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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

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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]


Trash to Treasure | Inner tube bags

By Dian Hasan | September 20, 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 the after life of car seat belts, as seen through Florence, Italy-based 959.


Please unfasten your seat belt! Seat belts can save your fashion life. Check out the various models.

Italian company 959 is recycling seatbelts into classic looking bags (if you don’t mind the big buckle). Using 70% or more recycled materials, the woven polyester belts make a strong statment as well as a durable bag. The production process consists of five steps.

1. Fabric research (gathering seatbelts and buckles at the car wreckers)

2. Washing and hygiene

3. Belt cutting

4. Stitching (assembly)

5. Packaging (box)


Trash 2 Treasure | Recycled newspaper bags

By Dian Hasan | September 20, 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 the after life of old newspapers, as seen through Ecoist.

Yesterday’s newspaper is today’s fashion statement. Handbags made of newspaper, origin: Brazil. The Daily Newspaper [Center] and The Sun [right]


Trash 2 Treasure | Inner tube bags

By Dian Hasan | September 20, 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 the after life of inner tube tires, as seen through the eyes of Richmond, Virginia-based, English Retreads.

Inner tube tires given a new lease on life through exquisite men’s creations, Seat Belt [Center] and Bentley Luxe [right]


Trash 2 Treasure | Repurposed sail bags

By Dian Hasan | September 20, 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 the after life of sails, as seen through the eyes of Detroit-based  Teamwork Bags.


Recycled sails made into smart bags, E-Scow [Center] and Drifter [Right]


Trash 2 Treasure | Inner tire tube bags

By Dian Hasan | September 20, 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 the after life of inner tube tires, as seen through the eyes of Richmond, Virginia-based, Passchal Bags.

Inner tube tires given a new lease on life through exquisite creations, The Bag [Center] and The Hobo [right]


Etsy ~ an online global marketplace and community that connects craft makers and buyers

By Dian Hasan | September 19, 2010

Etsy: a thriving eBay-like aggregator of handmade crafts sold by their makers.

Etsy has a million members who buy from 185,000 artists, 96% of them women. Each day, 4,000 new customers and 400 new artists join (2008 data).

This is a lot more than a movement, it’s a necessary and fundamental shift in the way commerce works.
~
Rob Kalin, Etsy founder

  1. What inspired you to create Etsy? We want to create new ways to shop that are only possible using the Web as a medium. The industrial revolution and consolidation of corporations are making it hard for independent artisans to distribute their goods. We want to change this.
  2. How long did it take you, from start to finish, to get Etsy off the ground? When did you launch?Rob, Chris, and Haim built Etsy in two and a half months. We launched on June 18 th, 2005.
  3. How did you get funding for the project? We have been funded by a pair of angel investors here in Brooklyn.
  4. How do you sustain the usage costs of Esty? We charge a flat 10 cent listing fee and a 3.5% sales fee.
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