Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin

Here are projects for the “pages”: 40 innovative book-making ideas using recycled and green materials! More than just earth-friendly, they’re also beautiful, clever, and witty, stitched with traditional binding techniques.  Egg cartons, wood, beer cans, and cassette tapes morph into covers, while brown bags, coffee filters, and discarded newspapers are transformed into pages. Create a boxed set of cereal box books, an exposed stitch sketchbook out of cardboard and remnants, and even a faux leather journal made from teabags.
In addition to how-to drawings, close-up detail photographs, and simple stitch diagrams, a gallery of eco-books from an international roster of artists provides inspiration.

Mountainsmith Cyber II Recycled Fabric Camera Bag

Enjoy optimal protection when traveling with your compact digital camera with the Mountainsmith Cyber II camera bag. Boasting such features as a detachable shoulder strap, a fleece lined and padded interior, and an internal memory card sleeve, the Cyber II is perfect for the casual photographer who’s always on the move. The bag comes in extra-small, small, medium, and large sizes, depending on the specific device you’re carrying. The bag also offers the option of a belt attachment, so you can carry your camera like a pager. And thanks to the sturdy construction–which includes 420-denier Velocity nylon body fabric, 430-denier ballistic nylon and Hypalon reinforcements, and YKK zippers–the bag holds up to heavy use through the years. The bag, which closes via either a secure zipper or a fast-access hook and loop, carries a lifetime warranty.

  • Fleece
  • Compact digital camera bag with fleece lined and padded interior
  • Detachable shoulder strap and belt attachment for easy transport
  • 420-denier Velocity nylon body fabric and ballistic nylon reinforcements
  • Internal memory card sleeve; secure zipper and hook-and-loop closures
  • Comes in multiple sizes depending on camera model; lifetime warranty

Recycled Silk Sari Skull Hat

  • Silk sari cuttings are collected and recycled into yarn to live another life instead of going to the trash.
  • Beautiful handbags, hats, scarves, shawls and numerous other items are created from this silk yarn.
  • These items are produced in a Fair Trade cooperative in Nepal and pays a fair wage to workers in the local context. No sweatshop labor is used in these beautiful products.
  • Feel good and look good. The purchase of these beautiful items benefits women and girls in Nepal.
  • Make a statement, mix and match these Taraluna’s recycled silk items to make a unique ensemble.

Hand crocheted recycled silk. Color variations may occur.