Ben Von Wong is a photographer looking to create meaningful work. His latest campaign is called Mermaids Hate Plastic. Did you know that plastic takes 450 years to decompose?! That means that virtually every piece of plastic created still exists somewhere. Frightening. By 2050 there will more plastic than fish in the sea! It doesn’t have to be that way though. By making a conscious effort to use less plastic, we can change the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean.
This motorcycle lamp is super awesome. It features spare parts salvaged from Japanese motorcycles from the 70’s and 80’s. The parts are welded together in a really simple and elegant way. Pretty rad, especially for a motorcycle lamp that was designed on a whim!
This shipping container house takes upcycling to the next level! Located at the Bedford Marina in England, this is a shipping container house with a view! It was built in just 3 and a half months by upcycle product designer and TV presenter Max McMurdo. Let’s take a peek inside Max’s sweet upcycled home.
This upcycled coffee table is awesome. We made it from an old drawer! It’s the perfect coffee table for showcasing a collection. We love that it can display treasured items in a way that’s both functional and beautiful. This upcycled coffee table is a really great project for beginners. If you’re looking for an awesome and easy furniture project, this coffee table is it!
These dog sculptures made by Israeli artist Nirit Levav really make us smile. They are life size sculptures of dogs made out of upcycled bicycle chains. Although scrap metal chains are quite a heavy duty material, these dog sculptures are super sweet and look absolutely adorable.
Every now and then we come across a upcycler that simply blows us away. Say hello to Rupert Blanchard of Margate UK. Rupert Blanchard is a designer, maker and collector. He moved to London in 1999 to do a graphic design course at St. Martins and quickly discovered that the streets were paved “not with gold, but with rubbish”. Rupert Blanchard started salvaging finds and upcycling them into gorgeous, industrial-style furniture.
Okay wow. We’re just staring at this Boeing 737 chair. That’s right, this chair was made from the cowling of an actual Boeing 737 engine. The Boeing 737 chair measures 200cm x 200cm x 200cm, which means it’s over 6 and a half feet in every direction. This upcycled chair would literally swallow you whole! Which, in our opinion, is a great quality in a chair.
There’s something quite beautiful about the look of vintage tennis rackets. This upcycled tennis racket art by South African upcycler Danielle Clough is just brilliant. Danielle uses old tennis rackets as a canvas for her embroidered art.
This upcycled Kickstarter is all things coffee and all things awesome! If you love coffee then you will love this idea. Brandon and Hannah Weidman are Americans living in Masatepe, Nicaragua. Two years ago they started a small coffee shop there. In the process, they discovered a hidden gem for upcycling, coffee sacks.
This upcycled pop up shop is a super sweet idea. It was built for a chocolate and beer company who needed a mobile shop. Using reclaimed wood, salvaged metal and an old tricycle, a mobile pop up shop was created. This upcycled pop up shop can be configured 4 ways for different functions and requirements. Is upcycling the future of brick-and-mortar retail shops? We think it could be.