Trash Me: Lamps Made from Egg Cartons

Trash Me: Lamps Made from Egg Cartons

Allison Verdoorn
Jan 20, 2011

Artist Victor Vetterlein has taken egg crates and turned them into lighting. Easily recyclable at the end of their life, these lamps take repurposing to a new level.

With both hanging and desk lamps available, the project is explained:

The intent of the 'Trash Me' lamps project is to create a product that is born from the trash and returned to the trash after a short but useful life cycle. The concept word for the Trash Me lamps design is transient.

Each Trash Me lamp is created from four paper egg cartons, blended with water, poured over a mold, and smoothed by hand to form a section. After drying for a few days, the sections are fastened together with aluminum screw posts. A cloth electrical cord with recyclable electrical fixture parts is used for the lighting. For the Trash Me desk lamp, a paper bag filled with bird seed provides added weight to stabilize the base.

At the end of its life, the Trash Me lamp can be quickly dissembled and the parts reused or recycled back into the trash to be born again as something as new.

(Images: Victor Vetterlein)

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