Fashion collaboration repurposes leather offcuts into eco-friendly home and lifestyle products

October 18, 2019 by  
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Award-winning design studio OPENUU has joined forces with RIL CREED, a sustainable handbag fashion brand, to create two collections for home and lifestyle using upcycled genuine Italian leather . Using scraps of leather that would otherwise be thrown away, these two special collections are combating the wasteful ways of the modern fashion industry and giving new life to forgotten fabrics. The two companies came together for the project after realizing the negative impact that fashion waste has on the environment. They were specifically alarmed by the sobering fact that about 50 percent of natural leather hide is wasted (often destined for landfill) and up to 95 percent of the textiles that end up in landfills each year could have been recycled. Related: Fashion brands ranked for toxic textiles and sustainability Through their experiences in the design world, OPENUU and RIL CREED have found ways to turn otherwise wasted pieces of durable materials into beautiful, upcycled pieces that can be used in everyday life. The products are unique, sustainable and limited-edition. The first collection celebrates the combination of understated luxury and practical durability. Dubbed “Amber Home,” the decorative cushions are made from 100 percent upcycled leather and fabric offcuts from factories. The design and production of this collection of home goods benefited from OPENUU’s interior decor expertise as well as RIL CREED’s proficiency in leather handbag production. For the second collection, “Willow Travel,” OPENUU and RIL CREED took inspiration from watching the sunsets in different cities during their summer travels. The series of travel accessories was produced using the same initiatives of responsible leather and fabric upcycling. In an effort to challenge the monotone look of traditional travel wallets, these passport holders and ID holders come in bright, playful colors that will appeal to a wide range of travelers. + OPENUU + RIL CREED Images via OPENUU and RIL CREED

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Ecokit offers innovative, eco-friendly, tech-rich housing in a box

June 25, 2019 by  
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A quick trip to IKEA can afford you multiple pieces of furniture you can load into your car and haul home to later be put together by simply following universal directions. With this idea of ease in mind, imagine being able to construct an entire house— now you can, thanks to Ecokit. Ecokit, the product of sisters Camilla and Pavla, is a house in a box— more or less. The manufacturing process involves each of the more than 4,000 parts to be designed and cut by a single-arm robot or programmed CNC machine. After manufacturing, the flat pieces are boxed and loaded into a shipping container that is then delivered to the desired site. Related: REPII House offers expansive modular space with sleek design elements With the goal of constructing houses anywhere that a shipping container can be delivered, Ecokits are a solution aimed at remote building sites. They can also be an option for temporary housing since they can be deconstructed after the initial build and most parts can be reused or recycled. The main goal: easy construction without the use of heavy equipment. “Ecokit will arrive in a container in the form of parts on pallets, from which you can construct a habitable unit with your own hands with a little effort in a short period of time. The final completion date depends on your aesthetic and energy demands. The assembly of our prototype two bedroom home lasted seven days,” recalls Camilla and her sister Pavla, who joined the business as the first house was built last year. “With all the accessories it can be fit out and habitable in about two months,” she adds. In addition to ease of construction and remote site location, the Ecokit provides a versatile, pre-fabricated, modular design for a variety of uses. Plus, it is ultra-efficient. The house has nearly three times the amount of insulation as a standard Australian home and allows for the installation of solar panels and batteries for off-grid living. There are also systems for rainwater collection, waste treatment, with additional options for maintenance-free, bushfire-proof and cyclone-proof adaptations. Technology options even include smart phone controlled home automation packages including ventilation, lighting, security, audio and more. But all this convenience doesn’t come at a sacrifice in comfort. High-quality timber windows, heated floors and upscale ventilation systems add to the livability of the home. Not to mention, finishes and treatments were chosen with little to no VOCs. Natural elements are used wherever possible for healthier air within the space. + ecokit Images via ecokit

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Upcycled Sony headphone wires create fashionable travel accessories

July 23, 2016 by  
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Usually, broken headphones just end up in the trash — but a new collaboration between Sony and London fashion label Auria aims to change that. The two brands recently debuted the world’s first line of travel accessories created from discarded headphone wires. The new collection features colorful passport covers, sunglasses cases, beach totes, smartphone cases, and even beach-ready flip-flops.

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Most of Nike’s shoes are made using recycled materials

May 21, 2016 by  
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Nike is taking sustainable style seriously – these days, a full 71 percent of their shoes contain recycled materials . Some of these materials even come from the company’s own manufacturing waste. But they aren’t stopping there, according to the company’s CEO Mark Parker. “Excess materials in the manufacturing of Nike shoes will fuel a future closed-loop model, where waste becomes a product input,” Parker said.

