Artist turns recyclable cardboard into strikingly lifelike human sculptures

November 8, 2017 by  
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That Amazon delivery box you’ve chucked in the recycling bin might not mean much to you, but in the hands of artist James Lake cardboard takes on almost limitless possibilities. The talented UK sculptor has been working with cardboard for 20 years, manipulating the medium into human sculptures and other objects full of expression and detail. James, who describes cardboard as a “brilliant material to work with,” challenges viewers to see the extraordinary in things often dismissed as mundane. When James was 17, he developed bone cancer that ended with the amputation of his right leg. Despite, or perhaps because of, these struggles, he developed a passion for the arts that he’s channeled into sculpting cardboard. “When I first started making sculpture I decided to use cardboard as my medium of choice,” says James on his website . “I wanted a medium that can be used to sculpt beyond traditional material and without the need of an arts studio. The end result was the fine crafting of an inexpensive common place and recyclable material. I manipulate cardboard into taking a form which is vastly beyond its original function as a container to transport food and commercial goods.” Related: Modular Wikkelhouse wrapped in 24 layers of cardboard snaps together in a day In addition to his personal work and commissions, James’ work has been displayed in schools and as part of community projects. His use of cardboard goes beyond its cost-effective advantages; James believes the use of a ubiquitous material makes his sculptures more accessible “and blur the boundary between high art and low art.” As a self-described “diversity/inclusion artist,” James regularly holds art workshops with disadvantaged members of the community and provides resources to local schools and colleges. + James Lake Via Colossal

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Surprising Ways Today’s Trends Affect Paper Recyclers

September 20, 2017 by  
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Recycling for Profit: 5 Ways to Turn Your Trash into Cash

March 22, 2017 by  
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There are numerous benefits to recycling — reducing the use of natural resources, boosting the economy and saving energy, to name just a few — but sometimes it lacks an immediate personal benefit. If you want to profit from your good deed with more…

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10 ingenious Halloween costumes made from recycled junk

October 13, 2016 by  
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When it comes to Halloween, Americans aren’t spooked about buying new costumes or decorations. According to the National Retail Federation , Americans are predicted to spend over $8.4 billon on Halloween goods in 2016 – higher than any year in history. One way to stop contributing to the inevitable waste is to get crafty and make your own costumes out of things you have lying around the house. Here are a ten unique, inspiring costumes made out of recycled junk that are sure to impress on Halloween. 1.Soda Tab Monty Python Black Knight Here’s some brilliant repurposing — the chainmail sleeves on this Black Night rendition of Monty Python and the Holy Grail are made entirely out of discarded soda can tabs. The helmet is made from a garbage can and textured with hot glue. Top that off with some coconut shells and you’ll be as good as gold. RELATED: Trotify Makes Your Bike Sound Like a Galloping Horse 2. Plastic Bag Warrior Princess We’ve all got stock piles of plastic bags, so why not put them to good use? Those with a knack for sewing can make this crafty costume in a cinch. First attach the plastic bag strips to a bodice and hand sew in layers to make the skirt. Using some yarn left over from over knitting projects, build the breastplates and then paint a cardboard sword so you can rock the real warrior look. 3. Walking Game Board If you’re feeling extra nostalgic, try recreating your favorite childhood board game. This costume mimics the Perfection board game using cardboard boxes , old plastic tablecloths, and cut-out shapes. The pop-out game pieces are made with some old sponges, duct tape, and pill bottles. For the full instructions on this particular outfit, check out this past entry from Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Contest. 4. Game of Thrones Illusion Serious Game of Thrones fans will dig this getup. The ode to King Joffrey has a set of false legs, giving the illusion of sitting when the wearer is actually standing and walking inside the throne. This particular illusory costume was made from cardboard boxes, vertical blinds and palm fronds found in a dumpster. The jacket was fashioned out of old fabric, and the fur trim, pants and boots were picked up at a thrift store. The sword was an old prop the creator had on hand. Related: Announcing Inhabitots’ 2016 Halloween Costume Contest! ENTER NOW 5. Claw Machine This clever getup is an ode to those kooky claw machine games . Simply glue recycled boxes together for the body, refashion old spatula handles for the claw, and throw in some old stuffed animals. 6. Couples Tetris Addicted to Tetris ? To fashion a couples costume, simply paint and glue together eight same-sized cardboard boxes. Then cut holes for faces, arms, and for interlocking the boxes. This costume design requires little time or money to pull off, and your friends will love it. 7. Wall-E This version of the beloved waste-collecting Wall-E robot is crafted entirely out of recycled items. The body, eyes and wheels are made from cut cardboard and the pupils were cut from bottoms of plastic bottles. Everything was assembled with a hot glue gun and spray painted to mimic the adorable bot. 8. Trashcan and Recycling Bin Halloween Costume These brother and sister waste and recycling bin outfits are made partly from actual trash. The bodices are made from recycled boxes and some low-VOC paint, while a disk and cardboard depicts the trashcan lid and an old milk jug becomes a recycling top hat. Add some trash and recyclables, and voila! 9. Lego Mini-Figure Zombie This perfectly undead Lego mini-figure zombie costume is made from recycled foam rubber camping mats. After measuring the dimensions of a toy Lego mini-figure in proportion to your own measurements, simply cut out shapes of the camping mats and hot glue the pieces together. Paint on the oozing Lego head and use an auto window tint for visibility. 10. Spider Attack Here’s an ingenious use for old Halloween decor — the spider attack! This works great for a baby costume, but could also be used with multiple spiders for an adult. Make a “swaddle” out of some stretchy white fabric and top it with oversized spider and webbing decorations. Have your own idea for a fabulous costume made from repurposed junk? Submit it into our Green Halloween Costume Contest !

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Zappos redesigns its shoe boxes to be infinitely reusable

May 29, 2016 by  
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With more and more of us now ordering basic goods online, the average person’s life is starting to include more cardboard than ever before. Online shoe retailer Zappos has decided to do its part in cutting down on cardboard waste by redesigning its packaging in a truly innovative way. Instead of ending up in a landfill, each box is able to take on a second life as a fun or useful craft project.  

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Gaze at the stars in this magical recycled cardboard playhouse

March 20, 2016 by  
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Have some old cardboard mailing tubes you just aren’t sure what to do with? Why not use them to build a playhouse for a child in your life? The Sukka Shift is a striking cubby that allows both daytime play and nighttime stargazing through its open roof. Follow the link for more pictures and to learn about this fascinating design. READ MORE >

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Artist Daniel Agdag crafts fantastical machines from humble cardboard

March 4, 2016 by  
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Researchers generate energy with nothing but cardboard, tape, and a pencil

January 28, 2016 by  
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Researchers from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) made an interesting energy discovery recently. They found it’s possible to make a small, eco-friendly device that packs a more powerful punch than you might expect using nothing more than cardboard , Teflon tape, and a pencil. The system relies on static electricity to generate power. Read the rest of Researchers generate energy with nothing but cardboard, tape, and a pencil

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Modular Gomos homes can be assembled in three days flat

January 28, 2016 by  
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Woolly mammoth bones unearthed beneath Oregon football stadium

January 28, 2016 by  
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When working on an expansion project in the north end zone at Resser Stadium at Oregon State University , the last thing construction crews were expecting to find was a field full of bones . But on Monday, they unearthed a massive woolly mammoth femur in the construction zone. The city that hosts the university, Corvalis, is located 72 miles south of Portland and was once the site of a prehistoric bog that attracted the large mammals about 10,000 years ago. Read the rest of Woolly mammoth bones unearthed beneath Oregon football stadium

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