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03-02-2011 Eco-deco your home

If you have a lot of ‘junk’ lying around your house and no idea what to do with it, Mark and Sally Bailey’s “Recycled Home” book is a must-read. This couple have an eye for decorating and a knack for recycling. Through photos and explanations, they show their readers how to turn old furniture, clothes, and flooring into household items and features. They are experts in transforming old or unloved household objects to the point where they become masterpieces. These authors will inspire you to decorate your home in an eco-friendly, cost-effective, and creative way. Follow their lead and you may end up with a one-of-a-kind home and people asking for the name of your decorator!

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Content Source: http://ecofriendlyfashion.blogspot.comhttp://blog.piajanebijkerk.com

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09-08-2010 Literature Immortalised

Imagine if your favourite literary works were brought to life in strange and wonderful ways? Katrina Rodabaugh not only imagined such a concept, she put it in to action with an art installation called ‘The Dresses/Objects Project’. Inspired by Gertrude Stein’s revolutionary poetry collection ‘Tender Buttons’ in 1914, Katrina hand printed the verses onto recycled materials. Thirty artists put the material together, some never having sewn a stitch before and then tried their hands at modelling the outfits, giving the final finish a natural, casual, just-thrown-together look, the words adding a sophisticated and timeless finish.

 

 Image Source: www.katrinarodabaugh.com
Content Source: www.sfexaminer.com
 

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22-07-2010 Superhero Clothing Fibres

While we’re still living our lives out normally, (ie. wearing clothes that don’t have interactive fibres with special superhero powers), scientists are busy coming up with…well, super interactive fibres. Just like the latest one, which has the ability to detect and create sound. Sure it took them ten years to come up with, but they are now looking at fabrics that can interact with their environment. Think clothes with microphone features, if it doesn’t boggle the mind too much. They can generate electricity and can even be used to monitor the flow of water. In fact, the possibilities are endless! Guess this t-shirt I’m wearing doesn’t seem quite so cool now.

 

Image Source http://www.orangebeautiful.com

Content Source web.mit.edu

 

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05-07-2010 The Cool in Ethicool

Young entrepreneur brothers Rob and Martin Drake-Knight, based in the small Isle of Wight, are the innovative brains behind Rapanui Clothing, an ethical clothing company that’s aiming to put the ‘cool in ethicool’. We think they’re doing a mighty fine job of that by using sustainable textiles and natural, organic fabrics. The folks at Rapanui believe that the key to awareness is communication. It’s not that people don’t care about what’s wrong in the world. It’s more that people don’t know. And what better way to tell them than through cool, surf inspired clothing? Check out their inspiring collection and support their cause on Facebook and Twitter. It could be the start of an ever-lasting eco-friendship.

Content Source www.rapanuiclothing.com

Image Source www.rapanuiclothing.com

 

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15-02-2010 Drink and hang

It’s time to really rethink the way we recycle plastic bottles. Although there are all those wonderful recycling bins, we can now go one step further, in a way that not only helps the environment, but helps our ironed shirts. The Rethink, conceived by US designer Xuan Yu, is a hook with two threads – and here’s the catch, one must do a bit of work to use it – drink two bottles of water (which is healthy anyway). These empty bottles are then screwed into the threads and there you have it – your own environmentally friendly-ish hanger. “By the concept that reuses empty plastic bottles, I try to present to consumers a realistic idea to address environmental realities and encourage the reuse of already ‘consumed’ items to form a functional product,” Xuan Yu says. And we’ve found a big bonus- Rethink hangers are a lot more effective than the flimsy wire coat hook in keeping your clothes’ shape!

Picture source:www.rethinkconcepts.com, www.likecool.com

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