Posts tagged "recycling"

I Want To Die, Like, Yesterday Just So I Can Be Buried In This Pod That Turns Me Into a Tree

Earlier today, this caught my eye on a friend's Facebook wall: an Italian design company has designed an organic burial pod that will turn the deceased person's ruins into soil nutrients that will grow a tree. EXCUSE ME, WHAT. If I can't attend Hogwarts, the next best thing would definitely be to transfigure myself into a tree upo…
By: Beejoli Shah / February 27, 2015

Recyclable Paper Coffee Cups Could Make Your Daily Starbucks Run Way More Earth-Friendly

I have a pretty hardcore to-go coffee habit. Every time I buy coffee in a disposable paper cup (which is often), part of me cringes inside at the thought of it filling up a landfill. Obviously, this doesn't stop me from buying it, which is part of why I'm telling you -- to publicly guilt…
By: Claire Hannum / July 2, 2014

Would You Share A Coffee Cup With Everyone In Your City?

Later this month, a group of students in New York City are pioneering a new program called "Good To Go" which would reuse coffee cups around the city. The Brooklyn Roasting Company in DUMBO, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, will begin the program on April 15, when caffeine addicts can drink from a light, reusable cu…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 4, 2014

H&M Announces Clothing Exchange Program

Starting in February of next year, when you bring in a bag of old clothes to H&M, the company will recycle them for you and you'll be rewarded with a discount voucher to buy some new ones. Pretty cool, right? The clothing exchange discount is part of H&M's new iCollect recycling program, which aims to reduce…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 7, 2012

Weekend Project: Make Some Rad Recycled Gift Bags

I try to be as eco-friendly as possible in most areas of my life, but sometimes my penchant for procrastination overpowers my desire to be green. Example: pretty much every Christmas eve, when I realize I forgot to get any kind of gift-wrapping materials and end up buying a pile of made-in-China plastic gift bag…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 1, 2012

Behold, A Wedding Dress Made Out Of Newspaper

You've seen prom dresses fashioned with duct tape. The next DIY sartorial eyeful is a wedding dress made completely from newspaper. I can't imagine any bride wants ink stains on her big day, but at least designer Jenna Braga proves she could hack it on one of those weird "Project…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 8, 2011

Do Not Want: A YSL Bag Made Of Plastic Bags — For $1,720

For a while a few years ago, everywhere you looked you'd see those Anya Hindmarch "I Am Not a Plastic Bag" bags -- a cheeky take on environmentalism and sustainability. Now, Yves St. Laurent has their own, rather twisted take on recycling; they've created a bag made from plastic bags and manufactured by artisans i…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 26, 2011

New Ford Focus Will Use Recycled Jeans For Interior Furnishings

Do you ever wonder about clothing you give away to the Goodwill? Who will wear it next? Or will it just get trashed? It would be cool to think that in your next drop-off, your blue jeans get recycled by becoming part of a car. That may sound weird, but Ford is apparently…
By: Leonora Epstein / December 8, 2010

How To Recycle Your Pumpkin Carcass

Some eco-friendly ways to re-use your jack-o-lantern carcass from last night. Orange is the new green. I'm thinking vase. You? [BuzzFeed]…
By: Ami Angelowicz / November 1, 2010

It’s A Cool Dress Made From Computer Wires, But Can You Wear It?

This dress, made from old computer wires, is by designer Tina Sparkles for the Keep Austin Beautiful Recycled Fashion Show. The "Project Runway" enthusiast in me thinks it looks awesome. But the practical side of me thinks constructing clothing that's unwearable in the real world from repurposed "e-waste" isn't really that green, considering…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 5, 2010

Guess How Many Coke Bottles This Recycled Chair Is Made Of?

Check out this high-design chair, created in partnership with furniture design firm Emeco and Coca-Cola. The cute seat is made from recycled plastic Coke bottles! Care to guesstimate how many it takes to make one chair? The answer after the jump! [PSFK]…
By: Leonora Epstein / May 11, 2010

Reuse, Recycle And Rekn.It Old Sweaters

Rekn.it is a re-knitting service begun by graphic designer Haik Avanian. How does it work? Easy. You print a shipping label from his adorably designed website, Rekn.it, slap it on an envelope containing your old, tired sweater, and send it off to Haik. Then his mom (yup, hi mom!)…
By: Nina Carbone / January 25, 2010

DIY Light Brite

Sometimes the prettiest things are the simplest things—designer Anke Weiss made these light designs by making pin holes in old food packages. Are you handy with a needle? Then take a stab at your own. [Notcot.org]…
By: Leonora Epstein / December 29, 2009

Another Genius Use For Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap is making a comeback, people. We're not sure, however, if this means that we've regressed to childhood, or if people are getting more inventive. Either way, we had a good chuckle at the bubble wrap tie, with the plastic material hidden underneath to annoy your boss with during meetings. Now, here's the…
By: Leonora Epstein / December 9, 2009

One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s … Shrunken Head?

Paris-born artist Junior Fritz Jacquet has figured out a unique way to give new life to old toilet paper rolls. In an effort to keep the cardboard cores from clogging landfills, Jacquet turns them into eco-art through a series of intricate origami-like folds, enhanced with layers of richly colored paint and varnish. The…
By: Wendy Atterberry / July 30, 2009

How Many Catalogs Do You Get?

And how many of them do you actually want? Yesterday, I received six catalogs for quite possibly some of the most obscure clothing companies out there. The only one I was happy to keep was the Barneys one (which I had actually signed up for). As for Casual Living, Ulla Popken (I have no idea…
By: Leonora Epstein / April 23, 2009

Earth Week Field Guide: The Righteous Recycler

Big ups for Earth Day! On Monday, we gave you the skinny on Freegans, and yesterday we profiled Locavores. Today, we're loving on the Righteous Recycler. You know, that friend who picks your Diet Coke can out of the trash and keeps it until you pass a recycling bin, unplugs all…
By: Deborah Stein / April 22, 2009

Crave: Corn Plastic Mug

Besides reading, voting, and George Clooney (duh), nothing is sexier than recycling. So, if yellow mugs that have "reading is sexy" printed on them ($12) ever go out of style, at least they won't take up space in a landfill for years and years -- they're made from 100 percent biodegradable corn plastic. […
By: Catherine Strawn / March 5, 2008