8:59 am - Mon, Nov 12, 2012
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Scroll too quickly through Past Imperfect, and you might think you’re just looking at a standard antiques blog. But if you take a closer look at the photographs of beautiful vases and intricate porcelain tea cups that illustrate each post, you’ll notice that each one object has been damaged and carefully mended.
Created by Andrew Baseman, an interior designer and set decorator, the blog showcases antiques that were repaired hundreds of years ago, when people couldn’t always afford to buy replacements. Baseman’s blog is a soothing antidote to the fast-paced mass consumption that occasionally overwhelms us today.

(via Waste Not: The Art of Inventive Repair | The Etsy Blog)
Unconsumption has posted about Baseman’s fab blog before —  but we still love it! 

Scroll too quickly through Past Imperfect, and you might think you’re just looking at a standard antiques blog. But if you take a closer look at the photographs of beautiful vases and intricate porcelain tea cups that illustrate each post, you’ll notice that each one object has been damaged and carefully mended.

Created by Andrew Baseman, an interior designer and set decorator, the blog showcases antiques that were repaired hundreds of years ago, when people couldn’t always afford to buy replacements. Baseman’s blog is a soothing antidote to the fast-paced mass consumption that occasionally overwhelms us today.

(via Waste Not: The Art of Inventive Repair | The Etsy Blog)

Unconsumption has posted about Baseman’s fab blog before — but we still love it! 

6:57 pm - Sun, Nov 11, 2012
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Determined to do his part to reinstate what he believes as the “Right Relationship” with the earth, Kevin Feinstein began researching the nutritional benefits of eating readily available wild foods in his environment.
As his interest grew, so did his knowledge, and before long, he was giving classes on wild edibles in the San Francisco Bay Area. …

More: The Forager’s Tale | The Etsy Blog

Determined to do his part to reinstate what he believes as the “Right Relationship” with the earth, Kevin Feinstein began researching the nutritional benefits of eating readily available wild foods in his environment.

As his interest grew, so did his knowledge, and before long, he was giving classes on wild edibles in the San Francisco Bay Area. …

More: The Forager’s Tale | The Etsy Blog

12:05 pm
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When it’s recycled at all, waste concrete is typically ground down into smaller pieces, a process that not only produces lots of dust, but because of its limited efficiency, turns out a product mostly used as a road base material. That process is more akin to simple reuse than to true recycling, and it only accounts for a small percentage of the waste concrete produced every year.
But if there was a process that could break down the concrete into its constituent components, which could then be used again in new products, then the rate for waste concrete recycling could jump by a factor of ten, according to research being done in Germany.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP are using a process known as electrodynamic fragmentation to selectively separate concrete in their lab.

Much more here: Lightning Bolts Could Make Concrete Recycling Viable : TreeHugger

When it’s recycled at all, waste concrete is typically ground down into smaller pieces, a process that not only produces lots of dust, but because of its limited efficiency, turns out a product mostly used as a road base material. That process is more akin to simple reuse than to true recycling, and it only accounts for a small percentage of the waste concrete produced every year.

But if there was a process that could break down the concrete into its constituent components, which could then be used again in new products, then the rate for waste concrete recycling could jump by a factor of ten, according to research being done in Germany.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP are using a process known as electrodynamic fragmentation to selectively separate concrete in their lab.

Much more here: Lightning Bolts Could Make Concrete Recycling Viable : TreeHugger

10:32 am - Sat, Nov 10, 2012
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EIGHTHINCH - Fixed Gear Conversions Made Easy from EighthInch on Vimeo.

This how-to video shows how to convert old, unused 10-speeds into fast, fixed gear bikes, giving them a second life. The video shows the whole conversion process from start to finish.

(via GOOD)

9:23 am
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Love this simple holiday decorating / repurposing idea:
Fill a crate with jars, candles, and greenery and/or pine cones. 
(via Kaleidoscope of Colors)

Love this simple holiday decorating / repurposing idea:

Fill a crate with jars, candles, and greenery and/or pine cones. 

