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6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash Pools are short in supply in NYC, so Macro Sea set out to add more with their ingenious Dumpster Pools. Commissioned by the city, Macro Sea built three pools out of

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Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Kusakabe is a new kaiseki-style sushi bar that has elevated sustainable building to a new level of elegance. Designed and constructed by ArcHive designbuild, located in San Francisco’s historic Jackson

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Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Underground Organic Vena Cava Winery is Built With Salvaged Boats in Baja

Vena Cava Winery was started by Phil Gregory, who also owns and runs the nearby luxury hotel La Villa del Valle in Guadalupe Valley. The desert valley enjoys an interesting microclimate for growing grapes

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Upcycle House: Lendager Arkitekter Unveils Incredible House Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

Upcycle House: Lendager Arkitekter Unveils Incredible House Made Entirely From Recycled Materials

The Upcycle House's building materials come from a vast variety of sources. The load bearing base of the home is made out of two prefabricated shipping containers that are insulated on the outside, which

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Open-Source ‘Precious Plastic’ Machines Recycle Small Scale Waste

Open-Source ‘Precious Plastic’ Machines Recycle Small Scale Waste

When Design Academy Eindhoven graduate student Dave Hakkens learned that only ten percent of discarded plastic is actually recycled, he decided to create "Precious Plastic," an open-source collection of

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BaseCamp Bonn Young Hostel Turns Vintage Trailers and Railcars into Quirky Accommodations

BaseCamp Bonn Young Hostel Turns Vintage Trailers and Railcars into Quirky Accommodations

Each of the vintage units are decorated to a theme by a professional interior designer possessing a background in film and TV sets. Lodgers can choose from 120 bed spots across 15 caravans clustered

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Manoteca’s ‘Box sir’ Table Uses Beautifully Restored Pieces That Lock Together Like a Puzzle

Manoteca’s ‘Box sir’ Table Uses Beautifully Restored Pieces That Lock Together Like a Puzzle

Recently, the fantastic design team at Manoteca launched Box sir, their latest collection of beautifully restored wooden designs. In addition to being stunning pieces of furniture, they are cool to boot!

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ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

The 2011 Christchurch earthquake killed 185 people, caused widespread disaster in the central city and eastern suburbs and is considered the costliest disaster in New Zealand's history. To local

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Artists Repurpose SRAM Bike Parts into Fantastical Sculptures to Benefit Charity

Artists Repurpose SRAM Bike Parts into Fantastical Sculptures to Benefit Charity

The SRAM pART Project in Park City, UT is the fourth incarnation of the bike part sculpture charity auction, which was also held in Chicago, New York City, and Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.

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LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall Salvaged Material Pavilion Features an Upcycled Glass Bottle Wall

LightWall was one of about a dozen entries in the 2012 ReSpace Competition and was selected as the Grand Prize winner. The project was designed by Scott Hefner and Abe Drechsler of the NCSU College of

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CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

CLOUD CEILING: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Upcycled Light Bulbs in Chicago

Brown and Wayne's CLOUD in Calgary was an illuminating temporary installation where visitors could pull on cords to turn CFL lights on and off. The playful light exhibit was made up of 6,000 upcycled

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6 of the World’s Top Green Playgrounds

6 of the World’s Top Green Playgrounds

School's out for summer, and kids are hitting the swings, seesaw and slide at parks all around the country. While there are plenty of generic playgrounds for kids to choose from, there are also a bunch of

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Relax Shacks Makes Tranquil Tiny Homes Out of Scrap and Salvage

Relax Shacks Makes Tranquil Tiny Homes Out of Scrap and Salvage

Deek has found a niche for himself by recycling scraps of metal, wood, and siding, as well as shipping pallets, flower boxes and a host of other materials he sometimes sources from the curbside, and

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Snohetta’s Eggum Tourist Stop Celebrates the Norwegian Landscape with Local Materials

Snohetta’s Eggum Tourist Stop Celebrates the Norwegian Landscape with Local Materials

The Eggum Tourist Stop is located in the middle of the E10 Lofoten route on the north side of the archipelago. The rest area has a car park and service facilities with views of the water and surrounding

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Upcycle House: Lendager Architects Building $175,000 Home Entirely from Recycled Materials in Denmark

