Recycled Materials

The Carma Project Makes a New Bike From Old Car Parts

The Carma Project Makes a New Bike From Old Car Parts

Two Lisbon-based entrepreneurs have devised a way to build a new bike from discarded car parts - and they're planning to ride it the same number of miles that the original vehicle drove to compensate for

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Check Out Dog Tag Designs’ Hilarious Darth Vader Lamps at BKLYN Designs 2013

Check Out Dog Tag Designs’ Hilarious Darth Vader Lamps at BKLYN Designs 2013

We never realized that lamps could go to the dark side, but apparently they can if they're made by Brooklyn-based Dog Tag Designs. The furniture design studio has a penchant for taking unique objects

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Apartment No. 1 is Built Completely Out of Recycled Stone in Mahallat, Iran

Apartment No. 1 is Built Completely Out of Recycled Stone in Mahallat, Iran

The region around Mahallat has considerable travertine deposits, which is mined and cut into tile in factories. However the process of cutting tile is incredibly energy intensive, and the production of

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Fabio Servolo’s Drip LED Lamp Subtly Urges Users to Save Electricity

Fabio Servolo’s Drip LED Lamp Subtly Urges Users to Save Electricity

The Drip LED Lamp designed by Italian designer Fabio Servolo is cleverly shaped as a tap and a faucet. Rather than being switched on, it is turned on exactly like a tap - by rotating the handle. The

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Piet Hein Eek Creates an Art Gallery from Recycled Materials in Eindhoven

Piet Hein Eek Creates an Art Gallery from Recycled Materials in Eindhoven

Tucked under a busy highway in Eindhoven’s Strijp-S area is a wonderful new space that was created by local designer Piet Hein Eek and directed by the “Drenthe Village Angels.” The space, which was

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11 Eco-tastic Gifts for Mother’s Day

11 Eco-tastic Gifts for Mother’s Day

11 Eco-tastic Gifts for Mother's Day SUCCULENT WALL PLANTER KIT If your mom has a green thumb, she will love this earthy wall planter kit. The kit comes complete with the frame, a wire mesh, and

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Solar-Powered Berlin Home Features a Camouflaging Pixelated Facade

Solar-Powered Berlin Home Features a Camouflaging Pixelated Facade

The color gradient of the house is laid out so it gets darker close towards the ground and blends with the adjacent treetops. The pixel-like façade combines sustainable technologies with traditional

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ROPE ME Interiors Made From 100% Recycled Materials Unveiled During Milan Design Week

ROPE ME Interiors Made From 100% Recycled Materials Unveiled During Milan Design Week

Zona Tortona showcases unique, outside-the-box thinking every year during Milan Design Week - and few designers exemplify this better than Italy's IDI Studio. A keen user of FSC certified wood, this

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Agustina Bottoni’s Monolithic Brut Barbecue Set is Made From Recycled Coconut Coir

Agustina Bottoni’s Monolithic Brut Barbecue Set is Made From Recycled Coconut Coir

"Brut" is a monolithic stool and barbecue set designed by Agustina Bottoni that is produced by casting a compound of cement and coconut coir (an agricultural waste). Bottoni's low-tech, DIY casting

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Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Stephen Lamb from Touching the Earth Lightly and Ilac Diaz from My Shelter Foundation teamed up for the first time at last year's Shanghai Biennale. They share a vision to provide environmentally-friendly

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The POTHRA Flower Pot is Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds

The POTHRA Flower Pot is Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds

Matthew Waldman and his team at Nooka just unveiled a new line of POTHRA planters made from recycled coffee grounds! The team started experimenting with discarded coffee grinds left by consumers and

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Diederik Schneemann Constructs a Table from Flip-Flops Found Along Kenya’s Beaches

Diederik Schneemann Constructs a Table from Flip-Flops Found Along Kenya’s Beaches

Dutch designer Diederik Schneeman recently added a new object to his wonderful collection called Flip Flop Story. Crafted from used flip-flops washed ashore in Nairobi, Kenya, this unique new table brings

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Make Your Own DIY Shipping Pallet Furniture with Studiomama’s Easy Tutorials

Make Your Own DIY Shipping Pallet Furniture with Studiomama’s Easy Tutorials

Tolstrup developed her line of pallet furniture while participating in TEN, a dialogue between ten London based designers that was set up with the intention of responding to sustainability issues in

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Aellon Gives Shipwrecks New Life in Unique Furniture Pieces

Aellon Gives Shipwrecks New Life in Unique Furniture Pieces

When it comes to finding unique materials for their gorgeous handcrafted interiors, New York-based design firm Aellon has carved out a special niche - with shipwrecks. Although their team uses regular

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Enter to Win an Earth Day Cuff from Wrecords by Monkey

Enter to Win an Earth Day Cuff from Wrecords by Monkey

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day but next year you can do it in style with your very own cuff from Wrecords by Monkey. Enter our drawing and you could be one of six people to receive this cool

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Trash Cafe: Newcastle Students Unveil Pop-Up Coffee Shop Made from Recycled Cardboard

Trash Cafe: Newcastle Students Unveil Pop-Up Coffee Shop Made from Recycled Cardboard

