Old city buses to be reborn as homeless shelters in Hawaii

Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by

City’s Executive Director of Housing, Jun Yang, has an idea—to retrofit retired city buses as transitional housing for the homeless. Architecture firm Group 70 International picked up the design challenge, and hopes to have at least three volunteer-built LIFT bus facilities on the road this summer. The renovated buses will provide shelter, showers and […]

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Freight Farms

Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 by

i Jon Friedman (left) and Brad McNamara (right) are the co-founders of Freight Farms. Courtesy of Freight Farms The United States imports more than $100 billion of food every year from farms across the globe, often in the big metal shipping containers you see on cargo ships. Now, entrepreneurs are using those shipping containers […]

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The Fantastic Transformation of Subway Cars into Artificial Reefs

Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 by

A decade ago, in a moment of inspiration, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority stumbled on a way to help the environment and its own bottom line: donating retired subway trains to the little-known cause of creating artificial reefs…. Sinking the subway cars cost about half as much as […]

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New Zealand company has developed a way to recycle worn-out carpets into children’s bicycles

Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 by

For the past several months, carpets have found a highly unconventional second life as bikes. Jenny McIver and her husband Rich – New Zealanders who have recently returned home after several years in New York City – run Wishbone Design, a product design company. Together they have […]

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London’s red phone boxes go green

Posted on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by

The iconic red phone box of London has been painted green, and will act instead as a solar-powered phone charging station. London’s red telephone boxes of yore are largely disused, although recent initiatives have seen some converted into miniature libraries or equipped with emergency medical equipment. […]

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The house made from 4,000 video cassettes and two tonnes of jeans

Posted on Friday, September 5th, 2014 by

The Brighton Waste House is Britain’s first house made almost entirely from rubbish, including chalk, coffee cups and lights en route to Bangladesh Toothbrushes, along with video cassettes are being tested for their insulation qualities. Chalk is also being tested after a lorry-load of it heading for landfill […]

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These folks feed their family with a garden in their swimming pool

Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by

When Dennis and Danielle McClung bought a foreclosed home in Mesa, Ariz., in 2009, their new yard featured a broken, empty swimming pool. Instead of spending a small fortune to repair and fill it, Dennis had a far more prescient idea: He built a plastic cap over it and […]

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Beautifully Ingenious Greenhouse in Vietnam is Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles & Bamboo

Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by

Greenhouse made from recycled plastic bottles and bamboo. Both materials are recyclable and renewable. This is a perfect example of ingenuity and recycling capability, putting old used and renewable materials to work growing food. To help promote green living habits in Vietnam, the 1+1>2 International Architecture Company partnered with Action for the City to create a Vegetable Nursery […]

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Oxgut products are made from genuine retired fire hose

Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 by

Exclusive Designs with a heroic past. Oxgut Hose Co. offers high-end indoor & outdoor furniture inspired by retired fire hose, salvaged from departments throughout the U.S. Portion of profits go directly to The Children’s Burn Foundation. What happens to fire hoses when they are retired? Surprisingly, this was not the question on the mind of […]

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Tiles from TV’s

Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by

Whatever happened to all your old computer monitors and TVs? Fireclay Tile decided to turn those heavy CRT glass screens into tile! CRTs are considered to be one of the hardest types of electronic waste to recycle. CRT glass can be recycled into more CRT glass, but with rapid technological advancements and declining price tags for LCD and […]

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