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Rememberme Chair

Rememberme Chair
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Designed by Tobias Juretzek for Italian furniture company Casamania, the eye-catching Rememberme Chair is made out of old clothes bonded to a metal frame using a special epoxy.

Shattered CD Sculptures

Shattered CD Sculptures

With shattered bits of old CDs, Sean Avery creates intricate sculptural animals, insects and birds, making fur and feathers from the shards. Where was this guy back in the AOL days?

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Reclaimed Cleveland

Reclaimed Cleveland
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Reclaimed Cleveland turns wood from condemned structures in Cleveland – many of which have stood for 100 years or longer – and other discarded lumber into beautiful furniture and other woodcraft.

Paper People

Paper People

Artist Nick Georgiou uses discarded newspapers and books to create humanoid sculptures and paintings, each with a personality all its own. Each one is sort of a memento to the gradual death of paper.

Solar Soda Bottles

Solar Soda Bottles

This may not be the first time it has been done, but it’s nonetheless inspiring to see something as simple as a plastic soda bottle be repurposed into something much, much bigger. (Thanks, Juanjo!)

Cuptea

Cuptea

Lee Seo-jin’s Earth-friendly Cuptea design is a lovely marriage of disposable cup and teabag. The flat kit converts into a beautiful hexagon for flower tea and an octagonal shape for leaf tea.

Jennifer Collier’s Paper Devices

Jennifer Collier’s Paper Devices

Artist Jennifer Collier carefully bonds, waxes, traps and stitches cardboard, thread, and road maps into contemporary textiles; that “fabric” is then fashioned into pristinely detailed everyday objects.

Legion Pallet Table

Legion Pallet Table
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Made from used shipping pallets, making each table unique. Sandblasted and then waxed to a golden brown color. Has four wheels, two of which have brakes. Fully assembled when delivered.

Vinyl Record Bookends

Vinyl Record Bookends
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Etsy seller Nerdnest converts worn out vinyl records into bookends. You can specify your color preferences for the labels if you want. They can’t be used to prop up heavy books or items though.

Tetra Pak Lamps

Tetra Pak Lamps

Designer Ed Chew created these intricate lighting fixtures using old Tetra Pak cartons, otherwise headed for the recycling bin (or worse yet, the trash). Nothing like a little ingenuity, right folks?

Retro TV Cat Bed

Retro TV Cat Bed
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AtomicAttic turns old junk into new stuff for your house – or your cat’s house. This gutted old Sanyo TV is the perfect bed for Felix, Snowball, Noodles or whatever your cat is called.

Recycled Paper Lampshades

Recycled Paper Lampshades
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We are loving the shapes and light that’s bundled within these pristinely cut paper lampshades, handcrafted from repurposed comic books, novels and fairy tales from Rotterdam’s Ginkgo Studio.

Vice Blazer

Vice Blazer
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With the heathered look and feel of wool, nau’s water resistant Vice jacket’s recycled poly/organic cotton fabric blends the technical benefits of a soft shell with the soft texture of natural fibers.

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Cigar Box Electric Guitars

Cigar Box Electric Guitars

Kid Rock and other savvy musicians are fans of Memphis blues musician Johnny Lowe, who forges collectible handmade guitars out of cigar boxes, pool sticks and other repurposed objects.

35mm Film Flash Drive

35mm Film Flash Drive
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Go old school with these flash drives encased in used 35mm film canisters. Available in 2GB and 4GB models. They’re not going to work with the new easy-to-use cameras though.

ecoATM

ecoATM

This extraordinary device can automatically identify mobile phones placed into the bin, inspects them for damage, then offers cash payments (or charity donations) for handheld gadgets worth recycling.

SewMuchStyle Messenger Bags

SewMuchStyle Messenger Bags
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Etsy shop SewMuchStyle sells messenger bags/laptop sleeves made from used suit coats, so no two bags are alike. The size of the bag and the fabric colors are can be customized to your taste.

Bottlehood Glassware

Bottlehood Glassware
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Etsy seller Bottlehood upcycles used bottles from various drinks – softdrinks, wine, beer, vodka – cutting off their necks and smoothing the rims to create these neat tumblers.

Corona-Matic Waffle Maker

Corona-Matic Waffle Maker

Ok, it isn’t new, and at best it’s still a prototype, but still we must give a tip of the hat to Chris Dimino and the way he repurposed a Corona typewriter into a jumbo waffle maker. Because it rules.

Tech Junk Cityscapes

Tech Junk Cityscapes
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Italian artist Franco Recchia takes discarded old bits of electronic junk and turns them into intricate (and pricey) cityscape sculptures. We have say the Fifth Avenue one is our fave.

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Freitag F48 Hazzard Backpack

Freitag F48 Hazzard Backpack

We like this fun companion video showcasing Freitag’s F48 Hazzard backpack: it offers portrait and landscape carrying options, quick access toe loop and intelligent storage for all your gear.

Plastic Utensil Skeleton Art

Plastic Utensil Skeleton Art

British designer Elliott Mariess utilizes plastic forks, spoons and other similar recycled materials to create his amazingly frightening skeletal art, collectively dubbed as Waste. (Thanks Mudit!)

Move-it DIY Cart

Move-it DIY Cart

David Graham’s Move-it Kit is a recyclable trolley made of self-adhesive cardboard parts. Once assembled, it transforms into a one-off functional cart for parcels of many sizes and shapes.

Recycled Bottle Boat

Recycled Bottle Boat

The Plastiki, made from 12,500 recycled plastic PET bottles, sailed from San Francisco to Sydney in 130 days to raise awareness about the amount of plastic floating in the world’s oceans.

Rubber WMD Sculpture

Rubber WMD Sculpture

New Zealand-based artist Brett Graham explores cultural and historical themes in his sculptures of near full-scale weapons of mass destruction, mainly made from MDF, steel and rubber tires.

Bike Tube Messenger Bag

Bike Tube Messenger Bag
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Italy’s mnmur makes upcycling very stylish with their sharp handmade collection of bags and accessories made out of old bicycle tubes. The seat belt strap on the messenger bag is a nice touch.

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