“It was a snowball effect leading to the intersection of my enhanced awareness of the sheer volume of material I was responsible for nationally distributing through my roles as a buyer/VP, and this surge of sustainably made products I saw while doing sourcing work,” he said.
So what does the Renewal Workshop sell? Unique, restored activewear diverted from landfills and offered at significantly discounted prices. From its Cascade Locks repair facility, the Workshop intercepts articles of clothing from some of the biggest West Coast names in the outdoor clothing industry (think Prana, Ibex, and Mountain Khakis) that—due to small tears, sewing malfunctions, discolorations, and the like—have been deemed unfit for regular retail and normally would be on their way to landfills. Instead, the Renewal Workshop founders have worked out a unique arrangement with these companies: rather than trash these items, they’re gifted, and shipped, to Cascade Locks, to be washed and mended back to retail quality.
Fugitive Glue has made a variety of items from light fixtures, to stools, to an art installation in 2012. (Samson Wong)
“[It’s] where we isolate a waste stream, collect batches of that base material, come up with a design and create products,” says Jano Badovinac, 39, the mastermind behind the six-year-old company. In this case, “We’d collect propane tanks from decommissioning stations, clean them, cut them down, weld them into something.”
“The vision behind Upcycle Oregon is to draw our community and our home state together as thoughtful consumers and creative re-users,” Greene said. “It’s our goal that visitors who attend this free community event will leave with inspiration and practical ideas for making creative reuse a regular part of their lives.”
The design collaboration between local furniture maker Stephen Kenn and the menswear label Longjourney includes armchairs made from repurposed leather motorcycle jackets and a sofa upcycled from vintage sweatshirts. (Stephen Kenn X Longjourney)
From afar, the pieces appear to be stylish and modern versions of standard-issue living room furniture. But, upon closer examination, the upholstery covering the chairs is recognizable as patchworked panels from vintage black leather motorcycle jackets. And, while you’d have absolutely no way of knowing it, the eight cushions covering the polished black nickel sofa frame began life as an armload of sweatshirts and tent canvas before being washed, dyed, combed and waxed into a second career, and that some of the frame’s supporting straps are repurposed straps from military parachutes.
Design and Build masterminds Matt Vaughn (L) and David Spangler (R) unleash their creativity in each furniture piece. Photo courtesy: REvision Division.
“Eberhard’s influence helped us shift from a value-added mindset to actively pursuing difficult-to-divert materials from the waste stream — shifting the focus to education outreach and behavior change,” Gisclair notes. “We wanted people to see the value and what the possibilities are to repurpose materials that are widely perceived as trash — wooden or flooring shorts, frame pieces, things that we wouldn’t normally accept at the RE Store.”
Bob Falk is a veteran building material reuse and deconstruction expert. One could say he wrote the book on how to salvage building materials. Unbuilding: Salvaging the Architectural treasures of unwanted Houses was released in 2007 as the first book taking you through the process of deconstructing a building. The topic was so new that the publishers had a hard time finding a category for it. To this day you can find Unbuilding in construction, green building, woodworking, waste diversion and other various places.
Bob has a PhD in engineering and works at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin as a Research Engineer. Bob has published extensively on the recycling and reuse of wood materials.
Bob shares his house remodel progress below.
“My daughter Abby helping me lay radiant tubing in my new woodshop. Blue foam insulation is salvaged.
Reclaimed steel framework for garage…from an old coal plant. I designed and welded up all the components.
All insulation on the inside are industrial seconds from a insulation manufacturer. Garage doors are salvaged and rebuilt.
Industrial lighting made from glass and steel providing style while adding a modern presence to your kitchen, office or restaurant.
Wire Coil Glass Toroid Pendant Light™ 580 Lumen LED dimming
Inspired by Tesla’s Induction Coil Transformer featuring a toroid (cylinder) made from a wine bottle shade hand wrapped with reflective metal wire winding.
The suspended 580 Lumen LED bulb beams, reflects and shimmers off the wire strands beaming through the glass shade with a focused task light at the bottom of the cylinder to deliver plenty of light to a table or counter. A warm reflective glow spills out of the top.
All Railroadware fixtures are made in the USA meeting all NEC Standards and can be tested & UL labeled if needed for an additional cost. The pendant comes ready to hang with instructions, canopy, hardware and LED bulb.
Inquire about our 12V LED Monopoint fixture systems that are UL Listed. This fixture works on a variety of monorail track light series – WAC, H, J & L (See additional lights & accessories for additional options)
APPLICATION: Kitchen Island, hallway, living room, dining room, coffee bar, restaurant, foyer, lobby, bedroom…
Customers & friends will notice and appreciate the optical performance & origins of these fixtures.
