You know the ol’ saying, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure? It’s true!  With people becoming more aware about environmental impacts of daily used items, designers are discovering creative ways to transform everyday trash like soda pop tabs into cool accents for your home.

www.droog.com

Rags turned into riches…literally! This chair by Tejo Remy from Droog is not too shabby and quite comfortable.

www.cubeme.com

This is a table made from plastic coffee spoons which are thrown in the garbage daily by thousands because they are only used once.

www.inhabitat.com Maurcio Affonso

Here’s a light fixture that would look ace in a trendy restaurant or modern kitchen.  I wonder how many soda cans it took to make this chandelier?

This former shopping cart has a new name Annie for it’s new purpose as a retro style chair. Reestore has a wonderful collection of reclaimed goods turned into furniture that you would hardly believe were ever thrown away.

Kevin Day WeldingThese marvelous bar stools made entirely out of recycled car parts were created by artist, Kevin Day, who just so happens to be my brother too.  Check out his website Day Welding to view more metal artwork and other sculptural pieces.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/revjim/

Finally, if you have large pieces of trash and are not creative enough to transform it into an art piece, you can hire an eco-friendly junk removal service like Group Junk and make sure it is recycled and not trashed.

What can you salvage and turn into furniture or art?

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