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).
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.
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.