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Eco Art and Innovative Recycling

Recycling and reusing valuable waste materials can result in the development of fantastic and usable end products. Rather than putting waste materials into landfill, or sourcing virgin materials, the following eco art and innoative recycling ideas have been developed using recycled or reused waste materials. TempleBottles.jpg

Thai Temple Built From One Million Recycled Bottles

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The Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew temple has found a way to bottle-up Nirvana, literally. The temple, which sits in Thailand’s Sisaket province, roughly 370 miles northeast of Bangkok is made of more than a million recycled glass bottles.

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Man Made Island Paradise

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If you can't afford to buy your own tropical island paradise, why not build your own? That is exactly what Richie Sowa did back in 1998, from over a quarter-million plastic bottles. His Spiral Island, destroyed years later by a hurricane, sported a two-story house, solar oven, self-composting toilet and multiple beaches. Better yet, he has started building another one! His ultimate goal? To build the island bigger and bigger and finally float out to sea, traveling the world from the comfort of his own private paradise.

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Sailing across the Pacific in a recycled plastic bottle catamaran

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The brainchild of David de Rothschild, The Plastiki Expedition is a daring plan to sail across the Pacific from San Francisco to Sydney, a distance of over 12,000 nautical miles, in a boat made entirely from old plastic bottles and recycled waste products. The boat will be carrying a team of four scientists from the Scripps Research Institute, who will study ocean acidification, marine debris and coral bleaching during the trip.

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Recycled Chandeliers

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Pictures demonstrating a project where students are making plastic bottle chandeliers for an art class.

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Building an Insect Tower/Habitat Wall

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Made from old Pallets- Every allotment should have one! Great for attracting beneficial insects to your plot. If your into organic gardening then build one of these.

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RecycleNow - Wrapping The Eco Way

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Recycle Now discovers the art of gift or grocery wrapping - Japanese style.

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Doily Lighting Fixtures

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These vintage doily lighting fixtures are made by Caitlin from Nice-etc. Thrifted doilys are a wonderful material to use for DIY projects, they can be found from practically any fleamarket/thriftstore in reasonable prices.
- With thanks to Rianna Phillips, Manchester MET University -

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Fashion stars of the future highlight sustainability

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If anyone still needed convincing that sustainability has become the new buzzword in fashion, they needed to look no further than the London College of Fashion's annual celebration of postgraduate design talent.

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Recycled Clothing

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Plastic soda and water bottles are being turned into sweaters. This video explores the process of converting plastic into fabric and its growing use

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Floors Made From Recycled Leather Belts

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Recycled Leather Belts as floors - This just goes to show you that with a little creativity, you can re-purpose just about anything.

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Recycled Circuit Board Desk Organiser

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This is a very cool and funky pencil box made completely from recycled circuit boards! This awesome box looks great sitting on your desk to hold your pens and pencils and makes a great gift for that computer geek friend of your's or as a present for your teacher!

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Boot designer brings old bags to heel

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Chilean designer Camila Labra has designed a range of women’s footwear made from recycled plastic bags.

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Creative Recycled PET Bottles

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Pet bottles are now commonly used in almost all of our drinking water, soda, energy drinks, juices and more. However, recycling them never come into our minds. Various ways of recycling is now being introduced by recycline.

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Recycled beauty: Computer Commuter for TerraCycle

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Making magic out of waste is an art that not everybody possess. Designer Taryn Zychal is one of those few gifted people who has turned around things for discarded materials. Take for instance the Computer Commuter, which is made from salvaged vinyl from old billboards.

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Recycled Plastic Availability

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Possibilities and variations of crushing and granulating plastic for seperation and recycling.

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Green X-Mas Gift Idea - Recycled Hard Drive Clock

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Grab your very own 3.5″ computer hard drive desktop clock fashioned from a variety of recycled computer drives. These were found on Etsy and the seller specializes in making these artful and functional clocks from pc hard drives found and reclaimed locally.

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Recycled Aluminum Pulltab Handbags

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An eco chic accessory that is crafted from 100% recycled materials while also promoting fair trade employment? Well, this is a brilliant scenario for advancing sustainable style while also reducing needless waste and litter.

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Personalized Jewelry from Recycled Corks & Rubber

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Take a look at these innovative ideas of making jewelry from recycled corks and recycled rubber

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HAUTE*NATURE

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A fantastic website containing an array of ecologically based creative ideas, art & green products, including Eco-Furniture, Eco-Fashion and Eco-Art.

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Recycled Toy Furniture

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These recycled toy tables were awared the Golden Lion for the Best Installation Project in the international Exhibition at the Vienna Architecture Biennale.

