Category Archives: accessories

Breathe easy

Appropedia is a wiki that has been slowly bubbling along collecting a range of material around appropriate technologies. At times it feels a bit hokey, a bit neo hippy, but that’s what the open source software movement was like ten years ago and look at it now. We predict a great future for it. As […]

A bitch about rich kitsch

“Avant-garde and kitsch“, an early essay by the once almighty US art critic Clement Greenberg, defined kitsch as “ersatz culture” manufactured for the urban masses … who, insensible to the values of genuine culture, are hungry nevertheless for the diversion that only culture of some sort can provide. But for this definition to make sense […]

Where’s walley?

The old milk carton wallet has worn out from recent over-use. How about a new one, this time made of adaptively reused plastic bags? Maybe just a rubber band? Or perhaps made of duct tape? You can even make one lined with aluminum foil to go with your tin foil helmet? Sorry, shouldn’t joke, RFID […]

The most sincere form of flattery

Let’s be even more critical than usual. This stuff is just plain bloody awful. Since we are not interested in shaming we won’t even tell you where it comes from, the point is that it is indicative of something that seems to be increasing, fake adaptive reuse, a sort of greener shabby chic. It tries […]

Fun bags

So you’re down at the butchers buying a steak or two, a few sausages, then you whip off your bra and pop them inside. It’s gotta be worth a discount? That’s how adaptive reuse can be economically viable. Yes (or No!), it’s the bra that can be adaptively reused as a shopping bag, known unsurprisingly […]

Sit anywhere

We commented recently about the growing incidence of products that facilitate the adaptive reuse of other products. Here is the latest, a bottle stool (found on treehugger). The Footstool by StudioHelsinki uses pet bottles as the base of a go-anywhere stool. Neat, although not as neat as the more expensive traditional shooting stick, just the […]

Reindeer droppings

Decorate your tree with adaptively reused circuit boards, then buy presents like this American Gulag bracelet from richterstudios inc, or wineglasses from the Eden Project store or a paper pot maker or a personal solar panel or a Rockbox open source mp3 player (photo by Andrew Mason). or a MAKE warranty voider (go on, you […]

Celebrate Our Monkey Ancestors Day

Another Christmas will soon be upon us and this year there doesn’t seem much point to the usual compulsory fake bonhomie. We’re so sick of violent loonies and their imaginary friends that we look forward to the day that it is adaptively reused as Celebrate Our Monkey Ancestors Day. On the other hand, since capitalism […]

Through a glass darkly

Here is proof that the silly season, when we celebrate the cult of consumerism, is almost upon us again. We all know how the beer goggles can get us into trouble, and never more so than at this time of year. Perhaps wearing real beer goggles during this orgy of materialism and false bonhomie may […]

Fish scale bags

….not really, they are made of pop tops from aluminium cans, but they are made by a partnership called Escama, which means fish scales in Portugese. The three partners are based in San Francisco and Brasilia, Brazil, and all have day jobs. They apparently developed and market the bags that are made by Cia do […]