Plastic bottle creations, recycled robot plant pots, fairtrade paper beads & upcycled lightshades

Every now and then I realise I’ve had some great ideas & links sent to my email but not shared them with you yet – this is one of those times!

First up, Vernon got into touch to tell us about his plastic bottle creations. He says he’s been making them for 15 years and sent me pictures of a wind twirler and a flower made from old bottles – but this bird was my favourite – such a fun character!

And speaking of creative characters, Mario Caicedo Lange sent us a link to his Flickr account featuring the “arts, props and crafts” he’s made from recycled materials. He makes little robot style creatures – with many of his recent onesdoubling up as plant pots!

Next, Malcolm was in touch to tell us about Juzi jewellerychunky beads made from recycled magazines by two self-supporting cooperatives in Kenya. Turning colourful magazines paper into beads is a fun way to recycle them yourself – but if you’re not a crafty sort, then this seems a great way to get the look and help others at the same time.

Agy on Green Issues Singaporeemailed to say she’d created two new lampshades – one from an old tshirt, the other from an old computer keyboard. Two very different looks but both fun!

Thanks for all the emails guys!

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5 Responses to “Plastic bottle creations, recycled robot plant pots, fairtrade paper beads & upcycled lightshades”

  1. bookstorebabe says:

    Fun links! And I love the look of the keyboard shade.

  2. pure genius.

    Mario’s stuff is our favourite it’s the type of post that makes you see how upcycling is the best way forward.

  3. I love those paper beads, I have a hard time getting mine circular, but the disk shape would be extremely difficult.

    I also love the robot planter idea…

    I have not created it yet but plan to use an old keyboard (given to me by my in-laws) to make a wallet.

    Until then here are some more of my upcycling ideas an projects.


  4. It’s great to see artisans making funky products by reusing materials that would ordinarily be recycled or thrown in the trash. We encourage our customers to bring back the bottles from our natural aromatherapy products by giving them a 10% discount, but we would be just as happy to see our bottles go into these lovely creations. :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Otniel says:

    It’s great..
    I am from Indonesia
    I want to do something to keep this world stay green and avoid global warming

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