30 Brilliant Ways To Use Old Stuff!

Before you throw anything away, really think about it. For example, if you’ve finished burning a candle that comes in a big glass jar, don’t waste it. Instead, drain out the leftover wax and use it as storage. This is called “upcycling.” Upcycling is “the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.”



Artist Breathes New Life Into Beach Litter

French artist Gilles Cenazandotti creates incredible animal sculptures from plastic debris lost at sea and found by the artist on beaches. This series, “Future Bestiary,” explores environmental struggles including evolution, over-consumption, the challenge of nature and resources, and the destruction of species. 

Never Before Have I Laughed So Hard at One Guy’s Non-Attempt to Save the Planet

Breataking Landscapes and Monuments Carved From Books

If you can overcome the sacrilege of carving up big, heavy reference books, Guy Laramee's paper and binding sculptures are nothing short of stunning. He transforms heavy tomes into mountains, waves, and rock-face monuments.

Intolerable Beauty

Portraits of American Mass Consumption

The Hippest Winery in Mexico Is Made of Recycled Boats

The Hippest Winery In Mexico

The Landfillart Project

This was submitted by Kathleen Stupfel Hickey of Manzanita…

In August of 2008 I started an artist based reclamation project. As a result of this initial effort we now have the largest artist initiative ever achieved. Over 1,000 artists, comprising all 50 states and 53 countries, are working on The Landfillart Project.

As we are beginning to round the bend on the final piece of the reclamation phase of “The Project”, we need to very rapidly acquire approximately 100 additional artists to reach our goal of 1,041 total pieces. This is where you come in.

Please take 10 minutes of your valuable time to visit our website @ www.landfillart.org . We are hoping you would have an interest in participating in this exciting global art project. We are anxious to hear from you!

Do You Use Four A Day?

Craft Factory in SW Portland Combines Creativity and Recycling

At the Craft Factory, a new craft studio in Southwest Portland's Multnomah Village neighborhood, supply bins snake through the main room and into the crafting room. (Amy Wang/The Oregonian)

A 3-D Printer Made From E-Waste

“Green Your Halloween”

Green Your Halloween

The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

Raising Minimalist Kids in a Maximalist World

“Head in the Clouds” Pavilion

Homemade Chinese Humanoid

Bejing, China: After sacrificing his livelihood and a year of his life, this inventor is finally enjoying the fruit of his efforts . . . a $50,000 interactive robot with no real use.

$6-million cardboard cathedral opens in quake-struck New Zealand city

The new cathedral was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. "Even concrete buildings can be destroyed by earthquakes very easily, but paper buildings cannot," he said.


A $6-million cardboard cathedral was officially dedicated in New Zealand on Thursday, replacing the neo-Gothic structure destroyed in a 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people.

Made from nearly 100 24-inch cardboard tubes coated with waterproof polyurethane, the new building in Christchurch is expected to last for more than a decade while a permanent replacement is built.

It includes a mosaic of colored, triangular glass etched with images from the original cathedral’s facade, which dates to 1864.

Acting dean Lynda Patterson told Agence France-Presse that the official opening of the innovative structure marked a major milestone in the city’s recovery from the devastating 6.3-magnitude quake that leveled much of the downtown area.


Country’s Largest Brewery Goes Landfill Free

THIS IS TRULY INSPIRING NEWS:  “Back in 1873, Rocky Mountain spring water put the Coors brewery in Golden, Colo., on the map for lovers of beer. Now, lovers of all things green will mark the facility as well: This week, the largest brewery in the country moved to landfill-free status.”

Justin Rowe book art opens British Academy Literature Week

Unwanted books consigned to the shelves of charity shops have been rescued by a Cambridge bookseller and turned into works of art for a literature festival.


Wind-Driven Walking Bottle Beast

Check this out — wouldn’t this be cool on our beach?  Although perhaps our winds are not as predictable.


“Self-propelling beach animals like Animaris Percipiere have a stomach . This consists of recycled plastic bottles containing air that can be pumped up to a high pressure by the wind. This is done using a variety of bicycle pump, needless to say of plastic tubing. Several of these little pumps are driven by wings up at the front of the animal that flap in the breeze. It takes a few hours, but then the bottles are full. They contain a supply of potential wind. Take off the cap and the wind will emerge from the bottle at high speed. The trick is to get that untamed wind under control and use it to move the animal. For this, muscles are required. Beach animals have pushing muscles which get longer when told to do so. These consist of a tube containing another that is able to move in and out. There is a rubber ring on the end of the inner tube so that this acts as a piston. When the air runs from the bottles through a small pipe in the tube it pushes the piston outwards and the muscle lengthens. The beach animal’s muscle can best be likened to a bone that gets longer. Muscles can open taps to activate other muscles that open other taps, and so on. This creates control centres that can be compared to brains.”

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