- 6:14 pm - Fri, Aug 3, 2012
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Cycle on the Recycled: A $9 Cardboard Bike Set to Enter Production in Israel
The last time your purchased something made entirely from cardboard, chances are it was a box to pack up your belongings. While the sturdy material is perfect for moving your stuff, an inventor from Israel has figured out a way to make cardboard move you.
Continue reading on good.is
And for an accessory: This previously mentioned cardboard cycling helmet!
- 2:27 pm
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We highlighted the work of Sayaka Ganz back in early 2010 (here), but this recent post on Book of Joe gives an excuse to bring it up again, and pass along some thoughts from Ganz about her method.
And also an excuse to publish the awesome image above.
I only select objects that have been used and discarded. My goal is for each object to transcend its origin by being integrated into an animal/ organic forms that are alive and in motion. This process of reclamation and regeneration is liberating to me as an artist.
Building these sculptures helps me understand the situations that surround me. It reminds me that even if there is a conflict right now, there is also a solution in which all the pieces can coexist peacefully. Though there are wide gaps in some areas and small holes in others, when seen from the distance there is great beauty and harmony in our community.
(via bookofjoe: Animal sculptures made from reclaimed household objects)
- 4:11 pm - Thu, Aug 2, 2012
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It seems as though every household with at least one child has a can of used tennis balls somewhere in its garage. Here’s a cool craft to make use of old balls! Designer Dominik Langhammer of Loony Design has created this silly but efficient towel holder that will spruce up any boring bathroom. Instead of using hooks, use tennis balls to hold towels, hair accessories, clothes, and more.
(via Loony Design)
- 12:26 pm - Wed, Aug 1, 2012
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Beautiful biodegradable dinnerware created from fallen leaves
Maker VerTerra says: “Our production process is simple and transparent: After collecting fallen leaves that would normally be burned, we apply steam, heat and pressure to transform the leaves into durable products that will naturally compost in 2 months.”
Read more at Design Milk here
- 12:29 pm - Sat, Jul 28, 2012
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By and large, I’m not a huge fan of Regretsy, which seems to take a little too much smug delight in making a name for itself by picking people out of obscurity for the exclusive purpose of slamming them — and then pretending that there is something brave and rebellious. Speaking truth to powerless? Whatever.
But, I’m nothing if not open-minded, so I think there’s something in this post that’s worth consideration. “Noncycling,” or whatever term you might prefer, is an issue I think all Unconsumption contributors confront every day as we prowl about the online world looking for the best material to share with you.
The fact is, I think we all see a lot of pretty suspect stuff — projects and objects that pose as eco-friendly creative reuse, but are kinda not exactly that creative, or reuseful.
Maybe Regretsy does us a favor with this terminology:
1. To take a piece of garbage and turn it into a different piece of garbage
2. To take an object that still has some useful purpose and turn it into a piece of garbage
“Mary stopped Jim from discarding the expired air-fresheners so she could noncycle them into an instant collection.”
Synonyms: Lateral Recycling, Garbage Shuffling, Etsy Inventory
What do you think?
- 10:06 am
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Even as I write this, I’m scowling at the pathetic excuse of a power cable that’s currently charging my MacBook. It’s ripped, torn, and utterly ragged, an affront to Apple’s philosophy of good, simple design. And it totally happens to every Apple cable I have ever owned, always, which means (by powers of deduction) that actually it’s totally not my fault. Enter Sugru, the magic material that is going to help me to stop my disgraceful habit of throwing away said power cords and grumpily buying a new one, thus hastening the destruction of the universe. Apple might not like this much, but I think it’s thrilling. Also thrilling is Sugru’s own story, which is such a wonderful tale of persistence and grit that it should be required reading for any would-be innovator. Even the introduction is charming: “From “hmm” to “yay” via “eureka” and “wow”.” Read it.
[via Nicolas Roope. Image c/o Sugru]
Whoa, my Apple charging cable also has opened up on the USB end; I didn’t realize that other Apple product owners had a similar issue!
I suppose it’s time for me to add Sugru (mentioned previously on Unconsumption here) to my repair toolkit.
Anyone else have a ripped-open Apple power cord?
- 10:10 am
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Philadelphia-based sculptor Amber Cowan creates sculpture out of recycled glass. Her process involves “flameworking, blowing, and hot-sculpting recycled or found glass that is usually American pressed glass from the 1940’s-1980’s.”
More on her Web site here.
- 4:06 pm - Thu, Jul 26, 2012
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"It’s basically about moving to a world where access triumphs over ownership, and that unused value — things sitting in my garage — equals waste," says Lisa Gansky, who has written frequently on the topic and has listed 6,600 such sharing platforms on her site, Meshing.IT.
Not exactly a breaking story, but I liked this quote.
- 2:35 pm
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DIY project du jour:
Turn wine corks and an old frame into a display/storage piece for jewelry or other items.
For the simple how-to / tutorial, see this Crafts For All Seasons blog post here.
Find more wine-related repurposing here.
- 12:48 pm
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Fuck your old window frame on top of book stacks coffee table.
Ah, I recall seeing this “old window frame on top of book stacks coffee table” photo on Apartment Therapy. Apartment Therapy also featured this close-up photo of one of the table’s “legs”:
Something like this could work well in some households, e.g., those without kids or large dogs!
P.S. If the sight of over-styled settings amuses you, and you haven’t seen the Fuck Your Noguchi Coffee Table Tumblr, then check it out.
Related: This post — on how to tell if you’re living an “over-propped” life (referring to a New York Times article) — shared recently on the Unconsumption Facebook page.