- 3:40 pm - Thu, Dec 5, 2013
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To tout the usefulness of Arboblend, a hot new bioplastic that looks all but poised to take the bright, sunshiny world of renewable construction materials by storm, students and professors from Stuttgart University’s Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design used it to build this spiky modular pavilion and filmed the entire process.
The resulting piece of manufacturing porn starts with a lowly tub of bioplastic granulate, made from over 90 percent renewable materials, and takes it through the rounds of melting, pressing, and thermoforming that produced this polygonal serpent of a structure.
As the project team explain—and this is to be read in a triumphant cadence, with an eye toward a future where regular old plastic has been rightfully shunned in favor of the eco-friendly blend—”thermoformable sheets of bioplastics will represent a resource-efficient alternative in the future, as they combine the high malleability and recyclability of plastics with the environmental benefits of materials consisting primarily of renewable resources.”
(via Watch this Bioplastic Pavilion Get Recycled into Being - Video Interlude - Curbed National)
- 12:20 pm - Mon, Nov 18, 2013
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Instead of recycling glass bottles the traditional way, Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine found a better use for them. They heated beverage bottles and re-blew them into unique bulbs that vary in shapes and sizes, and featured these new glass forms on their “Stand Light” floor lamp. This environmentally-conscious technique requires a small amount of energy and is a way to reduce carbon footprint while creating new design objects.
(via Discarded Glass Bottles Recast Into Quirky Lamps [Pics] - PSFK)
- 12:20 pm - Sun, Nov 17, 2013
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combining old headphones with an electronic guitar, ‘guitar ear-o’ seeks to give industrial waste products their original purpose back. reusing industrial waste from valuable music instruments that are thrown away due to small defects, the items are turned into a set of new headphones. the guitar’s fingerboard is transformed into the connecting strap between the two speakers, and the covers for the speakers are made out of the guitar body with remnants of the gloss paint still left on them. based on modular pieces, the guitar ear-o is a new way for old instruments to live a life in a different shape, but with keeping the same function, to play music.
More: repurposed electric guitar pieces become ear-o headphone set
- 10:53 am - Thu, Aug 15, 2013
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In today’s GOOD NEWS: I salvaged a vintage globe and turned it into a lampshade!
The globe’s owner — my aunt — tried for years to repair the decades-old globe (which had split apart and would no longer stand upright on its bent, rusted metal base). Last month, while visiting my aunt, I spotted the globe on top of her trash bin, grabbed it, and said we could find a way to reuse it. :)
Note: My lamp’s harp — the metal part that curves around the light bulb and onto which the shade gets screwed into place — is tall, leaving almost two inches of air space above the bulb. Stating the obvious, but still: When using a globe or other non-traditional item as a lamp shade, be sure there’s some open space around the bulb so the top of the lamp won’t get too hot. Also, as many of you know, using compact florescent lighbulbs (CFLs), which I use on this lamp and on others, can help reduce lamps’ heat output.
For earlier Unconsumption posts on other new uses for old globes and maps, see our Tumblr archive here, and Pinterest board here.
- 10:21 am - Wed, Aug 7, 2013
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One day in the early ’70s, after seeing other houses in the area clad in voguish aluminum siding, Houston resident John Milkovisch clamored down from the attic with a bulge of aluminum beer cans—50,000 aluminum beer cans, to be precise.
Milkovisch—”a child of the Great Depression” as the AP identifies—saved everything, even the cans of Bud Light, Texas Pride, and Natural Ice that piled high as a result of he and his wife’s afternoon, six-pack-a-day ablutions in the shade of their backyard.
On this day, he began cutting open and laying flat each and every can, ultimately covering the entirety of his squat, single-family home in aluminum.
More: Introducing ‘Beer Can House,’ Houston’s Booziest Landmark - Adaptive Reuse - Curbed National)
Previous Unconsumption posts on the Beer Can House can be found here.
- 6:22 pm - Thu, Jul 25, 2013
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Repurposing that involves both pallets and wine? Yes, right here!
Turn an old pallet made into a wine rack:
The project isn’t too complicated; basically you’re cutting off a section of the pallet to hold the wine, and adding some u-shaped glass holders underneath. You’ll need a jigsaw and some other tools, but it’s pretty much Shop Class 101. The final product should hold at least five bottles of wine comfortably, and dangle your glasses attractively below for easy access during dinner parties.
For DIY details, see this Lifehacker post.
- 10:00 am
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To facilitate people looking for free used items and saving things from getting wasted or thrashed a Canadian company has built a web app called the Trashwag. What it does is pretty simple, it points out reusable stuff available in the neighborhood on the map and help people finding stuff that can be useful for them including furniture, old machinery etc. As its a web app it is not only compatible with computers but also works with smartphone and tablet platforms including iOS and Android.
More details here: New Trashwag app makes it easier to find reusable and free stuff online
- 11:00 am - Wed, Jul 24, 2013
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Piet Hein Eek believes in creating products with the aim that there will be no materials left over, or creating products using leftover materials. Often leftover materials go to waste because the labour to reappropriate them is too expensive, so the Dutch furniture designer decided to turn this notion on its head.
Check out the video here.
- 5:46 pm - Tue, Jul 16, 2013
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DIY project du jour:
Why not turn an old window screen into a reusable tote bag?
For how-to details: Check out the Between the lines blog’s mesh bag tutorial.
Omitting the pouch part and/or using a piece of cardboard as the bag’s removable bottom could simplify things. For the straps, maybe use an old belt?