A Brief Blog Profile: Unconsumption
by Thomas Hynes
Unconsumption hails itself as a "daily source of inspiration for creative reuse and mindful consumption." In other words, they find ways to make useless crap useful. I've followed this blog for some time. And I am consistently blown away with their ideas. It's two fold, really. On the one hand, I want to try the ideas they suggest. And on the other hand, I begin to look for ways I can re purpose my mountains of junk.
Here you might be saying to yourself: "What exactly makes this blog awesome?" Allow me to point out some examples. Here we see a crib remade into a desk. This one is great, because most parents need to buy a crib, but the shelf life on how long they need it is short. This post shows an artistic way to reuse old wine corks. Here is a swing seat made from an old skateboard. This wind chime is made from old silverware. Still, I'm betting it could sell for $80 in a store. And this post features what is most certainly the most creative use I've ever seen for old tic-tac containers.
The truth is there are so many great ideas featured on Unconsumption. At no point does the site preach or pretend like we don't need to regularly buy new things. Instead, the blog highlights what's possible. As evidenced by some of these examples, the only limitation is our own imagination.