Michelle Brand‘s wedding dress made out of recycled plastic-bottle bases

June 25th, 2011 - 

British designer Michelle Brand‘s wedding dress is trailed by a 16-foot train and weighing more than 22 pounds, the gown is the sum of 2,220 recycled plastic-bottle bases, 6,512 plastic-bottle tops, 13,880 tags, and months of tireless labor. Michelle is an ecological design maker known internationally due to her favourite pattern used in many creations: the plastic bottle base. 
From these, she creates from jewelry design to dresses, screens or lamps in cascades. You have to see them all because they are incredible. I know she uses the same module each time but even so, she creates new things from it
each time. For sure, the material she uses has reduced weight and it has no sunlight refraction- from here, har entire lamps and chandelier collections. You can see her works in many galleries in UK, Milano, NY or Paris.

Photos by Michelle Brand

Recycled newspaper Flip-Flops

June 25th, 2011 - 

Newspapers and magazines are for sure the most recycled items in the world. The image above shows a simple, clean cut, elegantly designed, and handcrafted flip-flop named Paper flops. 
Except the paper used, the flip-flops are made also from coconut husk and palm tree root, rubber and shells. Paper flops are composed of about two pounds of recycled newspaper.They are very stylish and in the same time
eco-friendly and as it seems they last long due to the thin natural rubber coating that is laid on the surface of the flip-flops against the rain. Design made in Indonesia. You can buy them with about 26 € a pair. I think I know what I would wear this summer 🙂 Via

Innovative egg cartons designs

June 25th, 2011 - 

Egg cartons are made from recycled paper and other mixtures of materials that could be reused. I was all the time thinking that there is a pitty to put the egg cartons to the garbage. I know, I put them to be recycled but in the same time I was all the time thinking that the inspiring shape must lead to beautiful creative things.
I saw once an amazing carnival costume made out of this but unfortunately I do not have a picture of that. The good part is that Greendiary get together a small collection of what you can do and how you can reuse this material. Some nice
idea found on the net: seed starting pots, Christmas ornaments, store earrings or turn the egg cartons into bird feeders pots. See here some nice recipes that you can use to make a lamp out of egg cartons. Nice ideas !
And what about you? What can you do with an egg carton?

Via Greendiary and here.

The living raincoat design, an idea of Airi Isoda

June 25th, 2011 - 

Airi Isoda created a special coat made from recyclable high-density fiber, Tyvek and silk  that allows wheatgrass to grow in it.  “I thought, why not water plants with rainwater if you’re going to be out in the rain getting wet?” she tells EcouterreAiri Isoda works in a collective of designers and multi-disciplinary creatives.
They are inspired and they have knowledge in fields like architecture, fashion, textile materials and design. In particular, Airi Isoda has a bachelor in architecure ans she worked in Los Angeles. She confesses that she was
inspired by art and fashion and also she is concerned about landscapes. The design below was created to make the most of every rain. You will feed the plants in the same time you walk the street. The recyclable Tyvek material allows water vapor, but not liquid water, to pass through. Via

Eco friendly accesories: wool beads and necklaces

June 25th, 2011 - 

To preserve the environment, Lua Chea thought of some raw materials that are green and eco friendly. They use wool threads. leather, buttons and fabric remains to create accesories. They reuse elements and transform them into beautiful decorative pieces: for example, paper beads made out of newspapers.
They jewelry designs tell a story. I like the crafted things that are born from these unique left-overs. Still, as Lua Chea is
confessing, the designs are not so cheap: crafting and the effort to produce such amazing things take a lot of time. The catalog, more about the site and how to get in contact with Lua Chea here.