Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle Oh My!

I came across a few examples of great reuse of materials the past few days, so I’m going to post them here. In a strong message against violence, ken and dana design have created a line of jewelry created from reclaimed gun parts.
This is their manifesto:

Living in NYC, it often seems we never go more than a week without hearing of a tragedy caused by guns and violence.

Rather than spend our energy on fear or contempt, we’ve decided to take this instrument that represents violence and reframe it as symbols of non-violence. We want to commit ourselves and those who purchase these pieces to keeping guns off our streets, so for each work sold from this collection a contribution will be made to the NYC “Gun Buy-Back Program”.

Through this program, the D.A.’s office and the NYPD partner with local churches to offer $200 bank cards for any firearm turned in at one of their one day events. Since 2008, 5700 guns have been taken off New York’s streets.

On another note, I am STILL obsessed with found object robots. Or any type of robot for that matter… well no that’s not true, I only like robots the way people in the 1950’s envisioned them. Bennett Robot Works have apparently been making robots from found materials for many years, and I’m very excited to have just discovered them.

And on yet another note, who knew that plain old hangers could make beautiful chandeliers! My only problem is that the only extra hangers I have are the cheap wiry ones that would probably make really bad chandeliers. I’m hoping these designers (Organelle Design) didn’t purchase new hangers to make these, however it’s the idea that counts and it definitely gets the idea of reuse of materials into people’s imaginations.

Published by Elizabeth Pizzuti

Design, art, and cats mostly

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