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11 pieces of transforming furniture that work wonders for small spaces

May 21, 2016 by  
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Image via Exocet Exocet Chair by Stéphane Leathead at Design Arium Exocet is “a new kind of chair for all kinds of moments” — built for the natural curvatures of the human body, this ergonomically designed lounge chair can be transformed into a multitude of positions depending on your mood or activity. The patent pending design is available in several wood stains. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat The Collector’s Shelving System by Amuneal This luxurious modular shelving system is ideal for the smallest of spaces. The series of customizable shelves can be configured in a myriad of ways in a variety of wood stains or glass. Anchored by a solid brass machined hardware, the mechanical connections can be simply adjusted for any desired shelf spacing. We caught this chic display at International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Gali kitchenette by Ana Arana A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 14, 2016 at 9:21am PDT Ana Arana’s Gali kitchenette is like the Swiss Army Knife of culinary pursuits. Perfect for a kitchen-less studio apartment or tiny home, this all-in-one design is armed with everything you need to store, prep and cook food in a super-compact form. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Urbano Loft Bed by Roberto Gil Roberto Gil’s new Casa Collection includes this instant bedroom and storage system. The 6-in-1 Urbano Loft Bed is a customizable system that includes closets, dressers, a desk, a fold-out guest bed, and storage stairs, all topped off with a king sized bed and nightstand. Made with an eco-conscious birch plywood, this ultra-efficient, space saving design is handcrafted in Brooklyn. A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 14, 2016 at 8:09am PDT Expanding Dining Table by Sifas This expanding outdoor glass dining table from Sifas seamlessly transforms to provide more seating in a snap. Its weather-proof swiveling center instantly creates more seating only when you need it. The elegant design is suitable for either indoor or outdoor use, and is a definite improvement from the antiquated design of traditional expanding dining tables. Photo by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat Balad h25 Lamps by Fermob French company Fermob recently released these handy wireless LED lanterns  that travel with you as you need them. The clever light can be hung from a lamp stand or detached and placed wherever you need extra lighting, whether it be indoor or outdoor. The best part is that they are completely wireless — after being charged on a USB cable, each light stays illuminated for 7-12 hours. A video posted by Inhabitat (@inhabitatdesign) on May 14, 2016 at 9:03am PDT Murphy Bed by Michelangelo Designs Michelangelo Designs demonstrated the hidden design of this Murphy bed at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). The graphic backdrop completely masks the fact that this couch and shelving unit hides a bed. Photo by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat 12-foot Tango Sectional Sofa Bed by Resource Furniture Here’s another fold out bed that instantly creates a comfortable night’s rest for guests. The 12-foot Tango sectional sofa by Resource Furniture easily unfolds into a spacious bed. It even includes a stylish headboard and the sofa’s arms double as nightstands. Photo by Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat Expandable Goliath table by Resource Furniture Another micro-loft product by Resource Furniture is this expandable metal Goliath table , which hides neatly away as a compact desk and seats up to 10 when expanded to full length. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Flip Tables by Mio Mio’s spunky Flip Tables can be configured in a myriad of ways. Comprised of four smart components, each layered side table can be flipped and combined in different heights, forms and colors, allowing the user to change up their environment depending on the situation. And you can rest easy knowing that all of the finishes are low-VOC , the wood is FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council), and the rest of the materials (including the steel bases) are both recycled and recyclable. Photo by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat Slide Shelf System by Mio The makers from Mio also designed this eco-modular shelving system that shape-shifts depending on your needs. The collection of sturdy brackets, shelves and bins allows you to add extra storage at a moments notice. Want to see more trending designs from New York Design Week ? Check out our full coverage right here .

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13 gorgeous green lights to illuminate your life