The waste material was collected by 18 postgraduate students who worked with engineers to design the basic elements of the café. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

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The Shed: Temporary Red Theater Cooled Naturally with Four Corner Chimneys in London

The Shed: Temporary Red Theater Cooled Naturally with Four Corner Chimneys in London

The timber cladding references the original National Theater designed in the 1970s with board-formed concrete while the boxy geometry mimics the adjacent theater. But that's where similarities between the

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Wesley Law’s “Baled” Photo Series Follows Donated Leftovers from Goodwill Stores

Wesley Law’s “Baled” Photo Series Follows Donated Leftovers from Goodwill Stores

Baled is an amazing new series of photographs by Wesley Law that peers behind the scenes at a Goodwill Outlet Store in St. Louis. There, Law found a treasure trove of colorful objects that were left over

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Atlas Recycled: Tom Tsuchiya’s Eco Sculpture Encourages Recycling in Cities Around the Globe

Atlas Recycled: Tom Tsuchiya’s Eco Sculpture Encourages Recycling in Cities Around the Globe

"Atlas Recycled" is a sculpture of the mythical Greek titan bearing the earth on his shoulders that doubles as a recycling receptacle for aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper. In addition to serving

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Woman Gets Married in Dress Made from 10,000 Bread Tags Collected Over 10 Years

Woman Gets Married in Dress Made from 10,000 Bread Tags Collected Over 10 Years

Adding to a growing list of dresses made with weird, recycled materials, including beetle wings and cow nipples, a woman in Australia recently tied the knot in a dress made with 10,000 bread tags. A

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Post-Consumed: Art Exhibition Showcases the Problems and Potential of Plastic Waste

Post-Consumed: Art Exhibition Showcases the Problems and Potential of Plastic Waste

Two Georgia artists address the problems and potential of plastic waste in the exhibition “Post-Consumed.” Harry DeLorme uses plastic waste recovered from the banks of the Savannah River to make

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The Wedge: Heimplanet’s New Inflatable Two-Person Tent Pops Up in a Snap

The Wedge: Heimplanet’s New Inflatable Two-Person Tent Pops Up in a Snap

Even though air is lighter than metal, at 7.1 pounds The Wedge actually weighs quite a bit more than your standard backpacking tent. That's because it features thick air tubes and requires you to

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Pavilion of Dream Terraces: H&P Architects Unveil Rice Paddy-Covered Pavilion for Viet Nam’s Expo 2015

Pavilion of Dream Terraces: H&P Architects Unveil Rice Paddy-Covered Pavilion for Viet Nam’s Expo 2015

If H&P Architects win the competition to design Viet Nam's Expo 2015 Pavilion in Milan, it will have a steel frame filled up with a staggered series of salvaged wood modules of different lengths that not

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Diet Wiegman Creates Amazing Shadow Sculptures by Carefully Posing Found Objects

Diet Wiegman Creates Amazing Shadow Sculptures by Carefully Posing Found Objects

Dutch artist Diet Wiegman makes sculptures out of random pieces of trash and then positions a light in a key spot so as to create a shadow with far more pizzazz than one would initially predict. Some of

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Anton Alvarez’s Wrapping Machine Wraps Waste Wood Furniture with Colorful Thread

Anton Alvarez’s Wrapping Machine Wraps Waste Wood Furniture with Colorful Thread

Anton Alvarez is a Swedish-Chilean designer based in London and Stockholm. A recent graduate of the Royal College of Art's Design Products MA, he developed 'Wrapping Machine', a cool contraption that

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Skate Guitar: One­-of-­a-­Kind Handmade Electric Guitars Made from Retired Skateboards

Skate Guitar: One­-of-­a-­Kind Handmade Electric Guitars Made from Retired Skateboards

Combining their respective expertise in things that rock and things that roll, Argentine luthier Ezequiel Galasso and professional skateboarder Gianfranco de Gennaro Gilmour hatched an idea to breathe new

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Imperfect Design’s Beautiful Home Decor Combines Dutch Design and Traditional Craftsmanship

Imperfect Design’s Beautiful Home Decor Combines Dutch Design and Traditional Craftsmanship

From recycled glass vases from Guatemala to skillfully crafted lacquerware trays from Vietnam, the hand of the maker is always visible in the products of Imperfect Design. Dutch designers, such as Arian

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S2BH Creates Colorful Tableware Using Recycled Corian

S2BH Creates Colorful Tableware Using Recycled Corian

Architects Steve Buetow and Scott Helmes from Minnesota have teamed up to make these fabulous pieces of Corian tableware in a range of colors and designs. The guys were laid off from their full time jobs

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Wordsmith Charles Finn Builds Peaceful Microhomes from Reclaimed Materials

Wordsmith Charles Finn Builds Peaceful Microhomes from Reclaimed Materials

Finn's first foray into micro home construction was called the Potomac Cabin and featured a five foot loft, from which his cat 42 stared out into the landscape. He built a second just like it, which sold

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Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Fully licensed by all of the relevant authorities, the floating bar has a remarkable capacity of roughly 250 people. This is made possible by the drums, which are virtually impossible to sink. All of the

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