Creative repurposing invention to decorate the abode

As we welcome in a fresh year it is time to look forward to our own needs and the needs of the Earth. To satisfy all of these needs it is the time to concentrate on using Eco-friendly ideas to better our lives.

As the world is becoming increasingly aware of the importance to protect the environment from further deterioration, as well as the need to watch our pocketbooks, 2012 is the year of repurposing, reclaiming, and recycling.

  • An innovative repurposing technique discovered, developed, and designed by Mieke Meijer is called NewspaperWood. She has created a magnificent use for recycled newspaper, renewing it into a wood like material that can be crafted into furniture and accessories for the abode’s décor. It is made up of stacks of compressed newspaper that are formed into logs, which can be cut, milled, sanded and generally treated like any other type of wood.

    "wood" made out of newspaper

This makes full sense and in essence completes a circle of life considering that paper is originally made from wood. We can now bring paper back to be used in a wood like state.

As stated on the Vij5 (a Dutch design label) website “Every day, piles of newspapers are discarded and recycled into new paper. Mieke Meijer has devised a solution to use this surplus of paper into a renewed material. When a NewspaperWood log is cut, the layers of paper appear like lines of a wood grain or the rings of a tree and therefore resembles the aesthetic of real wood. The material can be cut, milled and sanded and generally treated like any other type of wood.”

NewspaperWood is not meant to be a replacement to wood as a material.  It is used as part of a total design piece within a solid framework of metal or natural wood. This is an additional way to recycle and use paper; shaping it to create new textures, forms, furniture and other products.

Different designers have been commissioned by Vij5 to use NewspaperWood. It is incorporated into their designs often mixed with structural elements such as metal.

  • This is evident in the NewspaperWood cupboard by Breg Hanssen. His cabinet is build out of a solid steel frame which comes in different variations and colors. Within the metal frame the natural colored NewspaperWood planks are inserted just as real wood planks would be.

    cabinet made from Newspaper wood and steel
  • A NewspaperWood lamp by Christian Kocx is very unique combining a reading light and newspaper holder all in one. The light switches on as soon as the rolled up newspaper is removed, allowing it to be read conveniently. When the newspaper has been put back into place, the light will switch off. A steel tube holds a cylinder of the NewspaperWood with a created marbled effect on the outside.
    newspaper wood lamp in off position

    newspaper wood lamp in on position

This is truly a cool, green, invention and it will be interesting to see how it can be developed. Perhaps, in the near future, we will see NewspaperWood wall paneling. This is what happens when someone thinks outside of the box. Imagine what this world could be like if everyone would use their creative energy and develop their own green inventions. Jobs could be created and resources would be saved.

Use your mind, be adventurous, and never be afraid to dance!

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