May 21, 2016 by  
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Cloud Softlight Mobile by Molo Design Molo Design ’s billowy cloud lamps undulate like a soft canopy. The clusters of the hanging lamps form indoor cloudscapes inside your office or living room. Made from recyclable Tyvek, the accordion-fold cloud shapes are gathered around long-lasting LED lights, creating a softly illuminated sky in your favorite room. 2×4 Light by AlexAllen Studio The typical 2×4 piece of lumber is given a modernized twist with AlexAllen ’s beautifully simplistic pendant and wall-mounted lamps. A strip of recessed LED lights illuminates the 2×4’s lower edge, creating a surprisingly warm glow emanating from what appears to be an ordinary piece of wood. Modular Pris Collection by Pelle Pelle ’s modular lighting system can be configured- or reconfigured- to suit any sized room or work environment. The length of the sleek, linear arms is adjustable, and can be added together with jewel-shaped connectors to make for larger geometries. Anemone Machine Flower Mechanical Light by Modern Verve Made from durable porcelain that is meant to last the test of time, Modern Verve ’s Machine Flower is controlled by a remote control keypad, opening and closing at the touch of a finger. The motorized petals bloom and close to reveal and control warm LED light inside. Victo Lamp by Secto Design Finnish design company Secto transforms PEFC-certified formpressed birch into delicate pendant shades, which give a soft luminosity. Four finishes accentuate the form, which channels vintage vibes with its hoop-skirt shape. Ivy Series Chandeliers by Andrea Claire The Ivy Series  of dual-purpose pendant lamps totally transform between night and day- appearing like Calder-esque mobiles when switched off, and illuminating in translucence when switched on. Made from sustainable wood that can be painted in a myriad of custom finishes, Claire’s designs are perfect for the art collector that pushes the boundaries of design. Configurate by Archilume Inspired by the beauty of the hexagonal structures pulled from chemistry, Configurate is a modular system of LED pendants that lets design lovers create their own compositions of light with dimmable, energy efficient bulbs. Dunes by IN.SEK Brooklyn-based IN.SEK approaches sustainability by using durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear of life- and keep their quality. Hand-cast concrete and reclaimed wood elements give their pieces a timeless, urban look. The Tracer Pendant by Luke Lamp Co Luke Lamp Co’s Tracer Pendant is a totally transformable LED light that can be reconfigured into thousands of shapes easily. Made from 12 feet of double braided nylon rope that encases a 2-foot LED module with a 30,000 hour lifespan, the rope-like lamp is fitted with magnetic brass fixtures that can be joined together to make loops, swirls, tight coils, or even be simply splayed into a straight line. LA2 Connected by Light Art Resembling a subway map, the LA2 Connected system of light fixtures can snake through corridors, turn corners, or add life to an open space. The modular system minimizes waste and uses cutting-edge LED technology. LightArt is the first lighting manufacturer to earn the LBC-Compliant Declaire Label, making them perfect for LEED-seeking projects. Scraplight by Graypants Available in white and natural brown, Scraplights are made from totally recyclable FSC-certified paper, produced from forests that replant more trees than they harvest. Dome 90 by Bover Design The intricate Dome 90 is a fusion of art and design: a lace-like sustainable wooden pendant that casts a beautiful pattern on the floor of any interior. More than 170 fragments of sustainable wood are hand sewn together around an LED bulb, creating a delicate interplay of light and shadow. Koi Pond LED Pendant by Tracy Glover Tracy Glover makes her expressive, emotive glass lighting fixtures by hand in her Pawtucket, Rhode Island studio. We found ourselves particularly captivated by her ethereal Koi Pond pendant light, which depicts a school of pearlescent Koi fish swimming together underneath four LED lights that allow the Clear Lustre, Aurora Lustre, Smokey Quartz and Steel Blue Lustre glass to dance and sparkle. Check out more of our green lighting faves on our Flickr stream .  

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Ruphus Rocks The World of iPhone Accessories with Eco-Friendly Dockit and PodPad

December 23, 2013 by  
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It’s the holidays, and gifts of technology (namely smartphones) are at the top of everyone’s list. If you’re not planning to give the phone itself, then accessories that allow it to do more, better, faster, are probably a close second. The iPhone changed everything, turning our phones into multi-tasking life organizers that have replaced our cameras, video recorders, alarm clocks and stereo systems. Ruphus , a Portland-based company, is dedicated to squeezing every last drop of performance out of these phones, and they’re doing so in an eco-friendly way that supports the domestic economy. Read on to find out why you should add two of their products—the DockIt and PodPad—to your holiday gift list. Read the rest of Ruphus Rocks The World of iPhone Accessories with Eco-Friendly Dockit and PodPad Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-friendly gifts , eco-friendly iPhone docks , iPhone , iphone accessories , iPhone docks , made in USA , Ruphus , smartphone accessories        

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Top 6 Green Bike Accessories for a Safer, More Comfortable Ride

July 17, 2013 by  
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New Prefab Disaster Housing Prototype to Be Tested Out in NYC

July 17, 2013 by  
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New York City wasn’t ready when Hurricane Sandy hit last year, but city officials are hoping that a new prefab disaster housing prototype will help them prepare for the next big storm. Part of the Office of Emergency Management and Department of Design and Construction’s “What If NYC” campaign, the post-disaster housing system is expected to be tested this summer in Brooklyn. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Brooklyn , department of design and construction , disaster , disaster housing , disaster preparedness , eco design , Emergency housing , Garrison Architects , green architecture , Green Building , green design , modular housing , new york city , new your city disaster , office for emergency management , post-disaster housing , prefab disaster housing , Prefab Housing , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , us army corps of engineers        

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Feel-Good Fashion: Fair Trade Accessories with Stories Worth Sharing

July 9, 2013 by  
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Hearts, an online retailer of jewelry, bags and other accessories, offers products that are not only sustainable, but also have a story. Hearts sells products that support people and the environment, so you can feel good knowing your style…

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