Next time you’re making a trip to the Salvation Army to donate those old clothes, consider Silke Wawro of Volksware’s alternative approach: her scrap clothing carpet is literally a fabric journal, made from “the cloth consumption of a persons’ lifetime.” The carpet is sold by the meter, off a roll, so you can order just enough and have cozy clothing keeping your toes warm in no time.

Much of Volksware’s work takes a similar and equally clever approach to design: use pre-existing objects, engage the user, and sell in customized quantities. Check out her website for a ton of other very cool projects and products.

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