Awesome Recycling

Bureo Recycled Net Skateboards

Bureo Recycled Net Skateboards
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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.

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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.

Trash Animal Street Art

Trash Animal Street Art

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.

From Saw Blade to Drawknife

From Saw Blade to Drawknife

John Heisz previously showed us how to take an old saw blade and turn it into a folding knife. Now he applies his craftsmanship to transforming a rusty circular saw blade into an elegant, traditional woodworking tool.

From Photocopiers to Trumpets

From Photocopiers to Trumpets

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.

Mosevic Solid Denim Eyewear

Mosevic Solid Denim Eyewear
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Mosevic creates its sunglass frames using resin-coated layers of denim, gathered from discarded and damaged jeans. The end result is not only a stunning design, but a great statement on sustainability. Each comes with quality Zeiss polarized lenses.

Epson PaperLab

Epson PaperLab

An all-in-one paper recycling machine. Instead of sending used paper to remote facilities and then buying recycled paper, PaperLab will let businesses recycle A3 or A4 sheets on their own. It makes up to 14 sheets of paper per minute. It will debut in Japan in 2016.

Recycling Clothing

Recycling Clothing

When you think of recycling, the materials that come to mind are paper, plastic and metals. But thanks to Phoenix Fibers and Bonded Logic, denim jeans and cotton clothing can now be transformed into insulation and acoustic panels for homes and buildings.

The Bucket Board

The Bucket Board

This past Earth Day, artist Mac Premo teamed up with skateboard makers Sanford Shapes to create a series of decks using old plastic paint buckets as their medium. They made forty boards, and gave them away to kids in NYC and LA.

Skateboard Wall Lights

Skateboard Wall Lights
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eBay seller andyshinkage turns discarded skateboard decks into eye-catching wall lamps. He makes light bulb mounts that thread through where the trucks used to be and places a 12W LED bulb in place of the wheels.

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How Rubber Mats are Made

How Rubber Mats are Made

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.

The Bucket Board

The Bucket Board

Director Mac Premo and skateboard shop Sanford Shapes turned discarded buckets and plywood into skateboard decks as their contribution to Do The Green Thing’s Everyday Things collection.

DecksTop

DecksTop

A large table with a top made of recycled skateboard decks. Dutch company Focused breaks down worn out or defective decks into sticks then glues them together by hand to create one large work surface. Available in two sizes.

Homeless Homes Project

Homeless Homes Project

Founded by Gregory Kloehn, the Homeless Homes Project turns found objects and other discarded materials into tiny homes for the homeless. Each home is relatively easy to transport and has a unique personality.

From Poop to Potable Water

From Poop to Potable Water

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates checks out the Janicki OmniProcessor. It extracts clean water and ash and generates electricity from sewage sludge. Not only could it save lives, it could also make waste profitable.

Magnetic Driftwood Boards

Magnetic Driftwood Boards
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Magnetic boards made from planks and poles found along European and West Asian beaches, as indicated by the geographical coordinates branded on each board. Each board even comes with a photo taken when it was found.

The Electronic Afterlife

The Electronic Afterlife

Gadget reseller Gizmogul gives us a peek at life in Agbogbloshie, Ghana, the world’s largest electronics dump. Parts of the junk in Agbogbloshie are sold or recycled but the rest are burned, polluting the town with toxic fumes.

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Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer

Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer

will.i.am introduces 3DSystems’ Ekocycle Cube, a compact 3D printer designed to create objects using 25% post-consumer materials. We only wish you could stick plastic bottles directly into it instead of having to buy cartridges.

CRT Glass Coasters

CRT Glass Coasters

Fireclay Tile wants to turn used glass from old TVs and computer monitors and convert them into coasters, but they need your help to buy the molds. The glass they will use is from a recycling plant and is proven to be lead-free.

NPR: Recycling Bottles

NPR: Recycling Bottles

NPR’s Planet Money visited a recycling plant and a bottle manufacturing facility in to see how used bottles are recycled. They found out that it takes less energy to turn recycled glass into bottles than if raw materials were used.

Solecan

Solecan

A trash can made of recycled plastic. It has two separate compartments to make it easier to sort recyclables. When the compartments are full, simply snap them apart and transfer their contents.

Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

A short profile by Etsy on Carolina Fontoura Alzaga, a seller who manifests her passion for recycling and the environment by making chandeliers and light fixtures out of used bicycle parts.

MUG Pub Takeaway Beer

MUG Pub Takeaway Beer

A concept for a takeaway beer four-pack that retains the form of the traditional beer pint using recyclable paper cups. Designed by Ivan Maximov for the Russian beer pub chain MUG.

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