Even at his young age, David Joseph Goteiner shows his love for the environment and takes some of his precious time recycling those old traffic signs. He transforms them into useful furniture pieces. David shared his wonderful projects to IGreenSpot and we are excited to feature them here.
David is a sophomore student at UC San Diego and has a passion for design and sustainability. At his very young age, he has contributed so much to his community and of course to the environment. His designs have emphasis on simplicity and comfort.
The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Christmas Tree Making Contest Happens In The Philippines On Its Tenth Year
Recycling happens everywhere in the world and the Manila Bulletin Newspaper Christmas Tree Making Contest that happens in the Philippines is just a mere proof that many of us are now becoming aware of the current condition of our environment.
The Philippines’ local newspaper company Manila Bulletin has been holding this kind of event for Ten Years now. It aims to encourage recycling newspapers and magazines and creativity among Filipinos. In addition, one of the aims of the said event is to strengthen family ties.
The Largest Christmas Tree Made of Recycled Plastic Bottles in KAUNAS, Lithuania is a proof that recycling is for all seasons. You can recycle plastic bottles on a rainy day and create a lifesaving catamaran or sail out of it, just in-case flashflood happens.
However, just in time for the Christmas season, the people of KAUNAS, Lithuania set a Guinness World Records for the Largest Christmas Tree made of recycled plastic bottles. The Christmas tree is made of 40,000 recycled plastic bottles and measures 278 feet 10 inches in height. On the other hand, this largest eco-friendly Christmas tree is made for the annual tradition in Rodrigo De Freitas Lagoon in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
It is good to hear that many of the business establishments are now showing concern about the environment and the Starbucks Eco-friendly Reclamation Drive Thru is a living proof. This brand new coffee shop of Starbucks is located in Tukwila, Washington.
Made of recycled shipping container, the said coffee shop is the first and probably a new branding strategy of the said coffee brand. The shop has been designed according to LEED green building standards and it consists of four shipping containers.
The elegantly designed coffee shop is done through the outstanding work of the resident architects of Starbucks. The structure is designed in-house as part of Starbucks’ initiative of encouraging green architecture in order to reduce energy use and definitely carbon emission. Despite of the structure being made of recycled materials and following LEED green building standards, the designers are still able to Starbucksified the building as it showcased the same stylish and trendy architectural design that their other coffee shops have.
Many have claimed that paper napkins are eco-friendly. Now the company of a cloth napkin called the Happy Crab Cloth Napkins also have claimed their products to be eco-friendly. Many of us may now ask the question, “What made a certain product eco-friendly.”
To be considered as eco-friendly, a product should not harm the environment through its sources, production and must not be an addition to our wastes and landfills. A paper napkin is considered to be eco-friendly because of the materials it uses, the paper, which can easily decompose. Therefore, it won’t harm the environment that long. With cloth napkins on the other hand, these are considered green product because it will not be an addition to our landfills since everyone can reused the napkin by simply washing it with soap and water and some disinfectant too. [Grab this adorable and cute Happy Crab cloth napkins]
Keeping the environment safe and clean sometimes requires a lot of effort from reforestation to rehabilitation and the like but not in the case of using the Recycled Rice Hemp Hobo Bag. As its name suggests, this handbag is made from recycled rice bag. Most probably, this will be very possible in countries where rice is one of the most important components for a healthy meal like those most countries in Asia.
It is good to hear that after we have consumed the rice, the bags will no longer be an addition to our trashes and eventually to our landfill. This bag is a great project in keeping the environment clean and safe. The bag’s print design looks like the natural print of the rice bag. This only means that no harmful or toxic paints are used to enhance the look or appearance of the bag. If you were to look at the images, the bag does not looks like made of recycled material. [Click here for more details about Recycled Rice Hemp Hobo Bag]
Empty glasses are normally discarded and added to the pile of landfills that we already have, unless you are like those people behind the elegant Artecnica Transglass Vase 2. This wonderful vase is ideal to be called as an eco-friendly home décor because of it was made from recycled materials.
Looking at the images, this vase is made of recycled empty bottles. Designers Emma Woffenden and Tord Boontje surely are artistic enough in making an old empty bottle as radiant as it looks in photos. This will be a perfect addition to any home’s interior design. Holding your favorite plant, the transglass vase 2 will not only help you reduce waste and eventually minimize the growth of landfills but also will help you maintain a refreshing and earthy ambiance in your home with the fresh air the plants this vase will be holding. [Click here for more details about Artecnica Transglass Vase 2]
Discarded lamps and electrical parts are easy to find in the metal pile at Maurice Klapfish local transfer station, junk shops and yard sales. The hard part is turning them into decorative art or useful products. Maurice decided to convert waste into art or useful products through his website LAMP REVIVAL that strives to recycle these castoffs into offbeat lamps and sophisticated lighting.
Bulb Socket Lamp by Maurice Klapfish
For the whimsical Lady Marmalade, Maurice started with a trashed Victorian floor lamp featuring a cluster of three arm lights and a bulb in the central glass bowl. Its former owner probably concluded that a lamp broken off at the base was useless. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. By inverting the glass bowl, cutting off one of the cluster arms and adding lots of recycled lamp parts, Lady Marmalade emerged to rid the world of several pounds of trash.
Lady Marmalade by Maurice Klapfish
Bullet by Maurice Klapfish
The Suitcase Stacks will surely give those old suitcases a new life. Instead of having them tossed off to landfills, you can now have them as your stylish drawers.
Suitcase stacks is a selection of old suitcases. Each of them is housed in cases made of wood and steel. Each of the suitcase used in the stacks are repurposed and relined using a Swedish linen making them ready to accommodate new contents. You can choose to have a combination of your choice that you think will match perfectly with your interior design and personality. With the Suitcase Stacks, there will be no more old suitcases in our landfills.
Source: James Plumb
Wine can be a great gift to your friends, family and colleagues for all occasions and the Re-wine Classic is a perfect packing that will hold your wine bottles safely. The Polli-ber, one of the materials used made this one of a kind packaging tool is partially biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
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