Core77 points out a great program coming out of Western Washington University called "ReMade," which put industrial design students up to discovering ways to turn industrial and commercial trash into a salable, retail products. The sushi roller from bike spokes is cute, but I especially love the Exacto knife holders from toothbrush handles. How great would it be to see products on the shelf that aren't all identical? Who needs "available in five exciting colors" when you could choose from handles made from every toothbrush design in existence?
I'll say it again: landfill mining is the career of the future. It's like we've got a civilization's worth of LEGO bricks in a pile but can't be arsed to sort them into their proper bins.
The students made 20 each of their products and will displaying and selling them through the end of the year in Seattle.
ReMade @ Western Washington University [Core77.com]