Recycling Done Right! Toys Fashioned From Discarded Shoes.

From Imgur.

Discarded flip-flops sits in a crate ready to be washed, sorted, and carved into toy animals.

Discarded flip-flops sits in a crate ready to be washed, sorted, and carved into toy animals.


Shoes are scrubbed.

Workers wash and scrub discarded flip-flops prior to them being sorted and carved.

Workers wash and scrub discarded flip-flops prior to them being sorted and carved.


Carver Daniel Lekalau, 26, uses scissors to trim the mane of a toy lion.

Carver Daniel Lekalau, 26, uses scissors to trim the mane of a toy lion.


Machinist Benedict Ndambuki uses a lathe to smooth off the rough edges of a toy elephant.

Machinist Benedict Ndambuki uses a lathe to smooth off the rough edges of a toy elephant.


Finished toy animals are laid out in rows to dry in the sun.

Finished toy animals are laid out in rows to dry in the sun.

From Imgur.


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GEOlino’s MELTDOWN Board Game: Lead A Polar Bear Family To Safety Over Actual Melting Ice.

GEOlino MELTDOWN Polar Bear Board Game.GEOlino’s MELTDOWN is a board game and the object is to save a family of polar bears before actual ice melts. Here’s a description of MELTDOWN from their website:

“The aim of the game is to take a polar bear family from the permanent ice floes to safety on the mainland. It’s a race against time, as the way leads across real, slowly melting ice floes, which children can make themselves with the accompanying mould, a bit of water and a freezer compartment. The chunks of ice are arranged on a blue polar sea sponge to form a small Arctic. The sponge is used as the game board and absorbs the melted ice at the same time. Now you can start saving polar bears.”

GEOlino MELTDOWN board game polar bearsMy take: after playing 100+ mind-numbing games of Candy Land, playing MELTDOWN would be a treat. Saving the polar bear family is a group goal in MELTDOWN so there are no winners or losers and MELTDOWN’s message about our environment is subtly delivered. What’s not to like?

Another nice feature of MELTDOWN: for parents who get stuck in the “lets play it again” loop – the melting ice is the clock and once it’s gone, you have to wait for it to re-freeze to play another game. Take that Candy Land. [MELTDOWN via Grist]


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Fill The Yellow-Striped Goedzak Bag With Stuff You Want To Give Away And Put It Outside.

Sidewalk donations with the Goedzak.Designed by Simon Akkaya and Maarten Heijltjes, the Goedzak looks like a great way to find a new home for your unwanted stuff. It’s a distinctive and protective yellow-striped plastic bag that you fill with your formerly loved goods and leave on the sidewalk / street for people to claim. And for the person claiming your donation, the Goedzak is reminder that they too can refill it with their own unused goods. It’s a reuse-it-forward kind of idea that is awesome because it’s so uncomplicated. [Wired]

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Jubbling Break: Live Action Toy Story Video

If you have kids and take road trips, bookmark the Live Action Toy Story video. The shot-for-shot live-action video took friends Jonason Pauley and Jesse Perrotta 2+ years to remake and they did it using donated toys from friends and used toys from Goodwill. There’s not much on YouTube that is better than Live Action Toy Story.

The homemade Live Action Toy Story video will not only entertain your kids but it may also inspire them to create their own masterpiece. [Neatorama]

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The iPotty Potty Training Toilet With iPad Holder. Waste Meets Waste?

iPotty Potty Training Toilet w/iPad holderWhat potty training kid is going to walk away from their iPotty when there’s an iPad sitting in front of them? Avoid the temporary plastic iPotty, sit your kid on the seat and tell them to sing or read until they’ve taken care of business. They’ll figure it out soon enough and you won’t be scrambling for your iPad every time they need to go. [Laughing Squid]

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Iron-Art: Masterpieces Recreated Using An Iron And Fabric Is Definitely Jubworthy.

Magic Slate Lift-n-Erase Drawing Toy.Recreating Dutch masterpieces by ironing fabric and then steaming it back for reuse has to be Magic Slate inspired. In the “Art of Ironing” commercial created for Philips, an iron and a piece of fabric are the only items needed to reproduce the “Girl With a Pearl Earring” by Vermeer, “Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear” by van Gogh, and “Self Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar” by Rembrandt. Jubbling can appreciate art again. [Laughing Squid]

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