It’s happening. Electric motorcycles are actually starting to look cool. The craftsmen at the Netherlands’ Orphiro Motorcycles have just released a bike that look s like a vintage hardtail bobber, complete with belt drive and a one-up saddle. But look a bit closer and you’ll see it’s a plug-electric. Sure, it looks like a blast from the past but electric vehicles are the future. Get on board.
The whole planet is polluted with used car tires. It’s cool this chair from green artist/inventor Peter Danko will keep a few out of the landfill. He uses chunks of tire to create a cushy, comfy suspension system for this task chair. The frame is made of tube steel and the seat is made from FSC-approved Ash veneers.
Because it’s hollow, the natural resonance of bamboo amplifies music. This unique property makes bamboo an ideal material for making an all-natural, no-power-needed iPod or iPhone amplifier. So that’s exactly what Brooklyn-based artist/inventor, Anatoliy Omelchenko, did. Now you can buy his crafty, eco-friendly creation online and pump up the volume.
The pair of artists who make up Unite Two Designs create furnishings from reclaimed industrial & construction materials. This wine rack is made from a chunk of a wooden beam from an 1800s house and a slice of metal drain pipe. Perfectly counterbalanced, it will hold your wine bottles like it was never meant to do anything else.
The Swiss have an enviable record of environmental efforts. Leaders of recycling, reuse & reduction initiatives, it’s among the cleanest countries in the world. No surprise upcycling has made its way into Swiss design studios. This windbreaker is constructed from 2 different colors of decommissioned Swiss parachute fabric and other surplus materials. Limited edition of 100 pieces.
This thing is a total hosebag. Had to say it. England’s Elvis & Kresse built this burly little dopp kit out of decommissioned British firehose. Indestructible & waterproof, this heavy-duty bag is perfect for all your mangrooming products with 50% of the proceeds from your purchase going to a firefighter support charity.
So you decided to spend a bit more and chose the wireless bluetooth Mac keyboard. You were probably thinking wireless was more convenient and cleaner. Well, not when you’re throwing its dead AA batteries in the trash every three weeks. The Mobee Magic bar lets you correct your wireless mistake by providing a USB-powered recharge dock for your keyboard. This design actually is convenient and clean. Just look at it.
Part of their Rescued & Reused series, the craftsmen at Railyard Studios upcycle old railroad junk into functional objets d’art. Their wine rack is made from a railroad tie dated 1925, 16 pieces of rail from the Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad Company circa 1908; and it stands on feet made from two switch plate cuffs. The piece is warmly finished with a Golden Oak stain and poly sealer. Oh yes, it’s American made.
What to do with used wine corks? Renowned designer, Reza Feiz at Los Angeles-based Phase Design came up with a couple cool ideas. His Life After Corkage ottoman and stool recycle used wine corks into designer furnishings. Each piece keeps 2500 corks out of the landfill and gives them a new life in your home.
Yard work gathers mountains of leaves and mower clippings that you really ought to be composting. Make it easy on yourself (and your helpers) with Dsolv compostable yard waste bags. Fill these 45-gallon mesh bags with yard waste and throw ‘em on the compost heap. Made of a vegetable-based polymer, the bags will break down quickly on their own.