Meb Rure uses recycled silk yarn from Nepal as upholstery, while the wood is made of American white oak. The ethnic-inspired set consists of a chair, ottoman, and stool. To make sure it’s extra comfortable, the silk balls are filled with a sponge to ensure a comfortable and cozy sitting experience. To make it even easier to transport and decrease its carbon footprint, the legs are easily assembled/disassembled by only one hand.
(via Cheery Recycled Silk Chairs From Meb Rure - Design Milk)
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)
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)
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)
“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)
6 trashy suggestions: How to think more creatively about garbage | TED Blog -
By Robin Nagle
When I teach classes about the anthropology of waste and discards, I always designate one 48-hour period in which my students and I keep all the trash we would otherwise throw out. (I kindly exclude recyclables and anything that normally gets flushed.) The effort teaches a few important lessons. Robin Nagle: What I discovered in New York City trashIt demonstrates that trash generation is done casually, without much thought at all. My students get an intimate sense of just how deeply their habits of wasting are engrained in their minds. Because they’re unable to let go of it, even for a short time, they also become aware of how trash is otherwise mostly invisible to them.
Here are a few exercises and questions to help you change your own awareness of waste. And I mean waste as both a practice and as a category of material.
1. Choose a disposable object that you use regularly – a take-out coffee cup, a plastic shopping bag, a tissue for wiping your nose – and replace it with its durable counterpart (a reusable coffee cup, a cloth shopping bag, a handkerchief). Notice how often you forget to bring the durable version with you. Notice the kind of attention and care it requires when you do remember it. How does it change your relationship to that object? Does it inspire any reflections about the rhythms and habits of your daily life? Of the larger society around you?
Read the rest here.
Rough from Barcelona-based Compeixalaigua Design Studio is a clean update on the forgotten pile of wood strips it once was.
The designers needed a way to light up their workspace and the perceived trash became a bright idea. The packing tape used to keep the sticks together became the inspiration behind the hanging strips that hold the light in place.
The light’s height can be adjusted using the hanging strips. The space on top of the fixture is perfect for quirky décor
(via From Trash Pile to Fully Functional: the Rough Lamp from Compeixalaigua Design Studio is Anything But - Core77)
Spinning CDs to clean sewage water -
Sep. 23, 2013 — Audio CDs, all the rage in the ’90s, seem increasingly obsolete in a world of MP3 files and iPods, leaving many music lovers with the question of what to do with their extensive compact disk collections.
While you could turn your old disks into a work of avant-garde art, researchers in Taiwan have come up with a more practical application: breaking down sewage.
"Optical disks are cheap, readily available, and very commonly used," says Din Ping Tsai, a physicist at National Taiwan University. Close to 20 billion disks are already manufactured annually, the researchers note, so using old disks for water treatment might even be a way to cut down on waste.
Tsai and his colleagues from National Taiwan University, National Applied Research Laboratories in Taiwan, and the Research Center for Applied Sciences in Taiwan used the large surface area of optical disks as a platform to grow tiny, upright zinc oxide nanorods about a thousandth the width of a human hair.
Zinc oxide is an inexpensive semiconductor that can function as a photocatalyst, breaking apart organic molecules like the pollutants in sewage when illuminated with UV light.
the artistic adventures of french artist benedetto bufalino can be trademarked by visually humorous transformations of consumable cultural objects. for one of his latest projects, he has reconstructed a 1970s french police car into a fully-functioning chicken coop fit for a farm.
(via benedetto bufalino repurposes a police car as a chicken coop)
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)
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”