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Recycled

VIA Waterproof Shoes

VIA Waterproof Shoes
$99+  Pledge Comment

The upper of VIA Design Lab’s stylish sneakers is knit from yarn made from recycled plastic. It also has a membrane that keeps water, dirt, and odor out for up to 2 hours. Its heel can also be folded to turn the shoe into a more breathable low-top. It comes in three colors.

Everlane Tread Shoes

Everlane Tread Shoes
$98  Buy Comment

Everlane’s Tread shoes are made from 45% recycled materials. Only 5.8% of the sole is made from virgin plastic, unlike many shoes where the sole is almost entirely made of the non-biodegradable material. It will be available in six colors starting 4/25/19.

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Everlane ReNew All-Weather Jacket

Everlane ReNew All-Weather Jacket
$88  Buy Comment

Everlane’s affordable and versatile All-Weather Jacket is windproof, water-resistant and has a relaxed fit. Like the rest of Everlane’s ReNew collection, its fabric is made entirely from recycled plastic water bottles. It comes in black, navy or olive.

Hybrid Green Label Shoes

Hybrid Green Label Shoes
$79+  Buy Comment

Hybrid Green Label makes shoes with outsoles that are partially made from recycled rubber. Depending on the design, the uppers are made with one or a mix of canvas, leather, mesh, suede or knit fabric. They have high top and low top models in various colorways. Also on Amazon.

RoBOTL Robot Sculpture

RoBOTL Robot Sculpture

Design studio Giò Forma was hired by Timberland to create a giant robot sculpture out of recycled plastic bottles. On display for Milan Design Week 2019, it’s a nod to Timberland’s ReBOTL material, a key part of their sustainability efforts.

Making Harlequin Coasters

Making Harlequin Coasters

Jackman Works walks us through the complex process of making wooden coasters with a cool diamond pattern. He starts out with sticks of old pallet wood, stacks and laminates them with glue, cuts them on the diagonal, then slices, CNC carves circles, and finishes each one.

Cork Disc Chair

Cork Disc Chair
$1800  Buy Comment

Quartertwenty created this slick piece of upcycled modern furniture which is made using cork from inside of aluminum baseball bats. The cork provides style and cushioning, while aluminum rods and steel provide stability.

Killspencer Parachute Bag 2.0

Killspencer Parachute Bag 2.0
$45-$60  Buy Link Comment

Killspencer’s minimal bag is handmade from used US military parachutes. This makes them lightweight, packable and resistant to tears. The bag comes in two sizes. The 12.5″x 20″ is a perfect shoe bag, while the 20″x 28″ is great for stowing laundry.

The North Face Bottle Source Tees

The North Face Bottle Source Tees
$35-$45  Buy Comment

The North Face’s Bottle Source clothing is partially made of Repreve polyester, which is made from recycled plastic bottles. The bottles used came from the waste collected in Yosemite, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Grand Teton National Parks.

How to Make Recycled Paper

How to Make Recycled Paper

Shmoxd shows us how to make recycled paper using readily available materials. He then adds texture and color to the new paper by adding different bits like plants, food and even shredded electronics. But will it blend?

Whiskey Barrel Pens

Whiskey Barrel Pens
$40  Buy Comment

Oak Lane Woodworks handmakes these beautiful and substantial pens using reclaimed wood from whiskey barrels. They can be had with a twist or bolt-action mechanism, crafted from Jack Daniels, Wild Turkey, or Makers Mark barrel wood.

Zippelin Inflatable Travel Bag

Zippelin Inflatable Travel Bag
$510+  Pledge Comment

Like all of Freitag’s bags, the Zippelin is made from heavy duty upcycled truck tarps. It also has a capacity of 85L. But it’s packable and lighter than many travel bags because it uses an inflatable bicycle inner tube instead of a metal or plastic frame.

Karst Stone Paper Notebooks

Karst Stone Paper Notebooks
$12-$30  Buy Link Comment

Karst Stone Paper makes notebooks without using wood pulp, water, bleach, or acid. Instead, they recycle stones from mining wastes to create paper that’s waterproof, tear-resistant and smooth. The notebooks come in A5 and A6 sizes.

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Pälemer Recycled Apparel

Pälemer Recycled Apparel
$425+  Pledge Comment

Trisha Cheeney’s jackets and bags are made almost entirely out of recycled materials. The insulated jacket uses around 214 plastic shopping bags and fleece made from recycled materials. The windbreaker is made of about 90 bags and mesh made from recycled materials.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Bench

DIY Reclaimed Wood Bench

Ollari’s shows us how to take slats of wood from a rickety old door and pallets to create a nifty new piece of outdoor furniture. If you put your mind to it, it’s amazing what you can achieve with a saw, some screws, and glue. We dig the burnt look of the finished piece.

Moerkey Sculptures

Moerkey Sculptures
$55+  Buy Comment

Australian artist Moerkey creates sculptures using recycled keys, coins, and copper as his primary media. While the skull, bowl, and wine bottle designs are very cool, there’s something about the giant sphere of keys that catches our eye. His smallest spheres are nifty too.

