Trick or treat! Halloween is just around the corner, but do you really want to buy a mass manufactured costume and look like everyone else? You don’t have to. You can make your own mask this year with templates by designer Steve Wintercroft. The awesome geometric designs are like nothing we’ve seen on the shelves of Halloween Express. Classy and refined, like a dog in a tuxedo, these masks are sure to turn heads on Halloween. You get the satisfaction of making your own costume with a fool-proof template that won’t allow you to look like you made your own costume. Although Wintercroft is based in the UK, with an instant digital download, you could cross Halloween costume off of your checklist today! Then rest easy knowing that your costume was not made in a sweatshop and it’s 100% recyclable. [Read more…]
When touching a print by CO2nscience, you would never guess that the soft, vibrant material was made from recycled plastic water bottles, but it was. The company, who is passionate about our planet and carbon consciousness, has started a Kickstarter to fund their amazing project that will transform 140,000 plastic bottles into enough wall art to cover an entire soccer field. The wall art comes in 4 different styles, each with three different sizes. They have a lot of ready made prints to choose from or you can customize them with your own pictures. [Read more…]
We in the western world take healthy cooking completely for granted. You turn the knob on your stove and magically gas or electricity heats the food before you. Many people in the world aren’t that lucky however: much of the worlds population still use indoor wood stoves of questionable design. They pump smoke into the surrounding air, use many more trees than necessary and eat up the income of people already living on the edge. Now, the organization Enlace is working to bring smart and simple eco-stove designs to the people of the world, beginning their life saving mission in El Salvador. They call the project Cooking Up Love. [Read more…]
Have you ever wanted to build a sailboat and voyage on it with a bunch of people from around the world? Welcome to the Sea Gypsies! Since the summer of 2009, people from all over the world have assisted in the construction of a ship that will sail the seas upon completion. There have been volunteers coming from all parts of the world — Asia to America, Europe to Southern Africa — all converging on a collective located just north of Oslo, Norway. [Read more…]
What do you do with all your old junk mail? Instead of cursing it, Sandhi Schimmel Gold collects it and turns it into stunning mosaic portraits, or Schimmel Art. In combination with painting, she shreds recycled paper of different colors and shades, and uses the little scraps to make fascinating images of faces, a technique she calls Acrylic Mosaic Fusion.
“I create without waste,” she says. “I upcycle junk mail, calendars, post cards, photos, old greeting cards, tags, etc… it’s all paper waste I collect. I use only water-based, acid-free, non-toxic materials to create my work. It is completely eco-friendly. I reuse and repurpose canvas, frames, etc. whenever possible.”
These scrap paper portraits, most of which feature beautiful women, prove that eco-friendly and sustainable art can make for a sexy focal point. Check out more Schimmel Art recycled junk mail portraits below. [Read more…]
A row of Christmas stockings hung by the fire are cozy and traditional. A cluster of vibrant Christmas socks strung up to create a sculpture is anything but conventional. This Christmas display was created by Montreal creative agency Paprika, for Domison, a retailer that has become known for creative and eco-friendly holiday installations. The sleigh-like swoop of Paprika Christmas Display comprises 600 socks fastened together with safety pins. For the holiday season it can be seen hanging from the ceiling of the Domison store at 4117 Boulevard Saint-Laurent. After the holidays, the socks will be removed and given to 300 cold toes in need at a local homeless shelter. [Read more…]