Adiff Makes Impactful Garments from Remnants of Crisis

We speak with Angela Luna about creating opportunities from disaster

Minutes away from Eftalou Beach on the Greek island of Lesvos, hundreds of thousands of life vests and tents lie in the crook of an ancient hill. A dumping ground for the survival gear that sustained refugees through their arduous journeys from Syria, Afghanistan and nations in between, the “Lifejacket Graveyard” is an unintended memorial to the ongoing migrant crisis. When Angela Luna—the founder and …

Industrial Waste as a Resource

More than recycling or upcycling, designers like Sophie Rowley, Mieke Meijer and Jorge Penadés use garbage, scraps and waste as a resource that can be molded into new materials. From Penadés’ reconstituted leather to wood made from newspaper (the work of Meijer, called NewspaperWood), brands like Hermès and Peugeot are tapping these materials for beautiful products. Read more about our material age—one of transition and reclamation—at T: The …

Art Activist Liina Klauss’ Sculpture From 5,000 Salvaged Flip-Flops

From ocean plastic waste to a large-scale installation at Bali's Potato Head Beach Club

Even in the idyllic dreamscape of Bali, marine pollution—and ocean plastics—strangle and destroy natural beauty. To draw continued attention to this plight, Bali’s Potato Head Beach Club called upon German-born artist and activist Liina Klauss to build a permanent outdoor installation with the goal to maintain awareness. Enlisting a team, Klauss collected more than 5,000 flip-flops from the shores of Bali’s west coast. Sorted, bound …