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    The Ginger Restaurant ceiling is made of recycled wine bottles for better acoustics


    Seems like interior designers these days are sure taking the concept of recycling seriously. That’s probably why a Buenos Aires restaurant has shunned the use of wood for acoustics, instead opting for recycled bottles! The Ginger Restaurant pulled out some 5,000 wine bottles from trash, recycled them, and has given them a new job-profile, improving the acoustics of the restaurant. An artificial ceiling that lies beneath the actual ceiling, this one with all the recycled bottles uses a metal net, keeping them all in place. The curved shape of the bottles helps break the sound waves. That’s not all. The walls too use recycled bottles lined up in different shades of green, amber and transparent.

    Posted in Recycle on February 24, 2011
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    Outdated gaming console, Nintendo GameCubes recycled into office desk organizers

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    Now the Nintendo GameCube might be a pre-historic gaming console that never really took off, owing to the fact that it failed miserably in game support. And if you haven’t seen one, walk up to the old electronics store downtown and you might come across one on the lower shelves. Or simply check out what Graeme Abraham does to these old game consoles. Recycling old GameCubes, Abraham creates some pretty sweet hand-crafted office organizers. The controller ports make way for a little drawer; the disk tray turns into a storage tray the side vents magnetically keep your paper pins safe while the button slots make room for your pens and pencils!

    Posted in Recycle on February 22, 2011
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    Helen Draper designs a dress recycled out of old postcards and throw-aways

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    Fashion designers usually think out-of-the-box, to an extent that some of them create some designs from pure trash! Helen Draper, a Preston university student, has drawn out some pretty startling designs that use stuff you’d toss in a trash-bin. Using old postcards, train tickets, photographs, doodle-strewn scraps of paper and just about anything she could lay her hands on in her own cupboard and flea markets, Helen designed this dress, a perfect way to recycle. She went down to a stall at the local flea market that had on sale old postcards with different handwritings written out by people that she used for the dress. For finishing touches, Helen used a piece of lace left behind by her late grandmother.

    Posted in Recycle on February 21, 2011
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    Beer waste used to generate natural gas

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    We all love our “occasional” glass of chilled beer. It soothes our nerves and calms our whines. Well, have you ever pondered upon just what happens to all the waste generated by beer manufacturing? Like every other waste, it too harms the environment. So, Eric Fitch, CEO of PurposeEnergy Inc. thought up of a way to put the waste to good use, while we’ve been thinking up ways to put the beer to better uses. A device has been developed that recycles the waste, making it fit for natural gas generation. All the leftover energy from the hops, barley and yeast is stuffed into the anaerobic methane digester that generates energy.

    Posted in Recycle on February 17, 2011
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    John Taylor uses scrap materials to build imperfect ship replicas

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    Why throw away scrapped out stuff like old wood pieces, computer parts or hockey sticks when you could use these and a lot more, to build some pretty pieces of art! John Taylor thought the same too, and using these scrapped out materials has built a bunch of replicas of some famous sea vessels. John was obsessed with ships since his childhood and began building replicas of old ships from photographs, using his garage in San Juan Capistrano as a work shop. With computers chips, nails, copper wire, lawn chairs, drift wood, staples and more, these imperfect interpretations of ships look just fine.

    Posted in Recycle on February 16, 2011
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    Rupert Valero, a soldier in Afghanistan builds action figures from recycled objects

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    Whoever said destruction was all that stays on a soldiers mind! PFC Rupert Valero, a soldier stationed in Khandahar, Afghanistan uses his free time to create. Valero pieces together old materials that he recycles into robots. Using objects usually tossed into bins like bottle caps, microwavable soup containers, yogurt cups and Dr. Scholl’s foot powder containers, Valero creates these action figures. Also, he just can’t get over reworking on his models, at times tweaking them, reassembling them, or rebuilding them.

    Posted in Recycle on February 16, 2011
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    World’s largest mosaic made from recycled Mardi Gras beads by Stephan Wanger

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    A load of old Mardi Gras beads were given a new purpose in life, thanks to Stephan Wanger. The artist hand recycler has set out to build the largest mosaic ever created from Mardi Gras beads, 97% of which are recycled. The piece of art, known as the Skyline will be shown off to the world at JW Marriott in New Orleans on the 27th of April this year. Wanger’s mosaic includes a view from the West Bank towards downtown New Orleans, complete with the Natchez steamboat, a cruise ship, a tall ship and a pelican, a busy river scene with the New Orleans skyline behind. Also, this artwork will carry the signatures of people that the artist will bead out.

    Posted in Recycle on February 10, 2011
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    Old game cartridges recycled into hard drives by 8 Bit Memory

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    Remember the good old days before the Xbox and the Playstation showed up? the days before the CD-ROM? Kids used to entertain themselves using cartridge-video games, that slowly with time and better technology, have disappeared into thin air. Left behind are the old game cartridges that most of us toss in the bin while cleaning up our attics. Well, maybe not all of us. 8 Bit Memory, a seller on Etsy, uses these old game cartridges to create external hard disks instead! Keeping them away from turning into e-waste, the hard disks can store as much as 500 GB to 1 TB of data! These cartridge-hard-disks are sure to stand out amongst the remaining boring old external hard drives we have today, with their sophisticated curvy sharp lines.

    Posted in Recycle on February 8, 2011
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    Sage Werbock creates AT-AT robot using recycled parts from scrap computers

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    The washed out and scrapped out parts of computers do not necessarily need to spend their days of retirement in a landfill anymore, not when you could cleverly put these together to construct an AT-AT robot like this one we just came across. Created by Sage Werbock, this robot was constructed from parts picked out of old computers and sheet metal. Werbock’s art of blacksmithing and welding has sure helped him make this four legged beast stand tall, using power supply boxes to construct its main body and floppy drive housings for the head. To construct the legs and feet, Werbock used pieces of scrap metal that weighs in at around 15 pounds.

    Posted in Recycle on February 8, 2011
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    Axion international to manufacture railroad ties made of plastic

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    A load of plastic will soon disappear from landfills, as Axion International will begin manufacturing railroad ties using recycled plastic. Winning a contract worth $15 million, the company will now manufacture railroad ties from Recycled Structural Composite (RSC), recycled plastic composite developed by Axion in conjunction with Rutgers University that is basically a thermoplastic composite made from 100% recycled consumer plastics. This also includes milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles as well as industrial plastic waste sent for recycling. The U.S. railroad industry replaces a good 20 million railroad ties per year, which will soon be made from recycled plastic.

    Posted in Recycle on February 3, 2011
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