In a future world without oil, we’d end up with thousands of unusable massive oil tankers, some as long as 40-story buildings. Instead of sending them to scrapyards, a team of architects wants to turn them into floating neighborhoods. …

After carving out the internal structure of a megatanker, the designers propose turning it into an airy public space for events, a museum, shops, and even housing, with a park-like area on the top deck. At over 1,300 feet long, some tankers could easily accommodate an entire neighborhood.

More: These Beautiful Floating Villages Are Made From Old Oil Tankers | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

— rw

We often hear in Japan the expression ‘mottainai,’ which loosely means 'wasteful’ but in its full sense conveys a feeling of awe and appreciation for the gifts of nature or the sincere conduct of other people.
— Hitoshi Chiba, Look Japan, “Restyling Japan: Revival of the 'Mottainai’ Spirit”, 2002

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These are pencils made from recycled newspapers, and they’re manufactured by a company called TreeSmart. As the pencils are sharpened, they produce a marbling pattern near the graphite tip.

Here’s a quote from their website: “Whole newspaper sheets are rolled around high quality No. 2 graphite. No toxic chemicals are used in manufacturing and the eraser tips are latex free. A special adhesive formula binds the newsprint together into a cohesive core that is hard as wood. The pencils sharpen easily and last longer than wood pencils.“

See (and buy) their products here:  http://treesmart.com

And here:  http://www.guidedproducts.com/products/treesmart-green-recycled-pencils-24

10 DIY Ways to Reuse Glass Bottles and Jars

If you have tonnes of glass bottles or jars laying around doing nothing rather than make a trip to the recycle why not recycle and reuse them. Here are 10 DIY Ways to Reuse Glass Bottles and Jars which are all super creative and do not require very much effort at all. Click on over to each one for the directions. Enjoy!

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You can lease a car, but what about a pair of jeans?

Innovative denim company Mud Jeans believes in sustainability and reuse. As a part of their Lease Philosophy, you can own the jeans, but the lease the fabric to you. Why? Because denim is a renewable and reusable resource. Did you jeans get holes in them? Send them back to Mud for repair.

Tired of the jeans you bought and ready for a new pair? Mud will upcycle them and sell them as vintage jeans (named after the original wearer). Jeans just to trashed to repair or resell? Send them back to Mud and they well re-use whatever components and materials they can. 

You’ll find this ethos on their site:

We dream of a world in which there is no such thing as waste. That’s why we design classic jeans with recycling in mind. Creating our own circle of recycled denim products. Reusing valuable materials, cutting down on resources.

Uncon Feb 2013 post: http://unconsumption.tumblr.com/post/44140095699/dont-buy-those-expensive-jeans-lease-them

— S.T.


This watch — which at $195,000 is no small investment — comes in a rose or white gold finish.

But the metal underneath has a history. Before being crafted into a high-end timepiece, this metal formed an AK-47.

Each watch has the serial number of the weapon destroyed to create it displayed across the side. And each purchase funds the destruction of an additional thousand assault rifles in Africa.

This watch was dreamed up by social entrepreneur Peter Thum, the founder of Ethos Water and a TED attendee. Thum calls the AK-47 “the most infamous and destructive gun in the world” and through the company Fonderie 47, he transforms these weapons into jewelry — rings, cuffs, earrings, necklaces and more. The watch is the company’s pièce de résistance

More: AK-47s transformed into jewelry + watches, thanks to a chance meeting | TED Blog

— rw