Everyone collects those extra buttons that come with new shirts, but what can you do with them? Use buttons to make bowls! Inigo Canedo, an industrial designer from Mexico, has created this beautiful and resourceful piece of artwork by simply gluing buttons together over a round object. Using colorful yet translucent buttons allows light to shine through, so the beauty of the bowl can be seen on the surfaces around it, too.
“Brief Explanation: The challenge was how to get enough people to know about the movement. So the objective was to get attention. And to eventually get restaurants to stop supplying disposable chopsticks.
Describe the brief from the client: The brief was to spread the word of how the use of disposable chopsticks is needlessly destroying China’s forests. […] “more about the project.
Dr. Dan Knapp, 71, is one man who’s reaping the riches of the Zero Waste philosophy. He founded Urban Ore, a waste recovery business in Berkeley, California in 1980 with his wife Mary Lou Van Deventer. Last year the company did $2.7 million in sales.
Turning trash into cash was a natural evolution for Knapp. On a whim, as a college instructor in Springfield, Illinois in the early 1970’s, he purchased an old six-wheeled farm truck and helped students collect salvageable material lying about town.
“We were picking up anything,” says Knapp. “We went to a dump and I was appalled by what I saw.”
Then, Knapp recalls, he realized “There’s a business opportunity here.”
During the Gran Semana de Lima, Peru’s capital city was transformed by a Green Invasion. Using recycled tyres, plastic and lots of grass, the architects Genaro Alva, Denise Ampuero, Gloria Andrea Rojas and industrial designer Claudia Ampuero turned the concrete filled Pasaje Encarnacion in a beutiful park and point of encounter for kids and adults.