London store recycles 60,000 plastic bottles for 3D-printed interior

January 5, 2018 by  
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You can tell that Bottletop , a “sustainable luxury” brand that transforms castoff materials into chic carryalls, takes its zero-waste philosophy to heart. Case in point? Its new flagship store on London’s Regent Street, which boasts a 3D-printed interior derived almost entirely from recycled plastic bottles . Together with Krause Architects and Ai Build , Bottletop conscripted a troop of Kuka robots to print sections of the boutique using a filament made from plastic waste gathered from the streets Delhi in India. There’s a social component to the process, too. ReFlow , the Netherlands-based company that makes the filament, says it reinvests part of its profits into local manufacturing projects. “Our mission is to significantly improve the lives of the nearly 40 million waste collectors worldwide who earn less than $2 a day and to create a global, socially responsible 3D-printing community,” ReFlow says on its website. Related: 3D-printed pod homes for the homeless could hang from NYC buildings Inspired by the work of Paolo Zilli, a senior associate at Zaha Hadid Architects , the Bottletop store is a “world-first in retail” that “contributes to a broader positive ecosystem, in line with the values … of sustainable luxury, ethical design, technical innovation, and cross-cultural collaboration,” the company says in a statement. The recycled plastic isn’t the store’s only sustainable element, either. Look down and you’ll find that the flooring is composed of recycled rubber tires; glance up and you’ll discover a canopy made up of thousands of used metal cans suspended within a 3D-printed filigree. Related: World’s first 3D-printed bridge opens in the Netherlands The store is a work in progress—literally. The KUKA robots are still hard at work producing whole segments, meaning that the space will evolve over time. You can even take home a piece of the store, in a manner of speaking: For a limited time, customers will be able to employ an on-site robot to print personalized bag charms using the ReFlow filament. “For the first time, visitors to our store will be able to witness the sustainable use of this technology first hand while shopping the Bottletop collection and learning about the mission of the brand,” the company says. “This is so exciting for us as our customers can watch the transformation of the store.” + Bottletop

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Made in Forest Hills: Bow Ties Recycled From Trash, Inspired by MoMA

January 22, 2012 by  
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If you’re trying to amp up your wardrobe with a unique flair, we might have just the thing.  Made in Forest Hills, founded by recycling connoisseur Nicholas Ruiz, is a collection of some of the most interesting bow ties we’ve ever seen! This  “Bow Tie Collection,” is a series of 11 ties inspired by different exhibits at MoMA over the course of 2011 and made from things that might otherwise be trash.   Click ahead to check out more of the awesome designs and their inspiration! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , eco-friendly bow ties , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , Made in Forest Hills , museum of modern art , new york city , New York. , Nicholas Ruiz , recycled accessories , recycled fashion , sustainable bow ties , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , upcycled accessories , upcycled fashion

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Win a ReFind Originals Upcycled Leather Purse (Worth $300!)

September 5, 2010 by  
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We love summer, but we definitely can’t wait to start digging into our fall wardrobes! If you’ve been looking for a lasting piece sure to compliment your autumn style, the  ReFind Originals luscious leather bag is the perfect way to accessorize your outfit with an eco-friendly punch. Made from re-purposed leather from old jackets and battered upholstery, the ultra-versatile Cali bag also comes accented with a handmade wooden buckle and lovely little tassels

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GIVEAWAY: Upcycled Zipper Necklace and Cuff Set Worth $70!

January 31, 2010 by  
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There are only a couple more days left to get your wrists into one of these rocker-chic, upcycled zipper cuffs - with a necklace to boot ! Fashioned from broken zippers salvaged from dumpster doom, this stylish set  from designer Tara St. James will not only give an extra edge to any outfit, but show your commitment to eco-fashion, for a better and less wasteful world!  ENTER TO WIN AT ECOUTERRE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , ecouterre giveaway , green fashion , Sustainable Fashion , tara st. james , upcycled accessories

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