Written by

Chris Gonzales


Ashim D'Silva

“Don’t lose it, reuse it.” This has always been my son’s favorite line from the show Paw Patrol. As silly as it sounds, we grownups could stand to take this ecological lesson to heart.

Here are a few EDC items that have been repurposed from materials that would otherwise go to waste.

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  1. Carved recycled skateboard case for iPhone. ($39)

    Hand-crafted using wood from old and broken skate decks, then combined with a polycarbonate case. The grain pattern of every case is different from the last.

  2. Ugmonk mini sketchbook. ($14 for pack of 3)

    Boasting a 100% recycled chipboard cover and 100% recycled paper inside, this pocket-sized sketchbook will be there for you to sketch or jot ideas down in whenever inspiration strikes.

  3. Recycled Firefighter’s “The Sergeant” wallet. ($29)

    A slim, minimalist money clip wallet made from decommissioned fire hose. More info here.

  4. Field Notes “Brand’s Hall” rollerball pen. ($160)

    The crew at Field Notes partnered with Allegory Goods to produce a “very special, limited-edition, fine rollerball pen using wood reclaimed from an iconic Chicago building which was constructed in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1871.” Not only are these pens insanely cool, but no two are exactly alike.

For more everyday carry inspiration, check out the rest of our EDC guides here. If you liked this one, you’ll probably dig the “Eco-Friendly” and “Wooden” kits as well.