Includes: (ready to hang,
+ Metal coil glass shade 3″ dia. 6″ tall. Total fixture measures 7″ tall with cord grip.
+ Brass hardware ring inside glass toroid shade.
+ Cord – 60″ adj. 3 wire cord (white & black) additional length available
+ Base – Candelabra base porcelain socket set
+ LED Bulb – 120V 6W 580 Lumens/ 60W equal, 360 degree, 2700K warm white, No UV no IR
+ Canopy – Metal 5″ ceiling canopy, cross bar with two screws and an adjustable cord grip. (white, black & metal)
Weight: 3 LBS
Box Size: 6x6x8
Shipping: 2-4 weeks
Robertson shared that the store has been doing well so far, and that word seems to be getting out. Because Booth 121 features the work of many different artists, the inventory is always changing.
Robertson is, however, still looking for more artists to share their projects in her store. She explained that she works with artists on a commission-based split and tries to keep consignment rates reasonable.
For Robertson, opening her own business has required hard work and long hours, but she said it’s all worth it.
“It’s what you do when your job is your passion” she said.
Leah Robertson, who has enjoyed creating upcycled treasures for several years, opened a retail store called Booth 121 in November. The store, which is located at 6203 Monona Drive, features Robertson’s work, as well as projects created by a number of other artists.
A Christmas tree made from thrifted pulleys, a rusty bracket, a bag of little bells, a blue toy truck all on a well worn shallow metal dish.
Today and tomorrow marks the culmination of a Scotland-wide, eight-week social media campaign to encourage people to upcycle and re-use furniture.
“Re-using things – whether that be through upcycling, donating unwanted items, or buying from a re-use store not only saves money – it is one of the best options for the environment since it prevents waste going to landfill and lowers the carbon emissions associated with manufacturing new items.”
Earlier this year the Chicago Department of Aviation changed the size of banner advertisements allowed at Chicago O’Hare, which meant that more than 20 United banners were unusable. Our Eco-Skies team saw this as an opportunity to “upcycle” the materials rather than throw them away. The practice of upcycling allows us to repurpose materials in a creative way to create something truly one of a kind.
The contemporary lighting company, Varaluz, embraces the concept of upcycling wholeheartedly, fashioning a range of modern pendant lamps, wall lights and chandeliers by repurposing existing materials.
All aboard functional piece of heavy duty Railroadware. This unique shelving & product display system is an ideal way to display and feature your favorite cans & bottles. It can handle the job storing your products with an attractive rustic style, industrial old world charm and functionality. Your favorite bottle or can is the locomotive. (Fine wines or beer not included.)
Used in restaurants, bars, and homes, The storage system comes with 2-spikes, 2-rebar rails, 2- cast iron escutcheon washer2 ½” dia. and 2-wood screws 1/4″x 2″ that can be removed and replaced with any hardware you need.
Custom sizes and longer trains are available. Each track carries a train featuring your bottles and cans. You can stack you precious cargo on the rails or purchase multiple shelves. Orient them east or west bound either way they make a nice addition to your kitchen or bar station.
Attach to wall studs @ 32” O.C. or consult contractor for drywall or other installation. Extra Additional RR spike brackets and ½” rebar gauge track available.
We upcycle and repurpose common industrial artifacts transforming them into products that provide a historical accent to commercial or residential spaces. Combining the ruggedness of upcycled industrial steel and glass, our products add distinctive depth and texture to your decor without overwhelming. They are also delightfully functional and all made in USA.
Chris Tymoshuk from Troutdale, Ore., carved his silent auction lamp from a recycled Disney trivia tin with a torch. It is valued at $100.
“This year, as we expand the second annual Upcycle! Art Fest to two days, we have decided to also offer more auction pieces from our artists,” said Upcycle! committee chair Barb Rogers. “We are thrilled that already Andrew Corke has donated another unique collector’s piece. His work is an amazing representation of the upcycling concept. Two other artists have also agreed to contribute pieces, and we are expecting more.”
The designers at FOCUSED have been teaming up with skate shops and factories all throughout Europe to collect old skateboards, and give them new life as beautifully crafted tables.
Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch counties recently held a contest to see who could best upcycle used furniture. A bench made from an old headboard was the winning piece, submitted by Joli Pichot, of Ogden. (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity)
The company, which is based in Oakland, CA. works with Bay Area designers and artisans to make furniture and accessories that feature reclaimed fire hose, keeping them out of the landfill.
