spring greening contest 2010

Chop-Flops Made From Recycled Chopsticks

Chop-Flops Made From Recycled Chopsticks

 

Joseph Palmer’s ingenious Chop-Flops are flip-flops made from reused materials. The surface where the foot meets the sandal is made of used chopsticks that were collected from the dumpster of a local Japanese restaurant. Dental floss was collected to lash the chopsticks together, as well as sew them to the sole. …

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Lawn Chair Made from a Tire and Old Stool

Lawn Chair Made from a Tire and Old Stool

 

Medha Tyagi and his friend Akshay Bhalerao made this lawn chair out of a worn out tire and an old stool after being inspired by cloth swings and hammocks. Using the rather sturdy skeleton of the stool, they tried different orientations that would optimize the comfort and stability of the seating.

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Wine Bottle Lamp Made From Trash Found on NYC Streets

Wine Bottle Lamp Made From Trash Found on NYC Streets

 

Ben Light made this wine bottle lamp by cutting off both ends of a wine bottle and then transforming an old tube of glass into the lamp’s shade. The pieces of a wooden pallet Ben found on 89th St. make up the base and cap, and the lamp socket comes from an old floor lamp that was also found among trash on the same street. Ben says “White wine gives more light, but maybe I’ll try red for a little more …

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Rose Pillow Made from Bridesmaid Dress

Rose Pillow Made from Bridesmaid Dress

 

A ruffled rose pillow made from an old too-tight bottom half of a bridesmaid dress!

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“CHUPITOS” Egg Tray Made from Repurposed Baby Bottle Teats

“CHUPITOS” Egg Tray Made from Repurposed Baby Bottle Teats

 

“CHUPITOS” by Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos is an egg tray and carrier made from 14 repurposed silicone teats from baby bottles. When babies grow, teats have to be replaced to increase milk flow and this is a great way to reuse them. The teats are assembled by …

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LOTO Recycled Plastic Bottle Chandeliers

LOTO Recycled Plastic Bottle Chandeliers

 

Loto is an organically inspired lamp series by Eugenio Menjivar that takes its characteristics from lotus flowers. Like immaculate lotus flowers that grow within muddy swamps, Loto lamps are born from oceans of plastic debris. The Loto series is an eco-experimental body of work that transforms discarded household materials into precious objects, allowing plastic to be reborn to educate consumers about …

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“On Top of News” Newspaper Chair

“On Top of News” Newspaper Chair

 

“On Top of News” is a cheeky chair made out of newspapers and an old chair. Designed by …

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A La Lata Bowl Made From Recycled Soda Can Tabs

A La Lata Bowl Made From Recycled Soda Can Tabs

 

Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos‘s “A La Lata” Candy Bowl is part of a collection of items handcrafted with repurposed aluminum can tabs woven together with zip-ties. The bowl appears to “float” on the translucent zip-ties. Its structure allows it to collapse inwards, …

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Book Cover Made From Recycled Styrofoam

Book Cover Made From Recycled Styrofoam

 

Alin Tocmacov was about to throw away the packaging from his MacBook, when he realized that he could turn the beautifully patterned styrofoam packaging in to the perfect book cover for his portfolio. He then cut the recycled packaging to fit the back of the …

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ReCycle Collection

ReCycle Collection

 

The ReCycle Collection is 100% made out of second hand clothes and textiles (the name comes from the process of recycling and the Inspiration of bicycles). In an experimental draping process, I found the perfect shape for every single piece of secondhand garments.

In the first picture you see a former coat, two shirts and an old man’s pants which I turned into new styles. The catsuit in the second picture is made out …

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Gorgeous Garments Upcycled from Magnetic Video Tape

Gorgeous Garments Upcycled from Magnetic Video Tape

 

Kai Yeung Yau makes captivating garments by weaving video tape into textiles. The video tape was bought from a second-hand shop and then stitched on garments to visualize music with different pitches and frequencies by varying the heights and widths of the pleating. …

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Doggy Bags: Purses Made from Discarded Clothes

Doggy Bags: Purses Made from Discarded Clothes

 

After cleaning out her closet, Cynthia Soderlund divided the clothes into those she could give away and those that were too worn out be wearable, but it seemed a shame to throw out all that perfectly good material! So, she started making bags from it. Since she is a dog groomer, she called them Doggy Bags. Cynthia makes boat bags and uses rope scraps from the local marina and uses chewed through collars and leashes to make the …

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Huggable Lamp Made from a Cake Mold and Shag Carpet

Huggable Lamp Made from a Cake Mold and Shag Carpet

 

The Huggable lamp is made from a 2-piece angel cake pan and off-white shag carpet left behind from a room renovation. It was constructed by turning the pan upside down and placing the removable base on top of it to create the backbone of the pendant. After taping pieces of trimmed shag …

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National Geographic Magazine Shelf

National Geographic Magazine Shelf

 

This colorful shelf is made entirely from recycled National Geographic magazines. It was designed by Sean Miller, who was inspired by the stacks of old magazines cluttering his living room. First Sean coated the magazines with a a water/starch mixture and then he placed them under pressure for about a week …

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House Made of Glass and PET Bottles

House Made of Glass and PET Bottles

 

In this project, I have used glass beer bottles and 1.5 liters cold drink PET bottles (along with general building materials) to build a house! The PET bottles are filled with sand and the glass bottles are empty. The glass bottles

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Axis Eco Toothbrush Made Out of an Old Gluestick

Axis Eco Toothbrush Made Out of an Old Gluestick

 

The Axis toothbrush is a smarter way to brush your teeth. Made almost entirely from recycled and re-usable components, it stores and dispenses toothpaste from a re-used gluestick held within the recycled alluminium brush handle. The bristles are also detachable giving them a new lease on life and turning them into household …

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DreamSwing Hammock Made of Old Ropes and Pool Noodles

DreamSwing Hammock Made of Old Ropes and Pool Noodles

 

The Dreamswing Hammock incorporates retired and/or “prime hanks” (end-of-spool lengths that are less than 50 meters) of climbing ropes, recyclable aluminum tubing for the staves, 2.5” seat belt webbing from suitable junked vehicles as perimeter gillies and salvaged sections of discarded foam pool noodle floaties for the head rest, as well as discarded toy balls to protect the ends of the cross-member staves.

The bed can stitched from a variety of available eco-friendly materials of recycled content. It …

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Lights Made from Recycled Aluminum Blinds

Lights Made from Recycled Aluminum Blinds

 

It’s amazing what 16 years in the dusty basement can do for an old set of blinds! These are made from aluminum mini blinds that came with the house when I moved in. Voila, let there be light.

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Caffeinated Music: Speakers Made from Coffee Cans

Caffeinated Music: Speakers Made from Coffee Cans

 

These speakers are made from old coffee cans! The designer has used them as computer speakers, surround sound on his video game system, and even behind the seat of his old truck.

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Lumaz Lamp Made from Discarded Foam Core and Feathers

Lumaz Lamp Made from Discarded Foam Core and Feathers

 

This lamp by Basurata Chan is made from discarded foam core board and feathers. Chan used a cutter to construct the fixture and says of her design, “The main aim is to make an easy to made object for everybody, with daily tools and materials… and turn the garbage into poetry.”

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