Egg Cartons Recycled into Clever ‘Trash Me’ Desk Lamps

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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.

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8 Responses to “Egg Cartons Recycled into Clever ‘Trash Me’ Desk Lamps”

  1. zar1969 says:

    Great concept! Love the idea!

  2. manhattanstance says:

    Great idea–love how the angular industrial shape plays on the resemblance of the material to masonry.

  3. Johnjeast says:


  4. Pazzoom says:

    Excellent idea & use of old paper. Truly excellent.

  5. Steph Kuehner says:

    Cool lamp!

  6. clsycw says:

    Excellent idea. unique design. Eco-human friendly products.

  7. venkat0249 says:

    nice design….

  8. kokolove says:

    Why am I not surprised?? You’ve been trash-venting since before it was a thing. I STILL tell people about your wooden bowling lane and cinder block trash-vention ALL the time. Best of luck. XX.