Heather Wobbe, SFA graduate, created this upcycled art piece last year. Habitat for Humanity’s Upcycle Fair and Art show will include craft tables, contests, food, drinks, games and more.
Carlo Sampietro created the Cloche Sofa after seeing a section of sewage pipe abandoned by a construction site, its spot being fit for replacement with a new set of tubes.
“What sets us apart is we are not a thrift store, nor are we an antique store. We are more like a page out of Pinterest. We take items with good bones and repurpose them. Sometimes we have to combine pieces to make a unique accent piece. Other times we feel the piece is in need of hand-painted art to set it apart and give it that great new life it deserves. We also paint and repurpose for others who have the piece they want to keep in the family, but do not have the vision we have. Or, they may just not have the ability or location to do the work on their own.”
With a simple piece of metal, wood picked up from the street and a desire to create and transform, since 2010 a group of homeless people construct stools, lamps and other pieces of furniture. The project has won awards; however, until now, the most important recognition has been a collaboration with the company Camper to decorate one of its shops with the furniture.
While it’s true that the “3Rs” have become a catalyzing movement of our times, the “reuse” part of this waste management trilogy is often overlooked. Thanks to ReuseConex, the International Reuse Conference & Expo, this is about to change!
If you work with a local reuse organization, if you shop at thrift stores or online resellers, if you buy or sell reusables, if you’re interested in green-collar jobs, and if you’re concerned about climate change – then join us for ReuseConex!
The theme for ReuseConex 2014 is Innovate. Transform. Sustain. — and we hope you’ll join us while we explore new methods and replicable models to make reuse work for your community. At ReuseConex you will find out more about the “triple bottom line” benefits of reuse, learn from and share best practices, and network with leaders in the reuse industry. Join us!
Bureo designs and manufactures a unique line of sustainable skateboards. Bureo’s innovative boards are manufactured in Chile through the team’s initiative, ‘Net Positiva’, Chile’s first ever fishnet collection & recycling program. Net Positiva provides fisherman with environmentally sound disposal points, while Bureo receives highly recyclable and durable raw materials. By offering recycled high quality products, Bureo enables ethically conscious consumers to support recycling development and job growth for local inhabitants.
via Bureo Skateboards.
Timbuktu, in partnership with TerraCycle, has done so, and the resulting product is not only practical and beautiful, but it’s also highly practical. The company’s new bag design uses vintage US Postal Service mail bags, sourced by TerraCycle, for the raw material, which then get turned into a high quality messenger bag capable of hauling all of your work and play gear comfortably.
SOLO creates chic one of a kind furnishings and home accessories using recycled and repurposed materials. Based out of Chicago, the studio works with many local businesses to collect objects and give them new life.
The finished product is now the Central Saint Martins’ new Front Parlour, which highlights and celebrates repaired objects given new life, and evoking thought on the idea of scarcity. It asks viewers to explore and think about the potential of what is left behind by our consumerist society.
One Ball State University student designed an airplane disassembly factory to make recycling easier. Photo: Designed by Joshua Stowers
“A colleague of mine, we were sitting around one time, and I was telling him that there should be better ways to do architecture with new materials,” Eggink says of how he came up with the idea. “Then I remembered going to Arizona and scanning their graveyards — their boneyards. We have all these materials there. Nothing was happening to them, nobody was collecting them and nobody was using them.”
Though recycling airplanes and old structures for architecture is not a new concept, Eggink believes his students have the imagination and creativity to elevate aero-architecture to the next level.
“This is the kind of project that is of their generation,” Eggink says. “These are issues that they’re going to be facing. In architecture, our students try to solve problems, and throwing this curveball at architecture students is fantastic. They don’t know the end result, and they really have to work on it.”
Web Urbanist has the best articles day and night.
A simple wooden stick-frame approach made it possible to construct the building inexpensively, using largely local building techniques and upcycled materials. The project’s “main aim is to generate a sustainable, ecological, alternative building system and urban water culture for the teeming population of Africa’s coastal regions.”
This post is dedicated to my friend Dorothy – who often seems hunted and wounded by her own bikes.
This trash-taking approach naturally requires a degree of planning and preparedness but also a sense of the impromptu – much like other forms of ad hoc guerrilla street art.
Tom Cross, tattooist and artist based in Broomfield CO (Denver metro area), first used a repurposed satellite dish as protection from the elements for a well and pump at an off-grid property, and then took that idea a step further by creating an installation of them in front of the Smokey Banana Tattoo shop, where they serve as “a shaded area for customers, employees, friends and the occasional Mexican wrestling match.”
PLACE. CULTURE. COMMUNITY.
