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The Issue with Salvaged Oil

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Dot Earth asks why oil salvaged from the spill is going to BP instead of U.S. reserves.

It's not clear exactly how much oil is being salvaged from the surface of the Gulf of Mexico or the seabed gusher below, but for the moment, BP officials are saying the collected crude belongs to the company. On Andy Revkin's always thought-provoking Dot Earth blog, the NY Times writer and eco-thinker poses an excellent question: Why is salvaged oil going to BP instead of U.S. reserves?......read more

Weston Speaker

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Bluetooth Reclaimed Wood Speakers Handmade from Salvaged Pine $390.00

The best reclaimed gift we've found as of late.  Nicely done, Weston. Handmade item Materials: Class T Tripath Audio Amp, Bluetooth, Aluminum Woofers, Reclaimed Wood, Printers Pine, Neodymium Dome Tweeter Made to order Made in America ...read more

Wewood Crono Army Watch

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Stylin' timepiece made from salvaged flooring wood. $119.00

Completely absent of artificial or toxic materials, Wewood watches are as natural as your wrist itself. The brand's 'Army' collection, which includes this sleek, digital Crono piece, is made from 100% natural wood salvaged from discarded flooring. Inventive design aside, Wewood watches come with a great cause — as part of American Forests' Global ReLeaf campaign, Wewood......read more

Recycled Skateboard Necklace by Claire McDermott

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Salvaged skate decks shaped into crafty jewelry $80.00

It's been too long since we last featured upcycled skateboard craft on these pages, time for a reup. This entry comes courtesy of Philadelphia's Claire McDermott, who takes full advantage of the material's colorful, distressed qualities to craft lovely eco-friendly jewelry and other accessories. The one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces eschew cold, sharp angles for more organic shapes, delicately......read more

Light (gets in) Table by William Stranger

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Clean-lined table crafted from salvaged walnut wood $3,200.00

Pasadena-based artist/designer William Stranger makes unique pieces from salvaged walnut wood -- landfill-bound urban trees that have been downed by development, storm or disease. Stranger’s Light (gets in) Table is a finely-crafted piece of furniture constructed from a fallen Bay Area tree. ...read more

Forestbound Carryall

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Sturdy daily bag handcrafted from salvaged WWII canvas. $280.00

The Forestbound Carryall transforms recycled canvas from a WWII aviator's kit into the perfect everyday carrier. The roomy carryall has plenty of space for all your daily necessities -- laptop, gym clothes, lunch, books, and more. Two well-protected inside pockets provide perfect homes for valuables like your wallet, iPod, and cell phone. The naturally worn fabric is fully lined with thick......read more

Salvaged Scrap Wood Longboards from Loyal Dean

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Master woodworkers turn their attention to longboard design

You wouldn't know it from looking at the elegant craftsmanship of the decks, but Loyal Dean longboards were basically an afterthought. The company is the brainchild of childhood buds Greg “Loyal” Perry and Dino “Dean” Pierone, who run a custom door company in Los Angeles. A couple years back, Pierone decided to use some the scrap wood in their shop to make a......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

Tiny Houses with Footprints to Match

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Derek Diedricksen's salvaged material micro-shelters have mega-charm.

How much space does a human need? According to Derek Diedricksen, not a helluva lot. The family backyard of the carpenter and young father is dotted with tiny structures — the biggest of which measures a paltry 24 square feet — that serve as sleeping cabins and hangout zones. Built from scavenged materials, the little buildings are imaginative excercises in "micro-architecture." What......read more

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