Filed under: design, environmental issues, savvy tools | Tags: home decor, recycle, salvage
As mentioned before, the Five Non-Blondes are a group of designers who are creating a line of women’s power and hand tools. Not only have these tools been designed to fit a women’s hand, but sustainability and recycled materials have been incorporated too! This whole idea came about in the midst of designing and building our own furniture and thinking how much easier it would be if we had tools that didn’t over-extend our grip and were easier to control.
Anyone who enjoys design, fabrication and doing their part to help the environment as much as we do, would love this book I found called Recycle!, by UK designers Moira and Nicholas Hankinson. It’s a book full of instructions and ideas for your own DIY projects around the house using reclaimed objects found at yard sales, salvage yards, or just lying around your own house. Some of the more simple projects include using slate roof tiles as place mats; old window shutters as CD racks; and painted bed-springs as candle holders. The more difficult projects suggest reusing old axe handles for the legs of a stool; using hip tiles as a light fixture such as a sconce, and much more.
This book had everything from furniture, to accessories, to garden features. To say the least, it opens your eyes to the possibilities of turning “trash” into treasures. Just think how fun these types of DIY projects would be if you conveniently had a set of Savvy Tools around the house.
Kelsey – Vail, CO
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