Allbirds crafts shoes from renewable materials including wool and castor beans

Footwear brand Allbirds uses merino wool to manufacture the textile uppers of its Wool Runners shoes, which also feature laces made from recycled plastic bottles and insoles produced using castor bean oil. Allbirds co-founder Tim Brown was disappointed with the synthetic materials used to manufacture most footwear and set out to develop an alternative that […]

Cubitts makes Redux glasses from waste materials including human hair and potatoes

Corn husks, wool and yoghurt pots are some of the materials used in a series of experimental spectacles by British eyewear brand Cubitts. London-based Cubitts is exploring more sustainable forms of manufacturing with Redux, a collection of 10 one-off frames each made from a different waste material. The range includes recycled plastics and bioplastics, with designs […]

House of Marley’s wireless earbuds are made from recycled materials and bamboo

Music electronics brand House of Marley has created a pair of bamboo and recycled plastic earbuds as an “eco-conscious alternative” to plastic headphones. The Liberate Air wireless earbuds by House of Marley are made from a variety of sustainable materials such as aluminium, bamboo and a wood fibre composite made from sawdust, as well as […]

Miniwiz creates pop-up store where rubbish is exchanged for recycled products

Shoppers can only get recycled products from Miniwiz’s Exchange pop-up store in Sardinia if they bring in plastic to be repurposed, as the shop doesn’t accept money. Located in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, the pop-up sells items made in-store from donated materials, including plastic water bottles, take-away coffee cups, and shopping bags. Shoppers get credit for new […]

Everlane designs leather Tread trainers to be “world’s most sustainable sneakers”

American fashion brand Everlane has launched sneakers made from leather, recycled rubber and plastic bottles that it claims are completely carbon neutral. The unisex trainers, called Tread by Everlane, feature soles made of a mixture of natural and recycled rubber, while the uppers are made of leather from “the world’s cleanest tannery”. The laces and […]

“Recycling ultimately legitimates consumption” says Marcel Wanders as he exhibits his used plastic bottle

Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has exhibited a plastic water bottle he used for three months at an exhibition promoting recycled plastic objects in Milan. Wanders submitted the bottle, designed by Ross Lovegrove for water brand Ty Nant, for Rossana Orlandi‘s Ro Plastic Masters exhibition – part of the Milanese gallerist’s Guiltless Plastic initiative. The subversive gesture was […]

Evian to launch collapsible “bubble” to combat plastic waste

Evian will trial a collapsible water dispenser made of recycled plastic, which is as “thin and light as a bubble” in a bid to reduce its plastic packaging. Called Renew, the at-home appliance, which stores up to five litres of Evian mineral water, contracts when water is consumed, taking on a new shape after every […]

Adidas unveils fully recyclable Futurecraft Loop sneaker

Adidas has launched a sneaker made from virgin plastic that can be ground up and remade again, as part of the company’s bid to mitigate the plastic crisis. The Futurecraft Loop shoe was launched 17 April by Adidas as a first step for the brand to help “get off plastic waste”. The aim was to […]

Rossana Orlandi announces winners of Ro Plastic Prize in Milan

Furniture made of recycled plastic and fabrics made from plastic bags are among winners of the Ro Plastic Prize competition. German designer Alexander Schul won the design category of the contest set up by Milanese gallerist Rossana Orlandi, which challenged designers to develop new ways of recycling and reusing plastic. Alexander Schul has made a chair, […]

Brodie Neill replaces sand with microplastic in contemporary hourglass

Designer Brodie Neill has created a contemporary hourglass filled with microplastic instead of sand to highlight the issue of ocean plastic pollution. The Capsule hourglass, which is filled with microplastic collected by Neill in Tasmania where he grew up, is an open-edition piece. “The hourglass seeks to draw attention to the scale of the problem […]

Barber & Osgerby create chair for Emeco that can be endlessly recycled

Emeco has teamed with London designers Barber & Osgerby for the first time to produce a stacking chair made from a specially developed recycled plastic. Launching at the Salone del Mobile in Milan next month, the collection comprises a chair and two stools made from recycled PET bottles. Emeco’s On and On chairs are made […]

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