Photo Credit: Clothes, Cameras and Coffee

Welcome back everyone!  Here are a few photos I discovered recently from a fellow blogger, Roz, at Clothes, Cameras and Coffee.  I was struck by her ingenuity and innovation with seemingly common materials, such as film negatives and newspaper.  I continued thinking about her images over the weekend and felt that this would be an interesting post to start the week with.

Photo Credit: Clothes, Cameras and Coffee

Photo Credit: Clothes, Cameras and Coffee

Photo Credit: Clothes, Cameras and Coffee

One of the hottest topics in design school (and the design community at large)  is the Green Movement. As many of you have probably noticed, it is also a big trend in the commercial sector, as well. Due to what we call “green-washing” and profit hungry marketers, these critical ideas of sustainability are in danger of becoming commercial fads.  I won’t speak on large-scale issues such as energy consumption and environmentally responsible design (they’re a bit out of my reach at this point) but I would like to bring up an idea of perspective.  I believe that if the “everyday man” looked at his/her surroundings with a new set of eyes, many of our growing problems with trash and waste would see tremendous improvement.

Photo credit: Anneke Jakobs from

Take a look around and consider the incredible potential of so many common items that would ordinarily find their way into a landfill. Or if you can’t imagine the potential, take a look at these images showcasing real examples. Above is the Chiquita Chandelier made from used Chiquita Banana boxes. Amazing innovation!

Photo Credit: Anneke Jakobs from

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Isn’t it ridiculous that we would throw away perfectly good items into a growing hole in the ground just because they are of no use to us!  If it still functions then there is probably someone out there who actually needs what you are about to dispose.  Now I realize that this approach could lead to an overzealous practice of hoarding and keeping everything that could be reused but let me make it clear that I am certainly not promoting this lifestyle. I strongly believe in the psychological and emotional importance of an organized and uncluttered environment, which is why I love thrift stores. You can donate those unwanted items to a cause that will make them available to others instead. What could be more sustainable? There is no legitimate excuse for not taking advantage of this system.

Photo Credit: Hangeliers by Organelle Design

I realize that I am being unusually opinionated and passionate about this issue but it’s an idea that I have considered for a long time and have gradually formed a very strong view on.  I guess the simple point of all this is that very few things are useless…it’s simply a matter of opening your eyes to the many possibilities beyond what you see.

Photo Credit: Anthropologie- "In Our Own Words"

Photo Credit: Anthropologie - "In Our Own Words"

I thought these plastic bottle flowers from Anthropologie’s spring display windows were especially delightful.  Wouldn’t they make a cute spring decoration or party centerpiece? Ideas…

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