With the increase in the population, there is an increase in the use of wood and wooden products. This has led to deforestation and increase in the global warming. It has become extremely important to device innovative methods to recycle the wood so that we can preserve more and more trees and thus the environment. Recycling wood is not a new technique and had been used since long. Recycling the used wood into boards, panels and other wood products, is being practiced for centuries, but the real need for recycling wood has never been felt as strongly as the present times. In the last century, the residue of wood has increased tremendously and so has the new way to recycle and reuse the wooden material. For example, the preserved wood products that contain approved pesticides, can be used in commercial wood products which remain in contact with the ground or water; thus increasing the life span of the wood from 20 to 40 years and even by 50 to 60 years in some cases. Preserved wood is also used to make paper and carry bags. Wood is a natural product that is reusable, renewable and recyclable. Recycling of wood has now gone into innovation and new products are being manufactured that are not only elegant but also durable. Let us have a look at at least 10 of them.
1. Fashion collection biomimicks snakeskin using recycled woodchips
Fashion has always been related to expensive and stylish clothes but a British fashion designer has used her imagination and utilized plywood chips (after laser cutting) to design a beautiful collection for women. With hand stitching to sew the pieces together, she has woven a beautiful dress in a natural snake skin pattern.
2. Egg-shaped salt and pepper shakers made of reclaimed wood
This is certainly going to increase the beauty of your dining table. Made up of recycled walnut wood from furniture, these salt and pepper shakers and beautifully designed egg shaped pieces, are plugged with natural corks at the ends. To make a distinction between a pepper and salt shaker, the salt shaker is painted with a low VOC milk paint.
3. Waterproof Ceylon paper pottery made from sand paper & recycled wood
Pottery has always been associated with ceramics, but here is a new wood and paper based pottery that has changed the notion forever. The company called Ceylon Paper Pottery, has made beautiful pottery sets from recycled wood, and sand paper that is free from toxic chemicals or varnish. Moreover, these are waterproof too. The Sri Lanka-based company, mainly run by women, brings this wooden pottery in various attractive shapes and sizes. The main attraction is the thin walls, double sided items and availability in varied sizes.
4. Creative furniture made from recycled wood
Patchwork furniture that is made of recycled wood, appears really appealing in interior settings or any other part of the room. This is a creation from designer Amy Hunting. Her recycled wood furniture designs include a chair, a book box and 12 different lamps. Looking at the creative designs of the book shelf, it can be placed in different orientations. When flipped upside down, the legs offer further shelving. Stacking of the book box one over the other is also available. If required, it can be mounted on the wall too. The wooden lamps are also creatively made individually from single block of reconstituted wood to give it a uniformity and creative look.
5. The SMP lamp by Sergio Mendoza uses recycled material for innovative designs
Sergio Mendoza of Spain has designed a beautiful set of table lamps from the waste of wooden crates that are used for carrying fruits and vegetables. These wooden boxes were of no use once the fruits and vegetables were taken out, but Sergioâs creativity gave them a new life. The manufacturing involves mainly recycled wood and other basic material. The material used is also different than the conventional lamps, but the shape has been retained in order to keep it convenient to use.
6. Salvaged wood stools made from pieces of Thomas Edisonâs factory
Manufactured in America from the recycled wood, these limited edition stools are inspired from the Thomas Edisonâs old phonograph factory in London. Various pieces of different shapes, are individually hand crafted by the master craftsmen. As mentioned, they are available in various shapes and sizes but since it is a limited edition, it is difficult to get the same piece if waited for long.
7. Red Hot & Green is Mya Sustainable Lingerie by g9.8
As soft as silk this Mya lingerie by g9.8, is made up of recycled interwoven fine wooden fibers recycled from white pine tree pruning. The company manufacturing this lingerie, is based in a small village in France and the entire product is made locally. Now, it just requires recycled lingerie to look sexy!
8. Classic games made from recycled wood and plastic bags
The Texas-based deck builder Peter Toomey is also a great designer of board games that are made from recycled wood and plastic materials. His eco-conscious self was inspired by the nature and decided to preserve it by recycling the leftover composite deck boards and waste plastics. This has led to introduction of incredible environment-friendly board games under the banner âGoGreenGamesâ.
9. Reclaimed wood desks feature vintage soda crates as drawers
Using the recycled wooden blocks to make desks and soda crates as magazine drawer, is quite an innovative concept that is inspired from nature and helps preserve it. Using these desks help reduce deforestation and preserve nature.
10. Pioneer pure-malt speakers
Various sorts of material have been used to make the speakersâ body like plastic, bamboo, board etc. Now, it is your turn to go green with the new eco-speaker designed by the giant Pioneer. These speakers are made from pure malt barrels. Made by recycling 50 year old white oak whiskey barrels, it produces an incredibly rich bass sound. Japan also awarded these speakers with Resource Recycling Technology prize.