Posts tagged reuse
5:21 pm - Tue, Jul 22, 2014
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A supermarket chain in the UK announced today that it’s going to power one of its stores entirely off food waste. It’s an attractive solution to two of the most gnawing sustainability concerns: waste and energy.
A Sainsbury’s in Cannock, a town in the West Midlands, will get all of its electricity from food waste through a process called anaerobic digestion. The process is pretty much what it sounds like: waste food is “digested” by microorganisms in huge tankers sealed off from the air, which Sainsbury’s compares to a human stomach.
Biffa, the waste management company working with the supermarket, explains that the waste is broken down into a slurry that degrades into an energy rich biogas, a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide. 

More: This British Supermarket Will Be Powered Entirely by Its Own Food Waste | Motherboard

A supermarket chain in the UK announced today that it’s going to power one of its stores entirely off food waste. It’s an attractive solution to two of the most gnawing sustainability concerns: waste and energy.

A Sainsbury’s in Cannock, a town in the West Midlands, will get all of its electricity from food waste through a process called anaerobic digestion. The process is pretty much what it sounds like: waste food is “digested” by microorganisms in huge tankers sealed off from the air, which Sainsbury’s compares to a human stomach.

Biffa, the waste management company working with the supermarket, explains that the waste is broken down into a slurry that degrades into an energy rich biogas, a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide.

More: This British Supermarket Will Be Powered Entirely by Its Own Food Waste | Motherboard

12:20 pm - Sun, Jul 20, 2014
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Colten Jackson [is out to] spread the word about his educational side project, Electric Waste Orchestra.

Jackson reuses e-waste to make music in unconventional ways—for example, in this video he transformed six hard-drives and a number pad into a musical instrument (with help from Arduino hardware and Pure Data software) and jams along with a modular synthesizer.

More: Electric Waste Orchestra - Cool Hunting

3:40 pm - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
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Hank by llot llov is an “adjustable harness” that converts unused little mirrors into decorative wall pieces. More: Hank Harness by llot llov

Hank by llot llov is an “adjustable harness” that converts unused little mirrors into decorative wall pieces. More: Hank Harness by llot llov

12:20 pm - Thu, Jul 17, 2014
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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

2:30 pm - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
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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

12:20 pm - Sat, Jul 12, 2014
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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

12:20 pm - Fri, Jul 11, 2014
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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.

9:38 am - Thu, Jul 10, 2014
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Here’s an interesting and fun project, making creative use of … unloved/unused foam.
The Foam Agency:

The Agency was created to celebrate foam. We’re currently seeking scraps, offcuts, and other unloved pieces of rigid insulation foam for ‘An Insulation Installation’.
If you have foam to contribute, please let us know and we will dispatch our agents shortly.

More about this project-in-progress here.
Two notes: It’s in New York, and I’m guessing local foam is preferred. And: Foam Agency founders Lucy Knops and Elisa Werbler are former students of mine.

Here’s an interesting and fun project, making creative use of … unloved/unused foam.

The Foam Agency:

The Agency was created to celebrate foam. We’re currently seeking scraps, offcuts, and other unloved pieces of rigid insulation foam for ‘An Insulation Installation’.

If you have foam to contribute, please let us know and we will dispatch our agents shortly.

More about this project-in-progress here.

Two notes: It’s in New York, and I’m guessing local foam is preferred. And: Foam Agency founders Lucy Knops and Elisa Werbler are former students of mine.

8:53 pm - Wed, Jul 9, 2014
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Is this the ultimate “pallet hack”?

Tomas Moravec has created many performative works of sculpture, installation and video art since he made this Duchamp-meets-Alÿs piece in 2008, but the video went up just a few months ago.
The brief description notes that Bratislavan trams run on felicitously narrow 1000mm-wide tracks: “A new transport vehicle brings change into the spatial perspective of a passenger in motion and generally changes the life of the city, through which the pallet can run, guided by a map of the city lines.”

More: Non Sequitur: The Pallet Hack to End All Pallet Hacks - Core77

Is this the ultimate “pallet hack”?

Tomas Moravec has created many performative works of sculpture, installation and video art since he made this Duchamp-meets-Alÿs piece in 2008, but the video went up just a few months ago.

The brief description notes that Bratislavan trams run on felicitously narrow 1000mm-wide tracks: “A new transport vehicle brings change into the spatial perspective of a passenger in motion and generally changes the life of the city, through which the pallet can run, guided by a map of the city lines.”

More: Non Sequitur: The Pallet Hack to End All Pallet Hacks - Core77

12:20 pm
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Furniture works by Juan Murphy, incorporating and riffing off reused materials: 

“Pallets, cable drums and wooden crates are a means of transporting various goods. Each has its own iconic form and function. Due to their versatility and solid structure they have been used within different scenarios as furniture.
The designs are inspired from various sources and interests. Within the designs I have also incorporated the use of metal, creating bespoke elements.”

More here: My interpretation – Limited Collection by Juan Murphy | MOCO Vote

Furniture works by Juan Murphy, incorporating and riffing off reused materials:

“Pallets, cable drums and wooden crates are a means of transporting various goods. Each has its own iconic form and function. Due to their versatility and solid structure they have been used within different scenarios as furniture.

The designs are inspired from various sources and interests. Within the designs I have also incorporated the use of metal, creating bespoke elements.”

More here: My interpretation – Limited Collection by Juan Murphy | MOCO Vote

3:40 pm - Tue, Jul 8, 2014
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Australian architect Raffaello Rosselli has repurposed a corroding tin shed in Sydney to create a small office and studio apartment (+ slideshow).
Rather than replace the crumbling structure, Raffaello Rosselli chose to retain the rusty corrugated cladding of the two-storey building so that from the outside it looks mostly unchanged.

More: Tinshed by Raffaello Rosselli

Australian architect Raffaello Rosselli has repurposed a corroding tin shed in Sydney to create a small office and studio apartment (+ slideshow).

Rather than replace the crumbling structure, Raffaello Rosselli chose to retain the rusty corrugated cladding of the two-storey building so that from the outside it looks mostly unchanged.

More: Tinshed by Raffaello Rosselli

12:20 pm - Wed, Jul 2, 2014
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As a designer, John-Michael Ekeblad has long been interested in repurposing and recycling materials from the deteriorating urban landscape. … most often in furniture form.
For his most recent project, Ekeblad was invited to host a solo show. … New York på Dalsländska,” centers around furniture works inspired by New York and made of material salvaged from a 19th century cottage and produced during a four day workshop … 

More: New York på Dalsländska Exhibition - Cool Hunting

As a designer, John-Michael Ekeblad has long been interested in repurposing and recycling materials from the deteriorating urban landscape. … most often in furniture form.

For his most recent project, Ekeblad was invited to host a solo show. … New York på Dalsländska,” centers around furniture works inspired by New York and made of material salvaged from a 19th century cottage and produced during a four day workshop … 

More: New York på Dalsländska Exhibition - Cool Hunting

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