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Cigarette Butt Couture
It sounds bizarre, but Chilean designer
Alexandra Guerrero makes clothing out
of cigarette butts. Bothered by the vast
amount of cigarette butts in the city of
Santiago de Chile, Alexandra devised a
way to mix the tissue of the filter with
natural wool and created a rustic-
looking thread that could be knitted into
a variety of garments.
Environmental engineer, Carolina
Leiva created a methodology to ensure
that the butts were safe to use. The
purification process is multi-tiered:
first the butts go through autoclaves;
they are then washed in a polar solvent
and go through the autoclaves one
more time. Next they are rinsed and vest, poncho, dress and hat. So far, “smokin” way to raise awareness about
dried, and, finally, they are shredded to Alexandra has recovered 5,000 cigarette what can be done with this toxic waste
create a wool-like material. The result butts from the streets and turned them material.
is a textile containing a 20% recycled- into this innovative material. It might
cigarette filter material with which not be the ultimate solution to the huge
the designer has produced a fabulous problem of cigarette litter, but it’s a
Seaglass Jewellery
From discarded beer bottles, a rejected is now revered and we get a
sophisticated new line of contemporary second chance to see its beauty,” said
jewellery arises. Gates.
Boston, MA…When Valerie Gates’ The necklaces, bracelets, earrings,
aunt passed away five years ago, rings and cuff links are all one-of-
she left a 40–year collection of beach a-kind and hand-crafted, creatively
glass. Intrigued by the worn beauty mounting pieces of genuine seaglass
of the pieces, Valerie, an Emmy in sterling silver settings for a distinctly
award-winning art director, turned sophisticated, urban look.
the discarded pieces of beer bottles www.seaglasswear.com
into two collections of sophisticated
jewellery that have gained critical
acclaim and are featured in museums
and fine galleries across the country.
“I like the statement it makes on many
levels about recycling and the simple
beauty in nature, mixed with sterling
silver to create an elegant piece of
jewellery. I love helping nature recycle
these ocean gems…what once was
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