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Eco Lifestyle Visionary | Blake Mycoskie

Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes fame offers some candid insights on the condition of today’s environment and society, and the opportunities that exist for business to rethink their business model to include a “give back” component and do more. Green-thinking is here to stay, and is still evolving, touching a mere tip of the iceberg of the sheer possibilities. Mycoskie and his TOMS (the two brands are really inseparable!) are truly inspiring, a clear pioneer of a new way of business thinking.

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Discarded 2 Desired | Transforming trash into tasteful art

By Dian Hasan | October 5, 2010

What separates us from designers or anyone with a good eye for design, is their ability to look beyond the obvious and turn a daily object into a work of art! And when you combine this knack with an eco-consciousness, the result is amazing. Creations that soar as far as the imagination.

What others consider as trash, waste, garbage or simply junk, they see as a palette of design potential!

Here’s a look at what happens to trash, and how it’s  transformed into tasteful home decor items. Courtesy of talented South African artist, Heath Nash.

Heath Nash is a sculptor living in Cape Town who has made his name by creating functional art from rubbish. Read the story of how Nash started working with waste material creating ranges such as Other People’s Rubbish as “a possible form of future upliftment for a country in desperate need of employment opportunities, and as a way to promote the idea of recycling to a very unaware SouthAfrican public”

Nash graduated from Cape Town University with a degree in sculpture transforms trash into treasure. A crusader of recycling, Nash finds and creates beauty in unlikely places. Collecting and using plastic bottles, caps and other discarded materials, Nash and his team creates funky lampshades and other lifestyle products. He also employs local artisans and crafts people, creating a local industry that generates income for people, revives traditional craft methods while infusing a contemporary element. Recently, Nash was nominated to represent South Africa as a young design entrepreneur for the British Council’s young design entrepreneur award in England.

Flowerdrum-white, Bottleformball and Milkbase Drum recycled plastic bottle pendant light fixtures.

Flowerball-multicolor-medium, Pod and Flowerball-pink-small recycled plastic bottle pendant light fixtures.

Inspiration: Design in Africa


Discarded 2 Desired | Repurposed tires into exquisite art

By Dian Hasan | October 5, 2010

What separates us from designers or anyone with a good eye for design, is their ability to look beyond the obvious and turn a daily object into a work of art! And when you combine this knack with an eco-consciousness, the result is amazing. Creations that soar as far as the imagination.

What others consider as trash, waste, garbage or simply junk, they see as a palette of design potential!

Here’s a look at what happens to discarded tires, and how they’re transformed into exquisite – albeit rather harsh-looking work of art. From the hands of South Korean sculptor Ji Yong Ho.

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Inspiration: Web Ecoist


Discarded 2 Desired | Repurposed old tires

By Dian Hasan | October 5, 2010

What separates us from designers or anyone with a good eye for design, is their ability to look beyond the obvious and turn a daily object into a work of art! And when you combine this knack with an eco-consciousness, the result is amazing. Creations that soar as far as the imagination.

What others consider as trash, waste, garbage or simply junk, they see as a palette of design potential!

Here’s a look at what happens to discarded tires. Transformed into modern furniture pieces. From the minds of South Africa-based Tyred. One appropriate name indeed!

We make Sustainable, Lifestyle Furniture from the used mass amounts of tyres that have accumulated into towers of unusable waste. We managed to turn them into something chic and enjoyable, fun and durable. ~ Tyred Furniture

By repurposing old tires, Tyred creates custom designed chairs, ottomans and tables that can be used indoors and outdoors. Using various materials from foam and leather to canvas and wood, means that each furniture piece can be customized to specific needs. While helping the environment, Tyred is also making a social impact by only employing men with families and attest to hiring more men as the need arises.

Inspiration: Design in Africa


Trash 2 Treasure | Repurposed toilet plunger

By Dian Hasan | September 30, 2010

Ok, most of you will immediately think: NO WAY! This idea is way too far-fetched and gross. But let me put it into perspective first: I’m in no way suggesting that you should recycle and repurpose a former toilet plunger, although you’d be surprised how many items city dumps have been brought back to life, including those that serves our most intimate daily needs, like plungers, condoms (yes those too!), and discarded diapers. The latter of course (let’s hope) were not recycled in any way, but merely “rubbed shoulders” with other material in city dumps!!

Which leads me to this nifty idea of “turning trash into treasure”: toilet plungers repurposed into modern lamps. Mind you, these plungers are not of the “used” kind, but newly bought  and just modified as lamps. Here’s how a New Jersey-based industrial designer Michael Andrulewich reconfigured a common household black rubber plunger with an electrical socket and then added an accordion style plunger on top to act as a shade.