Recycled Firefighter Gear Bags

Recycled Firefighter Gear Bags
$50-$160  Buy Comment

Dakota Stitch & Design makes bags and other accessories out of used firefighter uniforms, aka bunker gear. Nicole Gibson started the business after her husband, a firefighter, refused to buy expensive diaper bags. She made do with what she had, and the rest is history.

Rockitlogs Wooden Speakers

Rockitlogs Wooden Speakers
$199+  Pledge Comment

World Cup USA footballer Jay DeMerit is the man behind this line of unique Bluetooth speakers crafted from slices of reclaimed wood logs. Each one is made from an unused cut-off, dead standing, or felled tree that would have otherwise gone unused.

Oil Drum Chairs

Oil Drum Chairs
$350-$400  Buy Comment

White’s Modern Industrial takes clean oil drums and turns them into unique pieces of furniture with distressed finishes. They offer a few different styles, but we’re particularly fond of ones with the barrels set on their sides.

Railroad Spike Tomahawk

Railroad Spike Tomahawk

Another amazing blacksmithing video by Miller Knives, in which he takes a rusty old railroad spike, and gradually hammers, grinds, and sculpts it into a completely usable tomahawk. We’d love to see what he could turn an old tomahawk into.

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Recycled Skateboard Coffee Table

Recycled Skateboard Coffee Table
$1299  Buy Comment

Skate or Design creates vibrant and functional home accessories and furniture from reclaimed skateboard decks. The highlight of their collection is this 40″ wide coffee table covered in colorful wood decks. A hidden steel frame underneath provides structure and rigidity.

Jet Engine Ceiling Fans

Jet Engine Ceiling Fans
$3100+  Buy Comment

Phighter Images makes all kinds of awesome home decor for aircraft buffs, but we’re particularly excited about their ceiling fans, constructed to look like the fans from famous jet engines. They may look the part, but they’re definitely quieter than the real thing.

Larger-than-life Samurai Sculpture

Larger-than-life Samurai Sculpture
$6750  Buy Comment

Thailand sculptor Mari9art’s incredible build is made from recycled car parts and scrap steel. It measures 2.2m tall (~7.2 ft), and includes free door-to-port shipping, though getting it to your house might be a challenge from there. His lifesize T-Rex is even more mindblowing.

Valve Cover Desk Lamps

Valve Cover Desk Lamps
$300  Buy Comment

Frost Auto Decor makes a variety of home furnishings from reclaimed car parts. Our favorites are these lamps made from engine valve covers, mounted on harmonic balancers. They can also be made as wall sconces.

Whiskey Wood Bar Stools

Whiskey Wood Bar Stools
$195-$245  Buy Comment

Yet another wonderful reuse for old Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrels, Heritage Handcrafted’s 24″ high wood stools will look great at your kitchen counter. They’re come with round swivel or fixed square seats, and each one has its own unique character.

F-4 Exhaust Cone Table

F-4 Exhaust Cone Table
$5900  Buy Comment

The Boeing Store’s Custom Hangar features custom furniture and accessories made from components of the company’s retired aircraft. One of our faves? This anodized aluminum table with the engine exhaust cone off an F-4 Phantom II fighter jet as its centerpiece.

Whiskey Barrel Celebration Box

Whiskey Barrel Celebration Box
$250  Buy Comment

Heritage Handcrafted makes handsome commemorative boxes from reclaimed whiskey barrels. Each box preserves its characteristic interior char, and has a cedar-lined cigar humidor insert, 4 shot glasses, and space for a bottle. Boxes can be personalized too.

Inner Tube Dopp Kit

Inner Tube Dopp Kit
$30  Buy Comment

Hungary-based artist Felvarrom creates bags, belts, and other accessories using upcycled bicycle innertubes. Their 8″ x 4″ x 4″ tube bags are perfect for carrying grooming products, tools, or other small items. Each bag is unique.

Recycled Skateboard Pencil Holder

Recycled Skateboard Pencil Holder
$20  Buy Comment

Jeff Gray of Scene3Designs makes all sorts of nifty items by stacking, sanding, and laminating layers of cutoff wood from a skateboard maker. One of our faves is this pencil holder. We’d love to see him make a version that holds tools too.

Bicycle Gear Lamp

Bicycle Gear Lamp
$385  Buy Comment

Artist Toby Boswell of Pale Rider Handmade has perfected a metalworking process to create these wonderful spherical lamps from recycled bicycle gears. Measures ~15″ dia. and sits on a wood base. Toby also offers the spheres by themselves, and a pendant is in the works.

Fragmented Frames

Fragmented Frames
$80-$500  Buy Comment

Artist Matthew Cassidy of Fragmented Frames takes disused old cameras, camcorders and other gadgets, transforming them into cool works of art, meticulously arranging each component into a shadowbox. A great gift for designers, photographers or tech junkies.

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