100 new computer kiosks powered by the sun to youth

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BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets by Joanne Palmisano

BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets by Joanne Palmisano

We adore any project that salvages, recycles, upcycles, or repurposes old materials into new projects. Whether it's for building materials, green interiors, or fashion, we've got a spot in our heart for

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Hipcycle’s Boot Jack Bench Brings New Life to Old Tin and Reclaimed Bead Board

Hipcycle’s Boot Jack Bench Brings New Life to Old Tin and Reclaimed Bead Board

Wood benches seem to be in everyone's house these days, but here's a much more eco-friendly take built from reclaimed tin and bead board. Dubbed the Boot Jack Bench, Hipcycle's fab piece offers

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The AETHERstream is an Amazing Pop-Up Apparel Shop Recycled from an Old Airstream Trailer

The AETHERstream is an Amazing Pop-Up Apparel Shop Recycled from an Old Airstream Trailer

The original 34 foot Airstream, which was discovered in Denton, Texas, was completely gutted and then retrofitted with reclaimed wood floors, modular shelving, and all kinds of vintage storage and

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IOU: Artist Erects Red, White and Blue Shipping Container Installation to Protest US Debt

IOU: Artist Erects Red, White and Blue Shipping Container Installation to Protest US Debt

We've seen shipping containers transformed into a source of disaster relief for stranded Haitians, an awesome studio in San Antonio, and even a temporary classroom – but this is the first time we’ve

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Aptos Retreat is a Cozy California Home Wrapped in Reclaimed Barn Wood and Corten Steel

Aptos Retreat is a Cozy California Home Wrapped in Reclaimed Barn Wood and Corten Steel

Set on an enviable 20 acre land parcel, the property consists of two primary buildings. Somewhat similar to the Distort House, which has a split volume, the main house and barn overlap at their roofs to

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Striking Rustic Boathouse Made With Reclaimed Materials in Norway

Striking Rustic Boathouse Made With Reclaimed Materials in Norway

Boathouses in Norway were traditionally used for the storage of boats, but many are converting the older shacks into recreational houses for summer use. This particular boat house is remotely located, but

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Design Build BLUFF & 88bikes Build a Reclaimed Mobile Bike Shop for Navajo Youth

Design Build BLUFF & 88bikes Build a Reclaimed Mobile Bike Shop for Navajo Youth

88bikes was started in 2006 by friends Dan Austin, Nicolas Arauz and Jay Austin, who wanted to change the world one bike at a time. Their first project successfully raised the funds for 88 bikes to be

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Thalassa: Swoon Turns Rags into a Rich Exhibit That Evokes NOLA’s Deep Connection to the Sea

Thalassa: Swoon Turns Rags into a Rich Exhibit That Evokes NOLA’s Deep Connection to the Sea

Hurricane Katrina and last year's oil spill in the Gulf underscored just how much New Orleans relies on the sea for its commerce, food, energy, and transport. Thalassa was born after Swoon began to spend

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Greenery Clad Housing Complex by 2:PM Architectures is Made from 100% Recycled Steel

Greenery Clad Housing Complex by 2:PM Architectures is Made from 100% Recycled Steel

It’s not always easy to know just which materials are best to use, but 2:PM Architectures has bypassed that frustration by designing a housing complex made entirely out of reclaimed and recycled

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Uniquely Angular Sandal Magna School is One of The Most Carbon Efficient in UK

Uniquely Angular Sandal Magna School is One of The Most Carbon Efficient in UK

When the original Victorian school on the site fell into disrepair, the red bricks were disassembled. Wigglesworth then re-used the original bricks to build elements for the new Sandal Magna. The school

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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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Pulau Joyo Is a Dreamy Driftwood Retreat in Indonesia

Pulau Joyo Is a Dreamy Driftwood Retreat in Indonesia

Made of driftwood harvested from the sea, the Java Joglos and treehouses are completely sensitive to both their cultural and ecological context. All of the palaces are outfitted with King sized beds, en

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Shigeru Ban Comes to Japan’s Rescue With Multistorey Shipping Container Housing

Shigeru Ban Comes to Japan’s Rescue With Multistorey Shipping Container Housing

Disaster zones typically feature unlevel ground, which makes it even more challenging to prepare housing relief quickly. But Shigeru Ban's shipping containers stacked on top of each other in a

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The Campana Brothers’ Festive “New Hotel” in Athens Showcases Their Signature Upmarket Recycled Design

The Campana Brothers’ Festive “New Hotel” in Athens Showcases Their Signature Upmarket Recycled Design

Very close to Constitution Square and the Roman Ruins of Plaka, the hotel was originally built in the 1940s. In their first major hotel project, the Campanas kept many of the old hotel's existing

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Treetop Party: Help Artist Benjamin Jones Paint His TreeHouse This Weekend in NYC!

Treetop Party: Help Artist Benjamin Jones Paint His TreeHouse This Weekend in NYC!

Like owning a pony, playing in a treehouse is one of those childhood dreams that many urbanites just never get to fulfill - but if you're going to be in NYC this weekend, you can cross one of those of

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St. Louis City Museum’s Towering Jungle Gym of Found Objects Includes a Plane and Ferris Wheel

St. Louis City Museum’s Towering Jungle Gym of Found Objects Includes a Plane and Ferris Wheel

With all there is to choose from in the museum, we're not quite sure where to start. To give you some background, the attractions aren't just made from recycled objects, the building itself is also

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Fetching Folly For a Flyover Cinema in London is Built With Only Reclaimed Materials

Fetching Folly For a Flyover Cinema in London is Built With Only Reclaimed Materials

It took volunteers one month to build the cinema from donated and reclaimed materials. Completed on 24th of June, Folly for a Flyover was tucked into the gap between the east and west bound traffic of

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FIRST PHOTOS: Incredible Recycled 747 Airplane House Completed in Malibu!

FIRST PHOTOS: Incredible Recycled 747 Airplane House Completed in Malibu!

Over time David Hertz and his team at Studio of Environmental Architects will be making use of the whole 747 plane including the wings, the fuselage, and cockpit to build not only the main house, but also

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