Recycling : Inspired to Superuse

One of my favorite types of green innovation finds is what I like to call a "trash to treasure" find. There is just something about taking a pile of trash and turning it into something useful or beautiful that really gets me feeling good and inspired. I'm always on the search for these recycled goodies, whether for work or just for fun, but on the Internet this type of discovery can be at times difficult to find. Luckily, one day, I came across Superuse. Superfuse puts these "trash to treasure" finds together all organized in one place.

What is Superuse? In the words of the website, "Superuse is a online community of designers, architects and everybody else who is interested in inventive ways of recycling" and " is initiated by 2012 Architects and Suite75". I tried to contact the person(s) in charge, so that I could find out more about the website itself and how it came about, but I was not able to find any contact information.

On the bright side, I noticed that Superuse is publishing a book filled with innovative ways to recycle and reuse, like the stories on the website. It is a 176 page paperback with dust jacket, but ordering it has not been easy. I was not able to find the book at the link provided, still I hope a response to the comment I left will eventually lead me to a place where I may find this book.

In the meantime, I plan to keep coming back and finding more neat things like: bottles turned into lamps, knives turned into can openers, pens turned into chandeliers, billboards turned into birdhouses, rubik cubes turned into enlarged faces, cans turned into houses, asphalt turned into stairs, airplane parts turned into desks....

I really need to put some trash together and turn it into something creative like this. I think I'd have a lot of fun doing it. You? See website here.

Gloria Campos-Hensley
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Apr 8, 2007
by bottleslingguy
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I wouldn't call a Rubik's

I wouldn't call a Rubik's Cube a piece of trash. I think they are a perfect puzzle with myriad variations and solutions. I picked one up the other day and within three moves I had a hard time getting it back to normal. Scary...

I like what they've done with them.

 Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

May 3, 2007
by superuse (not verified)

superuse site

Superuse is an online community of designers, architects and everybody else who is interested in inventive ways of recycling. 



Now Superuse gives away a free copy of its new book every week to the most active contributor to the site. 'superuse, constructing new architecture by shortcutting material flows' is written by Ed van Hinte and 2012Architects and published by 010 publishers.

So join and add your favourite examples of reuse in design and architecture....