Thinksound has come up with a range of headphones that care for the environment, well, in their manufacturing at least. The earbuds are made from real wood and renewable resources, while the wires are PVC free, minimal plastics and the packing itself uses bleach-free recycled materials. The entire package of the headphones is eco-friendly, but no compromises were made on sound quality.
SunChips had earlier made a laudable effort by going for eco-friendly biodegradable packaging. Sadly though, consumers found the bags to be “too loud” and had to be discontinued. This time SunChips hopes to have worked around the problem, with bags that can keep their mouth shut. Apparently, a tiny layer of rubber adhesive between the inner and outer layers can handle the work, reducing noise from these bags to nearly the same as conventional bags.
The Mining Project by photographer David Maisel is a look into how human activity transforms the land through industrial effort. The photographer takes images of open pit mines, capturing the havoc they’ve wreaked upon the environment.
Billboards happen to be omnipotent, and when the graphic has served its use, it mostly ends up landing in some landfill. Malaysia-based Etsy user NottyPooch puts these billboards to good use, creating wallets, MacBook sleeves, coaster sets and other similar things. Given the size of billboards and crafty execution of these products, they have no clear sign of the product they once advertised, transforming into a clean, trendy package.
Inspired by Transformer 2’s Megatron tank, a Chinese man built this enormous replica that weighs 5,000kg (11,000lb) and is made mostly out of scrap metal. Ever since the man has made this marvel that rivals the one built by explosion-god Michael Bay, he insists he be called “Steel Legend.” We call “whatever.”
Bioserie iPhone 4 cases tout their environment friendliness in being made from plant-based materials. They’re eco-friendly, they claim to be super light and well, they kind of look good. The cases are priced at $35.
For the past 50 years, Justo Martinez has been working to build a cathedral in a Madrid neighborhood. Using his own money, his own land and locally salvaged materials for construction, Justo has nearly completed work on the church. He did not have formal drawings or engineering plans for the construction, but the church is loosely based on St. Peter’s Cathedral.
Dead trees aren’t really attention grabbers, but for artist Curtis Killorn, they make a great canvas. The artist paints dead trees in the mountains of Colorado, converting them into vibrant and colorful public art. Killorn says “Nature is already so beautiful and full of such depth and grace… and it is NOT my intention to mask or enhance it in any way. Much in the way that we paint each other’s skin out in the desert, the intention is bring out the beauty which is already there.”
We-Wood has come up with a range of watches that are made entirely out of natural wood. The pieces are made using various kinds of hardwood for longevity and style, while the conventional Miyota movements take care of the timekeeping. Making them more alluring for those with “green” in mind, many of these watches are crafted using scrap from flooring.
Kandahar, Afghanistan isn’t exactly the place where you’d expect a soldier to have toys on his mind. The most interesting things however, appear where they’re least expected. Rupert Valero, a US soldier in Afghanistan, gathers locally available junk when off-duty, converting all that into action figures. Some of Valero’s creations are available on Etsy as well.