Sculptures from Recycled Tires—Yong Ho Ji

Not only is this a great recycling project, but Ho Ji’s way of using tires for texture and for molding animal forms creates a thought-provoking juxtaposition between the world of machines (cars) and the natural world (or the mythical world, in some of his sculptures).


Collection of Pencil Carvings

Consider these for creative inspiration: The tiny working surface, and the craftman’s commitment to re-using something that usually is discarded after its obvious function has diminshed—something that can inspire designers in their work.

Minimalist, Green Packaging Design


This packaging design idea for Coke bottles approaches eco-friendliness on several counts. For material, student designer Andrew Kim proposes plant-based material, while the the bottle’s straight-edged shape and curved bottom is tightly stackable, thereby reducing wasted space in shipping containers, and in turn, reducing carbon emissions for the product’s distribution. Additionally, the proposed material is crushable down to 34% the packages’ original size in a pre-scored accordion fold, to encourage habitual recycling. This is a great example of how a few, well-thought out design decisions could impact mass habits, and in turn, encourage desirable effects on the larger scale.

LED Typography

Designer Aleksi Hautamäki created a collection of playful typography lamps by reusing the letters of old electric signs and retrofitting them with long lasting LED lights, capable of emitting 30,000 hours of glow.  “Sustainability of this product is not superimposed, but in the very essence of it.  The second life cycle creates new value for everybody involved, the sign maker, the producer, the retailer and the customer.” – Aleksi Hautamäki


Recycling Typography | Aleksi Hautamaki | Iconology



The Future of Print? Nike Makes Shoes From Shredded Magazines

A limited edition of sneakers made from recycled magazines, released in select emerging markets.

If print is dead, it’s getting a hell of a reincarnation in these killer kicks from Nike.

What do you do with all those stacked-up, unread New Yorkers on your nightstand? Recycle ’em, of course. Maybe if they’re lucky, they’ll end up with an afterlife as cool as the Nike Women’s Premium Print Pack, a limited edition set of sneakers designed out of shredded magazines. Snag a pair of these, and you won’t need to feign interest in that 10,000-word article on Balinese maskwork when you crash a publishing soiree — you can just wear your media-elite street cred.


women's premium print pack


The Print Pack contains three Nike styles: The Nike Flash Macro Premium (sail/birch), Nike Blazer Mid Premium (sail/khaki) and Nike Air Rift Premium (sail/sport red). But don’t sweat those details, because according to Nike, unless you live in Europe, China, or “select emerging markets,” you don’t have a chance in hell of getting your hands on them.




No, you must admire the Print Pack’s retro-chic bricolage from the digital remove of this blog: from the delicate stitching of these bits of deathless prose (or ad copy, more likely) into unique patterns on each shoe, to the rugged transparent coating that protects the literary moments-in-amber from the elements that buffet any footwear worn outside the redoubts of obscure underground clubs or European runway shows. (Pretty good, right? Maybe Nike can turn my disposable hackwork into rad kicks someday!)




Credit where credit is due: the design of these sneaks is pretty great. The bits of print look like vintage filmstrips running up and down the shoes’ clean lines. And who knows, maybe there are whole narratives to be discovered in the cut-up fragments adorning your feet. Crazier things have happened — just ask Jonathan Safran Foer.




The Women’s Premium Print Pack will “debut in limited quantities” starting January 1.

[Images courtesy of Nike]




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Foldable, Rubber Stool

This stool made of recycled rubber bends into sitting position and stays put with the simple application of bolts. When no longer needed, it unfolds into a flat shape that’s easy to store out-of-sight. With its unique look and cushy rubber elasticity, the stool by Japan’s h220430 is an elegant recycle-minded piece with flexible function.