Clash: Eco-friendliness with a twist

By Catarina Wilk

“Heal the world, make it a better place for you and for me…”
We all remember Michael Jackson’s memorable chorus in his famous song “Heal the world” of the early 90s and the singer’s words are still echoing.
Being conscious about what is happening in the world and what has to be done to preserve our planet is something that concerns us all.. Remember: We only have one world!
Eco-consciousness and eco-friendliness are two keywords that should come to our minds.

One way of dealing with this topic is Davide Groppi’s Ekocycle Initiative in collaboration with The Coca-Cola Company and global music artist and producer will.i.am.
The project aims in using recycled materials to create desirable lifestyle products for today’s consumers. In this case, a special edition of the NEURO lamp has been released which is completely made out of recycled materials. Its minimalistic and chic design proves that eco-friendliness does not necessarily mean that it cannot be stylish.

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Another great addition to your household which combines design and the benefits of recycling
might be “Stool ZERO” by Hong Kong based brand KaCaMa Design Lab. Made out of recycled wire and fans, this chair adds a touch of creativity.

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Stool Zero by KaCaMa Design Lab

Wood lasts forever and makes it the perfect material for furniture that should last you a lifetime…You prefer wooden stools? Then, Byalex’s “Oak A Stool” which has been created in collaboration with My Warehouse Home for their Capsule Collection might be your new favourite piece of design.
On top of that, it comes in an handy carry away box which makes public transport even easier.

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Oak A Stool by My Warehouse Home

Do you fancy a real statement piece in your living room? Well, what about an armchair that is completely made out of cork? Great idea, isn’t it?! Your future guest will be surprised by the design and the material it is made of…

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In terms of fashion, we are sure that you have heard about the term eco-friendly fashion before.
Since the Swedish clothing company H&M has established their annual Conscious Collection, other companies got on board.
Recently, the creative studio (re)vision society released two projects that put the idea of using fashion industry’s offcuts to produce new desirable items into practice.
“We craft pieces and projects around a desire to limit our impact on our environment. This often leads us to utilising materials which already exist in our world or were bound to be destroyed.” – (re)vision society

Their unisex hybrid tote/rucksack consists of offcuts from factories producing luxury menswear.

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(re)vision society covetable unisex hybrid tote/rucksack

(re)vision’s unisex indigo scarf uses material sourced from discarded raw-edge selvedge panels from shirting factories.

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(re)vision society unisex indigo scarf

As you can see, design and eco-friendliness seem to be two worlds that do not go together at first glance (CLASH!). On closer examination, eco-friendliness does not exclude design. Without any doubt, there are so many ways of incorporating recycled materials in your house and even little steps (in this case furniture) can make a huge difference and contribute to our world’s healing process!