Reima designs a traceable, recyclable jacket for kids

March 6, 2020 by  
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Finnish children’s activewear brand Reima has released its 100% recyclable children’s jacket. The stylish and sustainable outerwear is crafted from recycled polyester and comes with a tracking code for users to follow the product’s journey throughout its recycling and reuse. Even better, when you register to track the jacket, Reima will donate to organizations that help clean toxic blue-green algae from the Baltic Sea. The brand, founded in Finland in 1944, is tailored toward giving children the wearable tools they need to enjoy the great outdoors safely and sustainably. The Voyager joins Reima’s eco-minded collection featuring non-toxic, waterproof finishes and sustainable materials such as recycled polyester from plastic bottles, bamboo viscose and organic cotton . Each jacket comes with a traceable ID, and for each ID that is registered, Reima donates $11 to the Finland’s John Nurminen Foundation. Related: P+365 is turning abandoned festival tents into wearable merchandise “Another child reusing the Voyager jacket will save as much CO2 as it would take to produce a new garment,” said Shahriare Mahmood, R&D and sustainability director at Reima. “The high-quality and classic design of the Voyager jacket ensures it has enough value to be resold and reused by several children. We want to make an ecosystem with a true circular approach and provide the opportunity for our customers to act responsibly. We know that polyester recycling is possible, and by creating a proper ecosystem, we are heading to add even more value through upcycling .” Every part of the Voyager jacket — besides the zipper lock and snaps (which can be recycled as metal) — is made from polyester, a material that can be recycled into polymers to reuse for different products. The jacket’s material dries quickly and can be washed at lower temperatures with less detergent, features that contribute to saving energy and water while using less chemicals. Reima is also introducing a summer collection using SunProof Repreve recycled polyester jersey fabric made from plastic water bottles. The Reima SunProof PES jersey will provide UV 50+ sun protection. + Reima Images via Reima

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KALOs PVC Bench is made from plastic waste and wood scraps

March 4, 2020 by  
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This stylish piece of minimalist furniture is made out of recycled materials and fit for two. The special project was designed and constructed by the multiple award-winning design and architect firm, KALO. It uses a combination of upcycled, crushed PVC pipe sold as post-consumer scrap as well as discarded wood from the designer’s other projects. The piece, simply titled “PVC Bench,” consists of four different components. Broken and discarded plastic pipes make up the top part of the seat, while the remaining legs and seat support were constructed using off-cuts of walnut that KALO had left over from a prior design. Besides the wood scraps and the recycled plastic pipes, the only other material used was resin, which is typically non-toxic and water-based. Related: 14 green furniture designs using reclaimed, recycled or rapidly renewable materials KALO created the bench using a combination of digital fabrication techniques and conventional tools, which resulted in a modern yet organic appearance. The wooden legs of the bench give off a more subtle and soft effect, which complements the top of the bench that reflects the scattered wooden fragments — somehow fitting together flawlessly in a distinctive pattern suspended in tinted resin. Bee’ah, one of the Middle East’s leading waste management companies based in the United Arab Emirates, is the design commissioner. The PVC Bench was part of the company’s ongoing project of turning waste into functional objects. KALO is lead by designer and architect Ammar Kalo , who also serves as the director of CAAD Labs and an assistant professor at the American University of Sharjah (Kalo’s alma mater). Like PVC Bench, Kalo’s previous work examines the delicate relationship between advanced technology and traditional artistry. The designer’s style blends conventional with advanced, using material processes and digital fabrication methods in harmony to create unique pieces. + KALO

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Cinematiq glasses are made from strips of vintage films

February 21, 2018 by  
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Love movies? Now you have the opportunity to carry real movie scenes wherever you go with eyeglasses that feature pieces of actual strips from vintage 16 and 35mm films . The Cinematiq Eyewear team used film from old movie theaters, TV stations and private collections to handcraft the recently launched collection featuring original footage from two films– Shogun’s shadow (1989) and Fists of the double K (1973). Zachary Tipton, founder and owner of Cinematiq eyewear and Tipton Eyeworks first experimented with inserting film into eyewear back in 2005, and decided to revisit the concept with his new Cinematiq collection set to launch this month. All film is screened before use in production, then laminated to protect the emulsion from scratches and moisture. The lamination also reinforces the film before being laser cut and riveted between two stainless steel temple halves. Related: Bags made from movie film make recycling fashionable The team examined miles of films frame by frame to curate the final scenes which would be the best fit the design. Eventually, they chose scenes from two films–Shogun’s shadow (1989) and Fists of the Double K (1973)- both of which have an abundance of outdoor scenes with natural lighting making them perfect for viewing with the naked eye. + Cinematiq Eyewear

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Turkey presents a huge ship made from 4 tons of reused materials in Venice

June 2, 2016 by  
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The large ship measures 30 meters (98 feet) and weighs four tons. It was built from more than 500 pieces of reused materials , including seven kilometers (4.6 miles) of steel cable, wooden moulds, discarded furniture , signboards and boats found on site. Related: Slovenia built a habitable structure with latticed wooden bookshelves The design, curated by Feride Çiçeko?lu, Mehmet Kütükçüo?lu and Ertu? Uçar, focuses on the concept of borders and ways in which these can be dissolved and transformed. After the Biennale closes next November, the structure will travel back to Istanbul, where it will become a centerpiece of a museum of arsenal. Via urdesign Photos by Cemal Emden

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Perforated screens made from reused terracotta roof tiles wrap around this house in Malaysia

March 24, 2016 by  
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Floating Seabin trash collector could rid the oceans of plastic waste

December 22, 2015 by  
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7 charities to support this holiday season

December 22, 2015 by  
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‘Tis the season of giving and all through the town, pocketbooks are jingling with the sound of spending. Hang the stockings with care, wrap up the last of the holiday gifts , and pour yourself a glass of cruelty-free vegan nog. With just a few days left on the calendar, it’s time to squeeze in a little more giving before the year is over. Charitable donations are a great opportunity to give back, helping organizations do good deeds around the globe and offering a little boost come tax time. But with thousands of nonprofit organizations asking for contributions, it can be challenging to figure out where best to send your money. To reduce your load during this already stressful time of year, we put together this charitable giving guide so you can rest assured your hard-earned cashola will help high-impact organizations that make the most of every dollar they raise. Read the rest of 7 charities to support this holiday season

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Spanish architects reuse railway sleepers to build a sculptural library extension

November 25, 2015 by  
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Steelhenge: BUREAU A puts a modern twist on Stonehenge with repurposed shipping containers

November 6, 2015 by  
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A classic Baroque church is reimagined as a glowing Orangery in Denmark

July 29, 2015 by  
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