Egg Cartons Recycled into Clever ‘Trash Me’ Desk Lamps by Victor Vetterlein
The intent of the Trash Me project, created by Victor Vetterlein, is to create a product that is born from the trash and returned to the trash after a useful life cycle. The concept word for the Trash Me 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 CFL or LED lighting. A paper bag filled with wood chips 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.