Retrash - Inspiring a more sustainable planet
Retrash - Inspiring a more sustainable planet
82 designers and artists across 20 countries, leading the global recycling/upcycling movement.
82 designers and artists across 20 countries, leading the global recycling/upcycling movement. Read more
About this project
Although we did not reach our funding goal, we stand driven to succeed and are very excited to announce that we are relaunching our Kickstarter campaign in early 2014!
We would love to hear from you! If you have any feedback or ideas on how we can improve this campaign, please let us know here. We are thick skinned so hit us with your most constructive criticism :)
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What’s the project?
Retrash is an inspirational book showcasing the work of 82 designers and artists from 20 countries around the world. Retrash seeks to inspire YOU, with some forward thinking ideas on how you can reuse waste in creative and innovative ways – while at the same time benefiting the environment.
We need your help to bring this book to the world! You can support this project by pledging $35 to receive a copy of the book with FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE
What does the book look like?
Retrash is the work of a three year collaboration, and represents a grass roots movement that is building around the world to create positive social change.
Countries represented in the book include the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Israel, Spain, France, Romania, Malaysia, South Africa, Thailand, Netherlands, India, Portugal, New Zealand, Italy, Argentina, Belgium, Germany and Hong Kong.
The book was born from the website Retrash.com, which is a platform for inspiring a more sustainable planet.
How does Retrash benefit the environment?
1. Let’s say you look in the book and see (images below) a gorgeous re–fashioned 1950s inspired dress by Margeaux Davis, or a skateboard stool by Jason Podlaski, or even a Flash Gordon raygun by Sean Boyd, and think ‘Wow! That would be an awesome present for someone.’
By contacting the designer or artist you can purchase any of these – and in doing so, prevent more waste going to landfill and oceans. A lot of materials are sourced from thrift shops (Salvation Army, Vinnies etc), which are generally run by charities so they get a donation as well.
2. Landfill has a negative effect on climate change by releasing methane (among others), a harmful greenhouse gas 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. By reducing landfill we are reducing these dangerous gases in our atmosphere and reducing toxic runoff.
3. The book is printed on 100% recycled paper, which means that we are increasing the demand for recycled paper over virgin fibre! (No trees cut down.)
Take a look at the many ways you can back this project in the right hand column of this page.
What’s the money going towards?
If we reach our goal for the book, we will be able to print 5,000 copies of Retrash. The money will go towards printing, editing and shipping costs.
If we exceed our funding goal, we can put more money towards printing additional copies, as well as promoting the book, its message, and the inspiring people behind it.
Depending on the success of this funding campaign, we would love to keep publishing more editions of Retrash.
I’m Nathan Devine and I am the founder of Retrash. I started the project over three years ago, when I realised that there was a real movement of people that were reusing waste in the same way that I was. Here is the original video below that I put together in 2010 to get people on board to share their stories.
Reusing waste is something I have been passionate about since I was very young. My dad used to have a lawn mowing business that my brothers and I worked in on weekends, and on occasion we would take rubbish away for people.
I remember that every time we would go to the tip (dump) I would be really excited at the idea of what I might find. One time when we went, there were three or four small black and white TVs, and my dad let me take them home to clean up and sell. That was my pocket money and it was that event that made me realise that there is actually a lot of value in waste.
These days I enjoy upcycling on a daily basis. I am currently running a series of workshops to teach people how to transform old timber windows into chalk boards and photo frames. The window frames can be used as raised garden beds.
I still get really excited when I visit the tip to see what materials I can use to create something else. I especially love working with timber, creating small structures like sheds and cubby houses for my children.
I have worked in the graphic design industry for over eight years and have helped my clients design and print books of varying size and content.
Retrash will be self published in New York by Verve Studio International. I previously self published a book of my own named 'Design a Logo - 7 Step Process' which has sold over 2,000 copies worldwide. I have diplomas in commercial photography and graphic design, which give me the necessary skills to design and produce Retrash.
How can I help to spread the word?
1. Share this page with your friends and family on Facebook or Twitter: there is a Facebook Share link just below the video at the top of this page.
2. Give copies of Retrash as gifts to your friends and family, to inspire them to rethink waste and get creative.
3. If you have a market stall for example, you can back this project through the 'SPREAD THE WORD' reward level for $250 and sell the book along with your other wares. This is a good way to increase your income while inspiring positive action regarding climate change.
4. If you own a company you can back this project as a way of demonstrating your corporate commitment to creating sustainable change.
5. Perhaps you can you help us get media/press exposure? We have a Media Kit available with all of the details about this project.
5. Have some better ideas? Let us know and we will keep updating this list during the campaign!
Examples from the book
Gilles Eichenbaum – France
I was born in 1959 in Marseille, in the south of France, but I have travelled and lived in more than 40 countries around the world. Growing up, travelling in the middle of nowhere and living most of the time in mining camps, we often lived in ‘real’ houses for only a few months at a time, so we used to reuse old things and invent new objects. I have done this all my life.
I love to redesign old kitchen objects, but enjoy the challenge of inventing new shapes with any other old thing as well. And I’m not restricted by ‘spaces’: a teapot can be used in a bedroom, an old heater in the dining room, a motorbike tank in the office.
If I had a philosophy, it would be ‘keep it simple and clean’. But as for the future? I don’t really know. Maybe I will be dead tomorrow? It’s nothing sad, that’s life, and I keep happy in the meantime…
Dan Phillips – United States
I have been building houses from free, salvaged and recycled materials for more than a dozen years. Materials are everywhere – more than I can possibly use. They come from wholesalers, salvage yards, and through word-of-mouth.
It is a natural consequence that, when you can build houses below market rates, the first ones in line should be those most in need. Those populations are single parents and families with low income.
My fondest hope is that one day, a trend will develop toward building houses from salvaged materials and then become mainstream. The awareness is starting, even if still from a perspective of ‘chic’ cosmetic, and cultural mindset parameters – slick, standardized, and not deeply into the structural/infrastructural parameters of construction. But any awareness is a start, and perhaps before long, we will make deeper inroads into…
Morgan Wills – Australia
My small boutique design label originated in 2006, as a result of my passion and love of color. I’ve always been into craft and even as a child I was into reusing everyday objects and materials I found around the house to make things.
I worked as a furniture designer/maker, interior designer and event manager before returning to my recycling roots and hunting down jumpers to turn into scarves. I had some of my own jumpers I’d actually shrunk by accident. I really loved them and I thought … what can I do with these? Then when I was pregnant with my first child, I made a baby blanket cut up from the jumpers I had. It was a patchwork of pink and green squares. And then I made a scarf for my husband and nobody could believe they were made from second-hand jumpers from op shops. It all just went from there really. I’ve always op-shopped. It was a way to make my pocket money go further when I was 14.
Twenty years ago the stuff I found was amazing. Now, when you find jumpers or vintage fabrics in mint condition you’ve really hit the jackpot; you go home very happy. A good part of the fun is in the hunt. For me, finding...
Risks and challenges
After three years of collaboration, the book is finally complete!
All we need to do is add your name to the book to thank you for your support (if you selected to back that reward level) before sending it to print.
We have already sourced printing quotes and have selected a printer months in advance. We have reverse engineered the book so that we can offer FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE by keeping the book under a certain weight. We have also sourced a fulfilment house to distribute the book to ensure we reach our delivery promise.
Schedule: The book will ship in March 2014.
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