The challenge: design a small, outdoor community gathering space which exhibits exemplary design using reuse materials.
This year the competition combines issues of program, culture and context to the challenge of designing with reuse materials. We are asking you to design a space that will allow Hope House (a non-profit outreach program for the inner-city of Wake Forest, NC) to continue growing by moving some of its programs outside. This will solve their need for space and increase their connection to the neighborhood.
We selected “Porch” as the theme for our 2014 ReSpace competition because porches are a key element of the southern vernacular. They are central to southern culture. They are a primary place where neighbors gather, socialize and become a community.
A total of $2,000 in awards will be presented to three winners. The Grand Prize winner’s design will be constructed on site overseen by Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and will receive $1,000 in prize money.
Scott and I are participating a local upcycle project called the Unhinged Challenge. It’s hosted by the Philadelphia Home Show and Habitat for Humanity and we’re super excited to share what we’ve been working on! We were asked to source and repurpose a door from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and turn it into a functional item or hand painted pieces of art. Here are the details…
We visited the Philadelphia Restore and choose this beautiful lightweight bifold door. It looks brand new and we could see it would create a great box shape! So we tossed around a few ideas… we wanted to create something visually beautiful, modern and useful. Then we came up with the Garden Bento Box.
If you like this design vote for them here!
Don Knight / The Herald Bulletin From left, Heather Chandler-Robleto and Jason Crist are owners of What Workz in Anderson. What Workz has been open for three months but Crist and Chandler-Robleto want to celebrate with an open house noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Even the space itself fights convention. The building used to be a liquor store and the owners are using it to their advantage.
Along the back wall they converted freezers that once stored cold beer into a giant tool box. Customers can peer through the glass doors at the materials and watch the two in their workshop.
“We want people to see us at work,” Crist said. “I don’t mind people coming up to ask me questions.”
What Workz has been open for three months but Crist and Chandler-Robleto want to celebrate with an open house noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. They’ll have face painting, a magician and free pizza from their next door neighbor, Columbus Pizza.
“We’re trying to get people in here to see we have other things,” Chandler-Robleto said. “It’s not just our art.”
The two said they don’t want people to mistake their place for a normal flea market. They describe many of the items for sale as things that have been repurposed or “upcycled.”
Brothers Attila (l) and Levente Magyar of Mamukko, upcycling the sails of sunken tall ship Astrid into designer bags
In these recessionary times, the idea of upcycling is something that has universal appeal. Attila and Levente Magyar, fourth-generation craft-workers from Hungary, turned to the idea when they were out of work two years ago.
They set about making handcrafted bags from sailcloth, PVC tarpaulin and other materials and have gone on to build a successful business, winning a start-up award. “The business is growing dynamically,” says Attila. “Upcycling is a nicely ripening fruit — and it’s sweet.”
That kind of transformation is at the heart of a new upcycling movement that has inspired a range of Irish businesses to make money by refashioning old, unwanted things into new and improved products.
There’s Tom Smith the roofer/crafter from Carlow who turns old scaffolding into furniture (www.slatycraft.com); metal workers The Liffey Forge, which make wine racks, umbrella stands and hanging baskets from old horseshoes (www.liffeyforge.com); Belfast Rain (www.therainskirt.com), the company that turns discarded musical-festival tents into designer skirts that start at €50.
The discarded chair finds itself by the side of the road, but the story doesn’t end there.
“The Old Green Chair” is a richly illustrated children’s book by author Traudi Allen that tells the story of a decrepit chair, thrown aside after years of use that finds renewed life thanks to its positive attitude and a new owner’s clever imagination.
Joel Kissel, left, lead furniture fabricator with Upcycle Inc., a project of the Institute for Workforce Innovation, watches as, left to right, Jeremy Whitehead, 19, Johnathan Davis, 20, Greg Sercey, 23, and Ronaldo Rawls, 18, use scrapped wood pallets to build furniture with Project YouthBuild Americorps to be sold at Wednesdays’ Farmer Markets. Erica Brough/The Gainesville Sun
Upcycle is part of the Institute for Workforce Innovation’s Project YouthBuild program for 16- to 24-year-olds who come from low-income households and have not earned a high school diploma or GED.
“(Upcycle) really accomplishes the goals of our organization and also helps the environment,” said Jonathan Leslie, the institute’s executive director and CEO.
Under the direction of furniture fabricator Joel Kissel and other staff, the young people turn discarded pallets made of wood such as pine and oak into home décor inside the Boys & Girls Club Mentor Center on Southeast 17th Drive.
Proceeds from the sale of Upcycle items go toward the institute’s programs and allow the organization to not have to rely on state and federal grants, Leslie said.
