10 ingenious Halloween costumes made from recycled junk

October 13, 2016 by  
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When it comes to Halloween, Americans aren’t spooked about buying new costumes or decorations. According to the National Retail Federation , Americans are predicted to spend over $8.4 billon on Halloween goods in 2016 – higher than any year in history. One way to stop contributing to the inevitable waste is to get crafty and make your own costumes out of things you have lying around the house. Here are a ten unique, inspiring costumes made out of recycled junk that are sure to impress on Halloween. 1.Soda Tab Monty Python Black Knight Here’s some brilliant repurposing — the chainmail sleeves on this Black Night rendition of Monty Python and the Holy Grail are made entirely out of discarded soda can tabs. The helmet is made from a garbage can and textured with hot glue. Top that off with some coconut shells and you’ll be as good as gold. RELATED: Trotify Makes Your Bike Sound Like a Galloping Horse 2. Plastic Bag Warrior Princess We’ve all got stock piles of plastic bags, so why not put them to good use? Those with a knack for sewing can make this crafty costume in a cinch. First attach the plastic bag strips to a bodice and hand sew in layers to make the skirt. Using some yarn left over from over knitting projects, build the breastplates and then paint a cardboard sword so you can rock the real warrior look. 3. Walking Game Board If you’re feeling extra nostalgic, try recreating your favorite childhood board game. This costume mimics the Perfection board game using cardboard boxes , old plastic tablecloths, and cut-out shapes. The pop-out game pieces are made with some old sponges, duct tape, and pill bottles. For the full instructions on this particular outfit, check out this past entry from Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Contest. 4. Game of Thrones Illusion Serious Game of Thrones fans will dig this getup. The ode to King Joffrey has a set of false legs, giving the illusion of sitting when the wearer is actually standing and walking inside the throne. This particular illusory costume was made from cardboard boxes, vertical blinds and palm fronds found in a dumpster. The jacket was fashioned out of old fabric, and the fur trim, pants and boots were picked up at a thrift store. The sword was an old prop the creator had on hand. Related: Announcing Inhabitots’ 2016 Halloween Costume Contest! ENTER NOW 5. Claw Machine This clever getup is an ode to those kooky claw machine games . Simply glue recycled boxes together for the body, refashion old spatula handles for the claw, and throw in some old stuffed animals. 6. Couples Tetris Addicted to Tetris ? To fashion a couples costume, simply paint and glue together eight same-sized cardboard boxes. Then cut holes for faces, arms, and for interlocking the boxes. This costume design requires little time or money to pull off, and your friends will love it. 7. Wall-E This version of the beloved waste-collecting Wall-E robot is crafted entirely out of recycled items. The body, eyes and wheels are made from cut cardboard and the pupils were cut from bottoms of plastic bottles. Everything was assembled with a hot glue gun and spray painted to mimic the adorable bot. 8. Trashcan and Recycling Bin Halloween Costume These brother and sister waste and recycling bin outfits are made partly from actual trash. The bodices are made from recycled boxes and some low-VOC paint, while a disk and cardboard depicts the trashcan lid and an old milk jug becomes a recycling top hat. Add some trash and recyclables, and voila! 9. Lego Mini-Figure Zombie This perfectly undead Lego mini-figure zombie costume is made from recycled foam rubber camping mats. After measuring the dimensions of a toy Lego mini-figure in proportion to your own measurements, simply cut out shapes of the camping mats and hot glue the pieces together. Paint on the oozing Lego head and use an auto window tint for visibility. 10. Spider Attack Here’s an ingenious use for old Halloween decor — the spider attack! This works great for a baby costume, but could also be used with multiple spiders for an adult. Make a “swaddle” out of some stretchy white fabric and top it with oversized spider and webbing decorations. Have your own idea for a fabulous costume made from repurposed junk? Submit it into our Green Halloween Costume Contest !

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LEED Gold-seeking Santa Monica science facility uses architecture to teach students about sustainability

October 13, 2016 by  
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The 25,000-square-foot Science Education & Research Facility is the first new building to be constructed at the Crossroads’ main campus in nearly 20 years and serves as the primary science facility for Upper and Middle School students. FFP worked closely with the Crossroads community and students, who helped design parts of the building, such as the geological fossil lines and the engraved compass rose on the 12-sided Special Projects Pavilion that features two project classrooms and an outdoor living laboratory. A Ned Khan -designed kinetic sculpture activated by wind and gravity tops the pavilion. In addition to the pavilion that’s connected to the main building with bridges, the three-story facility comprises twelve open classrooms, faculty spaces, labs, and a rooftop teaching garden. Related: Gorgeous LEED Gold library was designed with the help of Facebook and Twitter Glass curtain walls bring in natural light to reduce dependence on artificial lighting. Additional sustainable features include photovoltaic panels embedded into the glass curtain wall, recycled denim insulation, LEDs , a stormwater filtration system, and energy-efficient mechanical, plumbing, and lighting systems. + Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects , © Jeremy Bittermann

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Enter the Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest to win over $100 in prizes

