Artist Paula Swisher draws vultures and other birds on her mounting bills and junk mail.

Kind of an extreme version of "Put a Bird on it" except much more beautiful.  Save those scraps of paper.

(thanks/via: itscolossal)

How Christmas Lights Get Recycled

Consider trading old Christmas lights this holiday season.  Read this post from Grist about the advantages of upgrading to LED and watch this video from The Atlantic to see how light strands are recycled.

The RE-PLY Chair by Dan Goldstein

Loving this chair made from recycled cardboard!!!  Be sure to read the complete Kickstarter project.

(thanks/via: Kickstarter)

Recycling Reimagined: Part Two (part one)

The Landfill | Jessica Edwards & Gary Hustwit (by Focus Forward Films)

The United States produces 390 billion pounds of garbage every year, and finding places to dispose of it is a serious environmental and economic challenge. But what if we could change the way we think about garbage, from something to be disposed of to something to be harvested? THE LANDFILL profiles a small county landfill in Upstate New York, which is using a system of composting, recycling, and methane capture technology to operate sustainably while producing electricity for 400 homes in their area. By focusing on the people and ideas behind this innovative waste-to-energy initiative, THE LANDFILL shows the beauty and potential of the stuff we throw away.

This video reminded me of the really innnovative design called Amagerforbraending near Copenhagen by BIG architects (read about it on DesignBoom) where a recyling center is reimagined as a ski run.

(thanks/via: Vimeo/Focus Forward Films and DesignBoom)

Recycling Reimagined: Part One (part two)

BIG Vortex - A Building-Site Art Installation by realities:united for Amagerforbrænding, Copenhagen (by webupload)

A visual reminder of the realities of the environmental impact of even the very best solid waste recycling technology.

(thanks/via: YouTube)

Utopian Refuse Recycling

I really love this project posted on Dezeen, titled Straatlokaal by Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten

Designers Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten of Foundation Projects transform refuse [bins] and their contents into small buildings.

These tiny spaces then become pocket parks/urban meeting spaces in European cities.

(thanks/via: Dezeen)

11 examples of furniture made with pallets
Grab one of the ideas shown on Izmo and build something great with recycled shipping pallets before companies switch to using other materials for pallets.
More crate furniture ideas.
(thanks/via: Izmo)

11 examples of furniture made with pallets

Grab one of the ideas shown on Izmo and build something great with recycled shipping pallets before companies switch to using other materials for pallets.

More crate furniture ideas.

(thanks/via: Izmo)

Post Recycle Dry by Nudie Jeans - The Movie (by nudiejeans)

More about jeans.  This time old denim is torn apart, then rewoven into fabric with wonderful machinery.  I like this idea better than using recycled demin fiber to insulate houses.  Music: Sapphire by Cedaa

(thanks/via: Nudie Jeans West Hollywood)

Golany Architects Turns a Shipping Container Into a Two-Tree House

Golany Architects‘ rustic treehouse is an incredible construction built among mature Jerusalem pine trees. When first checking out the site, the architects found that two of the trees had grown in the exact place where the house was to be located. But instead of cutting them down, they decided to integrate the two trees into the home. The pines not only lend to the aesthetic of the construction, but they also serve as a natural source of air-conditioning and shade the timber from the harsh sun. The house was constructed using a recycled shipping container, and prefab elements were applied wherever possible.

Wouldn’t this would make an awesome cantilevered man-cave.  With a view of Mt. Hood?
(thanks/via: inhabitat)

Golany Architects Turns a Shipping Container Into a Two-Tree House

Golany Architects‘ rustic treehouse is an incredible construction built among mature Jerusalem pine trees. When first checking out the site, the architects found that two of the trees had grown in the exact place where the house was to be located. But instead of cutting them down, they decided to integrate the two trees into the home. The pines not only lend to the aesthetic of the construction, but they also serve as a natural source of air-conditioning and shade the timber from the harsh sun. The house was constructed using a recycled shipping container, and prefab elements were applied wherever possible.

Wouldn’t this would make an awesome cantilevered man-cave.  With a view of Mt. Hood?

(thanks/via: inhabitat)

Inspired by Eva Ziesel’s design for candlesticks (below), I had my collection of mismatched brass candlesticks refinished with an oiled bronze finish.
  

Inspired by Eva Ziesel’s design for candlesticks (below), I had my collection of mismatched brass candlesticks refinished with an oiled bronze finish.