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Grow Bottle

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Let your hydrogarden grow. $35.00

Here is a welcome product for people (like us) whose attempts to grow herbs indoors have been met with unequivocal failure. The Grow Bottle, from Potting Shed Creations' newest collection of smart and sustainable gardening products, makes year-round indoor herb farming clean and easy. Made from an upcycled wine bottle, the Grow Bottle is a hydroponic herb garden designed for simple reuse. When......read more

Shwood Skateboard Shades

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Broken skate decks upcycled into stylin' sunglasses

Oregon-based eyewear innovators Shwood hooked up with the HUF skate team in pursuit of Shwood's latest design experiment: shades made from broken skateboard decks. The results, shaped entirely in Shwood's woodshop, are a one-of-a-kind pair of sustainable sunglasses, crafted purely out of curiosity. We'd love to see these hit the market. From Shwood: A simple experiment with nature. Born from......read more

Pebble Rug

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Surplus teddy bear material repurposed into a uniquely plush rug $888.00

 Here's an interesting floor piece from Toronto's DesignRepublic that's sure to warm up any room. Looking like a collection of round stones, the Pebble Rug is actually made of extra material left over from fuzzy toy animal production. After a long day, who wouldn't want to lay down on a carpet of cuddly teddy bear arms?   The Pebble Rug is available in four colors:......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

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

Rainier Zip Top Tote Bag

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Up-cycled Design from Alchemy Goods $80.00

We've always liked the stylish and secure type.   Now with a zippered top closure, the stylish and spacious Rainier Zip Top Tote offers added security for your essentials. This large capacity tote style shoulder bag is vegan friendly and ready for action. Made of reclaimed bicycle inner tubes, the Rainier offers plenty of space for those who need to plan for a full day of adventures or......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

Upcycled Leather Passport Case

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Hitting the road this summer? Stay sorted with Poketo's vintage leather passport holder. $44.00

Summer means traveling, so it's time to start getting prepped for hitting the road. Start with an organizer that keeps all your travel vitals safe and secure. Poketo's Upcycled Leather Passport Case is the nicest looking solution we've seen. Made from 100% vintage sofa leather, each two-tone passport case comes in a one-of-a-kind colorway. A large exterior pocket puts your ticket and boarding......read more

Upcycled Wooden Top Set

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From Dwell + Staach $35.00

A collaboration between Staach and Dwell, this assortment of wood tops can be used both for play and decoration. Each top is made of wood scraps that are leftover from the production of Staach’s furniture collection. These scraps are then hand-cut and hand-finished, featuring handles that are dipped in a range of Staach’s environmentally friendly water-based colored lacquers. These......read more

Sustainability, Politics, and Consumerism

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Steven Cohen on the shift to a clean economy

As 2011 ends and we find some time for reflection, I am thinking a lot about the issue of material consumption and sustainability. Many of my students believe that a key answer to the crisis of planetary sustainability is for individuals to reduce their material consumption. When they say this, they are not thinking of the planet's poorest people, but the planet's richest people. There is a case......read more

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