Here’s an interesting thought, what happens to branded materials when companies don’t need them anymore? Debrand Services in Vancouver B.C. set out to tackle this problem. Seven years ago Wes Baker was working in experiential marketing. He noticed that lots of branded event materials went to waste post-event. Because they were branded, these items couldn’t be donated. Wes founded Debrand Services to offer corporate businesses an alternative solution.
American designer and builder Gregory Kloehn is using salvaged trash to make houses for the homeless. Called the Homeless Homes Project, Kloehn upcycles mobile shelters from items he finds in dumpsters.
These upcycled chairs are the cutting-edge seats of Project99. They are built from used seat frames and upholstered with upcycled materials such as boat sails, street posters, inner tube tyres and industrial felt. Created by Dutch designer Stefan Louwerse, these are chairs with a story.
Maverick can step aside because when it comes to aviation there’s a new top gun in town. These aviator stools are hands down the coolest repurpose of helicopters and airplanes we’ve ever seen.
Hot on the heels of our post about the Industri[us] Festival of Upcycling we’d like to introduce you to the Canning Town Giant. This 30 foot giant is made out of reclaimed wood and greets festival goers as they arrive.
Fashion designer Angela Johnson takes thrifted t-shirts and handcrafts them into one-of-a-kind ball gowns. The indie designer has been making cutting edge, eco-friendly couture since 2003, and has a unique approach to using upcycled material. But wait, there’s more!
This takes the cake for the most creative use of plastic bottles! Federico Blanc had a dream to paddle down Argentina’s Parana River on a kayak made of upcycled materials. Using glue, dozens of plastic soda bottles and a vision for greatness, Blanc made this dream a reality.