Some of the Project YouthBuild students and alumni participate in Upcycle, which teaches them the principles of entrepreneurship and manufacturing, according to the institute.
“We wanted to create something that couldn’t be replicated,” explains Madeline Rhodes about the array of edgy thrifted furniture and upcycled barn wood tabletops. Rhodes, a master thrifter and trained visual merchandiser, didn’t have a big budget to work with but wanted to make sure that everyone that walked through the doors felt at home, comfortable and energized by the creative environment. Private conference calls can be placed inside of the makeshift phone booths, and vintage clothing can be purchased in between coffee breaks.
Community Forklift in Edmonston is partnering with Prince George’s County organizations to host “Upcycle Your Life,” a free event designed to lift up the community.
Free resources and workshops will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the nonprofit thrift store, located on 4671 Tanglewood Drive.
The various free programs at the event include food distribution, health screenings and a workshop on affordable housing.
Provided by Mom.
The Upcycle Challenge
We’re on a mission to collect one million bike tubes by the end of 2014. Thanks to awesome partnerships with Trek, REI and hundreds of independent bike shops nationwide, we’re well on our way. With Ag, your old tubes can become an upcycled and stylish messenger bag, wallet or belt.
The brainchild of Dutch-born, Helsinki-based product designer Willem Heeffer, each light is comprised of a washing machine drum, painstakingly extracted from old machines at local recycling centers. In addition to the salvaged drums, the washing machines’ drive wheels have also been given new life, residing inside each pendant as housing for the light bulbs.
Celebrating 25 years, both The Toronto Fall Home Show & Habitat for Humanity are inviting the participation of 25 Celebrity Experts and emerging style, décor and DIY bloggers in the 2nd annual Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged. They will source and repurpose a door from a Habitat for Humanity Toronto ReStore location. All items will be on display at the show.
via Fall Home Show.
Consisting of combinations of bike handles and saddles mounted on wooden plates, the constructions play upon the traditional hunting trophy and send a saucy wink towards Picasso’s iconic “Bull Head” sculpture. Calling the series “Upcycle Fetish,” Scheiger explains some of the context around this tongue-in-cheek design:
Pablo Picasso saw it first and created his “cabeza de toro”. I needed a bicycle hanger. And then I needed a hanger for bicycle caps and while I was on it, something to hang my umbrella unto. And when left bare I see a tribute to my fetish, the bicycle.
August 24, 2013 — October 13, 2013
Everything All At Once features four Cleveland-based artists who make sense of the world through restructuring and assembling found materials. These common things– picked up, repainted, repaired, or completely transformed–navigate between the ordered space of the museum and the material jumble of the outside world.
Each of the four artists engage with the emerging cultural and economic “upcycle” of Cleveland, drawing on a grass-roots movement that finds hope in the humorous reinventing of “everything all at once.” Mining detritus from industry and human excess, they generate compelling and resilient new forms.
TreeHugger has a great read today on an upcycled house. There is a lot going on in this article so be sure to read the entire post on TreeHugger.
One of the most misused words in the language is recycling. Reiner Pilz described what was really going on in 1994: “I call it downcycling. They smash bricks, they smash everything. What we need is upcycling- where old products are given more value, not less.” Bill McDonough picked up the term and has even just written a new book, the Upcycle.
In Nyborg, Denmark, Lendager Architects has built what they call the Upcycle House, “with the ambitious goal of being the first house build only from upcycled and environmentally sustainable materials.” I don’t think it is the first, and I don’t think they actually do it, but it gets awfully close.
Lendager defines upcycling:
Upcycling is a step beyond recycling, the materials are not just reused, but reused in a way where value and quality is added.
Look what we found waiting in our in-box from Kickstarter this morning. You better believe with think this is a great idea!
They need some serious clams though, so if you like it too cruse on over and throw them a line (or two).
Enjoy sustainably-harvested oysters and cocktails on the deck of Laurel. Upcycled crafts from her deck restoration make great gifts.
Although the Laurel holds the honor of “oldest active fishing vessel” by the United States Coast Guard, her days of hard-work are behind her. Laurel is a real head turner so we came up with an idea to bring her from port-to-port and let people come aboard and hear about her legacy…and have some really great oysters and cold drinks at the same time.
Additionally, farmers harvest dinners on her deck for a limited number of guests, served family style, should prove to be a hit. Because Laurel is a mobile platform, guest chefs at many locations are possible which will keep the menu exciting. And, for hyper-local foodies, Laurel can still harvest her own shellfish, so dont be surprised if the oysters you eat in the evening were harvested by her that morning!