Walk/ Don't Walk Chair
Handmade by artisan John Carter, this far-from-pedestrian chair combines fine art and trash for a truly unique creation. Not only is the entire piece handmade from street sign parts, but the New York City "Walk/Don't Walk" signs actually work a remote control is included to turn them on and off at will. $3,700 at uncommongoods.com, 1-888-365-0056.
Bean Blob Chair
Where do old PVC advertising billboards go to die? Perhaps to provide comfort for your eco-chic trendsetter in the form of this funky bean bag made from recycled highway signs. $175 at ecodepot.com.
CD Case Chandelier
Rethink the archaic CD jewel case with designer Josh Owen's CD Case Chandelier, a masterful reuse of otherwise landfill-clogging plastic. $1,500 custom ordered through gearfuse.com, 1-215-923-4856.
Just like the grown-ups, the littlest members of the family can radically reuse with this one-of-a-kind chair made from highway signs. $800 at eco-artware.com, 1-877-326-2781.
Misprint Watering Can
Even typographical errors can find reuse as colorful watering cans made from defective printed metal scraps. $48 at vivaterra.com, 1-800-233-6011.
Record Label Coasters
Hark back to the days of old-time rock 'n' roll with these repurposed vinyl record label coasters. $20 for a set of 12 at eco-artware.com, 1-877-326-2781.
Pool Ball Wine Stoppers
Billiards and drinking go hand in hand. Make the marriage complete with bottle stoppers decorated with discarded pool balls. $30 each at uncommongoods.com, 1-888-365-0056.
Upcycled Floppy Disk Notepad
Made from postconsumer recycled paper and seemingly ancient floppy disks, these Recycled Floppy Disk Notepads are a radical throwback to early '80s technology. $5.95 each at greenfeet.com, 1-888-562-8873.
Recycled Wine Bottle Coat Rack
Hang up your coat and have a drink! The Green Glass Company's innovative coat rack, made from discarded wine bottles rescued from the landfill, helps guests stay awhile. $75 at uncommongoods.com, 1-888-365-0056.
Bike Chain Bowl
This ingenious bowl is handmade in Oregon using real recycled bicycle chains. The perfect gift for the biker in your life, it holds anything from wallets and keys to potpourri. $88 at greenfeet.com, 1-888-562-8873.
Ball Grenade Oil Lamp
A surefire icebreaker when entertaining the inlaws, these hand grenade oil lamps are made in the U.S.A. from actual surplus military grenades. Explosions not included. $55 at elsewares.com, 1-866-491-5156.
Bike Wheel Chair
Lounge in repurposed bicycle parts. This chair, handmade by Bike Furniture Design, is a retro amalgamation of bicycle bits including chromed steel rims, inner tubing and spokes. Chairs start at $400 at bikefurniture.com, 1-906-361-2483.
These conversation pieces are conservation pieces, too. These amber tumblers are made in Wisconsin from assorted Boylan's soda bottles. $34 for a set of 4 at elsewares.com, 1-866-491-5156.
Amassed from over 1,500 half dollar coins and 7,000 welds, this handcrafted stainless steel coin chair is a heavy investment. $59,000 at vivre.com, 1-800-955-1642.
License Plate Mailbox
Clad in discarded real state license plates with a billiard ball handle, this handmade mailbox will add unmistakable flair to any front yard. Each is one of a kind and features a unique mix of plates. $225 at uncommongoods.com, 1-888-365-0056.
Field Guide Bird House
This fabulous fantasy birdhouse, inspired by nature field guides, is decoupaged and crafted entirely by hand using books discarded from libraries. $62.50 at katespaperie.com, 1-800-809-9880.
Recycled Bottle Utensils
The coolest use of recycled bottles we've seen (so cool, we've included them even though they're an artist's creation and are not mass produced), these über-chic utensils are handcrafted from old beer and wine bottles. Hand cut, sanded and combined with eco-friendly cork and beech wood, each utensil is beautiful and entirely unique. To learn more, contact the designer directly through his Website at laurence.brabant.free.fr.
Upcycled Ruler Chair
This chair rules! Elevate your decor with these one-of-a-kind rare chairs handmade from vintage advertising rulers. $325 each at vivaterra.com, 1-800-233-6011.
Wine Barrel Staves Dining Set
Made from recycled wine barrel staves, this dining set is the ultimate gift for the eco-oenophile. $458 at daxstores.com, 1-650-591-2190.
Flattened Wine Bottle Platter
Cut the cheese on this Flattened Wine Bottle Platter. A fantastic gift for any wine and cheese lover, each repurposed bottle comes with a decorative label and pewter knife. $15 at olivebarn.com, 1-800-808-1630.
Vinyl Album Photo Album
Whether you groove to Michael Jacksons "Thriller" or Pink Floyd's "The Wall," you'll love these recycled vinyl album journals. Each blank book is hand cut from discarded vinyl records, then hard bound with black cloth for a durable diary, sketchbook or conversation piece. $26 each at bookbinders.com, 1-732-752-0800.
Flip-Flop Nesting Boxes
Get more flip for your flop with these unique, colorful storage boxes handmade in the Philippines with scrap foam rubber from flip-flop factories. These nesting baskets are perfect for holding anything from toys to towels to...well...even flip-flops. $135 at vivaterra.com, 1-888-365-0056.
Hybrid Wall Clock
The perfect gift for the tardy bicyclist, this Hybrid Wall Clock is made from old bicycle parts. $36 at resourcerevival.com, 1-800-866-8823.
Telephone Wire Basket
Handmade by a group of Zulu weavers, these one-of-a-kind baskets are woven from scraps of insulated copper telephone wire. $135 at eco-artware.com, 1-877-326-2781.