TAG: Recycled materials

Energy Neutral Home With Shou Sugi Ban Technique

Energy Neutral Home With Shou-Sugi-Ban Technique

Energy neutral homes focus on sustainable features, but this home located in Amsterdam, Netherlands also has an artistic element. Designed and orchestrated by Pieter Weijnen of Faro architects, Steigereiland 2.0 is a home with an interesting exterior look. Sometimes townhouses or row homes can all blend together, but this one subtly stands out among its stylish neighbors with its own distinct and inventive expression. It is a cradle to cradle construction, as all materials that were used are recyclable or compostable. The design team researched ways to optimize energy and material use to produce a fully efficient building. Reportedly, it is the first construction in the Netherlands to include… read more

Perfect Imperfection

Perfect Imperfection

New constructions or renovation projects can often focus on creating perfection. However, architects who aren’t afraid to sway from the mold can develop a home that truly has its own personality and style. The following home doesn’t necessarily aim to be conventionally perfect, but does aim to be lived in and loved. Located in in the mountain highlands, the Maleny House from Bark Design Architects stands its ground as a bit of an outcast, but a beloved one. Also referred to as the Glass House Mountain House, the stone building integrates large open spaces, greenery and glass. This creatively confuses the definition… read more

Feed the Birds

Making bird feeders

Studies have long shown that an early love of nature fosters ecological awareness that carries over into adulthood. One particular examination looked at 9 to 12 year old children’s involvement in outside activities for a span of six years. It was found that outside playtime had decreased by as much as 50% during this period. Getting kids to appreciate the outdoors can be as easy as providing the occasion. Birds and other outside animals offer an opportunity for inspiring projects that children will love. By constructing bird-friendly enticers, like feeders and treat holders, kids foster a connection to the inhabitants… read more

Relax and Rest in Your Nest

Dedon's Nest Rest

An up-market sustainable product, DEDON’s beautiful ‘Nest Rest’ is a zero-waste cocoon for finding inner peace. This eco-friendly and very gorgeous piece of furniture was inspired in the way birds build their homes and cozy up in their nests. This cocoon was entirely created by waving a special trademark fabric that is recyclable, waterproof, long lasting and very strong. Shaped like a womb, the ‘Nest Rest’ is the perfect place to chill out, enjoy the subtle movement of this unique hammock and allow yourself to drift and daydream away. It was designed by Paris-based Daniel Puzet and Fred Frety, two longtime collaborators… read more

Recycled Materials Meet Haute Couture

Recycled Materials Meet Haute Couture

When thinking of recycled and sustainable fashions, haute couture may not be the first style venue to come to mind. However, the past couple of years has seen an increase in the use of recycled materials in high fashion, and has highlighted the imaginative sides of quite a few designers that can do some really creative and new things with old supplies. Fashion designer Michael Cinco has been able to create a variety of impressive styles with some interesting recycled materials. One particularly eco-minded photography shoot showcasing his designs actually took place in a landfill. The designs were made from… read more

Poticrete Sidewalk

Photo: The City of Bellingham, Wash.

Many cities are testing out strange materials for road and sidewalk construction in an attempt to go green. Some of the materials being looked at are porous asphalt, recycled roofing shingles, and even plastic bottles. But the city of Bellingham, Washington, has been the most creative so far having just completed a pedestrian walkway incorporating recycled porcelain from more than 400 crushed toilets that were diverted from a local landfill. The project was part of the six-block Meador Kansas Ellis Trail Project in downtown Bellingham, which also included other sustainable elements like porous pavement and LED street lighting. The city even paved… read more

9 Storey Building Made From Plastic Bottles


In mid 2011 in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, there was an unusual building built. The EcoArk Pavilion was built out of 1.5 million recycled plastic bottles. The nine storey tall structure was built from Polli-bricks. Polli-bricks are a revolutionary building material made from 100% recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Polymer. It is translucent, naturally insulated, and durable. The bricks are a 3-D honeycomb of interlocking bottles composed from recycled plastic bottles.  The Polli-brick panel can sustain lateral force up to 1.5 times the worst hurricane recorded without any damage. Polli-brick can be integrated with solar powered LED lights. These embedded solar powered… read more

Specs with Style and Sustainability

Eco Friendly Specs

Environmentally fashion trends are on the rise and what better way to tap into the zeitgeist than with a pair of stylish sunglasses that are sustainable. Modo’s line Eco is produced from recycled metal and plastic. In addition to using recycled materials Eco plants a tree for every frame sold. Eco works to use donated frames to help those in need around the world. Schwood frames are composed of cherry and zebra wood.  These frames are handcrafted for a unique finish. Schwood tries to keep the natural essence of the wood by preserving the frame. Schwood comes in many designs such… read more

This Sustainable Glue is Made from Recycled Styrofoam


One of the most recognizable shipping and packaging components, expanded polystyrene (EPS), is kind of a pain to deal with. Those big bulky white chunks of styrofoam that protect fragile items while they’re in the box are big and bulky, which means they take up a lot of space in the waste stream (up to 30% of US landfill space), and yet they’re light, which makes them easy to be picked up by the wind and deposited across the land and ocean, where they contribute to our plastic pollution problem. But one company has a great use for the material,… read more

Artist Renders Amazing Upcycled Star Wars Series

Artist Renders Amazing Upcycled Star Wars Series

Gabriel Dishaw has a way with recycled materials. Specializing in upcycled art and sculpture, he combines items like metals and discarded electronic components and assembles them into quite imaginative works. Dated technology like typewriters, computers, miscellaneous keys and other machine parts are brought to life as mechanical displays. Utilizing cast off pieces from no longer needed objects allows the artist to create masterful pieces without attributing to landfill waste. One of his works, the Star Wars Series, is a collection of sculptures that are recycled replications of characters from the saga. Fans of the classic films will surely appreciate these… read more