Inspiration: Grassroots Modern


Discarded 2 Desired | Repurposed kitchen colander

By Dian Hasan | September 28, 2010

What separates us from designers or anyone with a good eye for design, is their ability to look beyond the obvious and turn a daily object into a work of art! And when you combine this knack with an eco-consciousness, the result is amazing. Creations that soar as far as the imagination.

What others consider as trash, waste, garbage or simply junk, they see as a palette of design potential!

Here’s a look at what happens to a colander, a daily kitchen utensil we take for granted. Transformed into a hanging lamp, Colander Luminaire. From the minds of Vancouver, BC-based Organelle Design.



Discarded 2 Desired | Repurposed clothes hangers

By Dian Hasan | September 28, 2010

What separates us from designers or anyone with a good eye for design, is their ability to look beyond the obvious and turn a daily object into a work of art! And when you combine this knack with an eco-consciousness, the result is amazing. Creations that soar as far as the imagination.

What others consider as trash, waste, garbage or simply junk, they see as a palette of design potential!

Here’s a look at what happens to discarded clothes hangers. Transformed into modern chandeliers, aptly named Hangeliers, made from clothes hangers and bicycle rims. From the minds of Vancouver, BC-based Organelle Design.

… waste is the most abundant local resource our cities have to offer. Often free or inexpensive, waste is a seemingly endless supply, always providing new and exciting design possibilities. ~ Alex Witko & Courtney Hunt, Organelle Design Founders


Trash 2 Treasure | Repurposed airline seat covers

By Dian Hasan | September 22, 2010

“One’s person’s trash is another person’s treasure” is an old adage that drives the sustainable fashion movement. Designers from all corners of the globe are taking a stab at a hot new area of fashion, working with trash, recycled and repurposed materials. It has even earned a new name: TRASHION! The creations and use of material is just as mind boggling.

Because of FAA regulations, seat covers can not be used after 9 washings because they lose their fire retardant quality. So the covers we recieve are in excellent condition. ~ Matt Mahler, Tierra Ideas Founder

The transformation from “trash” to “eco chic” can be quite amazing. Here’s a look at repurposed airline seat upholstery, airline and car seat belts, and tractor tire inner tube. At first glance they seem like such random items… mix them up with a little imagination… and poof! A line of smart-looking functional bags from Raleigh, North Carolina-based, Tierra Ideas.

Checker Messenger Bag $219, [L], Shakori Black Purse $45 [Center] Piedmont Messenger Bag $219 [R], are all made from a combination of recycled bike inner tubes, tractor inner tubes, airline seat covers and car or airline seat belt as shoulder strap.

Tierra Ideas is the brainchild of Artist Matt Mahler, who not only creates inventive bag and accessories designs, but also collaborates and educates companies and suppliers to help them reduce waste and become advocates of eco-friendliness. Tierra Ideas’ partners from this collaboration is growing steadily, and companies can choose to participate in a number of different ways:

  • Work jointly on uses for the recycled materials
  • Work jointly on designs
  • Assist in documenting the reduction in pollutants
  • Provide Marketing Support to promote the benefits
  • Find and/or work with Charitable Organizations selected by the Supplier

Trash 2 Treasure | Repurposed plastic handbags, Plastic Bombastix, Bali

By Dian Hasan | September 22, 2010


“One’s person’s trash is another person’s treasure”
is an old adage that drives the sustainable fashion movement. Designers from all corners of the globe are taking a stab at a hot new area of fashion, working with trash, recycled and repurposed materials. It has even earned a new name: TRASHION! The creations and use of material is just as mind boggling.

Bombastic Plastix is a small Bali-based company that makes bags, wallets and other accessories from repurposed plastic shopping bags. All the products are made by directly reforming HDPE plastic shopping bags into a fabric instead of them being put into the longer process of recycling.

It all started when the company’s American founder, Sam Miller was travelling through Bolivia. He saw a chain link fence that caught trash like a giant fishing net. “I looked at that fence and thought one thing ‘there must be something you can do with those things,'” he says. A decade later, with the help of his partner Balinese Niluh Indrawati, he founded Bombastic Plastix.


Trash 2 Treasure | Repurposed cork

By Dian Hasan | September 22, 2010

“One’s Trash is another one’s Treasure” is an old adage that drives the sustainable fashion movement. Designers from all corners of the globe are taking a stab at a hot new area of fashion, working with trash, recycled and repurposed materials. It has even earned a new name: TRASHION! The creations and use of material is just as mind boggling.

The transformation from “trash” to “eco chic” is amazing. Here’s a look at recycled cork that as refashioned into interesting cases, as seen through Artecnica.


After they’re done securing wine bottles, cork is refashioned into cases to keep your latest gadgets [right], and multipurpose pouch [center]