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Making a Sawblade Machete

Making a Sawblade Machete

Rather than melting down and reforging the metal from an old sawblade, metalsmith Hassan “Habu” Abu-Izmero wanted to see if he could just cut, grind, and polish the old metal into a new weapon. The transformation from the rusty old blade into machete is impressive. The paracord-wrapped handle looks great too.

Forging a Katana from Chain

Forging a Katana from Chain

We love how metal can be used over and over again. After one object has served out its life, it can often be melted down and turned into something new. In this clip by metalsmith Random Hands, he shows us how he took a rusty link from an old piece of ship’s chain and hand-forged it into a beautiful new samurai sword.

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Fjällräven Tree-Kånken Daypack

Fjällräven Tree-Kånken Daypack

Scandinavian outfitter Fjällräven updates its classic Kånken Daypack with a plant-based fabric made from sustainably-grown spruce and pine trees. It’s still the same simple pack as always, with handles for toting, and a spacious main compartment. It drops 8.2021. Their recycled plastic and wool variants are also eco-friendly.

Turning a Bolt into a Golden Phoenix

Turning a Bolt into a Golden Phoenix

Maker Ross The Random loves to turn ordinary items into works of art. In this video, he shows us how he transformed a simple brass bolt into a shiny metal phoenix through a series of heating, bending, hammering, filing, and cutting with basic hand tools.

Leaf Spring into Tanto Blade

Leaf Spring into Tanto Blade

Leaf springs from cars and trucks might not offer the best ride quality, but they make some pretty awesome weapons when recycled by a skilled bladesmith. Faraway Forge crafted a beautiful Japanese tanto-style knife from one such rusty piece of metal. We love how he kept the pitted texture as part of the finished piece.

Forging a Machete from a Lawnmower Blade

Forging a Machete from a Lawnmower Blade

The machete is one of the most imposing bladed weapons out there. In this clip from blacksmith Green Beetle, he walks us through the process of creating one by recycling steel found in a rusty old push-handle lawnmower. It’s interesting to see how he determines the carbon content of the steel on the grinder.

Rusty Bolt Into Steampunk Lighter

Rusty Bolt Into Steampunk Lighter

One of the great things about metal is just how recyclable it can be. In this video from Random Hands, he shows how he transformed a rusty old bolt into a shiny new lighter with a steampunk aesthetic. While the reused steel was only used for its main chamber, the additional brass pieces really give it a finished look.

Pallet Wood Wardrobe

Pallet Wood Wardrobe

Inspired by the eponymous piece of furniture in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Epic UpCycling set about the task of building his own wardrobe, only this one is made entirely out of recycled timber gathered from old shipping pallets. He even managed to reuse the rusty old nails. Now how to get to Narnia?

Nail into Sword

Nail into Sword

After digging up a rusty old nail from his yard, maker Bobby Duke transformed the nasty looking old piece of scrap metal into a beautiful miniature sword that’s fit for a tiny warrior. Along the way, he made a custom forge from a paint can, some concrete, and blow torches.

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.

Making a Stove from Wheel Rims

Making a Stove from Wheel Rims

Wheel rims from a car seem like an odd material for building a wood-burning stove, but that’s exactly what André Göbel of Create Custom Designs did, a set of old steel rims to provide the structure for a cylindrical stove inspired by Bullerjan stoves, which use bent pipes to circulate cold air from the bottom and out of its top.

Machine Dismantles a Car

Machine Dismantles 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.

Making Stuff from Dead Laptops

Making Stuff from Dead Laptops

Do you have an old, broken laptop lying around? Don’t just toss it in the trash. As DIY Perks shows us, there are a bunch of goodies inside that you can recycle to make things like stereo speakers, lighting fixtures, artworks, and more.

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Wrench into Tomahawk

Wrench into Tomahawk

We rather enjoy watching tools being recycled to serve another purpose besides their original use. In this clip from Hassan “Habu” Abu-Izmero, he takes us through the process of transforming an old steel box wrench into a razor-sharp axe.

Bolt Into Combo Lock

Bolt Into Combo Lock

We always enjoy watching craftspeople turn objects intended for one thing into something entirely different. In this clip from My Mechanics, offers up one off the more impressive transformations we’ve seen, reworking an ordinary stainless steel bolt and a brass rod into a working combination lock.

What Happens to Hotel Soap?

What Happens to Hotel Soap?

While some hotels are moving to larger, bottled bath products to reduce waste, there are still many who provide individually packaged soaps and toiletries. Tech Insider introduces us to Clean the World, a socially-responsible enterprise that takes these items, sanitizes, recycles, and donates them to populations in need.

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.

Feel the Peel Machine

Feel the Peel Machine

Created by Carlo Ratti for Italian energy company ENI, this unique kiosk is designed to show how technology can enable sustainability. Its long, circular rail gradually releases oranges to be juiced, then dries and mills the discarded peels to create a bioplastic filament used by a 3D printer to make biodegradable cups.

The Typewriter Sculptor

The Typewriter Sculptor

In this episode of Wired’s Obsessed, they introduce us to Jeremy Mayer, an artist who creates truly incredible sculptures of birds, people, and other living things entirely from old typewriter parts. Check out more of his works on his Instagram feed.

VIA Waterproof Shoes

VIA Waterproof Shoes

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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