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Undisguised Upcycling

Consumers show off their eco-concern with rustic, re-purposed items

Implications - The ability of an upcycled item to be passed off as new was once an asset; however, consumers are now unabashedly wearing items that boast a rustic, shabbier look. These undisguised, upcycled products allow the eco-conscious consumer to wear their environmental concern like a badge of honor, signifying their belonging to a particular behavioral tribe.
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DIY Phone Amps
DIY Phone Amps
The Toilet Roll iPhone Amplifier is Cheap, Easy and Functional
There are a lot of accessories out on the market, yet more often than not you can pull a MacGyver and create your own version, as demonstrated by this toilet roll iPhone amplifier. Created by Cameron… MORE
High-Top Flip Flops
High-Top Flip Flops
Chuck Taylor Sandals are a Badass Beach Essential
I am never buying a regular (read: boring) pair of sandals again after seeing these Chuck Taylor Sandals. Etsy user 'BohemianPunk' upcycled these sandals out of an old pair of the classic Converse sneakers… MORE
Retro Recycled Lighting
Retro Recycled Lighting
The 'Can Light' Seems to Pay Tribute to Andy Warhol
If you have an appreciation for Andy Warhol, recycled products, retro finds or all of the above, I'm sure you'll fall in love with the 'Can Light' almost instantaneously. Taking iconic food containers… MORE
Storage-Made Stages
Storage-Made Stages
Stefan Beese Uses Shipping Containers to Make a Concert Venue
KISS, Lenny Kravitz and the Silversum Pickups have all rocked out in front of Stefan Beese's viewing platform made entirely of shipping containers. On behalf of his company, RE:BE Design, Stefan Beese… MORE
Food Packaging Fashion
Food Packaging Fashion
Katell Gelebart Upcycles Used Packaging into Cool Clothing
Katell Gelebart is taking eco-friendly clothing to new heights with her food packaging fashions. Katell Gelebart has created dresses, aprons, and jackets out of packets of pasta and cat food bags. My… MORE
Clothes Pin Lamps
Clothes Pin Lamps
David Olschewski Creates Something Uniquely New Out of the Old
Although Trend Hunter has featured quite a few products that are labeled eco-friendly for their recyclable nature, David Olschewski’s repurposed collection is, I feel, quite unique. Taking actual objects… MORE

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