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Dancing in combat boots, Jerusalem style

A trio of break-dancing Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers strutted their stuff in a video uploaded to Facebook on Thursday. About a year ago, another IDF dance – captured again on YouTube – landed a few soldiers in prison. What do you think about acting so freely when wearing a military uniform? Video below.

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Studio Sfog in Tel Aviv Makes Recycling an Art Form

We love the creative eco design coming out of Tel Aviv. Israel faces nationwide challenges of mismanaged waste and insufficient recycling infrastructure, but from the deserts of Morocco to the streets of Tel Aviv, artists like Yotam Shifroni and Gidi Gilam are seeking solutions through creativity. Around four months ago, Shifroni and Gilam opened Studio Sfog in Tel Aviv. Sfog means “sponge” […]

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Garbage Art Ideas from Mary Ellen Croteau

Plastic bottle cap picture by Mary Ellen Croteau The caps are synthetic artifacts, plastic products that usually aren’t (and more often, can’t be) recycled.  Self-described political artist Mary Ellen Croteau explores absurdities of social norms, exposing the “underlying bias and sexist assumptions on which culture is constructed. So says her website, but her amazing artworks also […]

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H&M to Launch the First Global Clothes Recycling Venture

Swedish retail company H&M recently announced an upcoming clothes recycling venture, starting in February 2013. The fashion recycling campaign will span 48 nations, including the company’s Israeli franchises. This will make H&M the first chain to execute a global textile-recycling venture. H&M is expected to choose two of its Israeli branches to lead the pilot program.

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Recycled Furniture from Middle East Rugs and Doors

Recycled furniture by Israeli designer Naama Futerman. She gives disposed objects a second life. If all the products that we ever used or came into contact with only had a “Chapter One”, our landfills would be overflowing.  Thankfully there are people out there, such as Tel Aviv-based designer Naama Futerman, who help give discarded objects […]

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Recycled Furniture by Lebanon’s Niloufar Afnan

Long live the queen, if she can manage to sit on Niloufar Afnan’s recycled ‘Royal Stool’. At this year’s New Designers Exhibition in London, Lebanese-born designer Niloufar Afnan decided to poke a little fun at the royal family and demonstrate the possibilities of upcycled furniture.  She exhibited Royal Stool (pictured above) and 46 (shown after […]

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Light Bulb Terrarium and 5 New Uses For Old Light Bulbs

Just because incandescent light bulbs are less energy efficient than CFLs doesn’t mean you need to toss them.  Upcycle them! IKEA Israel won’t even sell incandescent light bulbs any more, and people are gradually switching to more energy efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs).  No need to toss the baby out with the bathwater, though – […]

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Hannukah Workshop To Teach the Miracle of Upcycled Lighting

Sustainable designer Aya Tager will teach upcycling workshops this month so that the lighting miracle of Hannukah can continue beyond the holiday’s 8 days. The Jewish holiday of Hannukah celebrates the miracle of a single day’s supply of oil lasting for eight days of lighting, and is beloved by environmentalists who appreciate the energy efficiency […]

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Modular Flower Store Keeps Shoppers on Their Toes 24/7

Shoppers at Zerim-Liftan’s specialty store will never know what layout design to expect, as it is modular and ever-changing. The modular design concept – which is sustainable as it saves the resources that would otherwise be used to create multiple objects from scratch – has been applied to all kinds of designs.  It has been […]

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Rothko-esque Plastic Bags Go From Rubbish to Relevant

Colorful plastic bags are both the canvas and the paints in Aviva Sawicki’s artworks. Plastic bags are a ubiquitous and un-eco-friendly material that many sustainable and upcycling designers have tried to reuse.  One designer has turned plastic bags into shoes, another has made plastic bag wallets, and plastic bags can even be used as crocheting […]

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Timo Handmade Finds Modern Uses for Vintage Fabrics

Made mostly from used and vintage scraps of fabric, Timo Handmade’s new creations have a warm, old-world feel. Fabric scraps can be used for lots of things, and we’ve seen designers refashion them in all kinds of ways – like use them to make repurposed fabric shoes, purses made from upholstery fabric samples, and even […]

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Interview with Andrew Sell, Founder of Hipcycle

Hipcycle, a new online marketplace for upcycled products, shows mainstreamers that upcycling can be hip. Shopping local and sustainable is always best, but when you can’t find locally made, sustainably made, or upcycled products around – sometimes the internet is the best way to go.  Online marketplaces such as Etsy, Mideast ecostore Ekotribe, or the […]

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Upcycling soup cans into forts and shelter

We are big fans of reusing perfectly good materials like waste glass, which can be turned into beautiful glasses, and this incredible pavilion in Bat Yam, Israel is a shining example of just how creative it is possible to get. Many Israeli artists love to recycle ordinary objects into beautiful, magical art. Ecco Ukka turns […]