October 30, 2015 by  
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Halloween is tomorrow – and if you’re putting last-minute touches on your kid’s costume don’t forget to submit it to the Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume contest for a chance to win over $100 in prizes . We’re looking for the funniest, most creative kids costumes around – and the only condition is that you have to make it yourself! Check out our contest page here and make sure to enter before the deadline of 11:59pm ET on October 31st . Happy Halloween everyone! ENTER THE INHABITOTS GREEN HALLOWEEN CONTEST >

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Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest and you could win a $3000 VANMOOF electric bike

October 15, 2015 by  
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It’s that time of year again: people across the United States are eating and drinking pumpkin everything , storefronts are decked out in fake cobwebs and creepy eyeball lights, and Inhabitat is launching the best Halloween costume contest to date with a chance to win a VANMOOF electric bike valued at a whopping $3,000 . Which means the competition will be stiffer than ever. We aren’t looking for witch hats from Target, folks. We’re looking for the most innovative, thought-provoking DIY costumes made by you for you – not in some factory in China. Luckily, we have a host of brilliant past costumes to share as inspiration. So roll up your sleeves, evoke your creative ghouls, and enter Inhabitat’s 2015 Halloween Contest by October 31st, 2015 for a chance to win the world’s first intelligent electric bike complete with built-in GPS tracking. ENTER YOUR ADULT COSTUMES HERE > ENTER YOUR KIDS’ COSTUMES HERE > Read the rest of Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest and you could win a $3000 VANMOOF electric bike

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Win $200 in Prizes in Inhabitots’ Green Halloween Kids Costume Contest!

October 8, 2014 by  
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Know a kid with an awesome Halloween costume this year? Help them win fame, fortune and some goodies by submitting their amazing costume to the Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest ! We want to see the most inventive, crafty, homemade, and green kids costumes of 2014 – and our lucky winners have a chance to score over $200 in prizes ! The contest ends at 11:59EST on November 1st , so get your entries in – and if you’re looking for some inspiration, check out last year’s winners here ! ENTER INHABITOTS’ GREEN HALLOWEEN CONTEST > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best halloween costumes , diy costume , diy costume ideas , green costume ideas , green halloween , Green Halloween Costume Contest , halloween 2014 , halloween costume contest , halloween costume ideas , handmade costume , inhabitots costume contest , Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest , prizes , sweepstakes

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Brooke Shields’ Bizarre and Wonderful Citi Bike Costume Wins Halloween

November 4, 2013 by  
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It looks like Leonardo DiCaprio has some strong competition when it comes to Citi Bike -loving celebs. For Halloween this year, actress Brooke Shields decided to don a truly unique Citi Bike costume , and even posted photos of herself “docking” amongst her fellow blue bikes. We have to applaud Brooke for her DIY costume-making skills – the details of her getup are spot-on! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike sharing , brooke shields , Brooke Shields Citi Bike Costume , Brooke Shields Halloween , celebrity citi bike , Citi bike , citi bike costume , eco design , green design , halloween costume , sustainable design , sustainable halloween        

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March Studio Creates Playful Mullet House With a Split Facade in Melbourne

November 4, 2013 by  
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Bangladesh’s Plans for Massive Coal-Fired Power Plant Threaten World’s Largest Mangrove Forest

November 4, 2013 by  
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Bangladesh is planning to construct a massive coal-fired power plant that will not only spell out disaster for the world’s largest mangrove forest, but also destroy one of the country’s best defenses against climate change. The plant, which will be located less than ten miles downstream from the Sundarbans mangrove forest, poses a significant risk to the UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the largest reserves for the endangered Bengal tiger. Read the rest of Bangladesh’s Plans for Massive Coal-Fired Power Plant Threaten World’s Largest Mangrove Forest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , bengal tiger , carbon sequestration , carbon sink , Climate Change , coal fired power plant , coal plant , energy creation , liquid waste , mangrove forest , rampal power plant , sundarbans , UNESCO        

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Celebrate Halloween by Entering Your Kiddie Costumes in the 2013 Inhabitots Green Costume Contest!

October 31, 2013 by  
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ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

November 7, 2012 by  
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Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest received hundreds of incredibly crafted costumes – and after an intense bout of online voting we’re thrilled to announce our winners! From a ghastly Two-Face covered in gore to a life-size LEGO minifig and a hilarious bucket of cheese balls , our winners wowed us with their creativity and DIY skill. Hit the jump for the grand prize winner of a Kilo Glow bike from Pure Fix Cycles , our editors’ choice Nokero Solar Light Bulb winners, and our runners-up – all of whom scored organic cotton Inhabitat t-shirts ! Read the rest of ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Halloween Costume Contest Winners! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: barrel of cheese balls halloween costume , costume contest , diy costume , diy costume ideas , eco-friendly costume , green halloween , green halloween 2012 , green halloween diy costume contest , halloween , halloween costume , halloween costume ideas , handmade halloween costumes , homemade halloween costume , Inhabitat Green Halloween Costume Contest , inhabitat halloween costume contest winners , photobooth halloween costume , sustainable costume , working camera halloween costume , zombie lego minifig halloween costume

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