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Upcycling Industrial Solid Waste to Glorious Items

Industries all around produce large amounts of waste and do not always know how to deal with it, while artists and designers are always on the lookout of sourcing new materials for inspiration. So, what’s the best idea? Bring them together and create something that one could have never imagined. When waste is transformed into art this is called upcycling. While recycling involves transforming materials, upcycling involves taking waste and changing its function. As far as industrial waste is concerned we picture waste tires, tubes, scrap metal, furniture, appliances and vehicles, construction debris and so on. After use, these usually end up in landfills which as a result affects the environment. Therefore, upcycling these wastes would mean avoiding this and conceiving...

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The Best Planet-Friendly Christmas Cards in Australia Right Now

In today’s digital world, there is easy access to a variety of greeting cards online where you can just filter, select and press send to your loved and close ones. It also has the advantage of being more environmentally friendly, cost less and of course can be easily shared. However, this said, does send ecards and viewing them on your screen make it more intimate and personal? Or does it end up as spam where it’s not given much of special value? Sending a traditional card even the simplest ones will have a greater meaning to the recipient. It shows that you went out of your way to choose a card with a lot of thought and consideration. A traditional...

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The Versatility and Variability of Ceramics

  “The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.” D.H Lawrence    When art and sustainability go hand in hand the outcome is a significant one where there is creative satisfaction as a positive bonding with the environment. And when artifacts are derived from the earth itself, the artist breathes a new life into the concept of the art of nature. A sustainable future will not only be achieved through new technologies and scientific advancements but also and importantly through an artistic mind. One of the most ancient industries where art and sustainability have a strong relationship is the ceramics one. This was born when humans discovered that clay could be found in abundance...

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Hive Beeswax Candles - what's so stupefying about them?

So you've got a candle? So what? It's made from beeswax? Now you're talking! We've got them too - beeswax, and only beeswax. Why? Read on, my friend, and you shall find out! Reason numero uno: beeswax candles are not paraffin - surprising? I think not! A natural by-product of the honey industry, rather than the petroleum industry, you can't go wrong. Rather than releasing harmful toxins into the air, beeswax candles release negative ions, meaning that it cleanses the air you breathe, negating the positive charge of air contaminants and neutralising the air. On top of that, HIVE only use 100% cotton wicks, so there are no extra nasties hiding in your wick - what a relief! You won't...

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Topheads Bamboo and Skate Sunglasses

What could be more wonderful than wearing recycled skateboards or sustainable bamboo on your face? And what? It even protects your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun? No way! Yes way! Topheads are based in Bondi, New South Wales, originating from a garage, where they made and distributed sunglasses to their friends. They have since generously expanded to include new friends, including us, so that more people can look cool in their sunnies. They do some amazing work with bamboo, recycled skateboard, recycled stone and recycled wood, which have to be seen to be believed. There are few words to describe how awesome their selections are, but I'll try my best :) Eco-friendly material Spring hinges Polarised lenses UVA...

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