Category Archives: Recycled Products – Unusual

Have you heard of Upcycling?

verb. /ˈʌpˌsaɪkəl/ to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original.

Recycling your waste is great — but upcycling produces a reusable item without the energy needed to process recyclables. In the picture above, normally disposable toilet paper rolls are upcycled into a cable and cord organizer which can be used over and over again. Our pals at TwistedSifter have compiled a list of 50 Ways to Repurpose, Recycle, and Upcycle Old Things — check it out! Click below for some of our favorites and some more recommendations on how to upcycle. Continue reading

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Recycled Products Have Come a Looong Way Baby

This past weekend Hynes Convention Center was abuzz with dozens of green vendors peddling everything from organic vodka to reusable diapers in the down:2:earth convention.
Of the dozens of vendors, there were quite a few with unique approaches to recycling. One of the more interesting products was an originally crafted and biodegradable casket or Ecopod, made from recycled paper. FINALLY you can even lessen your eco-impact after death. Touting the headline, “grave concerns, natural solutions”, Mourning Dove Studios is a great example of the diversity of corporations offering “green” options for everyday living (here and beyond).
Aside from recycled coffins, one could find any variety of recycled homeware and gifts. Preserve bySadly, Recycline, makes all their goods, which include toothbrushes, razors, tableware, kitchen gadgets and toothpicks from 100% recycled plastics. Although the convention is over, Recycline products are available in many local grocery stores. If it’s fashion that interests you, you will love Ella Vickers- Recycled Sailcloth Collection. If art is your passion, Artists for Humanity had wonderful tables made from magazines on display. Click here to check them out. Greenward, located right in Porter Square showcased elegant, attractive and functional eco-modern goods.
Sadly, d2e is over and may not be back for another year. Luckily, you can still check out their website to see what you missed, how you can learn more and why you should attend next year.
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No Paper Hats Here

Does the smash hit finale at the National Recycling Coalition’s 2007 ExpoDoes “recycled fashion show” conjure up images of Hawaiian skirts made from paper shreds or give flashbacks from Project Runway’s season three Waste Not Want Not episode? Then you need to see Nancy Judd’s Recycle Runway collection.

Her work received a well deserved standing ovation as part of Art Alley at the National Recycling Coalition’s annual conference in Denver Colorado on September 19.

Coke cans, broken glass, VHS tape, and rusty nails are just some of the materials that comprise Nancy Judd’s fantastic work. The piece shown here was commissioned by the Target Corporation and is made from Target bags, recyclables, charitable donations, an employee shirt, re-used materials and trash. Check out her whole portfolio here.
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