recycled consumer goods

Timberland Boots Don’t Kick the Can

“Lost Bottle,” a television ad for Timberland Earthkeepers boots and part of the company’s Nature Needs Heroes campaign, was seen in the commercial break on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night. It shows a dog snatching a plastic bottle and dum…

Sweet! Apple iMacs Recycled Into Awesome "iMacquariums" (Photos)

Photos: iMacquarium website

Electronic waste is a huge environmental issue that carries global impact. Though there are plenty of interesting e-waste recycling ideas out there, here is probably one of the most creative re-use strategies we’ve seen for…

How to Make Toy Air Ships, Ray Guns and Much More from Old Tin Cans

Photos Courtesy of Tinplate Girl

If you try to live sustainably, chances are you recycle the tin cans that once fed you soup or mints. But there are lots of good reasons not to, and the alternative is upcycling them yourself. We’ve featured lots of D…

Fast Company’s iPad App Explores Best-Designed American Products

Photo: Screenshot of U.S. Design iPad app by Fast Company.

If you seek out products that are “Made in America,” seek out this app. It’s called the “United States of Design” and was created by the Fast Company magazine folks. I may have come across i…

One-of-a-Kind Birdhouses Made from Scrap Metal

Watering-can birdhouse. Photo: Brian Carlisle/GadgetSponge.com.

Most people would look at an old copper fireplace coal bin — if they bothered to notice it at all — and see something ready for the junk heap. Brian Carlisle saw a birdhouse.

“It jus…

Reused Tires Make a Squid-Like Playground for Refugee Children

All images courtesy of AnneMarie van Splunter

When Go Play! announced a competition to design an innovative playground for 1,000 refugee children along the border of Thailand and Burma, Dutch designer AnneMarie van Splunter thought of old car tires. …

Maker Faire NYC: Make Your Own Vegan Soap

Photos: Alex Davies

I am one of three boys in my family; it’s only now that we are all out of the house that I find the perfect solution for my parents’ long struggle to keep clean and or seemingly self-multiplying toys from taking over the house: Fe…

Maker Faire NYC: Make Your Own Vegan Soap

Photos: Alex Davies

I am one of three boys in my family; it’s only now that we are all out of the house that I find the perfect solution for my parents’ long struggle to keep clean and or seemingly self-multiplying toys from taking over the house: Fe…

Lativan Festival Boasts Zany Recycled Milk Carton Boat Race (Video)

Photo: Apollo TV

Old milk cartons are often re-used for crafts, bird-feeders and other useful things, but a nutty festival in Lativa is taking it to a whole other level, where boats are made entirely of recycled milk cartons, and pitched against one a…

Simple And Cute Vertical Garden With PET Bottle Tops Idea From Brazil

Photos via UOL Brazil.

Brazilians are savvy in giving PET bottles second lives, turning them into everything from roof solar water heaters to zero electricity light bulbs and