1:56 pm - Mon, Nov 5, 2012
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Streep 180 is a bench made of cardboard with a laminated top to add comfort and colour.
This is a very sturdy and durable bench for everyday use. Contrary to most cardboard products on the market, this bench is made out of honeycombed cardboard. The honeycombed structure is 18-20cm thick and you can jump on it!
The Italian design studio A4Adesign has a long history working with this recycled and recyclable material. …. 
Made in Italy from recycled cardboard.

(via A4ADesign, cardboard green furniture, made in Italy)
As you know, we are big on cardboard reuse here at Unconsumption…

Streep 180 is a bench made of cardboard with a laminated top to add comfort and colour.

This is a very sturdy and durable bench for everyday use. Contrary to most cardboard products on the market, this bench is made out of honeycombed cardboard. The honeycombed structure is 18-20cm thick and you can jump on it!

The Italian design studio A4Adesign has a long history working with this recycled and recyclable material. …. 

Made in Italy from recycled cardboard.

(via A4ADesign, cardboard green furniture, made in Italy)

As you know, we are big on cardboard reuse here at Unconsumption…

10:10 am
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Furniture Magpies offers an alternative to mass produced furniture, specialising in regenerating old furniture to meet the desires of modern consumers.
Our company creates one off and limited edition pieces breathing new life into otherwise discarded items. Our work strives to retain the character and story of the furniture we use, allowing the user an insight into their items original identity.

(via Furniture Magpies)

Furniture Magpies offers an alternative to mass produced furniture, specialising in regenerating old furniture to meet the desires of modern consumers.

Our company creates one off and limited edition pieces breathing new life into otherwise discarded items. Our work strives to retain the character and story of the furniture we use, allowing the user an insight into their items original identity.

(via Furniture Magpies)

4:18 pm - Sun, Nov 4, 2012
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Speaking of bike hacks: How about a mowercycle? 
Get exercise while mowing the lawn — without using gasoline!
An Unconsumption reader sent this photo to us some time ago. (The source has since made the photo private on Flickr.)
We always love getting tips and suggestions. Is there something Unconsumption-y you think we should be aware of? Let us know via our Facebook page, Twitter (@Unconsumption us), Instagram (tag photos #unconsumption), Pinterest, or e-mail (unconsumption [at] gmail). 
See also: A group of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison designed a somewhat different mowercycle. Our friends at Do The Green Thing highlighted the student project here. 

Speaking of bike hacks: How about a mowercycle

Get exercise while mowing the lawn — without using gasoline!

An Unconsumption reader sent this photo to us some time ago. (The source has since made the photo private on Flickr.)

We always love getting tips and suggestions. Is there something Unconsumption-y you think we should be aware of? Let us know via our Facebook page, Twitter (@Unconsumption us), Instagram (tag photos #unconsumption), Pinterest, or e-mail (unconsumption [at] gmail). 

See also: A group of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison designed a somewhat different mowercycle. Our friends at Do The Green Thing highlighted the student project here

11:47 am
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Some people may find transportation like this cart bike really useful.
Maker Ryan McFarland says:

Combine a derelict shopping cart with a bicycle for a ride with ample cargo capacity. This is a nice way to save a shopping cart and a bike that might otherwise end up in a landfill.

He adds:

It is quite the head turner but not a good corner turner.

To make your own cart bike, see Ryan’s tutorial on Instructables.
Find other trolley hacks in earlier Unconsumption posts here; all things bike here. 
Photo credit: Ryan McFarland / Zieak

Some people may find transportation like this cart bike really useful.

Maker Ryan McFarland says:

Combine a derelict shopping cart with a bicycle for a ride with ample cargo capacity. This is a nice way to save a shopping cart and a bike that might otherwise end up in a landfill.

He adds:

It is quite the head turner but not a good corner turner.

To make your own cart bike, see Ryan’s tutorial on Instructables.

