Co-oproduct Blog

We are delighted, that we have been recognised and invited to join the amazing work carried out by the US based Design Learning Network (http://www.designlearning.us) Directed by Doris Wells-Papanek, MEd; the ultimate goal of the Design Learning Network is to collaborate with members and international partners to create effective and sustainable learning links between primary, secondary and higher education students and teachers on a global scale. This has been made possible by the hard work of Co-oproduct's UK Design Champion Dave Bramston, who is also Principal Lecturer (Enterprise) at the School of Art & Design, University of Lincoln. You can…
Democracy in action! Since April, The People's Design Lab have been collecting public nominations and votes and from the 136 nominations, we are very proud to announce that we have been declared the first ever People's Design Lab Awards Winners for best Zero Waste Design! This is lovely news for us. After all of the hard work we've put in going against mainstream design convention, it is really pleasing to be recognised by the people for having this positive impact! But we won't stop here though - there are still way too many problems with waste and design attitudes across…
Driven by Greg Hewitt, along with Nottingham Hackspace and local Timebanks, we have set-up the first ever Nottingham Fixers group. The group launched on the 29th June and what a day to launch on - linking in with Nottingham's Armed Forces Day, our fixers were out in force to 'Make do and Mend'. Lamps, radios, irons, door locks were all fixed and explained! read more here
Co-oproduct's founder Jamie Billing is invited to guest pin selected work for Friends of the Earth. Jamie contributes to 2 Friends of the Earth boards on Pinterest and is working on an article for their 'Make it Better' campaign: Â http://pinterest.com/wwwfoecouk/recycle-upcycle/ http://pinterest.com/wwwfoecouk/eco-fashion/
Co-oproduct's founder Tracy Cordingley discusses waste, upcycling and the open design revolution in an interview by Beth Roessner from The Desert Sun. Read the article online here
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

Co-oproduct presentation to Notts Tuesday

Written by Tracy Cordingley
Co-oproduct's founder Jamie Billing is invited to present 'the story of Co-oproduct' presentation at Notts Tuesday, Nottinghams monthy tech-scene get together.
Co-oproduct travel to Brighton and Hove High School and spend a day making lots of cool stuff out of Milk Bottles with the wonderful Year 7 pupils. See what the 68 students made with us during our visit here!
We are really pleased to be able to announce the five NTU Fashion projects who scooped our ReUse Fashion Project Prize. The five lucky project winners got some serious professional time with the Life Photographic team, resulting in a fully emersive fashion shoot on location or in the very cool Life Photographic studios. Including Hair, Make-up, Models, props, etc...
Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00

Co-oproduct welcomes Kerry Truman to the Team!

Written by Tracy Cordingley
We would like to say a big welcome and formally introduce Kerry Truman to the Co-oproduct Team! Kerry is a Senior Technician within the School of Education at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is an expert hands-on maker and is heading up a new "LEARN how to REUSE" area of the new Co-oproduct website, which will showcase everything there is to know about ReUse and practical MAKING skills. Kerry will also run his own daily workshop blog on the new site which will provide valuable insight into day-to-day workshop practices. In the meantime, you can follow Kerry's daily posts by…
Co-oproduct's founder Jamie Billing is invited to write Guest Article by leading US magazine Sharable.net The article features ten Upcycling projects from different areas of our site. http://www.shareable.net/blog/10-awesome-upcycling-products-you-can-do-today
Saturday, 17 November 2012 14:41

Thumbs up as Co-oproduct hits 1000 Likes

Written by Tracy Cordingley
Only 6 months after launching the Co-oproduct facebook page hits 1000 likes. A big thank you to all who have followed us.
Seems that the world just can't get enough of Co-oproduct's Oliver Staiano's Cyclehangers made from an old BMX bike parts. These beautiful hangers have been travelling the world viral, since last November. This month, we see another great reveiw by Ana Lisa Alperovich, Inhabitat. Source:http://inhabitat.com/oliver-staiano-upcycles-old-bmx-bike-parts-into-cool-cyclehangers/
These wonderful Glass Utensils created from Glass Spirit Bottles, by Co-oproduct's member Michael Hannaford are getting some serious international attention. Beginning with a great reveiw by Ana Lisa Alperovich, Inhabitat. Source:http://inhabitat.com/michael-hannaford-crafts-unique-utensils-from-upcycled-glass-bottles/
Saturday, 10 November 2012 04:16

Amazing light bulbs!

