With global warming and landfills on the rise, it’s nice to know that people like Shelly Spicuzza are finding unique ways to recycle. Her new ReGlow lamp design is not only funky and stylish, but allows us to reduce and reuse our waste in a most tasteful way. These trendy light fixtures are made out of recycled plastics and metals. The center is a thin aluminum and plastic sphere that is lined in Styrofoam. It splits into two parts so the three standard light bulbs can be placed in the middle. Once pushed back together, the ball has several threaded holes where recycling savvy consumers can screw in any standard sized plastic water or soda bottle.
Spicuzza said the original prototype was “made from a hamster ball that I drilled holes in for the placement of the water bottles.” People can screw in any color plastic bottle that they can find, after they pull off the label. Presently there is a limited amount of choices as far as color goes. It’s pretty much a toss up between “Mountain Dew Green” and “Coca-Cola Clear.” But if the lighting fixtures become popular enough, someone is sure to create multi-colored recycled bottles that fit into them anyway. It would be easy to capitalize off this bright idea by introducing plastic bottle variations and accessories for it.
Once you have all your recycled bottles in place, you can arrange your ReGlow lamp anyway you can think of. ReGlow can be hung up in a vertical line, or horizontally on an aluminum poll and users can put as many or as few ReGlow Lamps as they want in a row. When light filters through the bottles, it produces a shimmer around the room that might even make Steve Dahl want to trip the light fan-plastic. While we don’t know how much these spectacular spectrums cost just yet, it seems like Spicuzza is planning to price it so classy urbanites, college kids and hobos alike will be able to afford them.
Shelly Spicuzza is a Senior majoring in Industrial Design at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She has already created several exceptional and unique inventions with very practical uses including her award winning Baby Foot Rattles, the Fossil Watch, and a new sports drink bottle design called VLo. When she finally graduates and is unleashed into the world as a professional, her designs are sure to make “Shelly Spicuzza” a household name.