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Re-use is better than recycling and below you will find examples of human whimsy, creativity and skill put to good use for the benefit of individuals and the planet.

recycling raft

Cello chairs

Cello chairs

recycling, dress

Chopstick dress

Chopstick dress

Chopstick lamps

Chopstick lamps

Chopstick wine rack

Chopstick wine rack

 

Chopstick canoe

Chopstick canoe

Chopstick fruit basket

Chopstick fruit basket

Book counter

Book counter

Drum chandelier

Drum chandelier

suitcase chair

suitcase chair

Tennis ball chair

Tennis ball chair

bike tire chair

bike tire chair

Belt chair

Belt chair

Bottle cap chair

Bottle cap chair

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Fountain

Fountain

recycling, graterrecycling, bird foodrecycling, canoerecycling sprinklerrecycling tubs

Ladder bookcase

Ladder bookcase

door for hanging pics and clothes

door for hanging pics and clothes

Mac cat bed

Apple cat bed

 

Bike planter

Bike planter

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Bench by Misato Kuga,  Photo by Katsumi Kasahara, Tokyo, Japan

Bench by Misato Kuga, Photo by Katsumi Kasahara, Tokyo, Japan

 

bicycle chain chandelier

bicycle chain chandelier

 

Ping pong ball chandelier

Ping pong ball chandelier

recycling, rakerecycling flowers

crutches

crutches

crutch globe holder

crutch globe holder

Umbrellas provide shade on street in Portugal

Umbrellas provide shade on street in Portugal

Umbrella skirt

Umbrella skirt

Tree stump

Tree stump

recycling, tree stumprecycling, tree stump 2

tires

tires

Snowboarding bench

Snowboarding bench

Skateboarding bench

Skateboarding bench

recycling, tv better

recycling, violin

Phone book

Phone book

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Teapot planter and jeans dogbed

Teapot planter and jeans dogbed

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The Bottle Chapel at Airlie Gardens, North Carolina.

The Bottle Chapel at Airlie Gardens, North Carolina.

recycling, room of  bottlesrecycling, toiletMany thanks to Carol for getting me started on this subject by forwarding great examples.

And to  How to Recycle for many of the additional images.  I’ve picked my favorites to share but there are countless more ideas and photos if you want to browse for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Better than Recycling?

  1. Truely, it was awesome watching such kind of snaps……this gives innovative ideas and better understanding on how to reuse waste products…was looking for how to reuse polyethene bags effectively…guess after seeing this my mind is already working on it……..thank you dusky..:)

  2. ah, Dusky, thx again one more time! Guess I’ll have to start thinking about what do to with my old bicycle.
    Happy New Year, Lady!

  3. THE VISUAL IS OVERWHELMING…AND SOO ON TARGET…IT GIVES ALL WHO SEE A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON ART IN ALL ITS FORMS.
    D. Marrs

  4. I admire your ingenuity, the examples are wonderful.
    Thanks for the fun.
    Love, June

  5. Just Fantastic and genious and beautiful , continue to do
    wonderful things like that instead of buying all day new things
    in plastic from China

  6. Inspiring creativity – thanx!
    The last one would be a great gift for one’s dearest, narcissist friend.

  7. Thanks for weeding out most of the manipulations and Photoshops – you’re the best.

  8. Jim,
    Thanks for noticing. I do try to figure out if something is real–and I’m not drawn to images that are too perfect–too photoshopped.

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