Cash in your Trash?
Created 8/6/2008 7:30:42 AM 
More often now, chic products that reclaim everyday industrial materials are showing up. Some of our favorites are industrial or utilitarian objects that, with some brilliant creativity, have been repurposed into gorgeous goods for the home. The possibilities of re-using existing but often ignored and overlooked materials in new ways are limitless.
The Green Wheel Covers of Fortune
Created 7/9/2008 8:39:39 AM 
What do you do with used hubcaps (aka Wheel Covers)? Some of us might hang them on walls or use them to serve food, but English artist Ptolemy Elrington has created sculptures with them for six years. Originally, he set out to fashion a suit of armor, but got sidetracked making marine and creatures. As you can imagine, these pieces are large: Sizes are mostly 1'-6', but may range from 6" for a shark and 25 feet for a dragon. This is probably one of the coolest recycling art styles I’ve seen in a long time.
Make Money with Frankenstein Eco-Design
Created 6/9/2008 7:26:43 AM 
A new chair is made from the remnants of old to produce a unique piece, full of character. Drawers are constructed out of discarded pieces, found and rescued from flea markets. Reuse pieces from different origin and assemble them into new functional and distinct items, giving new life to discarded furniture.
Cashing In on Recycled Jeans
Created 5/26/2008 7:24:29 AM 
All over the crafting and recycling world, old jeans are a precious commodity. There are many creative ways to recycle these, turning them from backpacks to book covers. Your jeans can be a fashion statement and a valuable natural resource at the same time. They are made from cotton which is natural, renewable and recyclable. It's also an excellent material for insulation.
Find Riches by Reusing your Sails
Created 5/22/2008 8:46:13 AM 
The question “Where do all the old sails go? weighed heavy on the minds of two young entrepreneurs on the Atlantic shores of Maine. With this concern for reducing waste in mind, the founders re-appropriated the rugged elegance of the sail to create the best hand crafted bag around.
Recycle Your Gold for a Profit
Created 5/21/2008 7:33:48 AM 
Humans pollute the air in many ways, but the single most contaminating activity is mining for gold. According to the EPA, mercury pollution from trash incineration, hazardous waste collection, and mercury mining combined still does not add up to half the total amount of mercury pollution made by gold mining. After the metal has been mined, approximately 63 percent is used in jewelry, 21 percent as coins, 15 percent in industrial use, and the other 1 percent in dental. So anything we can do to reduce this pollution is a welcomed activity.
A Business Sensation: Rescue by Design
Created 4/2/2008 9:06:11 AM 
More than 700,000 carpet samples ship every year, helping architects and interior designers move closer to choosing the perfect carpet for installation into their projects. Too often, after they've served their purpose, they are destined for the landfill. Ample Sample 2008 challenges designers to "Rethink. Reuse. Upcycle", and repurpose these samples.
Little Known Green Secret: Retailers Recycle Used Clothes
Created 3/12/2008 8:19:00 AM 
Whether it's printer cartridges, beverage containers, cell phones, eyeglasses, plastic bags or clothing, recycling products benefits not just the environment but also pretty much everyone involved. Thanks to increased consumerism, discarded clothing for instance, finds its way into landfills at an alarming rate, including one million tons of the stuff each year in the UK alone.
The Green Dating Game
Created 3/10/2008 8:51:18 AM 
One in five American singles looks for love on the web, spending hundreds of millions on online dating and personal ads. With the right moves, your Ideal hemp-wearing hiker-boy or vegan vixen is just a few clicks away. If you're trying to find an environmentally conscious babe or reach for the eco-hottie, now you can choose from therapists to backwoods grizzly mountain guys and gals by joining the new niche Dating Sites.
The Easiest Way to Recycle Clothing
Created 2/28/2008 8:04:22 AM 
According to the statistics, 386 million pounds of textiles enter the NYC waste stream annually, or about 6% of total waste. Wearable Collections is a charity initiative leading the effort to reduce textile waste in a city traditionally known for disposable, seasonal trendy styles. The organization is placing recycling bins in designated buildings throughout New York for the collection of unwanted garments and clothing.


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