upcycling

Right to Repair

Samsung Made a Bitcoin Mining Rig Out of 40 Old Galaxy S5s

Samsung's new "upcycling" initiative will allow you to put a completely new operating system on your old phones to give them new life.
Matthew Gault
10.27.17
Art

Succulents Make a Stunning Statement Inside Vintage Typewriters

Turkish artist Aysenaz Karayalcin likens succulents to the resilence of women around the world.
Beckett Mufson
1.25.17
Art

Japanese Artist Transforms Old Newspapers Into Expressive Creatures

Chie Hitotsuyama upcycles the animal kingdom in a colorful sculpture series.
Noémie Jennifer
11.7.16
composting

This Startup Wants to Turn Diaper Waste into Fruit Trees

German startup Dycle, founded by artist Ayumi Matzusaka, aims to tackle the massive amount of diaper waste produced each year by converting it to nutrient-packed soil and planting fruit trees with it.
Elizabeth Rushe
10.3.16
coffee

This Company Is Turning Coffee Grounds into Coffee Cups

What if instead of getting buried into garbage bags, old coffee grounds could be recycled into something useful and sustainable? That's the goal of Kaffeeform.
Barbara Woolsey
7.7.16
coffee

This Taiwanese Company Makes Clothes Out of Coffee Grounds

Taiwanese company Singtex has perfected a process for turning coffee waste and plastic bottles into fabric. One T-shirt can be made with three cups of coffee grounds and five recycled plastic bottles.
Clarissa Wei
6.13.16
africa

This Innovative West African Lab Is Turning E-Waste into 3D Printers and Robots

WoeLab in Togo is on a mission to promote urban renewal in the west African nation with a focus on creating sustainable technology in a local context
Chris Matthews
5.2.16
Art

An Incandescent 'CLOUD' Sculpture Lights Up Overhead

A weightless-looking cloud made from thousands of incandescent bulbs.
Mike Steyels
2.1.16
Design

Repurposed Shopping Carts Make Perfect Chairs

Designer Etienne Reijnders saves shopping carts from the furnace, and turns them into furniture.
Yoran Custers
10.22.15
Design

Your Designer Look Could Be Waiting at a Charity Shop

Recreating high-end fashion design with the clothes from your closet.
Catherine Chapman
9.28.15
Art

"African Electronics" Takes a Spiritual Approach to Individual Power

Ghanaian artist Serge Attukwei Clottey takes his recycled plastic "African Electronics" to the streets.
Alice McCool
8.26.15
Design

A Rainbow Shipping Container Tower Rises in Mumbai

'Steel City' is a magical example of reusable architecture, from architect Carlos R. Gomez and CRG Architects.
Nathaniel Ainley
8.25.15
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