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Recession Recyclovations

Reuse is more important than ever thanks to the credit crunch

Implications - Recycling has been a monumental part of the environmental movement for a long time, however, during the credit crunch, reusing old materials for new products is more prevalent than ever. Upcycled products come in every genre, from arts and crafts, to home decor and even fashion.
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play_circle_filled Garbage Bag Fashion
Garbage Bag Fashion
Michelle Jank's PonyStep Editorial Finds Beauty in Trash
Michelle Jank says she was inspired by “the idea of making something grand out of nothing special/rubbishy things,” for her exclusive Ponystep editorial with Paul Scala. The shoot took place on a beach… MORE
Recycled T-Shirt Dresses
Recycled T-Shirt Dresses
Fun Eco Chic Looks by Angela Johnson Designs
Angela Johnson Designs aims to please eco-conscious consumers who have a humorous side with fun dresses and gowns made from recycled tee shirts. Johnson hunts down the t-shirts from thrift shops and… MORE
Recycled Paper Furniture
Recycled Paper Furniture
Way Basics' Green Designs Boast Tool-Free Assembly
Way Basics is a line of colorful and family-friendly eco furniture that makes your interiors fun. Way Basics furniture is made entirely from recycled paper, and it's the first eco-friendly furniture line… MORE
Suitcase Sofas
Suitcase Sofas
Recycle Your Old Suitcases Into Eco Furniture
This collection of eco furniture from MayBeProduct illustrates the design possibilities for funky home decor made from old suitcases. Not only will making these suitcase sofas on your own exert new style… MORE
Cardboard Carpets
Cardboard Carpets
Ravishing Recycled Rugs Made of Flattened Boxes by Wendy Plomp
The work of Dutch designer Wendy Plomp, these impressive cardboard carpets are made from flattened-out boxes, turning a throwaway object into a design delight. Given that I am not a huge fan of vacuuming,… MORE
Eco-Chic Winter Jewelry
Eco-Chic Winter Jewelry
Kumvana Gomani's Recycled Plastic Accessories
Canada-born Kumvana Gomani is the designer behind these eco-friendly pieces of recycled plastic jewelry. Gomani's specialty is creatively turning recycled soda and water bottles into winter-inspired jewels.… MORE
play_circle_filled Crazy Recycled Catamarans
Crazy Recycled Catamarans
‘Plastiki' Stays Afloat With 12,000 Plastic Bottles
A gigantic boost to recycled products, Plastiki is a 60-foot catamaran made buoyant with 12,000 two-liter plastic bottles along its hull with the plans to carry its creator, David de Rothschild, across… MORE
DIY Laptop Stands
DIY Laptop Stands
Recycled Cardboard Is Fast, Fun & Cheap for Computer Geeks
The makers of fast, fun, and cheap (whoever they might be) have come up with the cardboard laptop stand. This innovative arts and crafts endeavor takes a simple cardboard box and, in a matter of minutes,… MORE
play_circle_filled Recycled Can Origami
Recycled Can Origami
Handmade Jurassic Dinosaur T-Rex Made From Old Coke Can
How amazing is this little dinosaur made out of a recycled Coca-Cola can? It’s only 3cm tall, but it makes a huge statement. This 100% handmade robot made using an empty soda can was made by cutting… MORE
Recycled Dining
Recycled Dining
The BB02 Table and Chairs by Not Neutral are Made With Old Jugs and Bottles
The BB02 Table and Chair set is made out of recycled milk jugs and detergent bottles, garbage cans, and other recycled materials. The eco-friendly design can be used indoors or outdoors and is created… MORE
Recycled Couture Crafts
Recycled Couture Crafts
Design Miami Uses Fendi Scraps at Milan Furniture Fair 2009
The revival of crafts was probably the most clear trend at the Milan Furniture Fair 2009. No doubt due to the global credit crisis, there were plenty of examples. Some of the highlights included Urquiola’s… MORE
Rad Recycled Records
Rad Recycled Records
Obsolete Records & CDs Find a New Life
As upcycling and salvage come more into fashion, many innovators are looking at old records and CDs as a source of inspiration. Creative people are using them to make quirky decorations, artwork and jewelry.… MORE

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play_circle_filled Castaway Plastic Art
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