Find other trolley hacks in earlier Unconsumption posts here; all things bike here

Photo credit: Ryan McFarland / Zieak

9:26 am
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Did you enjoy an extra hour of sleep this weekend? Did you remember to turn back all clocks?!
Pictured: Vintage watches upcycled into a bracelet. Spotted on Pinterest here. Source: mLindvall on Etsy here.

Did you enjoy an extra hour of sleep this weekend? Did you remember to turn back all clocks?!

Pictured: Vintage watches upcycled into a bracelet. Spotted on Pinterest here. Source: mLindvall on Etsy here.

4:44 pm - Sat, Nov 3, 2012
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California’s generous recycling redemption program has led to rampant fraud. Crafty entrepreneurs are driving semi-trailers full of cans from Nevada or Arizona, which don’t have deposit laws, across the border and transforming their cargo into truckfuls of nickels. In addition, recyclers inside the state are claiming redemptions for the same containers several times over, or for containers that never existed.

The illicit trade is draining the state’s $1.1-billion recycling fund. Government officials recently estimated the fraud at $40 million a year, and an industry expert said it could exceed $200 million.

Via Freakonomics

1:37 pm
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Spotted here (shared from original post that didn’t link to a source).
Took a minute to search online for a source, and I found one here, which, um, sells “all you need is less” prints.
{Sigh.} 

Spotted here (shared from original post that didn’t link to a source).

Took a minute to search online for a source, and I found one here, which, um, sells “all you need is less” prints.

{Sigh.} 

10:56 am
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1. “What’s the point of working so hard if I can’t spoil myself a little?” This one’s a classic, because it’s hard to argue with. Especially if you’ve had a particularly stressful week (or day) at work, it’s difficult to comprehend the idea that you shouldn’t reap the rewards of your labor. This becomes troublesome, however, when that work pays nothing (being a student, for example, or an intern) or very little (like being a freelance writer).

A thought-provoking read, here’s the rest.

2:01 pm - Fri, Nov 2, 2012
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O-Check Design produce an environmentally conscious array of stationary, creating many of its products from recycled paper, natural fabrics, wood and soy ink. O-Check are inspired by their travels, books, music, conversation and imagery, and work to capture the beauty of life and express it through timeless stationery.

(via O Check Design Recycled Paper Pencil Set | Present London)

O-Check Design produce an environmentally conscious array of stationary, creating many of its products from recycled paper, natural fabrics, wood and soy ink. O-Check are inspired by their travels, books, music, conversation and imagery, and work to capture the beauty of life and express it through timeless stationery.

(via O Check Design Recycled Paper Pencil Set | Present London)

8:58 am
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Aroha Silhouettes's pieces made from reclaimed vinyl records, but they make such a bold, modern statement.

More: Design Milk

Aroha Silhouettes's pieces made from reclaimed vinyl records, but they make such a bold, modern statement.

4:18 pm - Thu, Nov 1, 2012
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craftandcreate:


Upcycle broken china into cute keychains


We recently came across this jewelry use of broken china, but I really like the key ring idea.
For tips on how to turn china pieces into key fobs, see the Lil Blue Boo blog here, or click through from the above photo.  

craftandcreate:

Upcycle broken china into cute keychains

We recently came across this jewelry use of broken china, but I really like the key ring idea.

For tips on how to turn china pieces into key fobs, see the Lil Blue Boo blog here, or click through from the above photo.  

(via dizzymaiden)

11:03 am
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I was inspired by the terrazzo floors.
Although these floors are made from waste produced in the marble mines, they are really decent and have a good quality which you can see and feel.
I wanted to find out if we could use our own waste produced when demolishing something.
I did several tests with different materials and made a selection of which materials are possible [including] crushed bricks and roof tiles …

Read the results here: Dave Hakkens

I was inspired by the terrazzo floors.

Although these floors are made from waste produced in the marble mines, they are really decent and have a good quality which you can see and feel.

I wanted to find out if we could use our own waste produced when demolishing something.

I did several tests with different materials and made a selection of which materials are possible [including] crushed bricks and roof tiles …

Read the results here: Dave Hakkens

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