I'll admit at a first glance I didn't see it. It looks to me exactly like a pile of scrapped wind turbine blades. Then I looked at the photos from the child's eye view and saw it — you can crawl inside these things!
An informal Internet survey I just conducted pegs the average time we spend on the toilet in a lifetime is somewhere in the range of one to one-and-a-half years. For those in the town of Bellingham in Washington state, that time is about to increase: a new city project is using old toilets as part of Bellingham's sidewalks.
Now that the CD-ROM has pretty much gone the way of the floppy disc, what are we supposed to do with all of those old AOL CDs we saved just in case we suddenly found a need for 1000 free hours online? Australian artist Sean E Avery has found a solution, chopping up the discs and turning them into whimsical animal sculptures.
Looking to nature to inspire new thinking is probably not something we do enough, though nature definitely informs designs that will help us live more sustainably. Like these redesigned streetlights: they take cues from what we see in nature the environment, not as a problem to be conquered but rather something to be utilized.
There are some new stack and lock bricks on the scene. Lego bricks are classic toys, but there's no denying these re-envisioned "Earth Blocks," made partially from recycled materials — coffee beans, cedar sawdust and cedar bark — are a fantastic idea.
Vending machines have become a popular means of recycling everything from batteries to light bulbs. Now, a new vending machine takes the idea reusing and recycling to a higher level by allowing users to exchange gently used items for other items or credit. This post was updated with new information.
Like a lot of people, I have a closet stuffed full of old obsolete tech. Having shelled out over $3000 for a PC back in the 1990s, it's hard to just toss it out. Now your old gear can live on, as furniture to sit on as you play with your new tech.
Butter sculptures are a big attraction at the Pennsylvania Farm Show — and apparently the bigger the better. This year saw a giant pastoral scene of a boy leading his calf. Cute, but you know us better — we love it because it is going to be dumped in a manure pit and from there will power a farm for three days.
While Santa heads back to the North Pole after the holidays, the world's holiday lights head to processing centers in a recycling zone in Shijiao, China. And it's not just a few strands; the region handles roughly 20 million pounds of discarded lights annually in a recycling process that readies the raw materials to be reborn into as many new products as possible.
Never question the fashion world. As proven by Lady Gaga over the years, anything goes, even Kermit the Frog coats. For apparel made from car parts — Lexus car parts — these designs don't look half bad.