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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The DO School Sustainable Cup Challenge

Disposable cups make a huge contribution to the amount of waste we produce, it is probably not something many of us think about when we’re finishing our morning coffee. However, how could we create a product that will be both recycled and easily recyclable?

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Are you a budding designer? In our previous post we talked about the DO Fellowship opportunity.

The DO Sustainable Cup Challenge  aims to help the selected Fellows to create an innovative and sustainable to-go cup.  They will also be expected to develop the related infrastructure and create a campaign for New York City. The Fellows will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics from leading experts,  including the environmental impact of packaging and materials as well as about recycling systems.

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By tackling the Challenge, Fellows will have to learn how to turn an idea into action by using a hands-on approach. Fellows will also work on developing their own venture idea into a viable plan, that is ready for implementation during the following ten months in their home countries.

Calling all young entrepreneurs!

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The DO School is offering a unique one-year program for emerging social entrepreneurs that will provide training, mentoring and empowerment to young entrepreneurs to help them start their own ventures. Selected Fellows will receive a full scholarship covering the tuition fee for the year.
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The DO School invites applications from motivated individuals from around the world to participate in the DO School Sustainable Cup Challenge. Applications are now open to young people aged between 21 and 28 and will close on September 15th 2013. Successful applicants will show exceptional motivation to contribute to solving the Challenge and will be encouraged and supported to develop their own social venture and in the areas of eg. sustainable product design, campaigning and branding, environmental activism, recycling and waste management.

The DO School Fellow Group

The DO School Fellow Group

The programme will run from February to May 2013 and the selected Fellows will spend the first 10 weeks of this one-year program on the DO School pop-up campus in New York City! The following 10 months will be spent in their home countries implementing their own ventures.

Around the World in 80 Chairs: The Tyred Chair, Cape Town – South Africa

A combination of Roy Lichtenstein, South African slang and upcycled design. Yameng Li has reimagined a simple recycling idea into a work of art, by painting this unique tyre chair in collboration with Tyred, at the Design Indaba Conference 2010 in Cape Town.

Tyred Chair by Yameng Li

Tyred Chair by Yameng Li

Yameng Li painting the Tyred Chair

Yameng Li painting the Tyred Chair

Plastic Bottles Are Not Trash: South Africans turn waste into a business opportunity

This is a short video about recycling in South Africa, focusing on waste management as a business, education and of course the environmental and social benefits recycling old materials. The film shows that recycling and reuse can be profitable for the whole community.

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Repurpose & Sustainability at Berlin Design Week

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As Berlin’s first Design Week gets underway, we’re taking a sneak peak at the top sustainable and recycled designers exhibiting this year. The Design Week is organised by DMY Berlin, an internationally renowned platform for contemporary product design. The organization has been promoting the creative industry nationally and internationally since 2003.

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Reditum Moveo bookcase

Reditum designs furniture with sustainability, society and economics in mind. They focus not only on the furniture’s past but also on its future, taking into account environmental and social factors. Reditum is the Latin for ‘return’ taking used and discarded materials and bringing them back to life.

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El Reinventor Atelier

Another exhibit to look out for is that by El Reinventor, who uses discarded or reclaimed materials for his designs. Incorporating everyday goods like old silverware, broken instruments and oil barrels into his work, transforming it into something entirely new. His atelier for sustainable objects from “the other side” range from rotating bicycle tables (rotables) to jewellery, and his work is both eccentric and fascinating.

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Showcase by Die Fabrik

Do not be alarmed by the clowns! Die Fabrik have a range of sustainable and recyclable pieces that have been designed in an extremely practical and unconventional way. They use practical concepts such as flatpack furniture and combine this with the ethos of recycling. Their innovative and unconventional designs, provide a perfect balance in the world of IKEA shoppers and environmental degradation.

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Showcase by Die Fabrik