It’s the age when just about everything can be recycled, and although most of us do our bit by putting the milk bottle in the right bin, some take recycling to the extreme. Here, Izzy from PassSmart takes a look at some of the most innovative examples of eco-friendly household items made from car parts. From clocks to desks, they really do take shabby chic to the next level.
Isaraeli engineer, Ronen Wasserman, has put his keen eye for detail and passion for preserving raw materials into furniture design. Ronen – at the Ronen TinMan studio – has designed and created a number of stunningly finished tables, each made from different parts of cars. His creations include a sleek red hall table made using the metal from a Citreon C4, to a small, round bar table made up of a Peugeot steering wheel, motorcycle wheel and disc brake.
Ronen TinMan pieces range from perfectly finished to rustic, unfinished designs. The Winner Coffee Table, for example, made of a Nissan truck’s back door, has a smooth finish but maintains its original, scrap yard look. With even the truck’s sticker still intact, this coffee table is probably the closest you’ll ever get to having a truck in the middle of your living room.
There’s nothing exceptional about this bed, except the four recycled car springs at the base. The bed, which was sold at www.uptoyoutoronto.com in Toronto, Canada, is apparently designed to give you the perfect nights sleep.
While recycled car springs may well be the secret to an uninterrupted snooze, the springs aren’t particularly easy on the eye. Even so, this bed is eco-friendly, unique and quirky, so if that’s what you’re after, it could be the perfect choice for you.
Ting London recycled seatbelts
Inghua Ting, of www.tinglondon.com has found an innovative way to put old seatbelts to good use. Her reclaimed seatbelt cushions, hammocks and handbags, make use of old seatbelts in order to create durable, environmentally friendly and stylish homeware. Ting London designs are modern, fashionable and innovative.
Ting has designed and produced products for Hard Rock Hotel, Nike, Warner Bros and others. Their bespoke creations, such as leather belt walls and reclaimed elevator doors are perfect examples of how eco-friendly items don’t have to lack in the style department.
Lamp stands made from recycled crankshafts have become increasingly popular. The lamps can be made out of crankshafts from any car, meaning you can preserve a part of your favourite motor by making it a permanent fixture in your living room.
This one is for sale for £126.86 on http://www.etsy.com/shop/ronaldgray
One of the most simple creations made from recycled car parts is the hubcap clock. Simple to make and varied in design, the polished and waxed pieces can be made from the hubcaps of any car; from vintage to brand new. Again, this would make for a great, not-too-bold, gift.
Hubcap clocks are widely available on online and from retailers, so with a bit of research, you can find your perfect design.
One step further
If a car part clock or lamp just isn’t eco-friendly enough, why not take a leaf out of architect, Karl Wanaselja’s book, and design a whole house made out of reclaimed auto parts. Karl and his partner, Cate Leger, designed and built their house – in California – using parts of salvaged Dodge Caravans.
This eco-friendly house certainly looks different, but isn’t a realistic dream for many. Karl’s idea that “reusing trumps recycling”, however, may well have something in it. So, before you leave your car on the scrapheap, think about what household treasures may hide inside!
This guest post was written by Izzy Guarella from PassSmart.com; the new way to find a driving instructor in the UK.