If you're bemoaning the fact that we live in such a throwaway society, head on over to Superuse, an online community of designers, architects, and creative folks who find new and inventive ways of reusing old and abandoned materials.
Superuse features page upon page of user-uploaded projects and ideas for turning ordinary junk into elegant (and some not-so-elegant) wares. Some of the items featured are for sale by their respective designers, while others are merely inspiration for crafty DIYers.
After sifting through the first several galleries on Superuse, one thing is for sure: You can turn anything into a light fixture.
1. Bike Wheel Clock, made from a recycled aluminum bike wheel
2. NUBE Lights, made from reclaimed plastic bags
3. Cascade Chandelier, made from discarded plastic water bottles
4. Telephone Book Chair, made from shipping crate plywood and telephone books
5. In Retreat, made from a vintage trolley car
6. Chiquita Chandelier, made from cardboard banana boxes
7. Reversible Trolley Chair, made from an upcycled shopping cart
8. Lights from old containers, made from assorted containers and bottles
9. The Bare Hair Project, made from recycled PET bottles stuffed with human hair
10. measuretapelamp, made from coiled measuring tape
(Images: As linked above)