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What’s the old saying? Out with the old and in with the new? Well, as it turns out, that’s not necessarily the best motto to live by when it comes to consumerism.


For decades we have manufactured, bought and quickly disposed of products from all manners of non-renewable, environmentally damaging sources. Deforestation for paper and wood production, carbon emissions produced by plastic manufacturing and soil pollution from pesticides used to grow conventional cotton; these are but a handful of the problems we contribute to on a daily basis. And that’s before anything ends up in the trash or landfills.

It’s not all bad news though! Rather than support the continual production of raw materials from unsustainable sources, many individuals and companies are looking to reclaimed, recycled and re-usable materials for use in building and manufacturing. Everything from houses and furniture to children’s toys are being built from reclaimed materials. Wood, paper, plastic, metal, rubber- nothing is off the cards. And though the original materials may not be eco-friendly in and of themselves, their re-use and re-purposing by people committed to environmental sustainability is.

As these incredible everyday items demonstrate, re-using the old to make something new is the way of the future; a way that’s not only environmentally friendly, but creatively inspiring as well.

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