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21
FEB
2013

Forage bow ties made from reclaimed fabrics

Great to discover Something’s Hiding in Here on Etsy – an awesome Philadelphia based design duo.  Their beautifully presented products include this paper chain kit which is cut from recycled letterpress printed paper with interlocking tabs so they’r... Read More →
10
FEB
2013

Eqo Optics reclaimed skateboard sunglasses

There is a distinct lack of sunshine over London right now so UK readers will have to use some imagination here! Over in Colorado Springs, skateboarding enthusiasts Jon Winfrey and Ryan Vecchiarelli have created Eqo Optics, a company that turns unwanted broken skateboards into... Read More →
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25
JAN
2013

Jewellery made from t-shirts by Julia Vasic

Julia Vasic is a San Francisco based luxury eco brand with a clean, sporty and feminine aesthetic.  Jewellery is made from discarded materials, such as unwanted t-shirts destined for landfill.  After studying fashion at Central St. Martins in London, Vasic went on to design for... Read More →
22
JAN
2013

Cassette tape art by Erika Iris

Erika Iris is a self-taught artist whose work focuses on data and memory, a post-modern response to pop-art in a series entitled Ghost in the Machine.  Using tape from redundant media such as cassettes, her work resembles beautiful line drawings of famous faces. Images via Erika... Read More →
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18
JAN
2013

Driftwood horse sculptures by Deborah Butterfield

These beautiful driftwood sculptures are by artist Deborah Butterfield who specialises in sculptures of horses made from found materials.  She began her career working with scrap metal and cast bronze in the early 1980s whereby wood was used initially for prototypes to see how... Read More →
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10
JAN
2013

Butterflies made from old 45s

Now, some might think that cutting up old 45s is somewhat controversial.  However, one way of immortalising broken vinyl records you can no longer play is to turn them into beautiful butterflies.  You can get instructions on how to make them here.  Image via ThreadSence Read More →
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06
JAN
2013

Bug sculptures made from watch parts

Even if you’re not a massive fan of creepy crawlies, it’s hard not to appreciate the skill behind these sculptural creations by Chicago based jeweller Justin Gershenson-Gates.  As well as these insect and arthropod sculptures made from recycled watch parts and light... Read More →
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03
JAN
2013

Wood pallet garden

If you have a new year’s resolutions to be more green-fingered, you might be interested in making a pallet garden – ideal for small outdoor spaces.  Find out how to make one on a lovely blog called Life on the Balcony. Images via Life on the Balcony Read More →
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20
DEC
2012

Festive greetings in Scrabble letters

It’s all about typography at the moment and there is something particularly appealing about scrabble letters. These Christmas ornaments say it all.  Sold by Etsy seller Shopallthings here. Images via Etsy Read More →
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16
DEC
2012

Stars made from upcycled soda cans

We’re loving these Christmas ornaments made of upcycled soda cans by Etsy member Lizard Skins – a great way to introduce some colour to your home this Christmas. Hanging stars are made from all sorts of recycled packaging from Diet Cheerwine to Youngs Double Chocolate... Read More →
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03
DEC
2012

Intricately cut out newspapers by Donna Ruff

Artist Donna Ruff from Sante Fe, New Mexico finds beauty and inspiration in sacred texts such as the Torah and the Qur’an as well as cathedrals, mosques and synagogues.  She also finds beauty in the New York Times and Manhattan phone book.  Her work with books and graphics is... Read More →
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17
AUG
2012

Bridal bouquet made of upcycled paper

It’s one wedding after another this month, but how many brides will be carrying an upcycled paper flower bouquet one asks? I’m a fan of these designs from Whether Paperworks by Melisa Simo. Not only do they last a great deal longer than a floral bouquet, they can be... Read More →
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10
JUL
2012

Beach house made from repurposed shipping containers

Andrew Anderson has built a home out of re-purposed shipping containers in one of New York’s wealthiest areas, the Hamptons. The Beach Box is made of six modules from New York-based SG Blocks and the interior kitted out with the most cutting edge renewable materials... Read More →
06
JUL
2012

Alternative Apparel Olivia Wilde bag

Having co-founded Campaign Happiness to support development projects in Haiti, actress Olivia Wilde has now teamed up with Alternative Apparel on a messenger bag whereby proceeds go to the Academy for Peace and Justice.  This is a secondary school in Port-au-Prince funded by Paul... Read More →
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04
JUL
2012

Pet bed made of tennis balls

In the spirit of Wimbledon mania I’ve searched high and low for the best product made of upcycled tennis balls. This hexagonal dog bed by Hugh Hayden Design is a favourite so far, made of recycled tennis balls from the New York Metropolitan area.  The balls thin out in the... Read More →
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06
MAY
2012