(via Kaleidoscope of Colors)

5:04 pm - Fri, Nov 9, 2012
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Coffee Fellow is … made from eight recycled coffee bean sacks with original prints from coffee plantations around the world. … All sacks have individual looks that depend on which coffee beans are most popular in Stockholm at the moment.

Designed by Johanna Hansson; info on her here. 
Previously: Coffee sack basket, ottoman, deck chair, and headboard.

Coffee Fellow is … made from eight recycled coffee bean sacks with original prints from coffee plantations around the world. … All sacks have individual looks that depend on which coffee beans are most popular in Stockholm at the moment.

Designed by Johanna Hansson; info on her here

Previously: Coffee sack basket, ottomandeck chair, and headboard.

1:01 pm
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Osian Batyka-Wiliams offers this candelabra from repurposed cutlery. Pretty cool! 
(via Untitled Document)
Also noteworthy is this chair incorporating reclaimed timber:

Osian Batyka-Wiliams offers this candelabra from repurposed cutlery. Pretty cool!

(via Untitled Document)

Also noteworthy is this chair incorporating reclaimed timber:

4:19 pm - Thu, Nov 8, 2012
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DIY project du jour: 
Make a lamp from cardboard and an LED lighting kit.
How-to: Desktop Lamp — Instructables

DIY project du jour:

Make a lamp from cardboard and an LED lighting kit.

How-to: Desktop Lamp — Instructables

3:07 pm
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Have you heard that Instagram’s no longer just an app? 
Now on the Web, Instagram users can follow other IG-ers, and “like” and comment on photos. 
Unconsumption’s Web profile’s here.
What do you think of the new profiles?  

Have you heard that Instagram’s no longer just an app?

Now on the Web, Instagram users can follow other IG-ers, and “like” and comment on photos. 

Unconsumption’s Web profile’s here.

What do you think of the new profiles?  

11:58 am
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Sarah Thirlwell’s vessels incorporate “reclaimed orange acrylic and recycled vending cup plastic bands.”
(via Sarah Thirlwell :: Work ‹ Vessels & Vases)

Sarah Thirlwell’s vessels incorporate “reclaimed orange acrylic and recycled vending cup plastic bands.”

(via Sarah Thirlwell :: Work ‹ Vessels & Vases)

5:04 pm - Wed, Nov 7, 2012
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Nelson “Kio” Mukiika has a machine shop of sorts in the Kasese district of western Uganda. I say “of sorts” because he does not have access to basic measuring tools. Nevertheless, Mukiika is able to disassemble old bikes and re-weld them together into creations of his own design: Three-wheeled hand-powered bicycles. …
Mukiika can produce the trikes for about $170, well out of reach for the average Ugandan. (More than a third of the population live on a little over $1 a day.) The funding is provided by CanUgan. You can volunteer your time, form a support group, or make a donation to the organization here.

(via CanUgan x Mukiika: Turning Old Bicycles into Hand-Powered Trikes for the Disabled - Core77)

Nelson “Kio” Mukiika has a machine shop of sorts in the Kasese district of western Uganda. I say “of sorts” because he does not have access to basic measuring tools. Nevertheless, Mukiika is able to disassemble old bikes and re-weld them together into creations of his own design: Three-wheeled hand-powered bicycles. …

Mukiika can produce the trikes for about $170, well out of reach for the average Ugandan. (More than a third of the population live on a little over $1 a day.) The funding is provided by CanUgan. You can volunteer your time, form a support group, or make a donation to the organization here.

(via CanUgan x Mukiika: Turning Old Bicycles into Hand-Powered Trikes for the Disabled - Core77)

1:45 pm - Tue, Nov 6, 2012
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Bottle lights.

made from recycled wine bottles cleverly chopped in half
(the other half becomes a tumbler … )

We’ve highlighted other bottle-lighting projects: here and here and here.
This one via baileys.

Bottle lights.

made from recycled wine bottles cleverly chopped in half

(the other half becomes a tumbler … )

We’ve highlighted other bottle-lighting projects: here and here and here.

This one via baileys.

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