Repurposed Refuse

Designs from scrap material prove last year's trash is this year's treasur

Implications - Tightly-managed home budgets and an eagle eye on one’s environmental impact align for designs that use recycled materials that would otherwise have been thrown away. Twigs, toilet paper rolls and mismatched wine glasses are all given new life to lend luxury to an increasingly spartan lifestyle.
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Twig Furniture - Jerry Tomasek's Unique Designs Using Sticks Found in the Woods
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Average 47,072 Clicks Pub: Mar 17, 09
Twig Furniture
Jerry Tomasek's Unique Designs Using Sticks Found in the Woods
Jerry Tomasek is a self-taught woodworker with a deep respect for nature and the environment. He first envisions the design he wants to make, often sketching it, then walks through the woods looking for… [More]
Paper Bag Couture - Grocery Sacks Become Gorgeous Gowns in Hands of Design Students
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Average 23,062 Clicks Pub: Mar 21, 09
Paper Bag Couture
Grocery Sacks Become Gorgeous Gowns in Hands of Design Students
Would you believe these stunning dresses are made from brown paper bags? That’s right; placed in the hands of creative designers, recycled grocery bags can be transformed into gorgeous gowns that perhaps… [More]
Recycled Windshield Glass - Cracked Up Building Panels for Eco-Friendly Architectural Panache
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Mild 20,879 Clicks Pub: Mar 18, 09
Recycled Windshield Glass
Cracked Up Building Panels for Eco-Friendly Architectural Panache
Ron Sundholm, president and founder of Second Glass in Portland, OR, got the idea for his windshield glass recycling company when he saw all the glass going into a dumpster at a shop where he was getting… [More]
DIY Eco-Sandals - Crocheted Grocery Bags Make Sensible Plarn Shoes
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Warm 38,954 Clicks Pub: Mar 15, 09
DIY Eco-Sandals
Crocheted Grocery Bags Make Sensible Plarn Shoes
Plarn is yarn made from plastic bags, like the ones you get when you buy groceries. It can be used in knitting and crocheting to make a number of useful products. One of these products is sandals. Emily… [More]
Rustic Recycled Furniture - Restoration Hardware Factory Cart Table is a Well-Worn Decor Addition
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Average 72,390 Clicks Pub: Mar 20, 09
Rustic Recycled Furniture
Restoration Hardware Factory Cart Table is a Well-Worn Decor Addition
This awesome Furniture Factory Cart table from Restoration Hardware is made from a reclaimed cart that was actually used in a factory at the turn of the 20th century. Each oak cart has been painstakingly… [More]
Bathroom Refuse Masterpieces - Yuken Teruya's Stunning Carved Toilet Paper Rolls
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Mild 14,895 Clicks Pub: Mar 12, 09
Bathroom Refuse Masterpieces
Yuken Teruya's Stunning Carved Toilet Paper Rolls
When we get to the end of the roll of toilet paper, we tend to think of it as just a cardboard tube destined for the recycle bin. Okinawan born artist Yuken Teruya has something else in mind: Art. His… [More]
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