You might have to define “upcycling” when people ask about your messenger bag. But that’s cool. It means taking a discarded product and giving it a new life. This bag uses salvaged hardware and recycled leather to create a totally new carry-all. It’s got all the features you need in a messenger bag: zip & Velcro outer pockets, adjustable shoulder strap, etc., and each bag is handmade to order.
The young designers at Hamburg, Germany’s Lockengelöt studios are turning used 50-gallon oil drums into unique, industrial-strength “cupboards.” The drums are cleaned out, reinforced, and fitted with shelves & a door. The drums are also stackable, if you need more than 50-gallons of storage space.
Only a smoker feels an intimate connection to their lighter. When you smoke your lighter is your right hand, your old flame. So why not treat your little fire-starter to a new outfit? Using aluminum cans, Fuego Con Queso makes fully up-cycled lighter cases featuring the can art of your favorite drinks. They’re handmade in America and are available in a wide variety of designs, including your custom submissions.
A re-usable water bottle keeps lots of trash out of the landfill. But when you fill it with tap water, you’re depositing pollution into your own system. This bottle filters out 99.99% of tap water’s contaminants including chlorine, industrial runoff & heavy metals. One filter lasts up to a year and they’re easy to replace when you need to. Clean up your act.
When was the last time someone you know used a phone book? Your Aunt Mable doesn’t count. She’s 90. Seriously though, the Yellow Pages are a total waste of resources. Technology has made these heavy tomes of dead tree matter obsolete, but for some reason they are still being printed. Maybe if you opt out and your friends opt out, someday the Yellow Pages will just disappear.
It’s a strange PR spin that has James Dean in the role of martyr for the electric car. But strangely, it fits. Euromasters Classic Cars are creating incredible electric replicas of Porsche’s 365 Speedster and 550 Spyder. Dean died in a Spyder. And you could too, because these aren’t wimpy bumper cars. The replica 365 Speedster has a top speed of over 100 miles an hour and is actually faster in the 0-60 than it’s gas powered fore-bearer. They’re about 50-grand. Add an extra fifteen grand if you want the James Dean Edition.
It took the creative mind of recycled accessories designer, Laura Skelton, to give wacky, old neckties a second life. We thought hideous Rayon ties were only good for starting fires. We were wrong. Skelton’s process of re-purposing them into colorful wallets looks pretty good and you won’t even have to worry about matching them to your socks. Not that you could anyway…
You probably drank a barrel of wine last year. Ever wonder what happens to the empty barrels? We didn’t think so. Luckily though, San Diego artist/designer, Gustaf Rooth, thought about it. He also took action. He and his small team produce handmade furniture from used wine barrels that isn’t just rad, but also built of 99% recycled material. Their designs are functional, solid and each peice is unique. We’ll drink to that.
Sure, making the birdhouse from recycled wood and finishing it with a natural, soy-based finish helps the environment. But, the part you play might be even more crucial. When you buy one of these handmade houses, you’ll be providing a new home for a bird. You’ll help turn the bird’s life around. You’ll give it hope.
After life as a motorcycle, Virginia-based artist, Betsy Ryland, grants these vintage cycle scraps immortality by turning them into artistic industrial designs. Her lamps are made of a spring, shock absorber and transmission gear standings on a base crafted from a brake caliper. Each lamp is one of a kind, unless you order a matching set. The artist will do custom work, too.