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Making Recycling Fun

I'm all for lending a helping hand to the environment and recycle as much as possible. But it's hard finding recycling bins that are pleasing to the eye, and more importantly, don't take too much space. But that's all changing now with containers like Leco, a new, exciting and colorful solution created by Italian company Flussocreativo. Inspired by the look and functionality of Lego building blocks, these bins can be stacked in different ways to save room. The collection is made up of four different containers: two large ones to hold paper and plastic, and a couple smaller ones for aluminum and glass. Who said you can't be green and have fun at the same time?

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Relighting The Past

If you're into revitalizing old and forgotten treasures, you're going to love these phenomenal lamps by Ursula. Her unique boutique EarthSeaWarrior by Ursula specializes in the reconstruction of artifacts and industrial relics. She's really into using “specimens left behind by nature and/or machine and uses them to redesign whatchamacallits for the neo-nostalgic collector.” I'm smitten by her witty mix of color cloth cords with the distressed look of the vintage lamp parts. One of my faves is the one below where the base and mirror were upcycled from an old car lamp. Here's to another another fine example of repurposing someone else's trash into one-of-a-kind gems. Two thumbs up for Ursula!

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A New Lease on Life

There's nothing like a great idea, especially when it comes to helping the environment. I just came across this genius credenza, in Recyclart, where colorful plastic crates were repurposed into a witty piece of furniture. Isn't crazy fun? Here are more wonderful ideas how to rehash old and found objects and give them unexpected uses for your home.


Basket Case

I'm all for keeping things neat and organized, and more often than not, made fun off for my conviction. I just feel we can lead better lives when things are in their right place. There are many ways of organizing a household, but baskets have been a staple of tidiness. Unfortunately, it's hard finding cool and out-of-the-ordinary baskets that are easy to the eye. But browsing through the latest issue of Wallpaper magazine, I found the neatest-looking line of baskets by Sebastian Herkner. His Bask collection is the perfect hybrid between the traditional weaved baskets and the metal frame versions. The idea came to him after visiting a company producing paper yarn in Spain. Together with a Bavarian basket maker and the paper company, Sebastian developed a technique that allowed him use the yarns for three-dimensional objects, hence giving birth to these gorgeous pieces.

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Instant Impressions

There's no excuse to live with boring empty walls, especially with all the hassle-free products available that add instant coolness to them. Blik, the world’s first removable wall graphic company, produces really unique, different, and a lot less permanent solutions than wallpaper or paint. Their latest ones are these self-adhesive fabric tiles that are eco-friendly and non-toxic. You can choose from a variety of patterns, but if you decide you want to create your own, they can easily reproduce it for you. You can also check their amazing line of wall decals here.

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Clock Wise

Here's to a passionate duo of woodworking and design professionals who work from home to create these one-of-a-kind time pieces. Everything started with one small and unforgettable clock, but as they became inundated with requests to make more, they decided to start their little Toronto-based enterprise known as Clockeee. Made of durable birch plywood with water-based lacquer stain, they have created four different collections: Industrial, Summer, Zen and the most recent, Life. Clokeees are fully customizable to your needs and made with the environment in mind. Neato!

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A Common Good

Let's start celebrating Earth Day by making your Spring cleaning a little greener using this line of biodegradable and refillable household cleaners by Brooklyn-based company Common Good. Created by former prop stylists, the brand was born of the idea that we were using too much plastic. With the help from specialists, they were able to develop products that were not only safe for people and the environment, but also didn't sacrifice cleaning power by using low toxic and plant-based ingredients.. The line offers laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap, an all-purpose cleaner, soap bars, candles and 100% cotton flour sack dish cloths. Even the minimalist packaging design reflects their visionary concept. Common Good products can be found in select New York stores and of course online. By the way, don't miss our fabulous Earth Day Giveaway tomorrow!

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Home Contained

One of the most read and popular posts I've published so far is one about container living. As a matter of fact, it is one of my favorites since it shows how something so raw and unattractive as shipping containers can be transformed into beautiful living spaces. So when I spotted this amazing home I didn't think twice about sharing it with you. This beauty, in Kansas City, Missouri, is actually a prototype conceived and designed by former toy accessory designer Debbie Glassberg in hopes of making container houses an affordable alternative. The Contained Home was built mostly by putting together five metal containers, creating 2,600 square feet of unbelievable living and entertaining space.

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