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Saturday, March 10, 2012

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daylight savings time – 7 eco-friendly clocks


Daylight Savings Time starts at 2 A.M. tomorrow, (Sunday) morning. Remember to set your clocks one hour ahead tonight. In celebration of gaining an additional hour of daylight we are re-visiting a few nifty clocks made of recycled and repurposed and sustainable materials.

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We’ve seen vinyl record clocks before, but these are a little different – they feature upcycled limited edition 45 rpm records by artists ranging from the inimitable Michael Jackson (above) to UK rockers the Stereophonics (below). Also pictured below are classic limited editions chunks of vinyl by the White Stripes and Kanye West (Golddigger).

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Note: if you’re so inclined you can remove the clock’s mechanism and play the record. Most of Starfish Quay’s records have never been played and maintain they’re full collectible value. The handmade clocks range in price from around $20 to $50 depending on the value of the record. Find these and more @ the Starfish Quay Estsy shop.

The consumption of wood to create new products and the resulting deforestation is a reclaimedwoodclock1.jpgmajor worldwide problem, particularly in developing economies where forest management practices are rarely, if ever, practiced.

Products like this clock (photo, R) made by local artisans in Thailand from upcycled wood recovered from old boats and buildings help reduce the harvesting of old growth trees.

Note: due to the use of upcycled materials, no two clocks are identical.

(at right) $52 @ hipcycle.com

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This handmade designer clock (above) is made from sustainably harvested rosewood and pine. Designer Singgih Kartono makes these retro-modern looking timepieces in the Indonesian farming village he calls home. The clock is the latest model in his handmade line of wooden clocks and radios.

$90 @ areaware

Related: previously on altCon, eco-friendly products for the home

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Calling Father Time … designer and photographer Jonas Merian and his girlfriend Nina create their product designs and photography out of their live/work studio in Shanghai, China. Jonas created this series of upcycled telephone clocks (pictured above) from old, recycled Chinese telephones.

Merian’s clocks can be wall mounted or displayed tabletop. You can see more of Jonas’ clocks, photography and furniture designs on his flickr photostream, or at his website – Jonas’ Furniture Design.

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(above) This clock is made from a real bike tire so it has the commensurate scuffs, dings and character of a used wheel.

The clock mounts directly to the wall through the hub using a hollow wall anchor, giving the clock the illusion of floating just off the wall. The timepiece features a high torque German quartz movement mounted and concealed behind a set of rear bike gears. The clock measures roughly 20 inches in diameter and runs on two included AA batteries.

Made in the USA by Allan Young and sold at his pixelthis Etsy shop for $129

related: more clocks made from recycled stuff by pixelthis

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(above) This little kitchen clock works overtime – it keeps track of minutes and allows you to either write notes or play teacher with your tots. Leave a reminder for a loved one or teach the little guys how to tell time by chalking it up. They’ll also learn the value of using reclaimed materials — it’s hand-crafted in Wisconsin from reclaimed school blackboard + reclaimed Douglas Fir provides the little ledge. (approx 12″ L x 13″ high; 5 lbs.) $95 @ uncommongoods.com

related: more eco-friendly home decor products featured on The Alternative Consumer

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

5 eco-friendly Etsy gift ideas – real stuff made by real people


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Are corporations really people? Here at The Alternative Consumer we’ve always favored the little guy. As big box stores are flooded by pepper spray-wielding consumers wrestling over the latest X-Box, we find ourselves drawn to a simpler, more civilized approach – buying stuff from real people – crafty folks who make great products by hand utilizing their personal skill, craftsmanship and ingenuity.

Here are five of our latest eco finds from that leading bastion of individual craftsmanship – Etsy:

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(photos above) Our first tasteful gift idea: do you have a loved one whose abode could use sprucing up with some eco-art? Artist Tracy Melton created this set of five striking, organically-shaped tree ring paintings on reclaimed wood. These unique works of art can be found at Tracy’s focuslineart Etsy shop.

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(above) This Rctees custom organic cotton t-shirt comes with a powerful message, and one you can express every time you wear this shirt – World Peace – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and all the countries in between. The tee is produced as a family affair from an original design created by shop-owner Toni’s son and hand printed by her husband in white ink on a soft, 100% preshrunk, certified organic cotton youth tshirt. You can find it for a very reasonable $18 @ the rctees Etsy shop.

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Do you reduce your carbon footprint by riding a bike? Here’s a clock (photo above) handcrafted from a recycled bicycle wheel. The one of a kind clock is made from a real bike tire so it has the commensurate scuffs, dings and character of a used wheel. The clock measures roughly 20 inches in diameter and runs on two included AA batteries. Made in the USA by Allan Young and sold at his pixelthis Etsy shop for $129


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There are dozens of great jewelry designers selling their handmade wares on Etsy. Designer Raminta Jautokas is one of the best. Her striking Silver Cuff Bracelet Flower (pictured above) was created from recycled sterling silver and features a Mexican fire opal stone.

Find it at @ the Raminta Etsy shop

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We recently posted about these sweet little cork Christmas Trees made from recycled wine corks. The cute ornamental trees would make a perfect addition to any holiday mantle or tabletop. 4 Eyes and Ears makes the trees in various sizes, all handmade and one-of-a-kind @ the 4 Eyes and Ears.

Related: more eco-friendly gift ideas from The Alternative Consumer

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

recycled bike wheel clock


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bikewheelclock1.jpgThis week, in acknowledgment of America Recycles Day (November 15th), we’re featuring products made from recycled materials like this very cool wall clock made from a recycled bicycle wheel. The one of a kind clock is made from a real bike tire so it has the commensurate scuffs, dings and character of a used wheel.

The clock mounts directly to the wall through the hub using a hollow wall anchor, giving the clock the illusion of floating just off the wall. The timepiece features a high torque German quartz movement mounted and concealed behind a set of rear bike gears. The clock measures roughly 20 inches in diameter and runs on two included AA batteries.

Made in the USA by Allan Young and sold at his pixelthis Etsy shop for $129

Related: more clocks made from recycled stuff by pixelthis

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Monday, December 27, 2010

super cool clocks made from recycled stuff


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Pixelthis creates these stylish timepieces from an eclectic variety of recycled items, including:  Apple keyboards, bike parts, old turntables, computer entrails, and a variety of magnetic tape reels.  Perfect for your resident techie’s bedroom or computer lair.

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Most of the clocks are for sale for under $50. Nice.

via: lost at e minor

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

recycled computer hard drive clock


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What time is it?  Time to make a clock out of your tired old computer’s hard drive.  This clock should appeal to computer freaks, geekery fans or anyone related to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates.  Made from the actual recycled remains of a dead computer.  The clock’s quartz movement runs on a single AA battery and the techie time piece has reversible, black or white hands.

$35 @ the pixelthis etsy shop0

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