For The Love Of The Landfill – 10 Innovative Upcycled Designs

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Create planters out of old books you rescue from the garbage or pick up at the thrift store.

Create planters out of old books you rescue from the garbage or pick up at the thrift store.

One way of stopping the production of pollution and waste is by not buying anything anymore – but we know that’s unrealistic at best, and a total buzz-kill at worst. But there are ways that you can still get your shopping fix, decorate your home and body, and still buy presents for people without participating in the one way decay from factory to landfill. Just buy secondhand and upcycled or recycled stuff.

Everyone knows that being less consumptive is a great way to be green, but by buying something used or transformed from something already made, you’re helping to extend the life of an object for which energy has already been expended to produce in the first place. Additionally, you’re saving another “thing” from going to the landfill and possibly our streets, the ocean or any other place where garbage mysteriously piles up.

As such, we have selected ten amazing finds from people creating something new out of something old. In the world of upcycling, these are some of our favorites.

Twig Terrarium

Old bottles, jars and containers become the new boundaries for these teeny worlds.

Old bottles, jars and containers become the new boundaries for these teeny worlds.

Every little person and their kit are hand-painted with exquisite detail, photo courtesy of Robert Wright.

Every little person and their kit are hand-painted with exquisite detail, photo courtesy of Robert Wright.

The two ladies behind Twig Terrarium create mini-worlds in vintage glass containers from things like cake holders, light bulbs and science glass, with layers of moss, rocks and tiny little painted people engaged in their private little moments. So peaceful.

More at Twigterrariums.com

Reimagined Seats And Clocks

Plant your butt.

Plant your butt.

It won't weigh your flour but it will tell you when to take the cake out of the oven.

It won't weigh your flour but it will tell you when to take the cake out of the oven.

The brain of designer Katie Thompson out of Cape Town, South Africa brings us beautifully recycled furniture, lighting, and interior accessories like clocks, vases, lighting and fixtures.

More at Recreate.za.net

Nightwood

Upcycled, recycled, reimagined and refurbished, all from the brains of Nightwood.

Upcycled, recycled, reimagined and refurbished, all from the brains of Nightwood.

Nightwood is a team of two women out of Brooklyn who create furniture, textile and home goods out of deconstructed furniture and textiles. Their look is spectacular, unique and highly recognizable. It’s not just functional, it’s art.

More at Nightwoodny.com

Book Potted Plants

Small, color plants work perfectly in this continually changing piece.

Small, color plants work perfectly in this continually changing piece.

These small potted plants are beautiful and unique (and if you don’t mind using a book for this purpose), they’re pretty DIY-able too. A special thumbs up to the natural discoloring of the paper by the plant and its soil.

More at Tokyopistol.com via Spoon-tamago.com

Book Or Inconspicuous iPhone Charging Dock?

Loose the ug and make it a book instead.

Lose the ug and make it a book instead.

Wife and husband team create these one of a kind iPod charging docks out of their love for books. After rescuing said books from various unloved homes, they create discreet tech accessories for those that appreciate a more vintage life.

More at Etsy.com/shop/inbook

Dream Home, From Shipping Containers

UpCycle Living containers, this one is in Arizona.

UpCycle Living containers, this one is in Arizona.

Multiples can be stacked for your container mansion needs.

Multiples can be stacked for your container mansion needs.

UpCycled Living take used shipping containers and transform them into high quality, affordable, green buildings. They are prefabricated and delivered with low-cost but sustainable materials. And when you’ve decided it’s time to move cities, pack her up and ship her out – they were originally designed for just that! UpCycle Living are also able to support emergency relief, as they did in Haiti.

More at Upcycleliving.com

Books As Shelves

Use your books to show your books.

Use your books to show your books.

Or build yourself an entire shelf on your classics, just choose the ones you've got on your kindle.

Or build yourself an entire shelf on your classics, just choose the ones you've got on your kindle.

Use books to create shelves to hold your stuff… and your books. Find instructions to building the row of books on inhabitat. Or create a more sleek (and light) shelf of just a few. You can pick one of these up from seller, Spoonful of Chocolate out of Tempe, Arizona.

More at Etsy.com and inhabitat.com

Blythe King


Handmade cases for your iEverythings, this one if made from an old Navy uniform.

Handmade cases for your iEverythings, this one if made from an old Navy uniform.

Using vintage fabric from old military uniforms, work clothes, and spare material found from dressmakers estates, Blythe King, out of Virginia, creates simple yet stylish cases tailored to fit an array of computers and portable electronic devices.

More at Etsy.com/shop/blytheking.

From Suitcase To Medicine Cabinet

The vintage suitcase medicine cabinet, supply your own toothpaste.

The vintage suitcase medicine cabinet, supply your own toothpaste.

And see your beautiful mug on the front.

And see your beautiful mug on the front.

It’s designs like these that make you think, “I wish I thought of that” but luckily, the next thing you think is, “I could make that!” That’s the beauty of innovative upcycled products, especially those that inspire the DIYer in all of us.

via Limitsizenerji.com

Hanging Lanterns

Light from perfect circles of text.

Light from perfect circles of text.

Like a lit petticoat in the sky.

Like a lit peddicoat in the sky.

Out of New York, these lanterns are handmade, entirely unique and made to order. Have discs of paper light up your space or a gorgeous bulb of ruffles illuminate your prettiest of spots.

More at Etsy.com/shop/Zipper8Lighting.

 
  • I really like these ideas, especially all of the ideas featuring books! I have a lot of books that I can’t part with, but don’t read. I wouldn’t have thought of up-cycling them this way.

  • So I simply declare you put together a few great points and I will post a number of recommendations to add to soon.

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  • The second book shelf is mind-blowing

  • This Lamp shades are very innovative

  • Great work Brother…!!

  • Awesome posting… i have never seen something like dis

  • I must say u have an eye of creativity.. awesome

  • It’s beautiful the Best was “Twig Terrarium”

  • I know! Def trying the book planter. I made two terrariums (without the awesome little people) and they failed miserably. I’ve bought from them before for presents for people, such delights. But out of everything, I most want that shipping container house!

  • Van

    Loving each of these ideas! Can’t wait to try some of them.