Lego Makes it Easier to Donate Old Bricks to Charity

It's no secret we love Lego here at Giz UK. You can build voice-controlled robots with them, recreate your favourite scenes from Star Wars and even make your own custom minifigure. But one thing you can't do, because of the type of plastic they are made from, is recycle them easily. Read More >>

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Here’s One Way to Reuse Old Oil Tankers: Turn Them Into Small Cities

Oil tankers are the skyscraper-sized neurons that power the global economy’s nervous system, so it’s not often that we imagine a future without them. But a group of architects is doing just that — and proposing a way to reuse them as infrastructure. Read More >>

These Crumbling Industrial Silos Hide Beautiful New Spaces

The oldest beer factory in Guangzhou, China, dates back to the 1960s—a hulking concrete building on the edge of the Pearl River, with 12 silos rising 35 metres into the sky. Two years ago, O-Office Architects decided to do something with the 60-year-old behemoth: turn it into their own studio. Read More >>

Old iPhones are Being Repurposed to Decorate Your House

Recycling e-waste is kind of important. Our devices are full of heavy metals and toxins that probably shouldn't just chill in landfills. But iPhone repair company Twice Used is designing housewares that put a new spin on old handsets. Read More >>

A Former 1900s Coal Mine Reborn as a Modernist’s Playground

Post-industrial cities have long struggled to find new uses for the (often gargantuan) factory infrastructure that once made their towns boom. Usually, that means a park or a museum. But a few cities—like Genk, Belgium—have tried a more experimental approach, turning these decrepit sites into unusual creative spaces. Read More >>

Apple’s Recycling Programme Turns Broken Dells into Cash

No doubt to help fend off the battering it gets from Greenpeace over its environmental credentials every few months, Apple has launched a new recycling scheme, easing the eco-pain of binning last year's iPhone for this year's iPhone. Read More >>

Recycling as Art and Lighting

Before you go tossing that coffee cup or plastic spoon into the rubbish or even the recycling bin, why don't you send it along to artist Christian DuCharme? The man's made a name for himself making lights from discarded utensils. Read More >>