SpoonFed Art

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With a name like SpoonFed Art you can figure it's about indie work, but it's actually more obvious than you might think. To fight her own eating disorder, LA designer Karin Collins started making pendants out of spoons. Receiving much flattering response, she decided to start selling them, and donate part of the proceeds to the National Eating Disorders Association. The gallery was updated as of 12 Feb, with prices starting at $85 USD. [GT]

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February 13, 2007 in Recycling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bottle Cutter brings recycling home

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Why buy recycled glass when you've got glass to recycle right at home? Oh yes, there's the pesky problem of turning it into a form that is more useful to you than the typical nippled missile shape. Solution: the Bottle Cutter from the Green Directory's shop. It cuts the glass off safely so you can turn around and make drinking vessels, ashtrays or vases. £31.50 and you get 35 bonus points. [GT]

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February 7, 2007 in Do It Yourself, Ethical & green gifts, Recycling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Give your office a green makeover with Remarkable recycling

Pinkbook_2 I seem to have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about plastics recycling. Maybe it's just that now I've finally found out how and where to do it, the possibilities seem endless...or perhaps there's just something satisfying about knowing that your all-important notebook or ruler has got a new lease of life and been spared from  the fate of landfill hell...

Either way, this week I'm mostly being easily impressed by yet more funky things-that-used-to-be-other-things from Remarkable - one of the first companies to make recycling cool. Check out their site for more of their simple-yet-stylish stationery, and why not think about persuading your whole office to go eco?

February 7, 2007 in Recycling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Heal's Recycle Bags: seal and carry

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The Heal's Recycle Bins Set Of Three not only make sorting easy (and modestly stylish) but the flaps also have a nice magnetic seal so that you don't have to look at the trash once you're done with it, and carrying straps so you can easily transport them to the central bin. The earth tones are reminiscent of the planet you're trying to improve, and should fit in nicely with any decor. Plastic, 48.5cm D 29.5cm W, £35 per set. [GT]

Heal's Recycle Bins Set Of Three

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January 31, 2007 in Recycling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Recycled Glass Placemat

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This weirdly attractive placemat with separate slab for silverware is made entirely from recycled glass (except for the little metal bits, which are presumably shaved off Bender while he sleeps). However, at $42 each, I can't help remembering that I was in a five-and-dime type store earlier today and saw rather beautiful recycled glass bowls for £1.25 each, and imported all the way from Spain at that. Come on, guys, $42 for a recycled placemat? [GT]

Placemat, Turquoise [via GreatGreenGoods]

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January 17, 2007 in Recycling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The green welly brigade

63_5 There are over 50 groups of plastics, each with hundreds of different varieties, and knowing how to dispose of them ecologically can be daunting. But the good news is that all types can be recycled, and few have made this point more strongly and creatively than Smile Plastics, whose recycled plastic sheets are being turned by designers into stylish, everyday objects as well as stunning works of art.

Technology has a lot to answer for when it comes to our heavy reliance on plastics, and many of Smiles' materials are derived from the increasingly colourful (and shiny) world of computers, personal stereos and mobile phones. But it's their latest sheets, made from shredded kids' wellies that really caught my eye. Showcased at last year's [re] Design exhibition at London's Truman Brewery, the squishy, tactile 'wellie sheets' look a bit like abstract impressionist paintings, bursting with colour. They can be used to make table cloths, bar coverings, bathroom mats and even flooring. Personally, I'd rather like one on my wall...

If you want to know more about how and where to recycle plastics, Waste Online have a no-nonsense guide here.

We covered Smile Plastics about this time last year, but they were too good to let you forget about.

January 15, 2007 in Design & furniture, Recycling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Revolve recycled plastic coasters

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No concerns about whether these Revolve recycled coasters and rulers will match your decor: they're made of marbled-together plastic bottles that have a rainbow pointillism that'll go with any scheme. £2 per single coaster or £8 for a pack of four; the rulers come in 15cm for £5 or 30cm for £60. (No matter how delicious they may look, do not eat.) [GT]

Revolve recycled coasters and rulers

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January 14, 2007 in Recycling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Ethical footwear finds its feet

Mention “trainers” to your average green shopper, and you’ll more than likely be the lucky recipient of a gratis lecture on third world sweatshops, animal-derived materials and polluting production methods. And if that isn't enough to shock you, the inflated markups on most well-known brands will.

So, how are you to combine your New Year’s exercise regime with that other resolution about ethical shopping? With the best will in the world, those veggie-leather Jesus sandals just Allstyle_small_1aren’t going to cut it at the gym…

Fortunately for you (and your reputation), green footwear has quietly been shedding its beardy-weirdy image, and a number of hot designers are now offering stylish and practical trainers to rival the more familiar mass-produced ones. Leading the way is Worn Again, a UK-based design collective dedicated to making shoes from all sorts of materials, from car seats to reclaimed jeans. The website features a limited edition range of trainers made from firemen’s uniforms, so why not get yourself a pair of shoes that may have saved lives instead of ruining them?

January 12, 2007 in Fashion & accessories, Recycling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wee need your help...

If you thought urine was green, there may be something wrong with your eyesight. Or quite possibly your internal organs; either way you need to see a professional. But the truth of the matter is that your wee is  worse for the planet than you might think, containing a cocktail of chemicals including phosphate and nitrogen, which loos then mix with vast quantities of water. The result is an awful lot of liquid being wasted becaNomixtoilet_1use the chemicals are difficult and costly to remove.

To help raise awareness of reducing our personal 'pee print', New Scientist recently ran this article on 'Pee cycling' which profiles some solutions that separate the offending liquid from the main sewage stream, allowing water to be recycled and the remaining chemicals to be used in products like fertilisers, instead of treated as waste. A prototype "no-mix" toilet has been developed, and is being tested in forward-thinking countries like the Netherlands and Switzerland. But will it take off in the UK? The main question in my mind is whether British males will take to one interesting feature of the green toilet: since it diverts waste down two separate pipes, both men and women will have to sit down to pee. Which leads to another important question: could this be the end of the loo-seat argument that has divided the sexes for centuries?

[via New Scientist]

January 11, 2007 in Recycling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Wardrobe Surgery for green fashion junkies

Fed up with high stJunkystyling2reet stores churning out cheap copies of every style from Bollywood to Burlesque at a top-end cost to the environment? Tired of wading through mountains of moth-eaten ‘vintage’ tat in dreary second-hand shops to find that one item that will set you apart from the crowd?

If the answer to either of these questions is ‘yes’, then drop your (unbleached) linen and get thee to Junky in London’s Brick Lane to witness the latest concept in edgy, recycled clothing. Founders Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager are pioneers in ‘wardrobe surgery’ – the art of turning the kind of old clothes that Oxfam would normally sneer at into stylish, contemporary tailored garments, each one a unique piece. Clothes can be bought ready-customised in the store, but the duo will also get to work on your knackered old coat or indeed any unwanted Christmas presents from well-meaning relatives, creating something truly unique.

January 11, 2007 in Fashion & accessories, Recycling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack