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The Cineroleum. Film’er up!

May 21, 2012 in Recycling

With a mere budget of 6,500£, a collective of artists, designers, and architects transformed an abandoned gas station in central London into … the Cineroleum, a street-side, hand-built cinema. The Cineroleum was conceived and constructed by the Assemble collective in just three weeks during the summer of 2010 using donated and found materials, and with [...]

Ciguë. A second [and much more aesthetically pleasing] life for objects.

April 20, 2012 in Recycling

Ciguë, based in Montreuil – the burgeoning creative suburb of Paris, is a unique architecture collective that explores design through a DIY hands-on process.  Instead of relying primarily on sketches, [the six architects that make up Ciguë] focus on handling and understanding materials, objects, and surroundings to inspire their creations. Though the collective is not regimented [...]

TinkerToys. E-waste to e-toys.

April 2, 2012 in Appropriate Technology, Recycling

Designer/engineer Dhairya Dand is the brain behind ThinkerToys, an open-source project to recycle and convert electronic waste into fun, educational toys. Dand, a researcher at Singapore’s Keio-NUS Cute Center and Mixed Reality Lab, developed the idea for ThinkerToys during a trip to Cambodia, where he witnessed a landfill site just outside of Phnom Penh brimming with [...]

Newspaper knitting. Zero impact global art.

March 2, 2012 in Recycling

Italian artist / ecologist Ivano Vitali combines newspaper recycling and knitting to produce extraordinarily-woven clothing and objects. Vitali upcycles old newspaper by cutting the newspaper into strips, twisting and overlapping the strips into taut long string pieces which he then rolls into a “newspaper yarn ball” – without the use of dyes nor glue. With large [...]

COCO-MAT. Sleep on nature.

February 15, 2012 in Recycling

COCO-MAT, based in Athens, Greece, makes idyllic mattresses using 100% natural raw materials from sustainable sources.  Moreover, COCO-MAT does not use metals nor chemicals, and during the manufacturing process, COCO-MAT recycles 96% of waste products (re. converting leftover coco fibre into slippers). “If there is a purpose in nature, it is not to serve mankind, but [...]

Gobi. The new way to drink water.

January 13, 2012 in Efficiency, Recycling

Based in Paris, France, Gobilab has recently commercialized the Gobi, an ergonomic, eco-friendly,  and beautifully-designed water bottle.  And above all, Made In France. It’s interesting as an American living in Paris to read about this “new way to drink water”, when in the US, people have been toting around reusable water bottles, including the Nalgene [...]

Greenbean Recycle. What’s your impact?

December 9, 2011 in Recycling

Greenbean Recycle, located in Somerville, MA, creates physical networks of “recycling machines” for individuals/teams to make money and compete while recycling! A Greenbean machine is a reverse vending machine (RVM) often seen in grocery stores to deposit bottles and cans. “Zoe”, the Greenbean machine in the MIT Student Center The Greenbean machine differs from traditional [...]

TerraCycle. Outsmart waste.

November 29, 2011 in Recycling

TerraCycle, based in Trenton, NJ, is a for-profit company that upcycles and recycles traditionally non-recyclable waste – into creative consumer products. Even in a city like Cambridge that has a very progressive recycling program (yay for recycling coffee cups and pizza boxes!), there are so many products that are not recycled – and that could [...]

Recyclebank. Be green. And get rewarded for it.

November 14, 2011 in Recycling

Recyclebank, based in NYC, partners with hundreds of companies worldwide (including Coca Cola, Kashi, Brita) in creating a platform for consumers to a) take small actions like a quiz about water consumption or a pledge to recycle your Kashi cereal boxes, and b) be rewarded for the actions with awesome deals like 20% off shoes.com [...]

Clivus New England. Protect and conserve water and soil.

November 10, 2011 in Recycling

Clivus New England is the industry leader in composting waste treatment and greywater technologies. I was at Walden Pond the other day, and after coming out of the public toilets, I saw this sign: That’s right — during that specific trip to the bathroom, I saved 97% of water (as compared to a conventional 1.6 gallon [...]

Free Geek. Recycle computer technology.

November 4, 2011 in Recycling

Electronic waste.  A vast topic, issue, disaster, pile of dangerous shit – whatever you want to call it – for one blog post. But today we’ll focus on Free Geek, a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon with a two-fold mission: 1) recycle technology in a clean, safe, and responsible manner and 2) provide access [...]

Chainwork. A side by side video of product vs. waste flow.

October 31, 2011 in Recycling

This video is simple.  But genius. Chainwork (Trabajo en cadena) from basurama on Vimeo. It’s brought to you by Basurama, a forum for discussion and reflection on trash, waste and reuse.  Basurama started and is based in Madrid – but it’s found its way to Cambridge, MA with TransTrash, a project/exhibition specifically aimed at making [...]