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recycled stuff gets Groovy design touch


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Israeli design shop, Studio Groovy, transforms recycled items into functional products imbued with new-found style and funky flair, (car rim fruit bowl, above).

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A telephone handset gives birth to a retro-designer bottle opener for a different kind of communication.

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Moroccan themed end tables created from laser cut vinyl record albums.

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This lighting fixture (above) was created from 4 colorfully authentic Israeli metal soda bottle siphons.

via the very groovy: recyclart

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wellfleet inspired neck warmers & cowls


We spent a few days in Wellfleet on Cape Cod a couple of weeks ago – visiting old friends and partying with new ones at the annual Oyster Shucking Festival. Despite the pouring rain, the 2-day contest, featuring the world’s fastest oyster shuckers, was attended by hundreds of happy fans who stood huddled, elbow to elbow, juggling beer and fresh oysters while getting completely drenched. Only hearty New Englanders could survive the bone chilling conditions.

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In the bay, we made a few casts off a low lying bridge with hopes of catching some tale but to no avail. The blustery winds of a nor’easter won that little battle. Although wet and soggy, the rain didn’t dampen our spirits as we continued our sojourn through quaint Provincetown ducking into pubs, shops and eateries, soaking in the last of the season, happy to be one with the water.

Along the way I made a mental note to try and find a nice neck warmer for winter.  Inspired by our freezing but relaxing trip, I did a little digging and uncovered a few handmade fineries, all made in the USA of natural fibers. Cowls make stylish, cozy alternatives to scarfs.  Add some cool gloves and they’re a great way to update your cold weather wardrobe.

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(above, L to R)

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(above, L to R)

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recycling frame for bagging those recyclables


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A simple, cleanly designed product with “recycle” written all over it.  Depending on where you shop, or shopped, this frame, designed for holding your reusable bags for recyclables, can be a testament to your good taste in shopping venues – or a physical manifestation of your green street cred.  Set your kitchen recycling area up with a little style by using several matching frames to bag your metal, plastic and paper recycled stuff.  The frame is made of 30% recycled steel and is itself fully recyclable.

frame comes in steel, red, white or black (and with 2 paper bags) – 30.00 eur @ matteriashop.com

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