Written by Tracy Cordingley
We saw what amazing things you could do with toilet rolls yesterday...now what about those light bulbs...
Saturday, 10 November 2012 04:10

Side table made from a plastic crate

Written by Tracy Cordingley
We really like this side table made from a plastic crate and other reused bits. image  Edited by Jamie
Saturday, 10 November 2012 04:08

Pennies Galore! Isn't this awesome?!

Written by Tracy Cordingley
Oh we love this penny floor! A tedious and long process...but well worth it.
Co-oproduct is very pleased to be invited to exhibit a selection of it's members Reuse projects at The National Centre for Craft and Design, the largest space in England dedicated to the exhibition, celebration and promotion of contemporary craft and design. The exhibition is set up in the Exchange Space on the top floor of the centre and runs until 4th November 2012.
Thursday, 18 October 2012 20:25

Co-oproduct/Future Factory ReUse Away Day

Written by Tracy Cordingley
The Future Factory team at NTU vacated their desks and headed to the workshops for a Co-oproduct Upcycling Day. Starting with a collection of everyday packaging waste materials the team created a number of reuse items, including a clock and earrings made form milk bottles, a cereal box chandelier, a paper basket and a lace lamp. All of the projects are to be featured on the Co-oproduct website and come with full Make-It-Yourself instructions of how to make them.
The lighting and sculpture made by Co-oproduct's Project Guardian, Sarah Turner for the Cola Hospitality Centre at the Olympic Park are finally revealed. The commission consists of 5 huge 2 metre wide lights which use 190 plastic bottles each! There is also a huge sculpture, 9 metres tall made from reusing thousands of pieces of waste bottles and cans!! What a brilliant example of how otherwise packaging waste can be used as both the source of raw materials and as a design tool, to create something innovative and very special. Congratulations Sarah!
Thursday, 18 October 2012 20:24

Thumbs up as Co-oroduct hits 800 + Likes

Written by Tracy Cordingley
Only 4 months after launching the Co-oproduct facebook page hits 800 + likes. A big thank you to all who have supported us.  
Thursday, 18 October 2012 20:23

Co-oproduct Portal Improvements...

Written by Jamie Billing
 We are currently improving many areas of our portal and services:  1. We are making some superb additions to our members area of our portal. This includes expanded Profile options and other interactive features. 2. We are integrating Facebook login features, so that you don't have to go through our registration process if you don't want to or don't have time. 3. We are building a MIY Tutorials database. This will be a fantastic resource for anyone interested in Making any of the Co-oproducts on our site. It will include images, video's and commentry on how to manufacture…
Thursday, 18 October 2012 20:23

Co-oproduct gets Core77 attention

Written by Jamie Billing
Only a few weeks following our official launch and our portal attracts the attention of Core77 Design Magazine.
 Designers, practitioners and educators from a varety of different subject areas, came together to celebrate a common passion for Creative ReUse, at Co-oproduct's launch event. Hosted by Nottingham Trent University and supported by NTU's Future Factory, Co-oproduct founders Jamie Billing and Tracy Cordingley shared their passion and vision for the Co-oproduct project. The event was marked by the opening of a permanent ReUse exhibition at the University which showcases a selection of ReUse products from the Co-oproduct website.
Thursday, 18 October 2012 20:21

Double Olympic Success for Sarah Turner

Written by Tracy Cordingley
We are very pleased to announce that Co-oproduct's Project Guardian, Sarah Turner has secured a double Olympic success for Coca Cola. Sarah will be not only be designing and making the lighting for the Coca Cola hospitality suite at the Olympic Park, but has also won the commision to make a 9 metres tall sculpture...all made from waste plastic bottles and cans! Congratulations to Sarah and watch this space for projects updates! Â
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