Designosaur Christmas Tree

Hello readers, Happy Christmas! I thought you might like to see my Christmas tree.

The tree itselft I bought from Kristi Tamming through her Etsy shop. It’s made of reclaimed corrugated cardboard and is 1.4m high. The paper chain I made from some paper I had in the house and I bought some felt balls because they are made from wool and look cute. It’s finished off with high efficiency animated LED fairy lights and a handmade star from recycled fabrics on top. Hope you like it!

cardboard tree Designosaur Christmas Tree

Designosaur’s Christmas Tree

SWEEEP Kuusakoski – What Happens to our Recycled Electronics?


We are getting used to the idea of recycling our newspapers, aluminium cans and plastic bottles now in the UK. In 2011/12, we recycled 43% of our household waste. Although this is more than ever before, the rate is levelling off. Perhaps we’ve done the easy bit and now we need to start recycling more of

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Global Sustainability Jam 2012 – London


Across Asia, Europe, Australasia, North and South America and the Middle East this weekend, ‘Jammers’ teamed up for the 2012 Sustainability Jam. At the London Jam, I was invited to be one of the mentors guiding the 80 or so paying participants, grouped into teams, towards ideas to help create a

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Kebony, Accoya, Thermowood and Engineered Alternatives to Tropical Hardwoods


I’ve recently been doing a project that’s needed a hard, durable and dimensionally stable wood. Traditionally, tropical hardwoods have been used for projects like these, but is there not an alternative that doesn’t destroy the rainforests?

Hacking down forests and not replacing them causes the extinction of species (tropical rainforests are home to half of all species),

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Designersblock 2012 Highlights

GLO recycled milk bottle top LED light

There were a few products and materials that stuck in my mind after a quick jaunt around this year’s Designersblock:

Kate Sibley‘s paper jewellery was inspiring, both in terms of embracing fickle fashion in a sustainable way and the choice of material.

Recycled gold findings (hooks) can be swapped between

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Recycling CD’s and Jewel Cases…

Compact discs for recycling

What can you do with stacks of unwanted burned CD’s, DVD’s and the inevitable pile of jewel cases that go with them?

2017 UPDATE: We are informed that unfortunately London Recycling no longer caters for CD /DVD recycling and also that Polymer Recycling Ltd. no longer exists. Green Ant Plastic Recycling offers a granulating service

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RCA Show 2012: VeloPresso, a Human-Powered Coffee Shop


VeloPresso is a “pedal-powered mobile coffee-making machine for off-grid selling of quality espresso and its derivatives with a compact footprint and near-silent ultra-low-carbon human-powered operation – fine coffee, no electricity, no motors, no noise.”

Velopresso. Image © Ivan Coleman, source: www.velopresso.cc

Image © Ivan

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RCA Show 2012 – Three Interesting Projects from Innovation Design Engineering

Esource by Hal Watts

Yesterday I had a quick peek at some of this year’s RCA show, in particular at Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) where there was a great mix of projects. Here are three that caught my eye:

Esource by Hal Watts
Esource is an electrical cable recycling system designed for cottage industry recyclers

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IN site: The Impossible Hamster

The Impossible Hamster

I recently attended a talk at Bristol’s Big Green Week entitled Growth on a Finite Planet. One of the speakers, Andrew Simms, showed an amusing, short animation perfectly demonstrating the topic. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing The Impossible Hamster.
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Bristol and Newcastle: Britain’s Green and Pleasant Cities


I recently posted about eco-cities Masdar in Abu Dhabi and DongTan in Shanghai. But what about Britain? Does Britain have any sustainable cities already? It’s all very well creating eco-cities from scratch, but more than half the people in the world now live in cities and these cities weren’t designed from

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