- 3:40 pm - Thu, Dec 5, 2013
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To tout the usefulness of Arboblend, a hot new bioplastic that looks all but poised to take the bright, sunshiny world of renewable construction materials by storm, students and professors from Stuttgart University’s Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design used it to build this spiky modular pavilion and filmed the entire process.
The resulting piece of manufacturing porn starts with a lowly tub of bioplastic granulate, made from over 90 percent renewable materials, and takes it through the rounds of melting, pressing, and thermoforming that produced this polygonal serpent of a structure.
As the project team explain—and this is to be read in a triumphant cadence, with an eye toward a future where regular old plastic has been rightfully shunned in favor of the eco-friendly blend—”thermoformable sheets of bioplastics will represent a resource-efficient alternative in the future, as they combine the high malleability and recyclability of plastics with the environmental benefits of materials consisting primarily of renewable resources.”
(via Watch this Bioplastic Pavilion Get Recycled into Being - Video Interlude - Curbed National)
- 12:20 pm
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Broken zipper, lost button, torn sleeve … a lot of unfortunate things can happen to your favorite clothes. But before you get worked up—work with your needle. Patagonia & iFixit.com are proud to announce their new partnership!
They have published an official series of free repair guides for Patagonia garments and gear—in an effort to reduce our ecological footprint and encourage everyone to repair what’s old, instead of buying whats new.
(via Learn How to Repair Your Clothes with Patagonia and iFixit | Business on GOOD)
- 3:40 pm - Wed, Dec 4, 2013
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Sadly, we missed this party — but the idea is still worth spreading! Whether it’s Patagonia or something else, why not celebrate what you already own?
This year from Patagonia comes Worn Wear initiative, launched just before the notorious Black Friday. The title of the campaign is “The Stories We Wear,” which is meant to remind us that clothes we already own become only more valuable with time, as they become part of the narrative of our life.
The campaign [took] place in 14 US cities (and at two places in New York City) and features a movie “Worn Wear,” a repair clinic, limited-edition beer, life music and food.
(via A party to celebrate what you already own | Adverblog)
- 12:20 pm
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Attero Recycling was born when its founder just wanted to throw out a laptop. Rohan Gupta, a chemical engineering graduate, realized there wasn’t an environmentally friendly way to get rid of the equipment. He and his brother, Nitin, drew up a business plan in late 2007.
“If we were able to create the right ecosystem and the technology, there was a big business to be built,” Nitin Gupta told Quartz. India’s venture capitalists felt the same way, and the two brothers raised more than $6 million from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and NEA-IndoUS Ventures in August of 2008.
Attero is now collecting and processing about 1,000 metric tons a of e-waste a month from over 500 cities in India, and extracting precious metals like platinum, gold and selenium from the trash. Annual revenues nearly quadrupled over two years to $15 million in the fiscal year that ended this March, and they eked out their first profit that year. Compared to the world’s, and even India’s, e-waste heap, the company’s efforts are small, but the way they recycle is getting attention around the world. They’re now building processing plants in Mexico and Ireland to deal with local e-waste there.
(via The Indian company turning e-waste into mounds of profit - Quartz)
- 3:40 pm - Tue, Dec 3, 2013
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“Monsters E-co, working on an innovative, ecological and funny redesign of current [trash] bins, develop an awareness on recycling, assisting an useful, functional and essential design with an attractive, witty and strong visual graphic impact. Recycled plastic E-cological Monsters attract people to use them.”
(via Monsters E-co Bins by Gradosei | MOCO Vote)
- 12:20 pm
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Instead of recycling glass bottles the traditional way, Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine found a better use for them. They heated beverage bottles and re-blew them into unique bulbs that vary in shapes and sizes, and featured these new glass forms on their “Stand Light” floor lamp. This environmentally-conscious technique requires a small amount of energy and is a way to reduce carbon footprint while creating new design objects.
(via Discarded Glass Bottles Recast Into Quirky Lamps [Pics] - PSFK)
- 3:40 pm - Sun, Nov 17, 2013
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Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Dave Hakkens shows us how his Precious Plastic recycling machines work and explains why he made the blueprints freely available online…
The Precious Plastic machines include a plastic shredder, an extruder, an injection moulder and a rotation moulder, which Hakkens made using a combination of new custom-made components and reclaimed parts he found at a scrapyard…
Hakkens designed a range of products to be produced using the machines, including a rotation-moulded waste paper bin, an injection-moulded spinning top and an extruded plastic lamp.
Lots more info and images: Anyone can use these machines to “start a local recycling centre”
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combining old headphones with an electronic guitar, ‘guitar ear-o’ seeks to give industrial waste products their original purpose back. reusing industrial waste from valuable music instruments that are thrown away due to small defects, the items are turned into a set of new headphones. the guitar’s fingerboard is transformed into the connecting strap between the two speakers, and the covers for the speakers are made out of the guitar body with remnants of the gloss paint still left on them. based on modular pieces, the guitar ear-o is a new way for old instruments to live a life in a different shape, but with keeping the same function, to play music.
More: repurposed electric guitar pieces become ear-o headphone set