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Plastic drinking straws become vases

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Eco on Monday 15 July 2013

We’re supporters of initiatives that aim to cut down on waste, but it’s ideas like this that really capture our hearts. Sydney-based duo Supercyclers – Liane Rossler and Sarah Kings – design products that reuse and recycle, a reflected in their latest project, Yours to Care For, which transforms plastic drinking stores into tiny, unique […]

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The Living Furniture Project: teaching homeless people to build furniture

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By Alicia Thompson in New Eco on Thursday 4 July 2013

Alastair Sloan recently started the Living Furniture Project. Their mission is: ‘Designer furniture, Reclaimed materials, A future for the homeless’. The idea is to get people off the streets of London by teaching them a trade, and helping them rebuild their life. They are supported by a team of volunteers, which include designers and professional […]

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Crystal jewelry recycled from CD jewel cases

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Tuesday 14 May 2013

I’m usually not big into recycled jewelry, but these crystal pieces that won the Inhabitat’s Spring Greening contest are pretty clever. Though a lot of recycled material jewelry has an unfortunate resemblance to the trash it was up-cycled from, these crystal earrings bear very little resemblance to the CD jewel cases they began life as. This is some of the most successful […]

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Eco-feminism in India: 111 trees planted for every girl born

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Tuesday 30 April 2013

In a culture where women are severely undervalued, the people of Piplantri village in India decided to take a stand. They found a way to put a measurable value on the lives of their women. For every baby girl born, 111 trees are planted. And not only that, but actual legal measures are taken to […]

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Chope Food for the Needy: Facebook feeds the poor

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Friday 26 April 2013

Do you want a practical way to feed the homeless? Take a look at Chope Food for the Needy’s facebook page. This movement teaches average people how to help the needy. All you really need to do is talk to your favorite food vendor, buy an extra meal or two, and ask them to give […]

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Man in Fiji makes boat from 600 littered plastic bottles

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By Jerry in New Eco on Thursday 18 April 2013

Did you ever use an empty bottle to make a shaker or a toy as a kid? What about a boat? 600 littered plastic bottles were used by Tom Davies, a New Zealand native living in Fiji, to create this boat. In Tom’s tests, the boat can hold up to three big Fijian men. The […]

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Making fuel out of thin air. Literally

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Tuesday 9 April 2013

Air Fuel Synthesis generate energy from non-fossil fuel based carbon dioxide. And they believe the solution to creating clean energy can be pulled out of thin air. Literally. They propose making hydrocarbon fuel by taking carbon dioxide and water from the air and forcing them to react together. The resulting fuel production and fuel combustion will […]

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In Christchurch, a shopping district with shipping containers

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Friday 29 March 2013

After the Christchurch quake, the site of a mall destroyed in the natural disaster on Cashel Street has now seen a revival of shopping activity with shipping containers that now form temporary retail spaces. Shipping containers are just so darn cool.

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Buy a cardboard bedroom of office from Karton

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By Stuart Chapman in New Eco on Friday 22 March 2013

I’m a big fan of what Karton are doing creatively in regards to environmentally friendly design: 100% recyclable and flexible ingenuity. I particularly appreciate the decorative feature options for the home or office, including various animal trophies. Available exclusively online, Karton keeps things easy and fun and adds something unique to the space you live […]

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SkinFare: organic skincare, so sweet you’ll want to eat it

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By Drunken Prayer in New Eco on Friday 22 March 2013

SkinFare is a small company out of Western North Carolina that makes an organic body care coconut oil stick in biodegradable paper packaging. It’s so good you want to eat it. They’re also on a mission: to get rid of single use plastic in the personal care industry. In a sure-enough short time they’ve created […]

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The First Eco-Friendly Hair salon in Brazil

Didu Losso Contributor

By Didu Losso in New Eco on Thursday 21 March 2013

Marcos Proença was born in Sorocaba but moved to São Paulo in 2001. Over 20 years, he has become one of the most sought-after hair stylists in the luxury market in Brazil and also a pioneer for creating the first eco-friendly salon in the country, launched November 2009. His place offers an unique experience combining […]

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Smart bin sprouts philosophy sometimes, is bomb-proof

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Monday 18 March 2013

A recycling bin that sprouts philosophy… sure, why not?. We’ve seen at least one Renew bin on the streets of Singapore, while London already has a 100-strong army to tackle the problem of free papers littering its streets. Equipped with wifi, the bomb-proof bins even have their own programming (watch the Singapore channel here) produced […]

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Reduce, reuse, recycle: cardboard fine art by Mark Langan

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By Contributions in New Eco on Friday 8 March 2013

We are told on a daily basis to recycle and reuse and one Ohio based artist has done just that. Mark Langan takes supplies from his trash and the neighbourhood, reusing cardboard and reclaimed materials in order to create his art. Corrugated Art, as named by Langan, uses a material for which it was not purportedly […]

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Recycled yogurt container moon and tide clock

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Eco on Wednesday 27 February 2013

This moon and tide clock is a perfect gift for that eco-friendly surfer in your life. Made from recycled yogurt containers, this unique clock has a sleek and clean design that’s great for predicting tide times, heights, and fishing conditions. It’s the perfect addition to any beach house or stylish bungalow.

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Abandon Ship: limited edition art collections inspired by the sea

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By Ben Ashton-Bell in New Eco on Thursday 7 February 2013

Abandon Ship works exclusively with artists to create limited editions and collections inspired by the sea, It is a small initiative with a big ambition: one that supports the little man, the underdog, and small crafts from becoming extinct by huge mass-producing giants. All items are ethically produced, with a high focus on sustainability, using […]

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