Upcycling is a term that’s being thrown around quite a bit these days.  It’s a really cool concept… basically taking something that is not very useful and turning it into something very useful.  Veneer scraps are plentiful in the woodworking world… Contexture, a design studio out of Vancouver BC, has upcycled these leftovers to create Bentwood, a series of gorgeous jewelry made from wood… check it!

I rock one of these rings and get nothing but compliments when I’m out on the town…. they are quite affordable as well, running a mere $38.

How about a cuff that serves a dual purpose… not only does it look fly on the wrist, but it is formed around a take-out coffee cup so it doubles as a java jacket!  $68 HERE.

Dog tags can be a fresh look… check out Bentwood’s customizabe options HERE.


And for $56, you can complete the set with a custom belt buckle, available in walnut or benge HERE.

Word…. So there you have it… another way to show of your eco-savvyness with style.


About Joshua Foss

Joshua is a leading voice for transformational change. He is the editor of Metro Hippie, co-founder and director of development of the Ecala Group, and adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, trade shows and summits.