De-brand Recycled Clothes

Make good use of your designer label clothing by recycling them at de-brand, the latest social conscious aware enterprise to open in Vancouver.

Most people toss their used clothing into the garbage, some may give to some sort of charity, while others leave them collect dust in the cupboard, but most of them are not going to turn into collectors items. So why not recycle them?

With backing from a whole range of well known Canadian businesses, such as Lulemon, London Drugs, RBC (Royal Bank of Canada), ScotiaBank, Nature’s Path, local government and others, de-brand offers safe and secure garment recycling with a creative and environmentally responsible approach to textile and clothing disposal, even taking in used police uniforms.

de-brand is located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside which happens to be one of Canada’s poorest areas (and which sits next to the wealthy downtown business and commercial district). It is hoped that de-brand and other like-minded businesses will help revitalize and benefit the local community.

The processed fibers are reused in new products; reducing harmful textile waste that otherwise goes to landfills or incinerators, reducing pollution and helping create a cradle-to-cradle commodity process.

March 2, 2012

Upcycled Coffee Cup Art

New Yorkers consume a lot of coffee, just behind Chicago, so artist Gwyneth Leech’s disposable coffee cup art display is right at home in NY.

Since last September Leech has hand drawn on her used disposable coffee cups, collected over a number of years. Her work has been on display at the Flatiron Building, and her 800 hand-drawn cups drew a lot of attention, hopefully sending a message about recycling to those coffee-thirsty New Yorkers.

The coffee cup creations had abstract art through to city scenes, as well as a few portraits of passers. The cups themselves were strung up and gently moved as heated air rose inside the display space, and were illuminated at night.

Maybe Leech can artistically upcycle unused coffee-cups so that people can buy their favorite design, and perhaps then they will use them more than once, and afterwards recycle them.

February 22, 2012

Recycled Trash Park Art

American artist Gregory Euclide creates his stunning miniature ‘held within what hung open and made to lie without escape’ landscape installations from trash collected and recycled from local parks.

The installation includes a landscape painting that measures 7ft x 5ft (2.13m x 1.52m) with a running river, made from paper, that leaves the canvas and flows into a riverbed. Real park boulders provided mold shapes that became rock outcrops made from paper, and sliced-open plastic bottles, filled with sand, became a paper forest.

The recycled plastic, foams, paper, hair and rocks form dioramas that the artist sees as the ‘same kind of fake control over nature that allows us to be comfortable with the destruction of it’. Other materials used by Euclide included acrylic paints, acrylic caulk, eurocast, fern, goldenrod, hosta, lawn fertilizer, moss, pencil, and sponge.

February 16, 2012

Modern Fish and Chip Bag

New Zealand-based creative designer Casey Ng has redesigned the fabled fish and chip wrapper into a BoxBag combo paper bag and stiffer dish-like base, with a perforated strip between the two. Ng’s BoxBag idea sprung from wanting to combine a more modern fish and chip wrapper, but one that can still be ripped open, with a newspaper flyer inside and be disposed of like the traditional newsprint wrapper.

Inside the BoxBag, a sheet of newspaper is printed with local information, for the fish and chip eater to read and learn something about the place where they have just bought the fish and chips. According to Ng’s website, New Zealand’s iconic fish and chip shops serve up about seven million servings of chips a week, or about 120,000 tonnes a year. So his BoxBag could be in high demand, as it offers the same grease absorbing features as traditional newsprint wrapping, better heat insulation, a handy rigid bowl to hold your scrumptious fish and chips, and some local news to boot.

Casey Ng’s BoxBag

The BoxBag comes flat packed and can be unfurled to the length needed to wrap your fish and chips, and does not have newsprint ink like the traditional wrapper which used to leave your greasy fingers blackened after enjoying your take-out meal.

November 25, 2011

Plastic Bottle Shelves

African recycled plastic laundry soap bottles are cut in half and made into useful shelves by Amandine. The shelves are supported by recycled cardboard.

Visit the Mamawax website to check out a host of amazing recycling innovations.

November 19, 2011