Today's disposable culture has created a short, sad lifecycle for almost every product. Every day, goods are produced, consumed and sent to the landfill without question, when those materials could be easily be reused for a myriad of other things. We wish we lived in a world where most things were composed of recycled or upcycled materials, and we hope that day will come in the future. Luckily, there are plenty of designers paving the way for a less wasteful future, and OOObject from Hong Kong is leading the charge with inspiring, innovative and carefully considered product designs made from recycled materials that will change the way you think about waste. Click through our gallery and discover 7 inspiring everyday products with a fresh approach to design materials.
OOObject is a Hong Kong based product design company with a mission to rethink how we design consumer goods in a more environmentally sensitive way. OOObject’s creative director Mr. CL Lam has been a pioneer in the product design industry; a shepherd in the concept of smart reuse. Mr. Lam received the Design for Asia Sustainability Award in 2014. From customized water-weight barbells, to candle-making candles, OOObject’s out-of-the-box concepts have taken eco product design to a whole new level.
This ingenious ‘candle-making candle’ is the gift that keeps on giving. Wax drippings from a lit leaning candle collect into the candle mold below (wick included). To remove the candle from the mold, simply warm slightly around the edges to soften attachment to the mold.
Glass forms a major portion of household and industrial wastes. In addition to that, the defect rate during glass production is nearly 40%, and where do you think all of that defective glass product goes? OOObject hopes to be part of the solution with these colorful glass REVIVE tumblers. These recycled glass tumblers are produced from glass collected from factories under a low energy process which adds glass powder to a biodegradable compound.
Workout dumbbells are something we never would have expected see in recycled — or customizable form! This ingenious design for water-weight dumbbells made from recycled water bottles, allows you to create your own weights by filling used soda bottles with liquid and attaching them to this holder made of biodegradable grape pomace. The pomace is collected from wineries and then molded, and contains the skins, pulp, seeds, and stems of the fruit after pressing. The best part? You can customize the weight each day by how full you choose fill the bottles!
This flat-packed flower pot is made out of carpets collected from exhibit halls in the Chicago area. Over 100 million yards of used carpet is removed annually from the region and sent to landfills or burnt in regional incinerations. This design aims to divert that waste into a design that’s both resourceful and aesthetically pleasing.
This dish rack can be assembled in a variety of shapes and sizes, and is made from a combination of recycled peanut shells and biodegradable thermoplastic. Polypropylene coupled with a bio-degradable compound creates the biodegradable plastic, however, there is room for improvement, such as enhancement of the aging rate, intensity & durability. This particular concept is said to not cause serious pollution after disposal or incineration.
This self-assembled bookrack made from recycled felt carpet is strong enough to support 25 kilograms of weight. Its notched, flat-packed, lightweight design allows for compressed shipping and easy assembly.
In China alone, over 1400 coal-fired power plants produce more than 375 million tons of coal ash. That could fill one Olympics-sized swimming pool every 2.5 minutes. This plant pot concept combines coal ash collected from power stations with a biodegradable compound that is decomposed with the appropriate condition of soil, temperature, and moisture.
For more information on these unique and inspiring design ideas, visit ooobject.com.