Klaas Kuiken turns common green bottles into incredible vases with this clever trick

September 27, 2017 by  
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Dutch designer Klaas Kuiken has found a way to transform everyday glass bottles into incredible vases. He begins by wrapping wire around the bottles, and then he heats them up and uses an air compressor to inflate them into fantastic sculptural shapes. Kuiken was inspired to create his Bottles Collection , after being captivated by the small distinct details found in the mass-produced green bottles. He began to cut into the bottles and found that the thickness was different in most of the bottles. These little irregularities prompted the designer to turn the “flaws” into something uniquely beautiful. Related: Birdhouse Roof Tile: Cozy Nesting Site For Birds Brings Wildlife to Your Home To breathe new life into the products, Kuiken created a unique glass blowing system using a modified oven and a compressor. He begins the process by wrapping each bottle tightly with wire before placing them in his homemade oven. As the compressor gently blows air into the bottles, the glass begins to warp, bulging more on the thinner spots and less where it’s thicker. After countless experiments (some of which resulted in explosions and cracked glass), the designer finally achieved the right balance, resulting in beautiful, one-of-a-kind glass vases . The Bottles Collection has 17 different models – which were recently on display at the London Design Festival – and they can be purchased online . + Klaas Kuiken Photography by Masha Bakker

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Ancient papyrus scroll offers insight into Great Pyramid of Giza mystery

September 27, 2017 by  
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Ancient Egyptians moved more than 170,000 tons of limestone to construct the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Archaeologists have long puzzled over just how they accomplished that feat, but papyrus rolls found by a French-Egyptian team offers some insight. In 2013 , researcher Pierre Tallet came across papyrus written by men who helped with the Great Pyramid of Giza’s construction. The papyrus was found in a set of caves used for boat storage in Wadi-al-Jarf, in a remote desert area. Tallet said in the Channel 4 documentary Egypt’s Great Pyramid: The New Evidence , aired this month, “Since the very day of the discovery it was quite evident that we have the oldest papyrus ever found in the world.” Related: Newly discovered Kazakhstan pyramid may be older than certain Egyptian pyramids Among the documents was the journal of an official never heard of before, named Merer. Tallet has spent the past four years deciphering Merer’s words, including his claim that stone was brought to the pyramids via boat – which adds up, since archaeologists found boat remains near the pyramids. Boats transported limestone to the building site via canals dug for that purpose along the Nile River. Then, according to IFLScience, the stone blocks were rolled on special tracks to arrive at the site. The limestone came from Tora, around eight miles away from Giza, and granite used in the great pyramid came from even farther: more than 500 miles south in Aswan. According to IFLScience, the same kind of boats that brought the limestone to the site could have been used to bring granite from Aswan. The Great Pyramid, Pharaoh Khufu’s tomb, was constructed more than 4,000 years ago, and is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that remains intact. Via The Independent , IFLScience , and Smithsonian.com Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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How To Find A Truly All-Natural Shampoo

October 20, 2016 by  
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Wading through the shampoo options at your local big-box store can be an exhausting endeavor. Among the bottles in every shade of the rainbow lurk ingredients that could potentially cause harm to you or your family. But how do you know which ones…

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Create Your Own Zero Waste Starter Kit

August 2, 2016 by  
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When I began my zero waste week, I quickly realized that being prepared was half the battle.  Living a virtually waste-free life was easy when I had the supplies necessary to do so – my containers and utensils, my bags and my bottles….

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Australia encourages recycling with “Cash for Containers” kiosks

January 27, 2015 by  
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Australians are being encouraged to increase their recycling habits with a program called “ Cash for Containers “. In Sydney (and hopefully areas across the country soon), kiosks are being installed that take in recyclable cans and plastic bottles and allow recyclers to choose their rewards , from cash to bus tickets. With beverage containers now outnumbering cigarette butts as far as litter is concerned, these reverse vending kiosks have the potential to help reduce public litter in a great way, and keep plastic from polluting the coastline and local waterways . + Cash for Containers The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , Australia recycles , Australian , beverage containers , bottle recycling , Bottles , cans , Cash for Containers , cash for recyclables , drink containers , new south wales , recycled bottles , recycled cans , recycling , recycling in Australia , recycling kiosks , Recycling programs , reverse vending machines , rubbish , sydney

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Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

August 30, 2013 by  
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Vibeke Buchwaldt’s Bottle of Light Turns the Bottles of Confiscated Vodka into Votive Holders

July 25, 2013 by  
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A Bottle of Light is a truly unique design made from bottles that once contained smuggled liquor! Over 12,000 liters of “original Russian vodka” were confiscated years ago by the Swedish customs. Though the vodka found a new purpose in the paint industry (curious, we know), the empty bottles, produced at the Swedish glass works PLM, were taken to a glass workshop in the middle of Smaaland, Sweden. Local glass artists, Berth-Arne Lundgren and Vibeke Buchwaldt, bought up the remnants, and to make use of the storied bottles, Buchwaldt cut and polished them into various candle holders. + A Bottle of Light The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: A Bottle of Light , Berth-Arne Lundgren , bottle candle holder , candle holder , original Russian vodka , recycled glass bottles , smuggled liquor , Swedish glass works PLM , Vibeke Buchwaldt        

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Tiny Shed in Italy Stores Wood and Shelters Animals

July 25, 2013 by  
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What food packaging & other household waste do you use for starting seeds?

March 6, 2012 by  
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It’s seed-starting time here in the northern hemisphere and my Twitter feed is full of exciting stories about what fruit & veg people are going to be growing this year. I’ve added half a dozen more fruit bushes to our garden this year but I’ve not sown any seeds yet — my seed box is sat on the side of my desk making sad puppy eyes at me as I type 😉 Gardeners & allotmenteers are just about always resourceful types when it comes to reusing and recycling stuff – I don’t think I’ve ever met a grower who doesn’t keep ice cream/margarine tubs etc for reuse – but I thought it would be worth having a bit of a sharing session about what you reuse for starting seeds, as plant pots or as water-catchers under plant pots, and if there is anything that you choose not to reuse for whatever reason. At one point, a good few years ago now, I think about 90% of my seeds were started in plastic mushroom tubs — either directly in the tub or using them to catch water draining from plants pots. In the past, I also used shallow fresh pasta packaging as starter trays and multi-serving yoghurt/cream pots for the growing on stage. I know my dad keeps the clear plastic boxes used by supermarkets for muffins or pastries whenever he gets them because the lid gives the tray its own little propagator/greenhouse too – and similarly he cuts down 2ltr pop/soda bottles to make a pot with its own little cloche. Moving away from plastic – since I do worry about putting plastic in direct sunlight/warm spots when it’s not designed to be used in that way, I’ve used newspaper and toilet roll tubes to make “plantable” pots – the former just require a little folding into shape and the latter can be cut in half to make twice the number or left whole as “root trainers” for growing carrots or parsnips. (I also cut up plastic milk bottles & drinks cans to make plant markers for all these many, many seeds!) So, what packaging (or other household waste) do you reuse for starting off your seedlings? What about for the growing on stage?

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What can I reuse or recycle to make a large wine rack?

February 22, 2011 by  
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Long-time Recycle This friend Alice has emailed to ask about making a large wine rack: I make loads of home brew wine and beer, and I could really do with a very big wine rack. Any ideas on how I could make one out of recycled stuff?

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