Lucirms upcycles glass bottles into gorgeous handmade lamps

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According to Lucirmás, the majority of recycled glass ends up in pavement aggregate rather than in the production or new glass. In hopes of highlighting the importance and beauty of reuse, the design studio creates unique handmade pieces using a variety of techniques such as cutting with a wet diamond blade circular saw and thermal tempering. Waste minimization is a major focus of Lucirmás, which takes an eco-friendly approach to all aspects of the product’s lifecycle from design concept to end-use. Related: Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles Lucirmás recently launched a limited edition version of its LaFlor Lamp and Dama Lamp. The LaFlor Lamp, designed by Nutcreatives, combines a dark turquoise glass wine bottle with a handmade copper lampshade to create an attractive hanging lamp . The Dama Lamp Diamond uses a clear Damajuana bottle with a PEFC handmade beech timber base, on which a low-energy Plumen 001 lightbulb sits. Both products are completely recyclable and, since no glue was used, can be easily disassembled as needed. + Lucirmás Images via Lucirmás

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Starbucks trials recyclable paper coffee cups for potential global use

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In the UK, only one in every 400 paper coffee cup is recycled . Starbucks is partnering with Frugalpac , a manufacturer of recyclable cups made entirely from recycled paper , to help combat this wasteful dilemma. The trial launched last week, possibly leading to the use of these Earth-friendly containers in franchises all over the world. Frugalpac, founded by engineer Martin Myerscough, aims at providing a better alternative to conventional paper cups. Every year about 58 billion paper cups end up in landfills or are incinerated worldwide. Most cups involve paper treated with waterproofing chemicals, making them difficult to recycle. Frugalpac feature a thin, plastic liner lightly glued inside a 100 percent recycled paper cup. They claim recycling centers can easily separate the materials and recycle each on its own. Related: Starbucks opens new reclamation drive thru made from recycled shipping containers According to The Guardian , a Starbucks spokesman said, “We are very interested in finding out more about the Frugalpac cup and we will be testing it to see if it meets our standards for safety and quality, with a view to trialling its recyclability.” Myerscough is reportedly in contact with various coffee shops and grocers, which could lead to a revolutionary shift away from wasteful convenience to more environmentally-friendly libations. +Frugalpac Via The Guardian Images via Flickr , Frugalpac

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