Upcycled glass tiles by Ellen Blakeley

Ellen Blakeley was passing a shattered bus shelter in her San Francisco neighbourhood.  The glass had been shot out with BB guns and lay in glittering heaps on the asphalt.  Seeing great design potential in the tempered glass she was led into the world of glass mosaic and has now... Read More →
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23
APR
2012

Capturing Resonance installation by Soo Sunny Park

Capturing Resonance is a beautiful installation by sculptor Soo Sunny Park and composer Spencer Topel.  This is a multi-sensory space and ‘sculptural soundscape’ using chain-link fencing and plexi-glass. As the natural light shines in, the projected image shifts in... Read More →
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18
APR
2012

Magazine collage portraits by Derek Gores

Derek Gores from Florida has been a successful commercial designer and illustrator for fifteen years and is famed for his collage portraits made from recycled magazines, labels and found materials.  Influenced by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Max Ernst, he says he isn’t... Read More →
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13
APR
2012

Furniture made from reclaimed materials by Shiner International

Joe Manus is the brains behind Shiner International, a name that derives from the black eye he acquired aged 7. Having earned a reputation designing high end boutiques and nightclubs in Atlanta, USA he launched his first collection of modern, eco-friendly furnishings.  All... Read More →
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17
FEB
2012

Beautiful light made from cookbook pages

Love this lamp by Hutch Studio.  It comprises 33 lampshade houses made from vintage 1950s cookbook pages. Image via Hutch Studio Read More →
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26
JAN
2012

Livia Firth recycled dress at Golden Globe Awards 2012

Livia Firth has showcased another stunning eco gown at the 69th Golden Globe Awards.  In collaboration with Armani, the creative director of Eco Age wears a classic strapless dress made of fibre derived from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles scavenged from households in... Read More →
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12
JAN
2012

Upcycled fashion by Metamorfixx

For Petra Hanson of Metamorfixx, upcycled clothing is not about tailoring, but transformation.  Her background in fashion and a passion for fine knits has for over a decade resulted in a fabulous collection of attention grabbing ensembles.  She also designs clothing for fellow... Read More →
09
JAN
2012

Bags made from upcycled candy wrappers by Ecoist

When sweets and fashion come together it can only be a good thing. Ecoist make clutches, purses and totes from recycled candy wrappers.  They’ve partnered with multinational brands such as The Coca-Cola Company, Disney, Frito-Lay, Mars, Cliff Bar and Aveda to make bags and... Read More →
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19
DEC
2011

Stamped silverware

Bored of baubles? Check out these delightful Christmas ornaments from Etsy seller HeavyMetalMilkman.  They’re made from hand stamped upcycled silverware.  Image via Etsy Read More →
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14
DEC
2011

Sculpture made from fake fingernails by Laurel Roth

These bird sculptures by Laurel Roth are made from fake fingernails, hair clips, nail polish, false eyelashes, and jewellery.  The artist’s work highlights choices involved in biological processes unique to humankind and in this case the birds have borrowed ‘human... Read More →
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12
DEC
2011

Lexus creates high fashion from car parts

Lady Gaga may have a lot to answer for, but here’s a bit of new ground she’s yet to break.  Hats off to Lexus for highlighting beautiful recycling with the Lexus Fashion Workshop.  They challenged four designers to re-engineer car parts from the CT hybrid (a vehicle... Read More →
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03
DEC
2011

Vintage paper ornaments

So apparently it’s nearly Christmas.  This can only mean the search is on for all things upcycled and festive.  First up is an Etsy find – paper creations by Leah Copplestone at LBC Paper.  These are hangings, ornaments and table decorations made of vintage paper from... Read More →
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30
NOV
2011

Manolo Blahnik Eco Shoes

Great to see another big label bringing eco to the luxury market.  Carrie Bradshaw’s hero Manolo Blahnik  has teamed up with Marcia Patmos (founder of M. Patmos ethical knitwear) to make a range of sandals for spring, recently showcased at SS12 New York Fashion Week.   The... Read More →
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29
NOV
2011

Bags made from textiles donated by Delta Airlines

Tierra Ideas is a US company that makes fantastic travel bags out of recycled materials such as bike inner tubes, automobile seatbelts and worn textiles donated by Delta Airlines.  Founded by Matt Mahler, the bags have been selling in shops in North Carolina for the last two... Read More →
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17
NOV
2011

