affordablility,Business Models,technology,tools,Upcycling,Zero Waste

The red pill or the blue pill?

10 May , 2016  

precious_plastic-problemOkay, we've got a problem with plastic. It's a big one. No surprise. It doesn't break down into something useful for other creatures, like leaves or twigs do. It can kill wildlife when left out in the wild.… [Read the rest]

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new products,Upcycling

Upcycle a desk from gross to gorgeous

24 Feb , 2016  

A little while ago we found this great photo diary from a dad remaking a desk for his daughter. The comments are funny, the pictures are many. We enjoyed the comments the most.… [Read the rest]


5 Beautiful Ideas for Reclaimed Wood Furniture: Projects to Try

6 Nov , 2015  


1. A Sunny Bathtub


Reclaimed Solid Wood Bathtub by indogemstone via flickr


2. A Double-Wide Table


Beautiful double-wide table by Juhan Sonin via flickr


3. Charming Chair Made from Railroad Tracks


Found on via Pinterest



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ideas & concepts,Upcycling

Local upcycling economies, how do they work?

22 Sep , 2015  

***UPDATE 10/29/16***

There's been a lot of interest on this topic! I've added a few videos that explain time banking and mutual credit systems at the end of this post. They came from the Open Source Currency and New Work New Culture websites.… [Read the rest]

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Upcycling beyond crafts

19 Sep , 2015  

California is moving the needle on recycling, but how about upcycling?

This post was updated from one written by ecotulip on October 18, 2011.

By now you may know that California has a new state goal of diverting 75% of “garbage” from landfills by 2020.

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ideas & concepts,new products,Upcycling

Everything you buy is trash… unless…

15 Oct , 2014  

When I worked in the industry, I used to say "everything you buy will end up in a landfill". I had the realization one day while thinking of ways to get companies to want to recycle. That day, I went into a large retail store, looking for a sweater. Having just come back from a trip to the landfill that served the city, I looked around the store with a new perspective. It occurred to me that everything there--the shelves, the hangers, the signs, the carpet, the lights, the clothes--everything would one day end up in a landfill.

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Business Models,cityscapes,new products,new services,Upcycling,Zero Waste

Waste plastic: a material in transition

12 Jun , 2014  

The Recycle Not a Waste Initiative is a social enterprise making plastic waste into useful, durable and well designed day to day products.

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Business Models,new products,Upcycling

Sustainability meets high fashion at Master & Muse

7 May , 2014  

Master & Muse is a socially-conscious, high fashion retailer. Founded by model Amber Valleta, the company wants to practice "mindful manufacturing" by "pushing the envelope in how fashion is designed, sourced, constructed and sold."

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Business Models,ideas & concepts,new products,Upcycling

Support recycled fishing nets for cleaner oceans

28 Apr , 2014  

Abandoned fishing nets are hazardous to marine life, killing nearly 1,000 marine mammals per day. The Minnow and other skateboards partially solve that problem by using material collected via the "Net Positiva" fishing net collection and recycling program in Chile--the first of it's kind. The skateboards are a beautiful result of experiments with a non-traditional supply chain.

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