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61 Creative Ways to Contend with Garbage

From Polka-Dotted Trash Bags to Beer Can Butterflies

— January 21, 2009 — Eco
Anyone can discard an unwanted item; it’s far more difficult, however, to creatively contend with garbage. The innovations in this slideshow have all done so in spades. From unusual designer trash bins to incredible art pieces comprised of recycled refuse, it’s a wonder anyone manages to actually throw anything away at all. Savvy advertisers and activists have even used trash to advance their respective agendas.

Check out these and other trashtastic innovations in the collection below.
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Inflatable Garbage Animals
Inflatable Garbage Animals
Air Zoo by Joshua Allen Harris
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NYC Garbage Art 2
NYC Garbage Art 2
Trash for Baseball Fans
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59
Guerrilla Election Campaigns
Guerrilla Election Campaigns
Trash Cans Marked "DC Ballot Box"
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58
$1M Piece of Garbage
$1M Piece of Garbage
Dumpster Divers Recover "Tres Personajes" Painting by Rufino Tamayo
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57
Personal Landfills
Personal Landfills
Sustainable Dave Collects Trash For 365 Days
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56
Eco Umbrellas Made of Garbage
Eco Umbrellas Made of Garbage
The Eco Brolly
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55
Musical Garbage Cans
Musical Garbage Cans
Xylophone Bin by Dominic Wilcox
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54
Plama Process Converts Garbage into Clean Energy
Plama Process Converts Garbage into Clean Energy
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53
Trash Ads
Trash Ads
Brazil Salvation Army Campaign (Made From Real Garbage)
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52
Garbage Can Stepping Stools
Garbage Can Stepping Stools
The Bin Step
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51
Dumpster Diving
Dumpster Diving
This Is The "Freegan" Life
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50
Dumpster Dress-Up
Dumpster Dress-Up
8 Artsy Trash Receptacles
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49
Recycling Trash to Treasures
Recycling Trash to Treasures
Plastic Toy Art by Robert Bradford
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48
Sewage & Garbage As Fuel
Sewage & Garbage As Fuel
Hydrogen Fuel From Biodegradable Garbage
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47
From Real to Virtual to Real Again
From Real to Virtual to Real Again
The Desktop Trashcan
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3 Eco Chic Wastebins
3 Eco Chic Wastebins
Trash with Class
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45
Trashy Office Accessories
Trashy Office Accessories
Deck Yourself in Fake Ink Splats and Pencil Shaving
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44
Bag Recycling Made Hip
Bag Recycling Made Hip
The Tubelor Trash Can
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Coffee Taste Like Crap? Ad Firm Brands Garbage Cans Outside Competitor Shops
Coffee Taste Like Crap? Ad Firm Brands Garbage Cans Outside Competitor Shops
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Trash Photos
Trash Photos
'DeletedImages' Junkyard of Art
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Schering Bangkok
Schering Bangkok
Crying Garbage Can Ad Campaign for Birth Control
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40
Bomb-Proof Garbage Cans
Bomb-Proof Garbage Cans
London's Multitasking Recycling Bins
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Creativity With Dumpsters
Creativity With Dumpsters
Eco and Art Skips
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Trash to Treasure Artwork
Trash to Treasure Artwork
Chrissie MacDonald Recycled Junk Mail
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37
Cameras Made of Garbage
Cameras Made of Garbage
Miroslav Tichy's Trash Cameras
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36
Guerrilla Trashcan Makeovers
Guerrilla Trashcan Makeovers
The Five Black Bins Project
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Starbucks-Inspired Garbage Cans
Starbucks-Inspired Garbage Cans
The Coffee Cup Rubbish Bin
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Luxury Garbage Bags
Luxury Garbage Bags
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Garbage As Art
Garbage As Art
German Artists Create 1000 Statues From Domestic Refuse
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Garbage-Filled Furniture
Garbage-Filled Furniture
XS Chair
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Garbage Seafood
Garbage Seafood
Shock Visuals For Clean Seas
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30
Trashtography Self-Portraits
Trashtography Self-Portraits
Artist's Giant Collage is Comprised of Everything He Threw Out for 36
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29
Garbage Crochet
Garbage Crochet
The Barkerbell Recycled VHS Tape Crochet Bag
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28
Garbage Strollers
Garbage Strollers
Carriages Made of Trash (For Credit Crunch Babies?)
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Polka-Dotted Trash Bags
Polka-Dotted Trash Bags
Street Art for Awareness
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Garbage Art
Garbage Art
Artist Turns Trash to Time Capsule
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25
Recycled Trash Sculptures
Recycled Trash Sculptures
Eco-Art by El Anatsui
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Body Parts in Garbage Cans for The Truth Campaign
Body Parts in Garbage Cans for The Truth Campaign
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Rabbit Garbage Bags
Rabbit Garbage Bags
MAQ Inc Makes Trash Cute
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22
Trash Collecting Jewelry
Trash Collecting Jewelry
Multifunctional Brooch Doubles as a Mini Garbage Bin
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21
Garbage Seafood II
Garbage Seafood II
Guerrilla Campaign Packages Garbage as Seafood
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20
Recycling Made Easy
Recycling Made Easy
Elegant Barcode Trashcan
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19
Manmade Islands from Trash
Manmade Islands from Trash
Turning a Gyre of Junk Into a Revitalized Ecosystem
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18
Expanding Garbage Can
Expanding Garbage Can
Growing Bin
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17
Building Bricks from Waste
Building Bricks from Waste
HYmini POLLIBricks Made of Your Old Garbage
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16
Shoe Made of Garbage
Shoe Made of Garbage
Nike Trash Talk
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15
Recycled Cup Lights
Recycled Cup Lights
DIY Garbage Lamps
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14
Recycled Garbage Projections
Recycled Garbage Projections
Eco Shadow Sculpting
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13
Personal Dumpsters
Personal Dumpsters
The Bagster
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12
Celebrities Removing Trash
Celebrities Removing Trash
Sophia Loren Wants to Clean Naples
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11
Beer Can Butterflies
Beer Can Butterflies
More Garbage as Art
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10
Garbage Dump Turned Eco-Theme Park
Garbage Dump Turned Eco-Theme Park
Ariel Sharon Park
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9
Search by Trash
Search by Trash
Earth's Journey Eco Art Gallery For Green Chic Discoveries
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8
Orbiting Space Junk
Orbiting Space Junk
Images of Earth's Garbage Ring
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7
Celebs Made of Garbage
Celebs Made of Garbage
A-List Mosaic Makeover Portraits Are Pretty Trashy
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6
Recycling Garbage into Art
Recycling Garbage into Art
From Freaky Doll Chandeliers to Garbage Chairs
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5
Garbage Chic
Garbage Chic
Black Bin Bag Couture
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Soda Can Underwear
Soda Can Underwear
Trashy Lingerie
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3
Trashy Fashion
Trashy Fashion
Wearable Recycled Art From WalterWorks
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2
Trash Into Art
Trash Into Art
Amazing Beer Can Butterflies (UPDATE)
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1
Clothes Made of Garbage
Clothes Made of Garbage
Trashy Fashion at Recycle Now Week
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