Tokyo-based designer David Guarino has retired this most hardworking of transport platforms to a breezy, sun-soaked existence on Japan’s Morito Beach. Caban, as Guarino calls it, is an entire beachfront cafe built from wooden pallets, along with a few other materials sourced from the region.
good god if this works will someone let me know?!
Making use out of chipped and otherwise harmful and useless mugs. Great for gifting and a kitchen herb garden. Don’t forget to drill a hole in the bottom!
Brilliant! And a great addition to the “beverage carton-repurposing” idea file.
Spotted on Facebook, on the Grow Food, Not Lawns community gardening page here. (If you’re aware of the original source, please tell us — I wasn’t able to track it down.)
Here at Unconsumption, we love cassette-related repurposing; check out our collection of past posts here.
However, this photo shows two products that were designed specifically for iPhones: An iPhone cover that looks like a cassette tape, and a case that fits it.
So, no, this is not an old cassette tape case repurposed as a phone holder.
That said, an iPhone can be placed vertically in an old cassette tape case. Try it — it works well!
I always enjoy coming across reuse ideas on sites where I don’t expect to find such things … like Buzzfeed! But this post about what to do with pizza boxes is pretty cool:
So you can’t recycle them and they don’t fit in your trash can. Earn a few extra karma points with the earth by making these practical projects.
Here they are: 15 Awesome Things You Can Make With A Stupid Pizza Box
While we’ve highlighted some creative new uses for parts of “dead” umbrellas (our umbrella-related posts are grouped here), this idea’s new to us:
Combine an umbrella frame with one or more strings of icicle lights to yield some pretty unique lighting.
For earlier lighting-related posts, browse the Unconsumption Tumblr archive here.
Fixing is the unsung hero of creativity. And it really shouldn’t be. It’s the most common, humble and beautiful form of creativity. Let’s wear that belief proudly. Let’s notice and celebrate these little everyday triumphs, and help others see their value. We made this to fuel the conversation about why a culture of fixing is so important.
Maya Pedal’s remarkable upcycling project is a veritable post-industrial revolution for rural Guatemalans… and potentially for underdeveloped communities the world over. The San Andrés Itzapa-based NGO accepts donated bicycles from the US and Canada, which are either refurbished and sold or, more interestingly, converted into “Bicimaquinas” (pedal-powered machines).
“Pedal power can be harnessed for countless applications which would otherwise require electricity (which may not be available) or hand power (which is far more effort). Bicimaquinas are easy and enjoyable to use. They can be built using locally available materials and can be easily adapted to suit the needs of local people. They free the user from rising energy costs, can be used anywhere, are easy to maintain, produce no pollution and provide healthy exercise.”
In short, Maya Pedal turns scrap bicycle parts into all variety of human-powered municipal machinery: “water pumps, grinders, threshers, tile makers, nut shellers, blenders (for making soaps and shampoos as well as food products), trikes, trailers and more.”
Designers Lin Nien-An and Cheng Ya-Fang have created the Green’s Voice system that turns empty plastic bottles into portable speakers. The package consists of a speaker driver with a custom designed rubber cradle that can be mounted to any used bottle. The bottle functions as an enclosure to amplify the sound.
Benjamin Yates creates futuristic looking cityscapes—think Blade Runner’s Los Angeles crossed with 60s retro-futurism—made from old electronic parts, like old circuit boards, and lights them up so they look all pretty and colorful.
He houses them inside perspex coffee tables, and they contain miniature people, old VCRs, and digital picture frames.
He calls them Electri-Cities and he’ll even produce them so they can play music and, incredibly, check your email. That’s right, a musical, dystopian coffee table that can check emails—that’s the sort of furniture anybody can get excited about.