When it comes to recycling, most of us just use whatever bucket, tub, bin or basket we happen to have on hand. In the back of our minds, there must be a more attractive option, but somehow spending money on garbage seems, well, silly. That is until now!
Heather Watts has developed a wild and beautiful style drawn from natural and supernatural worlds. Her paintings are in a dreamlike vintage-inspired landscape complimented by gorgeous frames often made from reclaimed, distressed materials.
TorZo Surface, a division of Oregon-based company Specialty Polymers, manufactures sustainable durable surface products. TorZo's six product lines—Indure, Orient, Seeta, Durum, Tiikeri, and Norfolk Pine— are all made with some combination of recycled, formaldahyde-free material and non-hazardous acrylic polymers.
We've heard plastic bags take 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. We don't know if that's an exact number, but there's no doubt that plastic bags are a huge drain on resources and a major environmental concern. Look to these biodegradable and compostable options instead:
Newsworthy is the latest wallpaper from textile and product designer Lori Weitzner, and it's made from strips of recycled newspaper that are woven together to create a textural surface. It's a beautiful and interesting tactile experience.
We have posted about neat recycling bins before... including one that made a waste bin out of used paper. The e-Bin, a runner up in "The 4th Bin" design competition, is the first recycling bin concept that we've seen that has an integrated touchscreen. Created by London based designer Baharash Bagherian, e-Bin is designed for recycling electronics. How fitting that something designed for the recycling of electronics should be fairly tech'd out itself, no?
We hadn't really thought of IKEA's Trofast system as something to use outside of a kid's room until a reader mentioned repurposing it as a recycling station. Since then, we've noticed lots of different recycling ideas within the IKEA catalog, some of them obvious and some not so much...
We have discovered that often, when we find a tutorial on how to turn something into something else, it looks a little...well...crafty. That's why, when we discovered this vase on WikiHow, we were instantly smitten. It's elegant enough to find pride of place on our coffee or dining room table. Once you get the hang of the technique, it's a project we could easily see making as gifts