Optimus Prime Replica Built From Junk, Still Rallies Autobots

January 25, 2010 / 1 Comment

Transformers are a surefire way to get attention, and Optimus Prime of course is quite high on the list there. The 14-foot replica of Optimus Prime you see here was built by a Taiwanese fan, and he built it all out of junk. Though very clearly, and quite obviously the replica does not match its inspiration of Optimus from Revenge ...

Cut and Paste: Exhibition of Repurposed Junk at Royal Ontario Museum

January 25, 2010 / No Comments

People make a number of useful and interesting things by using material discarded as junk. Call it repurposing, upcycling or any other name, the result mostly is praise worthy. Case in point: the Cut and Paste exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum. The exhibition showcases designs/ products from Canadian designers. All of the items on display here have been created ...

London Olympic Stadium to use Recycled Knives and Guns For Construction

January 20, 2010 / 1 Comment

The 2012 London Olympics is getting closer, and an interesting detail about the green Olympic stadium has come into the light. As is well known, the London Olympics will have an environment friendly Cloud Tower, but that isn't the only green thing. The stadium will use recycled guns and knives as construction material.

Custom Grandfather Clock Covered in Discarded Plastic Toys

January 11, 2010 / 1 Comment

This Westminster Chiming Grandfather Clock was custom made by London based designer Ryan McElhinney for a client who resides in The Palms, Dubai. In essence, the clock is a Grandfather clock with a working Westminster Chime mechanism, coated with plastic toys put together. The chime mechanism in the clock chimes every 15 minutes.

Discarded Cardboard Boxes Sculpted Into a Lamborghini

January 11, 2010 / 4 Comments

Supermarkets everywhere through out a lot of cardboard boxes every day. So, finding "raw material" could not have been a problem for artist/ designer Florian Pugnaire. His artwork titled "freeway storage" uses these discarded cardboard boxes as the building material, and transforms those discarded boxes into the iconic shape of a Lamborghini.

Sony Unveils Vaio W Series Eco Edition at CES

January 8, 2010 / No Comments

Sony displayed its green offering at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show, and that came in the form of the Vaio W Series "Eco Edition." The small laptop with big environmental credentials, quite appropriately has a plastic enclosure made from 23% reycled CDs. And probably just to show off the laptop's environment love, the plastic enclosure is green tinted.

H&M and Wal-Mart Destroy and Dump Unneeded Clothes

January 8, 2010 / 4 Comments

What would you expect two of US's largest retail chains, H&M and Wal-Mart, to do with merchandise they don't need anymore - to be specific, clothes? Any normal person's first reply would be "donate them to a charity", or "sell them at huge discounts". So how does "tear them up so noone can use them and throw them out in ...

Guatemala School Built With Trash and Plastic Bottles as Construction Material

January 7, 2010 / No Comments

A school in Guatemela stands as an example of how trash can be put to good use, and create pocket friendly structures. Built in the village of Granados in central Guatemala, this school made use of the abundant plastic waste in the surroundings, using the trash in its construction. The idea was put forward by Peace Corps volunteer Laura Kutner, ...

Plastic Recycled Into Solar Sling Tote Bags

January 6, 2010 / 3 Comments

Ready for a debut at the upcoming CES is this recycled sling tote bag, that probably needs to recycle its name into something better first. This one is called 4U2ReUSE Solar Sling, and that isn't quite a catchy name, even though the form and style of the bag are very interesting. Plastics of course, are big villians of the environment ...

How To Be Green In The New Year – Part 1

January 4, 2010 / No Comments

I was searching the web for “Green New Year” and found the perfect way to bring in a Green New Year. Not only that, but I found it at Target!