Recycled Materials

Mithun’s LEED Platinum Brightwater Center Educates Washington’s King County on Wastewater Treatment

Mithun’s LEED Platinum Brightwater Center Educates Washington’s King County on Wastewater Treatment

The Brightwater Center is a 15,000-square-foot facility set on over 114 acres that cost around $1.8 billion to build over nearly a decade. Seattle had long left its water untreated, and many of the

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6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

Photo via Shutterstock 1. Thrift Stores Go to any town or city and you are bound to find a thrift store. Whether its run by Salvation Army, Goodwill, SPCA or owned by a private person, thrift stores

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HASSELL Builds a Shipping Pallet Urban Coffee Farm for Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival

HASSELL Builds a Shipping Pallet Urban Coffee Farm for Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival

Located in Queensbridge Square in Southbank, the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar has transformed the public square into a temporary coffee plantation. Inspired by Guatemalan farms, the Young Designers

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Beautiful New Sod Room Provides Communal Green Play for Chicago Kids

Beautiful New Sod Room Provides Communal Green Play for Chicago Kids

Frustrated with an absence of communal, eco-minded play areas in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Cynthia Valenciana and her husband commissioned design extraordinaire Jen Talbot to create Sod

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Designer Rabih Hage Uses Leftover Corian to Create Fantastic Furniture

Designer Rabih Hage Uses Leftover Corian to Create Fantastic Furniture

London based designer and architect Rabih Hage has used scrap pieces of Corian to make these fabulous pieces of angular furniture. The designs were presented by DuPont Corian at the 2012 Milan Furniture

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Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center Renovation in Portland Combines Green Design with Historic Preservation

Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center Renovation in Portland Combines Green Design with Historic Preservation

The 70,000-square-foot former warehouse was renovated to include retail, office and an event space.  At a cost of $12.4 million, this sustainable renovation ended up costing only $140 per square foot.

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REM-Island: 1964 Pirate Radio Station Sea Platform Transformed into Amazing Amsterdam Restaurant

REM-Island: 1964 Pirate Radio Station Sea Platform Transformed into Amazing Amsterdam Restaurant

The pirate radio broadcasting REM-Island was built in 1964 outside territorial waters in order to avoid Dutch legislation. Constructed completely out of steel, the 262-foot-high structure rests on 6

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Commonage’s Rain-Capturing Cowshed is Made Entirely From Reclaimed Materials

Commonage’s Rain-Capturing Cowshed is Made Entirely From Reclaimed Materials

The Cowshed Collective design and build workshop was the third of three focused on creating new infrastructure for Callan, including a river walk and a seasonal bridge design led by LiD Architecture.

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Insane Screwdriver-Powered EX Vehicle Rockets You Headfirst Through the Streets

Insane Screwdriver-Powered EX Vehicle Rockets You Headfirst Through the Streets

We're all for electric vehicles and innovative new uses for everyday objects - but this EX vehicle propelled by screwdrivers is just nuts. The pared-down racing trike harnesses two 18-volt screwdrivers as

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India’s Bapagrama Stone House is a Tranquil Temple Made From Local Natural Materials

India’s Bapagrama Stone House is a Tranquil Temple Made From Local Natural Materials

This 1,200-square-foot guest house is located in Bangalore, and it's surrounded by untouched nature. The house features a kitchenette, a study and bedrooms, all divided by simple flexible demarcations

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40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

Comfort, environmental sensitivity and livability were among the main driving principles behind this stellar design, which partially explains the use of natural materials that integrate so well with the

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Green esCAPE Playhouse Provides an Amazing Backyard Haven for Nature-Loving Kids

Green esCAPE Playhouse Provides an Amazing Backyard Haven for Nature-Loving Kids

Created by Zero Energy Design, the Green esCAPE Playhouse is a backyard retreat for kids that might just make the grown-ups a little bit jealous. Inside the weather-resistant spruce board house is an

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Tony Hobba Architects’ Third Wave Kiosk in Australia is Made from Recycled Sheet Piling

Tony Hobba Architects’ Third Wave Kiosk in Australia is Made from Recycled Sheet Piling

The sheet piles that form the exterior wall of the new Third Wave Kiosk were used along the Murray River during the devastating 2010-2011 Victorian floods. Now, in their new life, they serve an entirely

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Solar-Powered Forever House: Dowdy Red Bricks Given New Life as a Slick Fresco Facade

Solar-Powered Forever House: Dowdy Red Bricks Given New Life as a Slick Fresco Facade

Sustainability and flexibility were two of the most important aspects of the design brief, which is why so much effort went into reusing existing materials, including several types of brick and timber

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The Sky’s the Limit for Max McMurdo’s New Recycled Airplane Wing Desk

