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“Retrash” – Finding beauty in lost things

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“Retrash” – Finding beauty in lost things

Today’s guest blogger, Nathan Devine has pulled together the work of 82 designers that create beauty from trash in his book “Retrash.”  Learn more at and
“Retrash” is a book all about trash.

I remember going to the dump when I was a kid and being excited by what treasure I might find, and at the same time feeling saddened and confused by the amount of trash that was being thrown away. I feel the same way today as an adult as I did back then, and I want to do something to change all of this.
I’ve spent the last three years compiling the work of 82 designers and artists from 20 countries around the world to show the beautiful and innovative things that can be made by recycling and upcycling.

Retrash founder Nathan Devine

This gorgeous scarf is made from old jumpers,
and is the work of Australian designer Morgan Wills.

This lamp was created by French artist Gilles Eichenbaum,
by transforming an old kettle into a piece of art.

This seat made from broken skateboards, is the creation of American upcycler Jason Podlaski.

“Retrash” is broken into chapters such as metal, plastic and timber, to focus on different materials that can be given a second life.  “Retrash” is not about teaching you step by step projects, instead it will inspire you to view waste differently and to use that shift in perspective to create things from what essentially ends up in landfill and oceans. “Retrash” tells a story about human ingenuity, imagination and creativity, something we all have within us.

The designers and artists that are featured in “Retrash” each have their own unique vision and style, and are helping to redesign the future of recycling. The book itself is a recycled piece of art as it is printed on 100% recycled paper, which supports the recycling industry.  Without the recycling industry, all rubbish would end up as landfill.
I believe that Retrash can inspire a small step for change and I am passionate about getting this book into the world. I am currently running a funding campaign to raise money to print this book. You can get a copy of “Retrash” at a reduced price during the funding campaign here, and you can even have your name printed in the book to show your support.
Learn more at
-Nathan Devine
The Mind Key Project would like to gather a group donation to support “Retrash.”  If you are interested, please contact Danielle at danielle@
With sufficient interest, the first five Mind Key supporters who donate between $10 and $24 will receive a free e-copy of “Retrash.”   The first five Mind Key supporters who donate $25 or more will receive a free hard copy of “Retrash.”  The Mind Key supporter with the largest donation will have their name printed in the book!
Although Mind Key would love to make this group show of support, please feel free to place your donation directly at the Retrash kickstarter campaign page:

Danielle Rose
Founder, Mind Key

I help people follow their dreams! As the founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief at Mind Key, Danielle has the skills and abilities to help you grow in your chosen career, or to launch the business of your dreams to the next level.

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