When I was a kid, I remember going to the dump and getting excited by what treasure I might find; at the same time I felt saddened and confused by the amount of trash that was being thrown away.
I feel the same way today.
But it’s not all bad news: In 2010, recycling and composting diverted 85 million tons of that material away from landfills. Upcycling, which entails taking an old item and giving it a new use, can also prevent more waste from ending up in the landfill.
I’m on a mission to show inspiring examples of upcycling. I want to help people look at trash differently.
Over the last three years, I have put together the work of 82 designers and artists from 20 countries around the world, to show the beautiful and innovative things that can be made out of garbage.
Below are some of these upcycled and recycled pieces of art. After feeling energized by these artists, I wanted to produce a book called Retrash to pass on that inspiration. You can read more about that effort here.
The designers and artists featured in my book each have their own unique vision and style, and they are helping to redesign the nature of recycling.
I believe Retrash, which is printed on 100% recycled paper, can inspire a small step for change and I am passionate about getting it into the world. If you would like to see a sneak peak into the project, you can see my video here.