- 12:20 pm - Mon, Jul 1, 2013
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Say what you want about Domino’s (it’s an abomination unto the Lord), but they have one of the better branded Pinterest projects I’ve seen in a while—Second Hand Logos.
Since Domino’s recently redesigned their logo, Crispin Porter + Bogusky got to thinking about what happens to a company’s old signage, clothing, store materials, etc.
So, the agency commissioned 10 artists to make stuff with old Domino’s employee shirts, pizza boxes and other company ephemera. Lots of it is for sale, and Domino’s is being gracious enough not to demand a cut of the artists’ sales, which is pretty cool of them.
The waste fallout of pointless redesigns is sad. But, you have to give some credit for trying to make the most of it in this way. And to reiterate the writer’s point: nice that the repurposing artists don’t have to split any resulting profits. Give them a hand for making something worthwhile out of the needlessly rejected.
More: Artists Give Old Domino’s Signage a Second Life in ‘Second Hand Logos’ Project | Adweek
- 4:40 pm - Mon, May 27, 2013
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A sustainability-minded competition challenged students at Parsons The New School for Design to transform Poltrona Frau‘s leather leftovers–freshly harvested from the floor of its factory in Tolentino, Italy–into luxe accessories and objects. Designer and Parsons faculty member Andrea Ruggiero led a group of 15 Parsons product design students in the seven-week project.
Jenny Hsu emerged on top with “Piqnique” (at left), a woven case for meals on the go that doubles as a leather placemat. Rounding out the top three were Yuna Kim‘s “Miovino” leather wine glass tags and the “Tuft” candle holders (at right) designed by Benjamin Billick.
More: Parsons Students Repurpose Luxe Leather Scraps for ‘Wasteless’ Competition - UnBeige
- 2:38 pm - Tue, Jan 29, 2013
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Another DIY / repurposing idea that’s for the birds:
Why not turn an old paint can or coffee can into a birdfeeder?
(Of course, it doesn’t have to be as elaborate as the examples pictured!)
For a brief tutorial, see this Lowe’s Creative Ideas post.
- 2:12 pm
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DIY / repurposing idea du jour:
Old boot screwed onto a tree or a fence = new bird house.
For additional bird house, feeder, and other bird-related posts, browse through this subset of the Unconsumption archive.
[Photo spotted on Facebook here, thanks to friend Jim Mitchem. Source apparently is Livesay Photography. (Kudos to photographers who add watermarks to their photos!)]
- 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)
- 2:11 pm - Wed, Oct 10, 2012
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Pecas has created “Fase #3” using a new material called Demodé. It exploits and rescues wasted textile from factories in Santiago, Chile, before being used by the consumer.
via Fase #3 : Bernardita Marambio B.
You can get a sense of the underlying material process here.
- 4:58 pm - Thu, Oct 4, 2012
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Since its start in 2005, Sea Bags has spawned a number of imitations, but unlike its competitors Sea Bags still uses only retired sails for its durable, handmade totes and accessories.
Now the Portland, Maine-based brand has partnered with fellow East Coast company, Woolrich, marrying its weathered nylon with the Pennsylvania heritage brand’s venerable wools to create a small collection of large tote bags, dopp kits and iPad cases in three plaid variations (Forest, Harvest and Lodge).
Totes come in various combinations of wool bodies with sail interiors and sail shells lined with wool, as well as a few styles comprising nylon blocked with leather on the outside and Woolrich plaid on the inside.
Like the repurposed sails, the Woolrich fabric and leather come from dead stock supply procured by Sea Bags, so it’s a limited edition in the truest sense—when they run out of scraps, the line is finished.
(via Sea Bags and Woolrich)
- 2:05 pm - Mon, Oct 1, 2012
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Wellies have become as much a part of festival culture as the music, beer and straw hats. And, just like festival tents, they tend to get left behind in the muddy field at the end of the weekend, forgotten, sodden and anonymous.
So one guy decided to collect them up and do something good with them. Steffan Lemke-Elms set up Festival Reboot, a company that collects, cleans and reuses these unwanted wellington boots….
Once cleaned, the tops get chopped off leaving a clog like shoe at the bottom and a strip of welly material…. The rubbery material gets upcycled in either a beer holder, a notebook or a bracelet.. Steffan sells these in order to raise money to send the bottom part (the cleaned, paired Welly Clogs) out to the slums in Nairobi and Nakuru in Kenya.
(via Do The Green Thing: Wellies are for life, not just for Glastonbury)