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Conolounge Recycled Paper Tubes Chair

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For a chair prototype called the Conolounge, Chilean designers Onceneto tapped La Tercera newspaper for leftover paper printer rolls

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Alternate Fabric Bags

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Have you ever looked at all those plastic bags you get when you go shopping and wondered at the huge quantity consumed by you? By using fabric bags as much as possible (paper isn't strong enough). Or other alternatives, like these.

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Make a Boat from Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Follow this amazing picture-by-picture project of how two individuals built a boat from recycled plastic bottles.

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Recycled Flip Flip Bin

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Eco friendly online retailer Viva Terra is showcasing a funky bin made from recycled flip flops which is both cute and functional.

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Spare Tire Recycled Tube Belts

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The Spare Tire Belt has a great alternative to black leather look.

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Handspun Recycled Newspaper Yarn

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Recently a commenter asked what they could do with all the old newspapers they had piling up. With enough time, patience, and newspapers you can create newspaper yarn

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Recycled Coat Hanger Necklace

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This collar necklace is made out of recycled coat hangers.

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Deckstool, Recycled Skateboard Stool

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Broken skateboards are a byproduct of our culture usually destined for the landfill. The deckstool recycles this waste into a unique, high quality piece of furniture

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Recycled Consoles Reborn as a Chair

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Pli Design, a London-based manufacturer of contemporary furniture, has announced their Reee Chair, made from 100% recycled PlayStation 2 plastic.

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Recycled Teacup Birdbath or Feeder

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Etsy, an american-based manuacturer, have converter thier old teacups into hanging birdbath or feeder. Etsy say that they have made it thier mission 'to give all the little mismatched ceramic and China pieces a place.' They add, ' They always look so lonely sitting there in the antique shops'.

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Recycled Subway Cars Turned Into Studios // London

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London, Village Underground provides affordable studio space for young artists (around £15 per week). The subway cars act as working spaces for the artists, while a lower-level restored warehouse is used to host events and exhibit the artists’ works. The four subway vehicles that make up the village were purchased for a grand total of 200 pounds each.

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Recycled Wine Barrel Art

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Johnson Banks' recycled barrel art is a sommelier's dream.

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Recycled Paper Sculptural Installations

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Part printmaker and part sculptor, Benarcik searches for evidence of life in the most basic organic materials and then cleverly alchemizes these finds into assemblages of deep patterning and hypnotic rhythm.

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Plastic Bottle Olympic Curtains

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Plastic bottle installation at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea.

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Driftwood Sculptures

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Filiz and Christiane, sculptural artists from Turkey have graciously shown us their driftwood sculptures. They gather their already worn driftwood from the beaches of Alanya and assemble the most wonderful artwork.

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Recycled Books as Art

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If you’d rather get creative with your unwanted books instead of donating them to charity, this collection of used book creations should provide you with some inspiration.

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More Creative Recycled Furniture Designs

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Recycling doesn’t have to be limited to sorting cans and bottles into bins to be sent to a recycling plant to be turned into new cans and bottles. Recycling can be about using existing materials to make something completely new and original. Furniture designers have capitalised on this notion to dream up some incredibly creative and unpredictable results for use around the home.

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Recycled Bicycle Wheel Clock

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Baby-legged cyclists and admirers of creative recycled junk will surely welcome this bicycle wheel clock into their homes

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Recycled Art Sculptures

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Recycled Grenade Bug Bomb measuring 5 inches long x 4.5 inches tall

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Recycled Stuff Transformed into Geeky Accesories

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A collection of recycled stuff made into geeky accessories

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Bus Shelter Made From Recycled Buses

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Sculptor Christopher Fennell created a bus shelter in Atlanta from three decommissioned school busses. Exterior slices of a ‘62,’72, and ‘77 buses were joined together and the seating is from an old city bus. Interesting mix of creative reuse of materials and their context.

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Homemade Christmas Ornaments

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A fantastic Eco-Art Christmas resource which list 145 different homemade Christmas ornaments complete with pictures and instructions.

Since 2007, these homemade ornaments were originally entered into a yearly American website competition. Although UK schools may be exempt from this competition, we can take the advantage of this arts-and-craft rich resource.

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Christmas tree made from old hard disk drives

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But does this mean the old hard drives are to be thrown out of the house ? A NZGames forum member knows exactly what is to be done with these old disks build a Christmas tree out of them, provided you have 70 hard disk drives at your disposal and three weeks of holiday..

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Handmade Holiday: Origami Christmas Card Box

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A great way to recycle all of those Christmas cards that you're not sure what to do with.They can be used to hold little Christmas gifts (or anytime trinkets for that matter) or also be hung on the tree for decoration.

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Recycled Orange Peel Christmas Ornaments

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Talented artists turn ordinary orange peels (which are usually thrown away, of course) into artistic creations for your holiday celebrations.

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