Saturday, July 12, 2014

Recycling Leather, Tank Tops, Socks and More!

At the Junk shop, I've been brainstorming a few ideas for working with some of the awesome recycled leather and faux leather I've been accumulating over the last year. And I thought, why not save a pair of jeans or a jacket while recycling scrap fabric? Patches!

The best part of these cute patch ideas is that they each use another recycled component. T-shirts, socks, jeans - things that can't be saved can help another beloved garment last a bit longer.
Broken Heart = faux leather, salvaged tank top

Monarch Butterfly = leather, salvaged tank top

Matryoshka = leather, salvaged socks and tank top

Horned Owl = leather, salvaged socks, tank top, and denim

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Another Bright Idea in Recycling

I'm excited to add a new product to Beyond Junk today; we've had salvaged lights before, from computers, miscellaneous electronics, and decorative strands.

But these are just too cool to post without a backstory. As a service electrician, my brother-in-law is responsible for upgrades as well as maintenance and new installations.

These salvaged light bulbs - I have 88 in total - come from an old fire alarm alert panel in a dated apartment building. They were originally installed between 1984 and 1985 (exact dates are stamped on each circuitboard), making these little emergency lights right around 30 years old.

interior fire alarm panel 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Eco-friendly Accommodation from Kippsy

The Junkpile is pleased to welcome another guest blogger, Kippsy, a London-based online marketplace for people to list, discover and book unique properties. Keep reading for the scoop on how vacation home rental eliminates the waste generated by traditional hotel properties.

Innovative recycling options you have to try

In recent years, most of us have increased the amount we recycle in every aspect of our life drastically. With both environmental and financial pressures motivating us, people across the country are taking serious steps to cut down on the impact we are having on the world around us.

Recycling isn't just a question of putting certain kinds of kitchen waste into a different bin for collection – it is a phenomenon which we can allow to filter through into many of the things we do.

Here, we take a look at a handful of innovative recycling options which may not have crossed your mind.

Rethinking travel accommodation

There's no two ways about it – hotel are hugely wasteful. From the tiny pots of shampoo in the bathrooms to the daily changing and washing of sheets, hotels see our carbon footprint swell and bloat each and every night we are away from home. But this needn't be the case for those that travel.

Kippsy offers travellers something a little different, making use of people's homes while they themselves are out of town. If you're stopping in the capital for a night or two, it makes a great deal of sense for you to make use of existing facilities in somebody's home rather than wasting resources at a local hotel.

The firm has also announced their new collaborative network which partners them with technology based peer-to-peer companies to build Kippsy Friends: a sharing network. This hopes to bring services together for even more efficient accommodation options with Kippsy CEO Phil Cooper explaining:

“We aim to add more brands and services that operate collaboratively and which benefit of our network of landlords and visitors to London.”

One of the services already partnered within Kippsy Friends is Wrap It – a firm which distributes reused and recycled surplus resources such as furniture. This means that your choice of London accommodation can now be even greener!

Going paperless

Recycling the paper we use is important, but it would be better if we just didn't use that paper in the first place. In many different cases, it's possible to go paperless without having to make any real sacrifices.

Instead of reading a daily newspaper, consider investing in an electronic device which allows you to read the news online. Instead of receiving monthly statements from your bank, try handling your accounts online. Making simple changes like these could save a vast amount of waste.

Alternative insulation

Insulation is an important part of green living, for obvious reasons, but the materials we use to insulate our homes don't always have to be of a specific kind. Radical architects of the day are looking for new ways to build properties almost entirely from waste products and insulation is a particularly versatile element.

Past projects have seen things as bizarre as VHS tapes and used toothbrushes used to insulate green homes – so the options really are endless.