Archive for February, 2010

Pens Chandelier

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Do you like old chandeliers with hanging crystal pendants? You can ricreate in your home their atmosphere with a very cheap and eco-friendly material: the empty bic pens.
A Madrid-based design studio – enPieza– created a very interesteng ballpoint pen chandelier.
Its name is Volivik Chandelier, it is limited to an edition of 30 and each lamp costs $1000.

Above you can see the transluscent version.
If you like it, don’t trash your empty pens: transform them in a stylish chandelier.

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Fold it easy!

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Have you got some cardboard boxes you don’t know how to use? You could recycle them or… upcycle! In the following video you’ll discover a simple and practical solution that will help you to fold clothes or T-shirts!

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Old crates, new shelves

February 25, 2010 1 comment
Design Squish is a lovely blog about sostenibility and design. It contains a lot of wonderful ideas and suggestions for living green.

About this topic, I point out two posts:

Crates can be used in their natural color, to give them a raw look, or they can be painted, according to the one’s furniture.
In a renovate rural home they could be an original solution.

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Garden chandelier

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment

In the video below, part of the Green-It-Yourself Project, it is explained how to make a chandelier using recycled glass jars and candle light. During the summer, you can use lemongrass candles: in this way the chandelier will became a natural and effective mosquito repellent.

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Upcycling: a definition

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The Dictionary of sustainable management defines “Upcycle” as “The process of converting an industrial nutrient (material) into something of similar or greater value, in its second life. Aluminum and glass, for example, can usually be upcycled into the same quality of aluminum and glass as the original products”.

TheFreeDictionary defines Upcycling as “the use of waste materials to provide useful products. Ideally, it is a reinvestment in the environment and embodiment of the notion that while using resources one is also contributing to them and their value. This is antithesis of the consume and waste concept in society”.

Upcycling is a new way to consider our rubbish: not only as something to trash, but as something to use again and to transform in something different. And the ways of upcycling can be very different and creative.

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