3:40 pm - Thu, Jul 17, 2014
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If you visited Governor’s Island in New York last summer you most certainly saw the billowing, cloud-like structure that sits in the middle of the lawn. …
It’s not until you get up close that you realize it’s made from many, many plastic bottles stringed together. “53,780 used plastic bottles,” says designer Jason Klimoski, “the number thrown away in NYC in just 1 hour.” Klimoski and his team at STUDIO KCA collected the bottles – a combination of milk jugs and water bottles – and lashed them together to create “Head in the Clouds,” a pavilion people can walk into, sit inside, and contemplate just how much plastic is thrown away every day.
The structure … is now looking for its next home. If you’re interested in having this in your back yard get in touch with the designers.

More: A Sculptural Cloud of Plastic Bottles Illustrates One Hour of Trash in NYC | Colossal

If you visited Governor’s Island in New York last summer you most certainly saw the billowing, cloud-like structure that sits in the middle of the lawn. …

It’s not until you get up close that you realize it’s made from many, many plastic bottles stringed together. “53,780 used plastic bottles,” says designer Jason Klimoski, “the number thrown away in NYC in just 1 hour.” Klimoski and his team at STUDIO KCA collected the bottles – a combination of milk jugs and water bottles – and lashed them together to create “Head in the Clouds,” a pavilion people can walk into, sit inside, and contemplate just how much plastic is thrown away every day.

The structure … is now looking for its next home. If you’re interested in having this in your back yard get in touch with the designers.

More: A Sculptural Cloud of Plastic Bottles Illustrates One Hour of Trash in NYC | Colossal

12:20 pm
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When your smartphone reaches the end of its brief life, what will become of it? Will it be pawned off onto an unappreciative relative, or will it be discarded, its toxic innards eventually seeping into the earth?
Or, will it become a champion of conservation? Rainforest Connection, a San Francisco-based nonprofit with a new Kickstarter campaign out, is converting old phones into devices to detect illegal logging and poaching in the rainforest in real-time.

Again, we don’t normally tout Kickstarter stuff here, but this has already hit its goal, and sounds fascinating. More here: A Network of Recycled Phones Is Listening for Illegal Logging in the Rainforest | Motherboard

When your smartphone reaches the end of its brief life, what will become of it? Will it be pawned off onto an unappreciative relative, or will it be discarded, its toxic innards eventually seeping into the earth?

Or, will it become a champion of conservation? Rainforest Connection, a San Francisco-based nonprofit with a new Kickstarter campaign out, is converting old phones into devices to detect illegal logging and poaching in the rainforest in real-time.

Again, we don’t normally tout Kickstarter stuff here, but this has already hit its goal, and sounds fascinating. More here: A Network of Recycled Phones Is Listening for Illegal Logging in the Rainforest | Motherboard

3:40 pm - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
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The Grotesque Apple, the Ridiculous Potato, the Failed Lemon.

This great video describes a campaign to, in essence, rebrand the imperfect-looking fruits and vegetables that are normally thrown out, into something special and unique.

Now you can eat five a day inglorious fruits and vegetables. As good, but 30% cheaper. The inglorious Fruits&Vegetables, a glorious fight against food waste.

Watch the video! Very clever!

(Source: youtube.com)

2:30 pm
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Here’s a fun contest that involves reusing electronic components:

Build us something, anything! It can be a working piece of circuitry, or a wonderful piece of art, or both! It should be made out of at least 75% reused parts (though we encourage 100%!).:
Send your photos or videos to sustainability_contest@sparkfun.com.
Submissions will be accepted until Friday August 1st.
The winner will receive $100 in SparkFun credit!

More details: Reused parts contest! - News - SparkFun Electronics

Here’s a fun contest that involves reusing electronic components:

Build us something, anything! It can be a working piece of circuitry, or a wonderful piece of art, or both! It should be made out of at least 75% reused parts (though we encourage 100%!).:

More details: Reused parts contest! - News - SparkFun Electronics

3:40 pm - Mon, Jul 14, 2014
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Selling Utah State University students on a new ‘Blue Goes Green’ fee to fund sustainability projects on campus has involved connecting sustainability with the students’ desires for freedom, saving money, physical fitness, and love.

More: Framing Sustainability for the Free, Frugal, and Fit & Fabulous | Solutions

Selling Utah State University students on a new ‘Blue Goes Green’ fee to fund sustainability projects on campus has involved connecting sustainability with the students’ desires for freedom, saving money, physical fitness, and love.

