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Recycling

Recycling CoBot

Recycling CoBot

Bulk Handling Systems shows off the Max-AI AQC-C, a robot designed to sort items on recycling lines, safely alongside humans, performing similar tasks to their living, breathing co-workers. For some reason, its gangly looking arms remind us of those air dancer guys in front of car dealerships.

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.

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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.

adidas Futurecraft Loop

adidas Futurecraft Loop

The Futurecraft Loop is a prototype running shoe with an upper, outsole and laces made entirely out of recyclable TPU. Paired with adidas‘ Boost midsole, the Futurecraft Loop is also made to be durable and comfortable. Its second generation is slated for general release.

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.

Evolution Hoodie

Evolution Hoodie
$62+  Pledge Comment

The fabric of Coalatree’s Evolution Hoodie is made by recycling coffee grounds and plastic bottles. The resulting fabric is quick-drying and odor-resistant. The hoodie also has a zippered compartment. It packs into its own pocket for storage or for use as a pillow.

Fos Recycled Plastic Sunglasses

Fos Recycled Plastic Sunglasses
~$68  Buy Comment

Barcelona-based Esferica makes the frame of its Fos sunglasses out of recycled plastic. The recycling process makes each frame unique, colorful, and fully recyclable. It also holds hour-long workshops where customers make their own sunglasses.

Gomi Bluetooth Speaker

Gomi Bluetooth Speaker
~$259+  Pledge Comment

Thin and flexible plastic bags are deemed non-recyclable in the UK. Gomi collects these bags from the beaches of Brighton, then melts and molds them into speaker cases. Each case is made from 100 plastic bags. The Bluetooth 4.0 speaker lasts up to 18h per charge.

Making a Ring from Hardware

Making a Ring from Hardware

Jewelry artist Pablo Cimadevila shows how a pair of ordinary brass hex nuts can be transformed into an elegant diamond ring. Of course, the 1 carat diamond added significantly to the cost, but the ring itself was all about time, talent, and effort.

Locker Basket Storage

Locker Basket Storage
$150+  Buy Comment

Etsy store Rehab Vintage LA offers stylish, made to order storage units using custom-made or reclaimed locker baskets from the ’50s or ’60s. The storage units are available in a wide variety of colors and configurations.

DIY Smartphone Macro Lens

DIY Smartphone Macro Lens

There are countless lens add-ons for smartphones, many of which are under $10. But if you’re really, really cheap, or just like to hack stuff, Chris Notap’s video will show you how to recycle lenses from cheap thrift store cameras, with shockingly good results.

Skateboards into Beer Bottle

Skateboards into Beer Bottle

Crafter Luke Reed self-admittedly isn’t a wood lathe expert, but we’re still impressed with the results of his first ever lathe project – taking a stack old skateboard decks, laminating them together, then shaping them into a wooden beer bottle.

One Eleven SWII Watch

One Eleven SWII Watch
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One Eleven’s SWII wristwatch has a nylon strap made from recycled plastic bottles. Meanwhile, its plastic case is made from castor bean oil, making it environmentally friendly. It’s water resistant down to 328ft and comes in four colorways, from muted to vibrant.

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Recycling a Bearing Sleeve

Recycling a Bearing Sleeve

Among his many projects, maker M.N. Projects likes to take old bits of metal and transform them into shiny new objects. Here, he takes the sleeve from a large bearing, cuts out a section, flattens it, and sharpens it into a tomahawk.

The One Love Machine Band

The One Love Machine Band

Great Big Story introduces us to artist Kolja Kugler, who built himself an animatronic band from scrap metal. The robotic musicians play the bass, drums, and flute, and seem to enjoy a bit of the old punk rock. Enjoy one of their performances here.

NASA Parachute Tote Bags

NASA Parachute Tote Bags
$125  Buy Comment

Uncrate Supply is selling these unassuming tote bags that are actually made from repurposed NASA parachutes. The material is incredibly strong yet light. The bags are large enough to carry laptops or groceries. Available in green or white.

