- 4:39 pm - Mon, Sep 8, 2014
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Israeli designer Lou Moria has used a vacuum-forming process to create pairs of plastic slippers that can be produced quickly and cheaply.
[The shoes can] be created from a single piece of recyclable rubbery plastic. [This responded to] research on cheap shoes, which often comprise many different materials and are assembled as part of a long process.
[In this instance] the designer creates the shoes using vacuum forming technology. A plastic sheet is heated until it is soft and draped over a mould inside the forming machine. …
Waste pieces of the material can be recycled and used to create more shoes, which are available in any colour.
Fascinating! More here, including a video: Lou Moria uses vacuum forming to create recyclable shoes in seconds
- 5:04 pm - Tue, Jul 1, 2014
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Shoes Made From Plastic Waste Found on UK Shores - Design Milk:
With so many products being made out of plastic, it seems inevitable that when us humans are done with said products, we toss them. They, in turn, end up in the landfill or washed ashore on some poor, polluted beach.
Three friends, Charles Duffy, William Gubbins, and Billy Turvey, got together to come up with a way of communicating the link between waste and consumerism, “and the disposability of contemporary products” in a project they call “Everything You Buy Is Rubbish”.
- 11:00 am - Thu, Sep 5, 2013
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What If We Grew Our Shoes Instead of Making Them? | Wired Design | Wired.com
Designer Liz Ciokajlo, inspired by [Earth Shoe inventor] Anna Kalsø, has developed a collection of Earthy footwear that transforms her intellectual passions into stylish, sustainable shoes.
Called Natural Selection, the collection was inspired by advances in synthetic biology and 3-D printing technology. Ciokajlo has a dream of one day being able to “grow” shoes, but realizes there are many experiments still to be conducted before Jimmy Choo’s can be produced from cultured cells.
Interesting line of thought, to say the least!
- 2:12 pm - Tue, Jan 29, 2013
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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!)]
- 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)
- 9:15 am - Wed, Jul 18, 2012
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Nike has launched a football cleat the company is heralding as the “lightest, fastest, most environmentally-friendly production boot the company has ever made.” The lightweight shoe weighs in at a mere 160 grams and features recycled and renewable materials throughout its body
The laces, lining and tongue of the shoe are made from a minimum of 70% reused plastics, including recycled water bottles and polyester, and the traction-plate on the shoes is made from 50% renewable Pebax® Renu, a plant-based material composed of 97% castor beans. …
The Nike GS are also chemical free, and the Kangaroo leather in the shoes are made with 35% less carbon emissions than traditional material.
(via Nike Introduces Sneakers Made Of Beans & Recycled Bottles - PSFK)
Earlier on Unconsmption: The USA basketball team’s Nike-produced uniforms are made from recycled plastic bottles.
- 12:00 am - Fri, Jan 27, 2012
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Waste not, want not
'Second-hand becomes second-foot with Worn Again’s sports shoes crafted from charity store coats, military parachutes, prison blankets, car seat scrap leather, old towels and recycled rubber. At least 1.3% of the production cost is also set aside to balance carbon emissions.’
Via Design Indaba
- 6:01 am - Tue, Dec 20, 2011
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Another Unconsumption Christmas tree, this one made from recycled Converse to promote Nike’s “Reuse-A-Shoe” program, which collects old shoes to grind down into playgrounds and game courts.
The Converse Tree is part of the holiday decorations at the Converse flagship store in SoHo.