You know what they say about one man’s trash. Well, other men (and yes, women, too) have made careers out of transforming those “treasures” – old cement bags, metal scraps – into things people would pay good money to own. Here’s a sampling of the latest recycled refuse that we just couldn’t refuse.
M + R Jewelry
So what if you can’t commission the L.A. architecture firm Marmol Radziner to build your dream house á la Tom Ford and Anthony Kiedis? You may be able to scrape together enough cash for an ultra-cool armband or bangle made of bronze leftovers from the firm’s building projects.
$80-$250 at arp; 323-653-7764; arplosangeles.com
Caribbean Craft Animals
Give a papier-mâché rooster or duck a good home, and help Haitian artisans who are working under makeshift tents to craft the pieces. Recycled cement bags provide the animals’ structure, while used book pages add a decorative top layer.
Stash your odds-and-ends responsibly with Mio’s containers made from high-recycled-content FSC-certified cardboard, which are printed using vegetable- and water-based inks.
from $4.50; mioculture.com
Wrap yourself in a throw made from thrown away pre-consumer cotton scraps, which are spun into yarn and woven with other recycled fibers and acrylic. Trust us, it looks – and feels – a lot better than it sounds. Patterns range from Indian (kind of go-go Goa) to Damask (oversized and modern). $125; in2green.com