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The Bow-House, by French architect Stéphane Malka (Photo: Laurent Clement)

Can "guerrilla architecture" be used to promote radical collective ideas? Such is the intriguing premise behind Bow-House. Created by French architect Stéphane Malka, who has a keen interest in using his skills to help reclaim neglected inner-city areas for those less fortunate, the project comprises a shelter built from recycled materials that is available to anyone who needs a place to stay.  Read More

The Waste House constructed a the University Of Brighton employs waste materials sourced f...

Can garbage be used as an eco-material to construct a house? That's the intriguing premise behind the recently-completed Waste House project, which is believed by those involved to be the first permanent British building built almost solely from waste and recycled materials. Constructed at the University of Brighton's Grand Parade campus, the Waste House is an ongoing experiment which aims to prove, in the organizer's own words, that "there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place."  Read More

Using both four-plug and smaller, single-plug blocks, kids can use Buildies to construct a...

As children, most of us would have constructed shaky fortresses out of pillows, mattresses and mom's best manchester. In the eyes of Illinois-based product designer Brian Lilly, these essential life experiences could be even more valuable if there was a little structural stability added to the mix. Buildies is a kit of cardboard blocks and connectors designed to teach kids about engineering, all while letting their imaginations run wild.  Read More

The Container Bar is based in Austin, Texas (Photo: Chris Perez)

Shipping container-based architecture has produced plenty of innovative structures already, but isn't generally associated with beer ... until now. The recently-opened Austin, Texas-based Container Bar brings sustainable architecture and alcoholic beverages together under one roof, and provides a fine example of recycled architectural design, too.  Read More

Green Spirit Creations saw an opportunity to create environmentally-friendly products usin...

UK-based Green Spirit Creations is the latest team to try its hand at paper-based lighting solutions. Seeking out discarded materials from local shop-owners, its stylish household lamps are made from 100 percent recycled cardboard (bulbs, wiring and switches aside).  Read More

Oregon boat builder, Brian Schulz has put his carpentry skills into building his very own ...

Oregon boat builder Brian Schulz has turned his carpentry skills towards creating the Japanese Forest House – a 200 square foot (18.5 sqm) home built from predominantly reclaimed wood and salvaged materials.  Read More

Hitting a box on one of the cardboard snowboard prototypes

The team at Signal Snowboards has put aside its all glass snowboard in favor of another left-field approach: a snowboard made from 100 percent recycled cardboard.  Read More

Aside from the Paperpedic Bed, Karton's range include chests of drawers, TV units, room pa...

It's generally only when its time to pack up and move house that the typical homeowner encounters large quantities of cardboard. In bicycle helmets and vacuum cleaners, however, we have seen some innovative applications for the material beyond its use as lightweight and durable packaging. Karton, a cardboard furniture company offering everything from beds to room dividers, takes a similar approach, yet aims to go beyond the novel and make its paper constructions a charming and practical part of your living solution.  Read More

Eden's Paper wrapping paper contains seeds which grow into vegetables once planted (Photo:...

As the holiday season gets into full swing, one inevitable byproduct of the widespread cheer will be masses of waste wrapping paper. One interesting idea to reduce this comes via Eden's Paper, which is billed as a "100 percent plantable wrapping paper," and can be used to grow vegetables by simply placing the paper into some soil, adding water, and waiting for nature to do its thing.  Read More

Internal features such as the ceiling panels, tension cables, and aluminum joints are made...

Nike has teamed up with Taiwan-based design and architectural company Miniwiz to produce a new concept retail store, dubbed X158 Hyper Nature. Based in Shanghai, China, the store's interior is constructed using building materials recycled from DVDs, water bottles and beverage cans.  Read More

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