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Trashed Bike Tire Tubes Turned into Stretchy Storage Units

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Upcycling ingenuity by Michael Konstantin Wolke

With a design practice focused on the endless possibilities of found materials reuse, Cologne, Germany-based designer Michael Konstantin Wolke conjures truly inventive new uses for old discarded stuff. His coolest creation may be these wardrobe units, which consist of from bicycle inner tubes wrapped around a metal frame. Super smart. Also check out his recycled cardboard light......read more

Salvaged Wood Reliefs by Ron van der Ende

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Dutch artist creates masterful illusions of three-dimensionality

Ron van der Ende's work begins in the streets of Rotterdam, where collects salvaged pieces of wood like doors and construction materials. This reclaimed wood he strips to create veneer with the paint layers still intact, then, using a mosaic technique, the Dutch artist assembles the small pieces of wood to create super-realistic bas-reliefs that are both painterly and sculptural. His range of......read more

RX Made For the Kickstarter Win

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Chicago's Rebuilding Exchange set to launch collection of upcycled furniture with Strand Design

On Chicago's west side, derelict and empty buildings are a regular aspect of the landscape. And when the buildings get demolished, the building materials are largely sent to landfills. Rebuilding Exchange, a Chicago nonprofit launched three years ago, intervenes in this waste stream to keep construction and demolition materials out of the landfill. According to their website, the outfit has......read more

Upcycled Bikes by Starling & Hero

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Busted down bikes given new life by South African company

Okay, so we know that biking is the most eco-friendly mode of transport. But what's the most eco-friendly form of bike? Starling & Hero have your answer. The South African startup restores is building a business on restoring old, beat-up bikes into beautiful cruisers and racers.  Starling & Hero founder Emile Kotze scours thrift stores, garage sales, and friends' basements for......read more

Wash Lamps

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Alex Kovatchev finds a useful function for old washing machine drums.

Yanko Design hips us to these fantastic lamps from designer Alex Kovatchev. Looking a lot like industrial-style modern lighting, Wash Lamps are actually made from a washing machine drum (the part you put your clothes in). The holes in the barrel that send water through the machine work to send light around the room. Pretty nifty!...read more

Up-cycling Holiday Cookies

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Use Up Holiday Cookies by Baking A Pie

By Sam Bliss for Grist At Grist, we are always writing about recycling the things in your kitchen you don’t want to eat — plastic bags, aluminum foil, jars with that last pesky bit of almond butter in the corner. But what about things you do like to eat, but have already had (more than) enough of? Like holiday cookies. Last week, in an interview with EPA......read more

Powered by Cigarette Butts?

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Scientists may have found a way to green our electronics with cigarette butts

Cigarettes, the most frequently littered item in the country, could give a big bump to green tech, according to a group of South Korean scientists. The researchers transformed thousands of dirty filters into a material that can help store energy. The scientists took used butts from Marlboro Light Gold, The One Orange, and Bohem Cigar Mojito cigarettes and and......read more

How One Designer Gave Typhoon Debris A Second Chance At Life

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From our good friends at collectively

Interview by Scott Pierce Bernardo Urbina is a furniture designer from Costa Rica. After graduating from Pratt and receiving his Master's from Politecnico de Milano, he realized he wasn't ready to completely pack his bags and go home. But he was ready for a new kind of metropolis. So he ended up in Cebu City, the Philippine's second most populous city after Manila, which......read more

This Furniture Used to be Political Campaign Signs

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By Daniela Walker for Collectively

After the dust has settled on an election in Brazil, there is one visible reminder of what went down: piles of political campaign sandwich boards strewn across streets and sidewalks, no longer wanted or needed. In the country's capital, Brasilia, there is 50 tons of campaign trash leftover each election year, according to JWT Brazil. But this year, Mobilise Brasil, a non-profit initiative that......read more

Katharine O'Brien's Heat Beating Tip

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Healthy, cool juice pops

Mercy, can you feel the climate change? I saw a friend with two ice packs in her bra. LA is so hot, it's lead people to invent self-cooling underwear. While everyone is trying to figure out how to do the cold version of everything, we've done it with green juice - making popsicles! Juice your favorite mix of veggies or fruit and pour it into popsicle holders to freeze. Tastes clean and refreshing......read more

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