There’s a very famous quote by Indian revolutionary and social activist Mahatma Gandhi. With regards to the resources of the world, he famous said, “There’s enough for everyone’s need, but not for greed.” We might realize the significance of this now, but we would do very soon. In fact, in many places around the world, people are beginning to realize it. Moreover, since humans are more greedy than ever, we would realize the same in the future as well. Therefore, if we want to satisfy our rising needs without harming the environment, we should start making eco-friendly choices. Switching to eco-friendly lamps is one of the things we can do.
12 – Eco-friendly lamps made from recycled materials
It has become the duty of every citizen to do all he can to live up to the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. If we don’t, we’ll soon see ourselves struggling to survive in an over polluted world. Some noble souls are already creating products using discarded materials, producing tasteful and functional objects for daily use. If you’re one of those who’d like to join the green brigade, you can begin by getting yourself some of these trendy lamps.
1. Honeycomb inspired lamp
This honeycomb inspired lamp is the creation of industrial designer Georgi Porgy, and it is aptly titled, the Olive Tree Light. It is made out of old copper rings designed in a honeycomb pattern, which produces a unique and very interesting lighting effect. To ensure that it doesn’t veer away from its green intentions, install an LED lamp for minimal impact on the environment.
2. LED lamp from recycled coins
Waste metal numbers in tens of thousands, consisting of everything from computer parts to unused coins. While this next item may not be the ideal project for coin collectors, it’s perfect for those who’re looking for fancy yet green lighting fixtures. Designed by Kellam Clark, a New York based designer, Starlight has been built using LED lights and recycled brass metal coins that sparkle as you walk beneath it.
3. Floor lamp
You can make floor lamps can be made out of a variety of materials. This next product shows how beautiful recycled fixtures can be. We don’t know any details about the maker but what we do know is that its trunk consists of pieces of cheap vases by road side vendors while the base consists of an old ceiling light fixture.
4. Funky lamps made of recycled washing machine parts
Portuguese designer, To Martins has created some novel lamps out of washing machine parts as part of the REWASHLAMP Project. The shade is made from the inner barrels of the machines and rests on a base which is actually a tripod used by photographers for taking shots. The tripod is adjustable so users can adjust its height according to their preference.
5. Helios lamp
Who knew zip ties could look so trendy? Designer Charles Parsons used over 1,000 of these little things and acrylic rings to create the Helios lamp that stands 24 inches in height with a diameter of 15 inches. The rings and zip ties are held together by washers and nuts.
6. Old bike parts lamp
Old bikes have inspired many DIYers to come up with creations like tables and chairs. But, Michael Martins has taken his passion for recycling to another level by designing beautiful lamps out of old bicycle parts. His ‘Bike Part Art’ comprises creations like the Eternal Lamp, Shock Lamp and Bankers Lamp. The Street Lamp Orb has an adjustable stand that can be lowered or heightened.
7. Rea lamp
Installation lamp, Rea, is the creation of designer Paulina Rozalia Wiklo. It incorporates 69 bulbs enveloped in PET, a material used to manufacture common bottles. The trunk or spine of the lamp has also been built from recycled plastic, which is also 100 percent recyclable. Incidentally, it is cheap and practical to recycle PET, of which the resulting material is used to produce polar fleece and fiber for polyester products.
8. Old keyboard lamp
Old keyboards, like other computer peripherals, are usually discarded once they’ve reached the end of their tether. But, Nolan Herbut has turned this trend around by using old keyboard parts to create a beautiful lamp. The keys of the board have been taken out and used to weave a distinct and trendy pattern. Attach a light bulb and you have a lamp that’s contemporary and chic.
9. Recycled plastic lamp
Lisa Fu and Su Sim have created stunning recycled plastic lamps reminiscent of underwater life forms. Using plastic bottles, the lamps are titled in view of their shapes, which range from jelly fish to stingrays. The items were originally created as part of the Art for Grabs event in Kuala Lumpur. The ethereal pieces have wowed audiences for their likeness to creatures that dwell beneath the oceans.
10. Old cassette tapes lamp
CDs and DVDs have edged out cassette tapes, leaving those with a collection of them with no other option but to discard them. Ooomydesign, a design studio, has decided to give this popular ‘80s products a chance to brighten up interiors by creating lamps out of them. The colorful items are a novel way to reintroduce cassettes into the lives of those brought up during the 1980s.
11. Recycled Milk Bottle lamp by Droog Design
The “Milkbottle Lamp” by Droog Design is a stunning piece of art that till now has only been showcased in numerous museum collections including MoMa New York City and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Here’s a chance to make your loved ones feel special and green with this stylish MilkBottle Lamp that has been made from 12 recycled milk bottles, which are sandblasted and topped with chrome.
12. Bendant Lamp
Check out Mio Culture’s flexible Bendant Lamp. It’s a flat-packed chandelier composed of a series of leaf-like shades surrounding a central fixture. Users become co-designers as they can bend the flaps up or down to create a variety of unique light and shadow arrangements. Bendant shades are made from laser-cut, powder coated steel. The lamp is available in silver, white and chartreuse. I wonder, can a recycled product be that beautiful.
Now when we talk about chandeliers the first thing that strikes our mind is the structure and the monotonous lighting, but this flexible lamp is way beyond the structure and the outer shell . Just can’t think of anything beautiful that can come out of recycled content and entire credit to Jaime Salm who came up with such an extraordinary idea while making it environmentally preferable