More: Framing Sustainability for the Free, Frugal, and Fit & Fabulous | Solutions

12:20 pm
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Dust is a collection of jewellery that allows the wearer to experience themes of transformation and disintegration. In this world everything existing is linked to the process of birth, decay and  disappearance. That is the way of life, the way of nature. Inspired by the tradition of the symbolic Vanitas paintings, the Dust collection is a reminder of the transience of all earthly pursuits and how it can be a motive for design.
 
This ideology led to an exploration of how to break traditions and create new ways in material use. It is a reflection on material worth. A contemplation for the constant transformation of matter.  We always demand that everything should be flawless but in the end, everything is dust or in time becomes dust. Is it possible to make use of materials that have always been considered nothing more than useless dirt?

More here: Dust
Dust is a collection of jewellery that allows the wearer to experience themes of transformation and disintegration. In this world everything existing is linked to the process of birth, decay and  disappearance. That is the way of life, the way of nature. Inspired by the tradition of the symbolic Vanitas paintings, the Dust collection is a reminder of the transience of all earthly pursuits and how it can be a motive for design.
 
This ideology led to an exploration of how to break traditions and create new ways in material use. It is a reflection on material worth. A contemplation for the constant transformation of matter.  We always demand that everything should be flawless but in the end, everything is dust or in time becomes dust. Is it possible to make use of materials that have always been considered nothing more than useless dirt?

More here: Dust

12:20 pm - Sat, Jul 12, 2014
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significobs:

Artist Mike Stilkey uses the covers of books reclaimed from library trash heaps as a canvas for his whimsical paintings.

He works with a mix of ink, colored pencil, paint and lacquer to create each artwork that can vary from anthropomorphic animals playing instruments to portraits of men and women inspired by Weimar-era German expressionism.

More: New Paintings on Salvaged Books by Mike Stilkey | Colossal

6:50 am
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Italian designers Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti have designed a collection of prototype products made from unwanted marble tiles.

More: Discarded marble tiles form furniture by Paolo Ulian and Moreno Ratti

3:40 pm - Fri, Jul 11, 2014
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junkculture:

Artist Transforms a Pile of Trash into a Mind-Bending Anamorphic Illusion

French artist Bernard Pras creates artwork using a technique called anamorphosis, a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices to see the complete artwork.
His latest project on exhibit at Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval, near Lyon, France is a portrait of Ferdinand Cheval (a French postman who spent thirty-three years of his life building Le Palais idéal in Hauterives), made up of various objects found around the installation site which requires being viewed from a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image.
More here.
12:20 pm
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Dave Hakkens writes about his “Memo Blocks”: 

I always have little pieces of paper and post-it’s laying around my desk. Filled with messages, to do lists and reminders. It’s messy and a waste of paper…

This little block can collect these things on one central place. Write it on with a whiteboard marker and wipe it of when it’s done.

It’s designed in a way that you can make one yourself, using materials around your house. Old cardboard is used for building the shape. Old plastic bags, sheet protectors or foil is used as whiteboard surface and some tape/glue to connect everything.

I made 3 different models, they can be downloaded with the instructions, for free!

More, including instructions, here.

5:49 pm - Thu, Jul 10, 2014
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In January, photographer Gregg Segal decided to put some imagery to those numbers. His ongoing series, “7 Days of Garbage,” shows Californian friends, neighbors, and relative strangers lying in the trash they created in one week.

More: Gregg Segal photographs people with a week’s worth of their trash in his series, “7 Days of Garbage.”

In January, photographer Gregg Segal decided to put some imagery to those numbers. His ongoing series, “7 Days of Garbage,” shows Californian friends, neighbors, and relative strangers lying in the trash they created in one week.

More: Gregg Segal photographs people with a week’s worth of their trash in his series, “7 Days of Garbage.”

12:20 pm
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Vietnamese office a21studio used recycled wood to construct the curving framework of this coffee house, which encircles a courtyard near the city of Nha Trang.
The Salvaged Ring structure was designed by a21studio for a carpenter who wanted to utilise a surplus of scrap wood collected over his career to build a coffee house near a motorway on the outskirts of the city.

More: Salvaged Ring coffee house by a21studĩo is made from scrap wood

Vietnamese office a21studio used recycled wood to construct the curving framework of this coffee house, which encircles a courtyard near the city of Nha Trang.

The Salvaged Ring structure was designed by a21studio for a carpenter who wanted to utilise a surplus of scrap wood collected over his career to build a coffee house near a motorway on the outskirts of the city.

More: Salvaged Ring coffee house by a21studĩo is made from scrap wood

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