The Sky’s the Limit for Max McMurdo’s New Recycled Airplane Wing Desk

Green designer Max McMurdo has once again put his skills into action to create a fresh new version of his famous ‘Deborah’ airplane wing desk. Named after Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden, this

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa

What started as the 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa concept just a few months ago is now an actual built computer learning center and library thanks to architect Charles Newman and the

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Enormous Beehive Made of Recycled Plastic Bags Dangles at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Enormous Beehive Made of Recycled Plastic Bags Dangles at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art

In the 16th century, Italy produced Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel, but now many of the world's art museums are filled with trash. Not any old trash, mind you. Pascale Marthine Tayou's latest

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Melbourne’s Sealight Pavilion is Designed for Contemplating the Elements

Melbourne’s Sealight Pavilion is Designed for Contemplating the Elements

The Sealight Pavilion was constructed as a joint effort over 14 weeks in 2011. It consists of two volumes: a tower and a cantilever, made entirely from locally-sourced, reclaimed cypress wood via

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Scrapped Ambulance Transformed into Inspiring Playground for Disabled Children in Malawi

Scrapped Ambulance Transformed into Inspiring Playground for Disabled Children in Malawi

After clearing the small plot of land adjacent to the hospital, van Baarsen and van Hoeckel livened the space up with some recycled materials turned into an inspiring pseudo hospital. In addition to the

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Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views From its Corrugated Glass Windows

Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views From its Corrugated Glass Windows

Antwerp’s MAS Museum opened its doors back in May 2011. Its name stands for Museum Aan de Stroom, which means Museum on the River. Each of the building’s ten stories is twisted 90 degrees to form a

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Tadashi Kawamata Covers Versailles in a Surreal Cascade of 5,000 Recycled Wooden Crates

Tadashi Kawamata Covers Versailles in a Surreal Cascade of 5,000 Recycled Wooden Crates

Tadashi Kawamata is known around the world for his site-specific temporary installations made from recycled materials - we recently showed you his crazy 20-foot pavilion made entirely from chairs. To make

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Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware

Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware

Dutch designer Laurens Van Wieringen collects rejected plastic items from factories and scrap yards and turns them into functional psychedelic objects. His "Mixed" tableware is made by melting and

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Barbara Franc Transforms Recycled Objects Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Barbara Franc Transforms Recycled Objects Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Artist Barbara Franc transforms recycled materials and bits of wire into elaborate sculptures of living creatures from every branch of the animal kingdom. Her three-dimensional works range from a

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6 Super Easy DIY Gifts For Your Valentine’s Day Sweetie

6 Super Easy DIY Gifts For Your Valentine’s Day Sweetie

DIY Smart Phone Gloves Smart phones are great, but not when it's 10 degrees out and you need to send a text. Make sure your sweetie's digits are warm by transforming a pair of gloves into texting

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Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Located in Colorado’s Elkins Meadow (US), the Reed Residence is a zero-energy cozy shelter for a family of four. Half of the roof is clad with sun-gathering panels and the other half is a luscious green

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Living Pots are Sustainable Modular Gardens Made with Scrap Metal and Logs

Living Pots are Sustainable Modular Gardens Made with Scrap Metal and Logs

Living Pots by Design Nobis are sustainable cultivation units that are comprised of 100 percent recyclable and reused materials. Made out of simple bent metal pieces and scrap pieces of log, the pots are

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Recycled “Gecekondoo” Emergency Shelters Could Provide Relief to Displaced Residents of Istanbul

Recycled “Gecekondoo” Emergency Shelters Could Provide Relief to Displaced Residents of Istanbul

The Turkish Government recently voted on a ‘’disaster risk’’ law that will demolish and rebuild roughly 7,000,000 dwellings in Turkey over the next 20 years. Although the object of this law is to

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Artist Tadashi Kawamata Stacks Hundreds of Chairs Into a 20-Foot-High Sculpture

Artist Tadashi Kawamata Stacks Hundreds of Chairs Into a 20-Foot-High Sculpture

Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Kawamata has been featured in important international events from a very young age. He creates smashing art installations using scrap materials and repurposed objects like

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Steven Morgana’s Cardboard Geodesic Dome Suspended by Balancing Waste By-Products

Steven Morgana’s Cardboard Geodesic Dome Suspended by Balancing Waste By-Products

This fantastic geodesic dome is constructed entirely from discarded cardboard boxes by Steven Morgana. That in itself is a fantastic green idea, and its brown and green panels visually reflect its earthy

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Transfodesign Turns a Recycled Refrigerator Into a Cool Couch

Transfodesign Turns a Recycled Refrigerator Into a Cool Couch

Transfodesign has transformed an old non-recyclable household refrigerator into a funky sofa! Dubbed 'Menage a Trois', the cool couch is coated with VOC-free paint and features cushions made from recycled

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