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Pharrell Williams & G-Star Creates Jeans From Ocean Trash (video)

Are we seeing a trend here? Musicians partnering with companies to create up-cycled and re-purposed goods for the good of the environment. On Monday we just posted about and his 3-D printer that makes products from plastic bottles. And today we have Pharrell and his ocean trash denim line, G-Star Raw For The Oceans. Check it out...

RAW FOR THE OCEANS is a G-Star collaboration with Bionic Yarn, owned by Pharrell Williams, and the Vortex Project. Together we will make a sustainable collection from recycled ocean plastic.

Jun302014 & Coca-Cola Unveil 3D Printer That Makes Items From Used Bottles (video) introduces the EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printer. The EKOCYCLE Cube is not just another tool for making, it is a revolutionary tool for RE-making, and encourages and helps us to change the way we think about recycling by transforming post-consumer waste into new and beautiful objects.

Each machine is pre-loaded with 25 patterns, allowing you to print phone cases, bracelets, vases, bird houses, robots and shoes, just to name a few. The machine has a limited color palette though, with only the options of printing in red, black, white and natural. 

The printer is now available for purchase through 3D Systems. It is priced at USD$1,199 and will be shipped in the second half of 2014. 

H/T: Design Taxi


Coca-Cola Gives "2nd Lives" In Asia (video)

Plastic waste is a huge problem in the world today, especially in Southeast Asian countries where plastic waste has been an ongoing problem. By upcycling plastic soda bottles, we can give a second life to what would otherwise be landfill junk.

 "2nd Lives" is a great initiative started by Coca-Cola but in reality is a second life for any plastic bottle.  The set of 16 screw on sprayers, marker tips, pencil sharpeners, pumps and other useful objects that can be attached to the top of any plastic soda bottle will be distributed for free starting in Vietnam then to the rest of Asia . It would be amazing to see this rolled out globally. 




NYC: A Beautiful Floating Dome Made Of Discarded Umbrellas

How many times have you had to abandon your umbrella during a windy, rainy day in NYC? The wind goes the opposite direction and your umbrella flips upside down as if it's catching the rain rather then doing what it's suppose to, keep you dry. The cheap umbrellas usually never make it back to it's purposeful shape and you abandon it in a nearby trash can along with the 5 others that are already in there. 

Well, husband-and-wife design team Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture, have made of the criss-crossing skeletons of 450 abandoned umbrellas in toa beautiful 24 x 18-foot floating dome that is on display as a public art installation throughout August 2013 at the inlet of Inwood Hill Park in the Bronx River. At night, light-up diodes have been placed in each of the 128 plastic bottles that help keep it afloat. 



Mountain Dew + Burton = The Greenest Collabo, Green Mountain Project (video) 

This is a cool and unexpected collaboration between a soft drink company and a performance gear brand to create a more sustainable environment and collection of apparel. I especially like how they turn plastic bottles in to awesome Burton jackets...very Willy Wonka! 

This is a great way to bring attention to millennials who care about sustainability in a fun way with brands they are familiar with and rank high on the "coolness" level. Knowing this, I am more likely to buy these brands when given a choice. What about you? 


Method: Bottles Made From Ocean Plastic (video)

Nothing bothers me more than seeing plastic bottles flaoting in the ocean and end up on the beach. So, naturally, I am so happy to see that Method is doing something with the garbage! 

The Method two-in-one hand and dish soap comes in a bottle made from ocean plastic and post-consumer recycled plastic. The new hand and dish soap in the ocean plastic bottle is available exclusively at Whole Foods.

“Our goal with ocean plastic packaging is to show that the most viable solution to our plastic pollution problem is using the plastic that’s already on the planet. Method’s ocean plastic bottle demonstrates in the extreme that recycling is possible,” said Adam Lowry, co-founder and chief greenskeeper of Method. By recycling and reusing plastic to make our bottles, we turn off the tap of plastic flowing into our oceans and take the first, most important step toward solving the ocean plastic problem.” Source: Method

Method employees hand-collected several tons of plastic from the beaches of Hawaii and this plastic was then used to create the new bottle. Method is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the two-in-one hand and dish soap to Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i and Kokua Hawai’i Foundation, two organizations that worked alongside Method employees to collect the plastic waste. source: MNN


Metro Deck...Brilliant Reuse of Discarded NYC Metrocards

Ever wonder what happens to all those discarded Metrocards you see laying around the subway and even on the streets? Well, most likely, NY artist Norman Ibarra has been picking them up and collecting them to create Metro Deck. He collects discarded Metrocards and prints 5 borough inspired images to produce an entire deck of playing cards. 

"Metro Deck attempts to visually capture the common thread between commuters, public transportation, and chance...Appropriating the language of playing cards, the work asks us to consider our intimate connection with the subway and the city. The face cards are inspired by landmarks across the five Boroughs, referencing the tremendous reach of the subway system."

Each card is screen printed and the ink has to be custom mixed for perfect printing on these slick cards. The designs are unique and each card holds within it a story that may never be known of a person from NY or visiting NY and took the subway.

"The cards were inspired by landmarks across New York City, including Grand Central Terminal, the Staten Island Ferry, Coney Island and Times Square." For example, the Ace is inspired my city man-hole covers.  

You can get your hands on Metro Deck through Etsy. Prices range from $150 to $750 depending on the set. 


Carlsberg - Pop Open Your Beer With Their New Print Ad (video)

Brilliant ad! Not just because it's a cool concept, but I love the idea of use, reuse, upcycle. Like most of my magazines, I tear out what I want to keep and archive and the rest ends up in the dump pile. This however, is clever and I have to admit, I would definitely pull it out and use it. Just in time for summer at the beach when you bring the mag yet forget the bottle opener! Now I just have to find what magazines this is in...