Upcycled Fashion: Bike Tube Coin Purse

bike tube coin purseThese are pretty awesome – Brandy began collecting discarded bike tubes and upcycling them into bags, wallets and even earrings!

Check out the Moab Bag Company on ETSY.

Upcycled for a Cause: Kustawi Handbags

Kustawi ProjectIn Swahili, the language spoken in Kenya, Kustawi means, “to thrive”.  KUSTAWI is a line of handbags made from hand rolled paper beads which are skillfully created by the students in Right 2 Thrive’s Empowerment Program.

The paper beads are made from readily available recycled paper products such as, magazines, posters and calendars.  The class and materials are offered to the students for free, providing community members an opportunity to learn a skill. Students are paid a fair wage for their product, enabling them to earn money to support themselves and their families.

KUSTAWI bags are currently on display in the RJM showroom in New York City.  See more on Facebook.


Paper Bag Floors

Paper Bag FloorInstead of creating a fire hazard by stuffing your grocery bags between your fridge and your counter, why not throw down a new floor in your house, instead?

Look this up at Recyclart.com.  (Try not to get sucked in to the gloriousness of that site so long that you alert your superiors at work.  I don’t want that guilt hanging over my head.)

Huge Galvanized Sink

big tub sinkWeekend To Do List: Add another bathroom for the sole purpose of owning this incredible sink!

Found it at decoholic.

No Sew Shirt Napkins

Shirt NapkinsThis is an awesome idea made even better by the fact that there is no sewing involved!

Found this and the tutorial at toomuchtime.

Upcycled For A Cause: Coke Earrings

Coke EaringsOn many mornings in Aqaba, ladies could be singing, laughing, talking, and drinking tea while creating unique hand made items…from trash. The passer by would never imagine the path these ladies have taken to get to the center each day- divorced, orphaned, widowed, or married to a man who already has many wives, many struggling to pay for basic needs. Amidst the rubble, these ladies arrive with dignity each day, empowered to craft items to provide for the needs of themselves and their family.

Green Creations started in December of 2009 as a World Associates project to train individuals to use recycled materials to create income generating products such as beads, jewelry, bags, bowls, purses, baskets and more.  These items are marketed and sold to the tourist market in Aqaba and in a variety of venues in the United States.

Read more at greencreations

Jeney: I’d Eat David

Violet, during a quiet moment hiking with a group in Yosemite:

If it was just me and David left, I’d eat David.

Upcycled Art: Tin Can Robot Art

It makes me laugh – I like it.

Found it at spoonful.

Upcycled Lighting: Washing Machine Drum

Drum Lamps

Willem Heeffer, a Dutch designer based in Helsinki, Finland recently shared some of his work with us.  The used washing machine drums are salvaged from a local recycling center and given a new life as a lamp.

“When I work with old materials I take them out of context, use it in an unexpected way to create something new. ”

Check out the whole brilliant site!

Upcycled Wine Country: Wine Bottle Ceterpiece

Simple & Elegant.

Found them at weddingbee

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