Offcut Caps

Offcut Caps
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Offcut makes caps out of discarded and unused fabric scraps from clothing factories. They’re based in New Zealand, and now they want to branch out and have a factory in Vietnam where more scraps are produced. They’re also venturing into recycled leather goods.

The Homes That Plastic Built

The Homes That Plastic Built

Great Big Story shares the work of Conceptos Pl├ísticos. It’s a Colombian company that takes discarded plastics and turns them into foundations for houses and temporary shelters. To date, they have recycled 500 tons of plastic and built over 30 homes.

Everlane Renew Collection

Everlane Renew Collection
$60-$98  Buy Comment

Everlane’s eco-conscious collection features a fleece sweater, a fleece zipped jacket and a lightweight hooded puffer jacket. All of these are made with thread made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The company recycled 3 million plastic bottles in the process.

Awake Watch

Awake Watch
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The Awake Watch is made from recycled stainless steel and has an optional fabric strap that’s made from recycled plastic bottles. Its dial’s design is inspired by sea beds and the mountains. It’s solar powered and water resistant up to 300ft.

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Machine Dismantling a Car

Machine Dismantling a Car

Once a car is no longer drivable, it heads to the junk yard. But before it ends up on the scrap heap, machines like the Powerhand VRS are used to rip apart the car to separate materials, maximizing recyclability of components. It looks like a great way to work out aggression too.

How to Make Shoe Box Art

How to Make Shoe Box Art

CJ Sneakers has a great tip for his fellow sneakerheads who have way too many shoeboxes clogging up their closets. You can turn them into framed art easily with just a few simple tools and even simpler steps. Be sure to have paperweights at the ready.

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.

Making Damascus from a Chain

Making Damascus from a Chain

Metalsmith Dmitry Shevchenko (aka “Shurap“) continues to crank out knives using unconventional materials. After showing us how to make damascus steel from screws, washers, and cable, he’s back to craft the patterned metal from a car’s timing chain.

Making End Grain Coasters

Making End Grain Coasters

Jackman Works shows us how he transforms old cargo pallets into sweet drink coasters by sanding, stacking, cutting, and laminating strips of their varied wooden slats into grid patterns. Show your appreciation for his craftsmanship, and buy a set of the coasters here.

Making a Knife from Batteries

Making a Knife from Batteries

Ripping apart old batteries can be dangerous, but that didn’t stop shurap from tearing into a bunch of them in search of usable metal. He then fused the bits together with some steel blades, and crafted a sweet damascus knife with a handle made from a MagLite.

Bureo Recycled Net Skateboards

Bureo Recycled Net Skateboards
$65-$195  Buy Comment

Bureo makes skateboards with decks that are made from waste fishing nets that are retrieved and processed with the help of locals in fishing communities in Chile. The decks have a fishtail and grippy scale patterns that are both thematic and functional. Available in two sizes.

Trashpresso Instant Recycling

Trashpresso Instant Recycling

Taiwan’s Miniwiz has devised a portable, solar-powered recycling plant which transforms plastic and fabric waste into architectural tiles. Junk is washed, shredded, melted, and molded on the spot. They plan on bringing Trashpresso to tourist areas where trash is left behind.

DIY Car Wheel Bandsaw

DIY Car Wheel Bandsaw

WayOutWest Blowinblog decided that an off-the-shelf bandsaw was too expensive for cutting logs lying around his property, and instead ripped apart a car and welded together his own power tool from scratch. Watch it slice through a massive spruce log here.

Separating Recyclables

Separating Recyclables

A look inside Brooklyn, New York’s Sims Materials Recovery Facility, a high-tech recycling operation which uses automation to separate a wide variety of metal, glass, and plastic materials based on their weight, size, shape, and even molecular composition.

Recycling a Washing Machine

Recycling a Washing Machine

Think that old washing machine in the alley is junk? Just give it to Jeremy Fielding, and he’ll tear it down and reuse its components to upgrade power tools, build clock mechanisms, or even make desk toys. He also builds stuff from vacuums and microwave ovens.

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