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House Made of Glass and PET Bottles

House Made of Glass and PET Bottles

 

In this project, I have used glass beer bottles and 1.5 liters cold drink PET bottles (along with general building materials) to build a house! The PET bottles are filled with sand and the glass bottles are empty. The glass bottles

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Axis Eco Toothbrush Made Out of an Old Gluestick

Axis Eco Toothbrush Made Out of an Old Gluestick

 

The Axis toothbrush is a smarter way to brush your teeth. Made almost entirely from recycled and re-usable components, it stores and dispenses toothpaste from a re-used gluestick held within the recycled alluminium brush handle. The bristles are also detachable giving them a new lease on life and turning them into household …

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DreamSwing Hammock Made of Old Ropes and Pool Noodles

DreamSwing Hammock Made of Old Ropes and Pool Noodles

 

The Dreamswing Hammock incorporates retired and/or “prime hanks” (end-of-spool lengths that are less than 50 meters) of climbing ropes, recyclable aluminum tubing for the staves, 2.5” seat belt webbing from suitable junked vehicles as perimeter gillies and salvaged sections of discarded foam pool noodle floaties for the head rest, as well as discarded toy balls to protect the ends of the cross-member staves.

The bed can stitched from a variety of available eco-friendly materials of recycled content. It …

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Lights Made from Recycled Aluminum Blinds

Lights Made from Recycled Aluminum Blinds

 

It’s amazing what 16 years in the dusty basement can do for an old set of blinds! These are made from aluminum mini blinds that came with the house when I moved in. Voila, let there be light.

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Caffeinated Music: Speakers Made from Coffee Cans

Caffeinated Music: Speakers Made from Coffee Cans

 

These speakers are made from old coffee cans! The designer has used them as computer speakers, surround sound on his video game system, and even behind the seat of his old truck.

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Lumaz Lamp Made from Discarded Foam Core and Feathers

Lumaz Lamp Made from Discarded Foam Core and Feathers

 

This lamp by Basurata Chan is made from discarded foam core board and feathers. Chan used a cutter to construct the fixture and says of her design, “The main aim is to make an easy to made object for everybody, with daily tools and materials… and turn the garbage into poetry.”

+ Basurata Chan

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Light made from Recycled Bike Gears

Light made from Recycled Bike Gears

 

This light fixture was created from an old rear cassette off of a commuter bike, an old cell phone charger and a couple of LEDs. Simple and functional, brings new use to an old worn out bike part.

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US Map Art Made From Cereal Boxes

US Map Art Made From Cereal Boxes

 

Chris Kaasman and his wife and love cereal so much that they realized they were creating a lot of paper waste and decided to put their empty boxes to use by making detailed maps of the United …

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Boomz: A Bomb Shaped Light Fixture Made Out of a Milk Bottle

Boomz: A Bomb Shaped Light Fixture Made Out of a Milk Bottle

 

Thinking that using used milk bottles to make light fixtures was no longer a novelty, See Hwa Goh decided to give her design a new twist, using its inherent shape for a completely different outlook with small additions. She added fins (hand-weaved with cable ties) to her milk bottle to achieve a bomb-dropping effect when the lamp hangs from the ceiling.

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Table Made Out of an Upright Piano

Table Made Out of an Upright Piano

 

This project investigates ways to reduce waste through the reuse of a hard to recycle object — the upright piano. This piano was found on craigslist.com described as “must go or will be forced to throw away.” Upon receiving the piano and investigating its components, it was found that the piano was beyond affordable repair. What followed …

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Billboard Vinyl Recycled into Bags and Wallets

Billboard Vinyl Recycled into Bags and Wallets

 

Tamara Stoddard works in advertising and is always getting in huge billboard vinyl sheets to check color with. So much of it was going in the garbage that she decided to put it to use. The fabric is amazingly durable and waterproof so she began making these stylish bags wallets, wine carriers and passport covers out of it! …

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POP Pendant Light Made From Recycled Aluminum Pulltabs

POP Pendant Light Made From Recycled Aluminum Pulltabs

 

Mauricio Affonso‘s intricate spherical pendant lamp is made from hundreds of discarded aluminum pull-tabs. Dubbed POP, the 15″ light creates a stunning visual effect and is constructed with exceptional craftsmanship. While working on the design Affonso was inspired by the idea of turning a disposable material …

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Milk Shade: Fixture made from Recycled Milk Cartons

Milk Shade: Fixture made from Recycled Milk Cartons

 

This light shade is made from discarded milk cartons, using minimal materials and avoiding adhesives altogether. By creating an interlocking system, this pendant is a beautiful reinvention of common household waste that is both sustainable and stylish.

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Potus Pot Made From a Recycled Lightbulb

Potus Pot Made From a Recycled Lightbulb

 

If you recently made the switch to energy-efficient CFL light bulbs, here’s a brilliant way to reuse all of those old incandescents. Designed by Natalia Hojman and Angeles Estrada Vigil, the Potus Pot transforms a burnt-out light bulb into a bud-growing vase. Each beautiful recycled planter comes complete with a simple OSB base and packaging reused from the original light bulb….

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Wall-E Made From Materials Found Around the House!

Wall-E Made From Materials Found Around the House!

 

This adorable Wall-E was made by Davide Marin for a child obsessed with the Disney character using materials found around his home! Marin decided to make it one lazy morning using things that were going into the trash like old boxes, parts of plastic bottles, old film and scraps of cardboard.

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MAGnificent Curtain Made from Old Magazines

MAGnificent Curtain Made from Old Magazines

 

Despite the advancement of electronic media, people still seem to accumulate stacks of old magazines, flyers and newspapers. The MAGnificent Curtain transforms these paper-based publications into a simple, stylish and super sustainable curtain that can be replicated by anyone, anywhere. All you need is magazine pages rolled into tubes, scissors and a pair …

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Tripod Lamp Made Out of Two Broken Items

Tripod Lamp Made Out of Two Broken Items

 

Two wrongs do make a right. It was a sad day when Sarah Myers’ drafting lamp from childhood broke and no longer functioned as it was intended. It was another sad day when her tripod similarly failed to fill its original function. She couldn’t stomach the thought of just mindlessly discarding these two, at one time, great items so she decided to make …

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Film Roll Lamp

Film Roll Lamp

 

Nidhi Gupta‘s beautiful film roll lamp is made from spools of old film that are strung together and assembled into a circular shape. We love how the successive series of stills creates a shifting pattern as forgotten scenes weave a new narrative about sustainable design.

+ Nidhi Gupta

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Medusa: A Jellyfish Lamp Made from Old Plastic Cups

Medusa: A Jellyfish Lamp Made from Old Plastic Cups

 

Elena Bescós Ciprián made this fetching jellyfish-shaped lamp out of all recycled materials from her house. The body of the lamp is made out of small plastic cups, and plastic taps, parts of egg cartons, and other miscellaneous plastic pieces were used for the tail.

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Riverzedge Greenworks Lamp Made from Old T Shirts and Plastic Bags

Riverzedge Greenworks Lamp Made from Old T Shirts and Plastic Bags

 

Is this lamp really made of dirty old t-shirts laminated with collected plastic bags? YES! These lamps are a result of a co-design project between Katryna Carter and a group of teens affiliated with a Rhode Island-based after-school program, Riverzedge. Riverzedge is an after-school …

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