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Upcycled Technology

Upcycling is a practice not only for crafting beautiful things to wear and use, but also for innovating ways of producing energy and fuel, building structures, and creating useful technology in the home and on an industrial level. Explore this area of the website to learn more about these innovations.

  • Obseletos Featured Article Obseletos Obseletos

    Obsoletos is a project of investigation, creation and difusion of creative systems of transforming technological waste and residues, understanding as such, any electronic... More »

  • La Otra Vida de la Basura Featured News Article La Otra Vida de la Basura La Otra Vida de la Basura

    This is an interesting article in Spanish about an organization called "Basurama" working around Latin America on innovative projects to raise awareness about the generation of... More »

  • Eco-Casas en el Basurero de Oaxaca Featured Photo Gallery Eco-Casas en el Basurero de Oaxaca Eco-Casas en el Basurero de Oaxaca

    These are shots taken by SiKanda and friends during their recent collaboration with Techamos la Mano Oaxaca and other civil organizations in the city of Oaxaca. The purpose was... More »

  • Home Made Solar Water Distiller Featured Article Home Made Solar Water Distiller Home Made Solar Water Distiller

    A few years ago a storm flooded the local water treatment facility leaving me and all my neighbors without water for several weeks. Partially motivated by this I designed a... More »

  • Whatever Floats Your Boat Featured Blog Post Whatever Floats Your Boat Whatever Floats Your Boat

    For any of you upcycling enthusiasts who have spent time perusing the site here at Manyone, you might remember This Article on floating landfills.  Well if that article... More »

  • Upcycled Structures Featured Photo Gallery Upcycled Structures Upcycled Structures

    Here are some photos of buildings that have been constructed out of materials salvaged from the dump or landfill. More »

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Eco-Casas en el Basurero de Oaxaca Last Updated on 2011-10-09 17:01:11 These are shots taken by SiKanda and friends during their recent collaboration with Techamos la Mano Oaxaca and other civil organizations in the city of Oaxaca. The purpose was construction of four houses with Tetrapak and PET bottles at the municipal dump. Estas son fotos tomadas por SiKanda y otros amigos durante su colaboración reciente con Techamos la Mano Oaxaca y otras organizaciones civiles en la ciudad de Oaxaca. El propósito fue la construcción de cuatro casas con Tetrapak y botellas de PET en el basurero municipal. More »
Dumpster Drive Last Updated on 2011-09-30 00:00:00 Dumpster Drive is a file-sharing application that recycles digital files. The software was developed by recent Parsons grad, Justin Blinder Using dumpster diving as a model for recirculating unwanted objects, Dumpster Drive allows others to dig through files that you delete on your computer in a passive file-sharing network. Instead of simply erasing data from your computer, the software allows users to extend the lifecycle of their unwanted files and pass them on to others. To learn more about the program or download Dumpster Drive, visit dumpsterdrive.com. Journalist Rebecca Bates explains Dumpster Drive as: "a file sharing application that mimics the act of digging through someone’s trash ... Let’s say you’re in possession of Beirut’s new single “East Harlem” and absolutely hate it (shame on you), and you wish to purge your hard drive of the song forever. Rather than... More »
Visiting La Colonia Renacimiento Last Updated on 2011-09-30 00:00:00 This week I visited the dump. For all of my big talk about how much I love garbage and have a passion for trash, I am ashamed to say that I haven't been to a landfill since I was a kid. I had the opportunity to visit the municipal basurero of Oaxaca, located beside Colonia Renacimiento (the neighborhood of rebirth), because of my friends Jose Carlos and Aurelia. They started an organization called SiKanda (Solidaridad Internacional Kanda) that works with some of the folks that live in Renacimiento, the pepenadores. These are the hearty souls that sort through the thousands of kilos of trash that arrive at the dump every day and separate out materials that can be sold and recycled (or upcycled, I suppose). I had been wanting to visit the basurero in Oaxaca for about a year and a half and to meet some of the pepenadores that I had heard so much about. I was very excited. But as we came... More »
Obseletos Last Updated on 2009-09-07 00:00:00 Obsoletos is a project of investigation, creation and difusion of creative systems of transforming technological waste and residues, understanding as such, any electronic apparatus, storage media or hardware that has over time become obsolete or damaged: computers, peripherals, magnetic tapes, motherboards, etc.. The website is in Spanish. Here is a description of what they´re up to: Obsoletos es un proyecto de investigación, creación y difusión de sistemas creativos de transformación de residuos tecnológicos, entendiendo como tales todo aparato electrónico, soporte de almacenamiento o hardware que con el tiempo ha quedado en desuso o deteriorado: ordenadores, periféricos, cintas magnéticas, placas base, etc. Obsoletos está ideado y producido por Basurama, El club del ocio y Skot Pérez, un grupo de amigos que llevábamos trabajado de modo informal desde hace tiempo con... More »
Upcycled Gardens Last Updated on 2009-08-14 21:45:37 Here are some great examples of upcycling projects that you can do to enhance (or start) your garden. Even if you have little or no outdoor space upcycling can assist you in all your gardening endeavors. More »