Swap And Recycle Stuff With Swap-O-Matic

We love extraordinary vending machines, so we couldn’t resist featuring this New York-born Swap-o-Matic. The Swap-o-Matic is a vending machine that allows users to donate and receive items, instantly and for free. Why? Because re-using and recycling can be just as fun as buying something new. And, of course, because swapping is contageous and using is the new…

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A House In One Day

The guys of REFUNC, a Dutch collective of architects and builders, created this upcycled architectural installation. The Road Air is a flexible and movable ‘house’ that can be built in one day. An old trailer, interior windows of airplanes, fish crates and on old carpet were blended into a new highly movable shelter that looks…

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Minimizing Waste With Innovative Design

Waste is energy. No doubt about that, with these esthetically satisfying new designs for self-sufficient home appliances developed by Philips Design. Or should I say furniture? One of the concepts, the Methane Bio-Digester Kitchen Island, is able to break down organic waste to obtain energy. From the integrated chopping board, organic waste such as peels and seeds can…

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Turning Plastic Bottles Into Light Bulbs

In the suburbs of the Philippines the houses are built very close to each other. Even during daytime it is very dark inside the homes. In some areas just outside Manila, the capital of the Philippines, people cannot even access electricity. Students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came up with something very simple but yet very effective.

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A Plastic Archipelago

To recycle is one of my daily rules. That is why this installation by the British artist Russel Thoburn caught my attention. Experienced in working with recycled materials, this time he created a floating island made from plastic tops, a sort of colorful carpet, placed on a canal of Hackney Wick Fish Island, in the…

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How Waste Can Be Beautiful

What to do with the good old Compact Discs in the world of MP3, iTunes and Spotify? Don’t throw them away!Artist Elise Morin and architect Clémence Eliard used 65,000 old CDs to create an enormous installation called Waste Landscape in the world’s shiniest city Paris. Rolling hills of hand-sewed together disks of shiny metal in…

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Amsterdam’s Indoor Campsite

How the hell can we spice up a gray and boring business district? It’s one of Amsterdam’s main concerns. The so-called Zuidas, the city’s financial center under construction, is suffering from the current economic situation and bad urban planning. Bored bankers and the few posh people living in the too expensive penthouses have proven not…

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