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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

SHFT Sampler 12-31-10

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Weekly links: RIP Kodachrome, another Christo controversy, Heather Heron for Environment, and more.

Goodlifer debuted Heather Heron's second collaboration with Environment Furniture, featuring a nice little range of bags made from surplus military fabric. The collection is available here. Massachusetts will become the latest U.S. state to institute emissions regs, with a plan that's among the nation's most ambitious: slashing emissions by 25% below 1990 levels over the next......read more

A Second Life for Old Fishing Nets

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Recycling programs give fishermen incentives to collect discarded fishing gear

Overfishing isn't the only reason to be concerned about the commercial seafood industry. According to a 2009 United Nations FAO report, abandoned and lost fishing gear accounts for about 10 percent of the trash that collects in the world’s oceans. Discarded nets cause the particular problem of "ghost fishing," whereby they trap fish and other sea animals like turtles, birds, dolphins and......read more

Swelling Glass Cleans Polluted Water

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Sponge-like glass picks and chooses pollutants from water.

This is the discovery that could put the College of Wooster on the map: glass that swells like a sponge. Put together like a nano-matrix, the new glass can unfold to hold up to eight times its weight. The glass binds with gasoline and other pollutants containing volatile organic compounds but it does not bind with water, so it acts like a “smart” sponge, capable of picking and choosing from......read more

Pharell Debuts Recycled Plastic Denim Collection

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G-Star Raw jeans to feature 'Bionic Yarn' made from ocean waste

Hip-Hop everyman Pharrell Williams debuted his latest fashion project last weekend at a star-studded event during New York City's Fashion Week. RAW for the Oceans, a collaboration with designer denim label G-Star RAW, is a collection of jeans made from plastic ocean waste. RAW for the Oceans the highest-profile gig we've seen yet for Bionic Yarn, the recycled plastic textiles company fronted by......read more

Suspended Shirt Installations by Kaarina Kaikkonen

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Finnish artist creates hanging environmental art from recycled clothing

Kaarina Kaikkonen, a leading environmental artist from Finland, uses second-hand clothing to create hanging installations in open spaces. Suspending the clothing above roadways, in parks, or in large warehouses, the works are often made to resemble certain shapes. For her most recent exhibition, called "Are We Still Going On?," Kaikkonen used hundreds of dress shirts donated by people from......read more

Matthew Picton: Paper Cities

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Aerial urban grids recreated in recycled paper

From cartographic collages to multimedia map works, we love us some map-related art around here. Oregon-based British artist Matthew Picton adds some more enthralling creations to our collection with these stunning paper sculptures of cities made of books and other textual materials. The works play on the idea of the city as living organism. Explains Picton in his artist's......read more

The Chinese Town That Recycles Your Old Christmas Lights

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Every year, 20 million pounds of discarded holiday lights make their way to Shijiao, where they're recycled into slippers and more

A single strand of burnt-out Christmas lights weighs almost nothing in the hand. But a bale of burnt-out Christmas tree lights the size of a love seat? That weighs around 2200 pounds, according to Raymond Li, the general manager of Yong Chang Processing, a scrap metal processor in the southern Chinese town of Shijiao. He would know: on a recent Saturday morning I stood between him and three such......read more

New Fate for Old Aircraft Carriers

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Warships to be recycled for valuable parts.

When recycling comes to mind, usually its brings images of bottles, cans, and paper. But aircraft carriers? A new decision by the U.S. Navy to recycle four decommissioned ships instead of sinking them and turning them into artificial reefs is being lauded by environmental groups and recycling companies.Just one of the four ships is estimated to contain 40,000 tons of recyclable steel, copper, and......read more

Scrap Wood Strips Recycled into Modern Furniture

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In the hands of Jamison Sellers, salvaged wooden pallets become stunning pieces for the home.

Old wood is the goods. Reclaimed timber has a rugged beauty that new wood products can't replicate. That's our humble opinion, anyway, and Jamison Sellers' too. The Rhode Island designer/craftsman salvages wooden pallets and boards to craft chairs, tables, and shelves that are as simple as they are striking. Alternating diffierent colors of scrap wood in thin strips, Sellers makes furniture with......read more

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