Brian Mock sculpture made from scrap

Brian Mock from Portland, Oregon makes art crafted from found and recycled materials.  His collection includes fish, robots, cars, ‘human-ish’ sculptures and my personal favourite – the dogs.  Here he manages to capture their natural poise perfectly, using just... Read More →
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14
NOV
2011

Evon Cassier upcycled bags

In Evon Cassier‘s world, handbags preserve memories and liberate stories.  The New Hampshire designer has a passion for reusing, reducing and recycling – turning jeans into laptop bags and sport coats into Totes (like The Vivien pictured above).  One touching story is... Read More →
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06
NOV
2011

It’s a Rollover

Ever dream of what your house would look like if you won the lottery?  At first glance, this may look like a lavishly decorated interior. ‘Dream Home’ by Brooklyn architects Ghost of a Dream is in fact an installation made entirely from $70,000 worth of discarded... Read More →
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01
NOV
2011

Wine Cork Portraiture

Scott Gunderson is a Michigan artist who utilizes wine corks to make giant portraits.  The corks are collected in his studio and sorted according to tone and colour.  After drawing the portrait from a photograph he affixes them to the portrait backing.  ‘Grace’... Read More →
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26
OCT
2011

Pencils made from newspaper by Treesmart

A lot more than your average HB: Pencils by Treesmart are made from rolled up recycled newspapers.  One single broadsheet of the NY Daily News is all you need to make four of these pencils and you can purchase them here. Image via Ecosalon Read More →
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25
OCT
2011

Ten Green Bottles

Things made from coloured glass always have a certain appeal but there is something particularly contemporary about these glasses by Bottlecrop in their varying shades of bottle green.  Wine and beer bottles have the tops cropped off, rims ground and smoothed to a soft matt... Read More →
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16
OCT
2011
Muhammed Ali portrait made from punch bags

Punch Bag Portraiture

Master of creative reuse Michael Kalish has spent the past 15 years perfecting the technique of twisting, cutting and riveting license plates to make iconic portraits.  Earlier this year he unveiled ‘reALIzed’ an incredible image of Muhammed Ali made of 1,300 punch... Read More →
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29
SEP
2011

Walk Don’t Walk

Want to decorate your interior with a piece of NYC history? UK retailer Felix Lighting sell the original Walk Don’t Walk signs – a batch of units that became dead stock in 1999 when the city started taking these signs down.  The iconic design was gradually replaced... Read More →
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14
SEP
2011

Cool Cats

How could I resist…?  Atomic Attic show us that even our pets can enjoy the benefits of upcycling.  Made from an Antique Blue Oshkosh Vintage Suitcase with handmade wooden legs and machine washable cushion, I’d buy my cats one of these… Read More →
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08
SEP
2011

Birdwatch: Upcycled birdhouses by Gadget Sponge

  Little birds in need of some five star luxury should head straight to an upcycled bird house by Gadget Sponge – a place where junk, design and nature collide.  Every design is dictated by found objects so each piece is simply one of a kind.  Find more of these weird and... Read More →
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25
AUG
2011

Ctrl+Alt+Delete

A depiction of a night sky?  Get up close and personal with ‘Debris, QWERTY’ by Sarah Frost and you’ll see it’s made entirely of recycled computer keys.  The American artist works with waste materials which are taken out of context to become though... Read More →
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20
AUG
2011

Shipshape

Containers of Hope is a project by architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe.  Clients Gabriela Calvo and Marco Peralta dreamed of living in a fantastic property outside of the city of San Jose where they could spend time with their horses and enjoy the natural landscape. He built a... Read More →
11
AUG
2011

Animal Instinct

This is ‘Cheetah’ by Andrew Chase from Salt Lake City, Utah.  This beautiful, fully articulated cheetah weighs about 23kg and is constructed out of electrical conduit, auto transmission parts, 20-gauge steel and random parts found in an industrial salvage yard. ... Read More →
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08
AUG
2011

Industrial Chic

Doug Meyer lives and works in the rusty belt of northeast Ohio.  He is a trained welder who constructs unique home furnishings out of found objects.  His artwork Rustbelt Rebirth comprises scrapped bicycles made into tables and stools as well as wheelchairs and shopping carts... Read More →
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06
AUG
2011

Pop-up sculpture made from books by Thomas Allen

It’s a fine feat to turn books into sculpture, but artist Thomas Allen takes this one step further, with fascinating results. He cuts people and things out of old pulp fiction novels, kids books and anatomy textbooks and reassembles them into a scene. He then photographs... Read More →
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03
AUG
2011

