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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
As a statement on wasting resources, artist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, aka Bordalo II takes all kinds of found junk like car parts, tires, and old appliances, and transforms them into works of street art which represent some of the many animals who are threatened by our excesses.
Made by Destruction shows how the copper wiring in old copy machines can be reclaimed to produce shiny new products like brass musical instruments. Along the way, we get to see these defunct office machines satisfyingly ripped to pieces by an industrial shredder.
A fascinating sequence from the Discovery show How It’s Made, in which used old tires are shredded and turned into tiny particles which can then be melted down and turned into new rubber mats, in a great examples of recycling what would have once just sat in a landfill.