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Intelligent Chopstick Repurposing

by Justin Thomas •

The idea is simple: collect post-use, single-use chopsticks from restaurants in China, sanitize them at extremely high temperature and pressure, and use them to make elements of a living space. This was the original idea of Bryan Parks, an American who lived in China for several years. Bryan made a steady habit of eating with chopsticks while there. One day …

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Metaefficient Hardwood Substitute: Eucalyptus

by Justin Thomas •

Eucalyptus is a very inexpensive hardwood and is comparable to teak or cherry in its strength and durability. Eucalyptus, however, grows quickly and can be sustainably harvested on plantations. Its density, straight grain, smooth finish, and honey color make it an excellent choice for flooring and outdoor furniture. Creative Woodwork International makes folding, transforming, outdoor furniture, such as the bench …

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Reclaimed White Oak Chair by Whit McLeod

by Justin Thomas •

This chair is made of 100% white oak salvaged from wine barrels discarded by California wineries. It is treated with linseed oil. The chair folds together like so: The price for one chair is $125. They also construct other furniture. Available from: Whit McLeod

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Ikea “Billy” Corner Bookcase

by Justin Thomas •

A good place to find corner bookcases is Amazon. Ikea uses renewable materials to make their Billy Corner Bookcases: Renewable raw material (chips). Renewable raw material (wood fibers). The product is tested for formaldehyde according to European standard. Possible to separate for material or energy recovery. Available from Ikea: Ikea “Billy” Corner Bookcase ($80).

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Ikea “BONDE” Shelves

by Justin Thomas •

Renewable raw material (chips). Renewable raw material (wood fibers). The product is tested for formaldehyde according to European standard. Possible to separate for material or energy recovery. Available from Ikea: BONDE ($189)

FutureProof/ed: IForm: Voxia: Oto Chair

by Justin Thomas •

The Oto chair is made from a single piece of molded beech plywood. It is part of Peter Karpf’s Voxia line of furniture. The chairs are shaped into their 3D form in one continuous process — this minimizes cut-away wood and energy used in manufacturing. The beech plywood comes from a sustainably managed forest in Belgium close to the production …

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Danko Persing: Gotham Stackable Chair and Lounge Chair

by Justin Thomas •

These chairs are made from bent maple plywood, using a technique that consumes 1/8 of the wood normally used in construction. The seats are webbed with recycled automobile seatbelt material. As you might expect, this material is extremely strong and does not sag. Danko produces a range of similarly designed furniture in their Pennsylvania workshop. Designer: Peter Danko Website: PeterDanko.Com

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Vivavi: “Rock-n-Roll” Bookshelves

by Justin Thomas •

These unusual bookshelves are manufactured from recycled "paperboard" — a special kind of cardboard that is strong yet pliant. Each paperboard roll is lined with heavy-duty Velcro. This allows for modular assembling and disassembling of the shelves. Designer: Sergej Gerasimenko Website: Vivavi Price: $195.00