Tied Up

Nicole Deponte is the Boston-based mastermind behind lilian asterfield which she launched in 2008.  Her label embodies the independent spirit of an English country manor, “wild adventures in the forest, horse back rides, scraped knees hidden by billowing skirts atop laced... Read More →
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26
JUL
2011

Hanging by a Thread

New York installation artist Devorah Sperber certainly knows a thing or two about making magic from ordinary objects.  She is famed for her use of optical illusions, particularly in her Thread Spool Works pictured here.  Thousands of spools of thread are hung to recreate... Read More →
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20
JUL
2011

Wooden Box

Many thanks to Inhabitat for the story on Saipua – a charming shop in Brooklyn, New York that sells handmade soaps and flowers.  Architect Jeremy Barbour of Tacklebox demonstrates a fantastic use of reclaimed barn wood, creating a beautiful space that’s part store... Read More →
17
JUL
2011

Hot off the Press

Hats off to Holstee who have created the Original Upcycled Wallet made from upcycled plastic bags and newspapers collected from the streets of Delhi.  They have also teamed up with a non-profit organisation that helps individuals often referred to as ‘rag pickers’ by... Read More →
28
JUN
2011

Could you make a pillow case dress?

To anyone who’s a dab hand at sewing – check out US charity Dress a Girl Around the World which I recently heard about via a forum discussion on Folksy. Sew Scrumptious is doing a great job of rounding up sewing bloggers to make pillow case dresses for little girls... Read More →
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20
JUN
2011

Canopy of Cups

This canopy is made of waste cups created by attendees of the Outside Lands concert in San Francisco.  The project by BIOS Design Collective involved stringing steel cable mesh above the Stable Cafe patio in equidistant lines. Designer Chris Chalmers created the layout for the... Read More →
10
JUN
2011

Planetarium: Recycled cardboard lights by Graypants

Seattle design company Graypants (as in, the trousers) make a whole host of great design products, always with local, responsible, sustainable production methods in mind. These Scraplights are made entirely from recycled cardboard boxes and come in variety of sizes and shapes.... Read More →
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06
JUN
2011

Float Light

Industrial Design student Mayang Anggraeni recently showcased a battery powered Float Light at the 2011 Pratt Student Show. The casing is made from the cap of a laundry detergent bottle and the top is a spout from a different brand of bottle. A waterproof LED tea light is... Read More →
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25
MAY
2011

Salvaged Swatches: Upcycled fashion by Piece x Piece

  Piece x Piece (Piece by Piece) is a fab fashion line by San Francisco designer, Elizabeth Brunner.  The unique and contemporary designs respond to the vast amount of fabric swatches discarded each season by the fashion industry.  The fabric used in each piece is selected from... Read More →
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24
MAY
2011

Washer Woman

From tool box to jewellery box – Additions is a range of contemporary jewellery made from recycled washers and hardware – perfect for ladies who love a bit of industrial chic. Take a look at the full range on Etsy here.  Image via Etsy Read More →
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21
MAY
2011

City lights: A house made from coloured plexiglass by Tom Fruin

Kolonihavehus is a stunning outdoor sculpture by American artist Tom Fruin. It’s constructed from a thousand pieces of reclaimed plexiglass salvaged from a closed down plexi distributor, a framing shop, the basement of the Danish State Art Workshops and skips outside the... Read More →
18
MAY
2011

Living the high life: The High Line NYC

The High Line is an elevated railway that was built on Manhattan’s West Side in the 1930s between Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street.  After 1980 no trains ran on the track which meant for some time it was under threat of demolition.  A... Read More →
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14
MAY
2011

Fanciful reupholstered chairs

Loving the work of Brooklyn artist Orlando Dominguez, founder of GIN Art & Design.  The ‘Bluesy Chictorian’ is an upcycled chair, transformed with repurposed leather, hair on hide and suede with the addition of metal tacks and acrylic paint. Image via GIN Art... Read More →
04
MAY
2011

Reclaimed on the Red Carpet

Hats off to Livia Firth for wearing another fabulous eco ensemble to the NY Met Ball. Stella McCartney rose to the Green Carpet Challenge with a jumpsuit made of 100% organic silk and hand-embroidered reclaimed vintage beads.  The detachable skirt is Abaca fibre (or Manila hemp)... Read More →
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03
MAY
2011

Reclaimed wood interior at Starbucks

If you ever find yourself in close proximity to 328, 15th Avenue E, Seattle – take a look at the interior of this branch of Starbucks. Whilst sipping a cup of Oolong tea, you can soak up warm and rustic surroundings that have been cleverly constructed from salvaged barn... Read More →