Upcycle House: Lendager Architects Building $175,000 Home Entirely from Recycled Materials in Denmark

The goal of the Upcycle House is to build a home with a minimal carbon footprint by using materials with a low embodied energy. In choosing materials for the project, Lendager based its selections on four

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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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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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Living Garden Chair Made From Recycled Furniture Features a Real Sod Seat

Living Garden Chair Made From Recycled Furniture Features a Real Sod Seat

Earlier this year Bridgman showed us to build a recycled shipping pallet chair, and now the company is back at it again with this upcycled garden chair. When delivering new furniture, the company is often

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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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Stephen Shaheen Fashions Stunning Furniture With Salvaged Onyx

Stephen Shaheen Fashions Stunning Furniture With Salvaged Onyx

Stephen Shaheen creates intriguing designs from discarded remnants of onyx left over from industrial stone fabrication. No stranger to upcycling, Shaheen uses these upcycled materials to create

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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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Help Save Unwanted Pallets By Giving Them New Lives as Chairs or Tables

Help Save Unwanted Pallets By Giving Them New Lives as Chairs or Tables

Gas&Air Studios was launched in 2010 when two British design students started messing around with a pile of broken shipping pallets. After many design iterations the duo came up with a simple and

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Taste Tree is Made Up of 5,000 Spare Porcelain Plates & Cups in Belgium

Taste Tree is Made Up of 5,000 Spare Porcelain Plates & Cups in Belgium

The Taste Tree is a unique Christmas tree made up of upcycled plates and cups sourced from local families. Inge Vanluyd and Stefan Vanbergen of the creative firm MOOZ noticed they had odd plates and other

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Jason Lloyd Fletcher Recycles Vintage Belts Into Unique Tables and Chairs

Jason Lloyd Fletcher Recycles Vintage Belts Into Unique Tables and Chairs

Looking for some statement pieces for your home? Genevieve is a series of handmade furnishings designed by Jason Lloyd Fletcher, who also created The Third Generation Furniture.  The collection of

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Send The Pen Guy Your Dead Pens To Help With New Reclaimed Art Projects

Send The Pen Guy Your Dead Pens To Help With New Reclaimed Art Projects

For the past 7 years, Costas Schuler has been collecting old pens to add to his collection and cover his car in them. The 1981 Mercedes Benz now has over 10,000 pens covering it and is still running with

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Kwytza Chopstick Art Transforms Single-Use Chopsticks into Stylish Home Decor

Kwytza Chopstick Art Transforms Single-Use Chopsticks into Stylish Home Decor

During a stint in China, founder Bryan Parks observed how many wooden chopsticks went to waste after meals. Returning to Oregon, he was so inspired by his time in China that he decided to address the

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Lendager Arkitekter’s Upcycled Staircase is Made From Old Milk Crates

Lendager Arkitekter’s Upcycled Staircase is Made From Old Milk Crates

Lendager Arkitekter sought to make their office as sustainable as possible, so they set a goal of only building with upcycled materials and using joints and assemblies that are easy to disassemble - so

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BRC Designs’ One-Of-A-Kind Pocket Rugs are a Patchwork Of Recycled Denim

BRC Designs’ One-Of-A-Kind Pocket Rugs are a Patchwork Of Recycled Denim

While known for his upcycled chairs and tables, Benjamin Rollins Caldwell of BRC Designs has also been dabbling in the world of fashion -- or at least repurposing fashion. One of his latest projects has

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Lynne Knowlton’s Treehouse is a Sanctuary Made from Reclaimed Materials in Canada

Lynne Knowlton’s Treehouse is a Sanctuary Made from Reclaimed Materials in Canada

  Lynne Knowlton's, reclaimed material treehouse is a sweet dream for both children and adults. For children, its a playhouse in the trees complete with a slide to make a quick exit. For adults,

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Thomas Wold’s Quirky and Unique Creations Made From Upcycled Furniture

Thomas Wold’s Quirky and Unique Creations Made From Upcycled Furniture

Thomas Wold is a custom craftsman who lives in the Bay Area with a design/fabrication studio in Berkeley. He struck our fancy with his amazing upcycled furniture creations that take parts and pieces from

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