“biodegradable tableware influenced by fruits and vegetables”
chinese designer qiyun deng is the creator of graft — a set of disposable tableware referencing the textured skins of fruits and vegetables. made from a bioplastic derived from renewable resources, the series of utensils is completely biodegradable, solving the environmental problem typically prevalent in disposable products. the project blends the texture and color of culinary items into the cutlery, visualizing their source materials: the leaf of an artichoke becomes the bowl of a soup spoon, a stalk of celery transforms into the handle of a fork, a pineapple stem is the blade of a knife, and a whole carrot acts as the grip of a small spoon.
“This Awesome Mech Used To Be Just A Normal, Everyday Truck”
Looking at pictures of ProgV's mech, you can see some obvious hints here and there of its former life as a car—the headlights, for example. What's less subtle is it's awesomeness.
"I disassembled my dad’s old Nissan truck which he doesn’t use anymore," ProgV wrote on deviantART. One car wasn’t enough to make this beast, though. “I also went to a car disassemble center many times to buy mechanical parts,” ProgV explained. Altogether, the mech took a month to make and required the purchase of over a ton in parts. And it has a name of course: MA-TP, which stands for “Mobile Armored Tactical Platform.”
“Yesterday Reclaimed: Blue Collar Bench”
I always like career stories that start off with, “I needed a change from the corporate world, so…” Usually the story ends with that person taking a risk to follow their passion, to do something that feeds their soul.
That change of direction happened to the guys behind Yesterday Reclaimed of Culpepper, Virginia. Roque Castro, Curtis T. Hooch, Ryan P. Chachi, Kelsey C & Beth C. have found a common bond in letting go of stressful jobs in exchange for crafting cool stuff on their own terms. Their most popular creation thus far has been the Blue Collar Bench, made from vintage tailgates.
You need to disinfect your water but you have nothing to boil it and you have run out of your water purifying tablets. So what do you do now? Fill those clear plastic coke bottles up with water and then set out in the sun for at least 5 hours. Now drink up!
“mokuseiderz: recycled drumstick robots”
a side project of japan’s noah sound studio, the ‘mokuseiderz' are warrior figurines made from broken drumsticks. these robot-like toys are the latest product thought up as a way to recycle wast from over- enthusiastic drummers, with pens and keychains also available from the miidori website.
We need a better process to reverse-engineer cars. I’ve commented on similar posts about this topic of automotive-related waste but it’s a huge resource of materials that can be properly recycled (glass, metals, plastics, textiles) and then re-used.
Currently, this is conventional method of how we deal with cars that have met the end of their product lifecycle.
We can do much better….we have to.