The Story Behind the Glass

These glasses by Spanish brand Lucirmas are made from recycled glass bottles. The indents in the bottom of the glasses is a bit of a giveaway but also serves as a nice feature adding to their simple shape.

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Discarded bottles are cut and sanded down to make these classic, durable glasses. They are handmade in Barcelona, Spain and are available in clear, green and terra.

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This innovative and functional way of recycling glass, reflects Lucirmas’ commitment to reducing waste and sustainable design.

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Hundertwasser’s Public Toilet

New Zealand, land of astonishing natural beauty, landscapes that almost seem false as they are so incredible and unusual. Land of sensitive and unique flora and fauna, tatoos, the haka, sheep and cattle…and err interesting public toilets. You may think it strange that such a facility is to be featured on this blog for it’s design aesthetic, but it is a pretty strange sight.

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Travelling up to the northern tip of the country to a small town called Paihia, I noticed the small vibrant structure immediately. At first it looks more like a small brick a brack shop or a tourist vendor. However as you come closer you will notice the sign written in multicoloured and individually styled letters reading the words “Paihia’s Wee Toilet”.

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The small box like building is decorated with metal toilets that have been converted into plant pots. Long wild grass potrudes from the disused boat that sits on the roof. Wooden benches line the small coves, proving practical for waiting children. The sloping walls at the entrance allow for a degree of privacy while washing your hands while also welcoming in sunlight. At night the public toilets light up in neon pink and green making it look even more inviting but also fooling some tourists into believing it is a silent dance venue.

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And who may be responsible for such an eccentric piece of architecture in the middle of a tiny remote town on the other side of the world – Hundertwasser of course. The eccentric artist and architect spent a considerable amount of time in New Zealand and although his contribution to Paihia’s architectural landscape was small, it is certainly significant. He would have no doubt also been pleased to know that it was certainly the cleanest public toilet I have ever visited.

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New website promotes safer and cleaner shipbreaking | Other news… – Asia – Recycling News | Recycling International – recycling magazine for professionals by professionals |

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The NGO Shipbreaking Platform has launched a website – www.offthebeach.org – which lists all the ships that have been sent for breaking on the beaches of South Asia since 2009. The site aims to promote safer and cleaner ship recycling and to inform cargo companies wishing to select responsible ship-owners to carry their goods around the world, the organisation explains.

The website is part of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s ‘Off the Beach!’ campaign, which is designed to raise awareness of harmful shipbreaking practices and to promote the alternatives. Shipbreaking on the beaches of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan involves worker rights violations and severe environmental degradation, it is claimed.

The NGO Shipbreaking Platform underlines that some of the shipping companies listed for having sent vessels to what it deems to be substandard facilities have subsequently changed their recycling policies. These ‘success stories’ are featured in the blog section of the…

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Around the World in 80 Chairs: Wooden Chairs, Cinto – Colombia

Wooden lounge chairs turned upside down in order to clean the floor in Cinto, Tayrona National Park. Cinto is a small secluded beach in the national park on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, it is only accessible by boat but is a picture perfect paradise.

Wooden Lounge Chairs, Cinto - Colombia

Wooden Lounge Chairs, Cinto – Colombia

Cinto, Tayrona National Park - Colombia

Cinto, Tayrona National Park – Colombia

View of the mountains in Cinto, Tayrona National Park - Colombia

View of the mountains in Cinto, Tayrona National Park – Colombia

Cinto, Tayrona National Park - Colombia

Cinto, Tayrona National Park – Colombia

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Federico Uribe Paints with Reused Electrical Cables sculpture painting multiples

Artist Federico Uribe just released a lovely new collection of work made from electrical and a/v cables called, appropriately, Contectado. Uribe works almost exclusively with multitudes of repurposed objects to create vibrantly colored sculptures and 2D artworks like this.

Federico Uribe Paints with Reused Electrical Cables sculpture painting multiples

Federico Uribe Paints with Reused Electrical Cables sculpture painting multiples

Federico Uribe Paints with Reused Electrical Cables sculpture painting multiples

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