1:08 pm - Fri, Aug 9, 2013
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Tires can of course be re-molded and re-treaded. But I had no idea how labor- and energy-intensive it was until I saw this video. Those of you who are into molding will enjoy seeing how the mold comes apart/together around 3:15. I also dug watching how they remove the flashing, and that inflatable thingy that serves as the mold’s core: The amount of man-hours that goes into each tire, not to mention the one-hour-plus molding time, is staggering.

But what I found most surprising was that despite all of that energy burned, re-molding is still 30 to 60% cheaper than creating the tire from scratch. 

More: Learning to Appreciate Recycling: Look at All the Energy That Goes Into Remolding Tires - Core77

11:13 am - Thu, Aug 8, 2013
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It is what it is- a reclaimed teak rocker. Yet, without an image next to that title you might think of a more antiquated version that would not work in most modern settings. That’s exactly why this particular rocker from SOBU is impressive- so sleek and simple, with straight lines and a slight curve to give comfort and movement.

More:  Reclaimed Teak — FURNISHINGS — Better Living Through Design

It is what it is- a reclaimed teak rocker. Yet, without an image next to that title you might think of a more antiquated version that would not work in most modern settings. That’s exactly why this particular rocker from SOBU is impressive- so sleek and simple, with straight lines and a slight curve to give comfort and movement.

More:  Reclaimed Teak — FURNISHINGS — Better Living Through Design

10:21 am - Wed, Aug 7, 2013
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One day in the early ’70s, after seeing other houses in the area clad in voguish aluminum siding, Houston resident John Milkovisch clamored down from the attic with a bulge of aluminum beer cans—50,000 aluminum beer cans, to be precise.
Milkovisch—”a child of the Great Depression” as the AP identifies—saved everything, even the cans of Bud Light, Texas Pride, and Natural Ice that piled high as a result of he and his wife’s afternoon, six-pack-a-day ablutions in the shade of their backyard.
On this day, he began cutting open and laying flat each and every can, ultimately covering the entirety of his squat, single-family home in aluminum.

More:  Introducing ‘Beer Can House,’ Houston’s Booziest Landmark - Adaptive Reuse - Curbed National)
Previous Unconsumption posts on the Beer Can House can be found here.

One day in the early ’70s, after seeing other houses in the area clad in voguish aluminum siding, Houston resident John Milkovisch clamored down from the attic with a bulge of aluminum beer cans—50,000 aluminum beer cans, to be precise.

Milkovisch—”a child of the Great Depression” as the AP identifies—saved everything, even the cans of Bud Light, Texas Pride, and Natural Ice that piled high as a result of he and his wife’s afternoon, six-pack-a-day ablutions in the shade of their backyard.

On this day, he began cutting open and laying flat each and every can, ultimately covering the entirety of his squat, single-family home in aluminum.

More:  Introducing ‘Beer Can House,’ Houston’s Booziest Landmark - Adaptive Reuse - Curbed National)

Previous Unconsumption posts on the Beer Can House can be found here.

11:00 am - Tue, Aug 6, 2013
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I love this street artist, turning discarded gum into canvasses, trash into an opportunity for whimsy. You are welcome in New York, Ben Wilson.

More:  Chewing Gum Artist Finds Tiny Canvasses Everywhere | everydaytrash

Earlier Unconsumption coverage of Ben Wilson here.

5:00 pm - Mon, Aug 5, 2013
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Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma. They have run out of trash.
Sweden’s waste management and recycling programs are second to none as only four percent of the nation’s waste ends up in landfills.


Models of Sustainability: Sweden Runs Out of Garbage - The Pachamama Alliance | The Pachamama Alliance
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Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma. They have run out of trash.

Sweden’s waste management and recycling programs are second to none as only four percent of the nation’s waste ends up in landfills.

Models of Sustainability: Sweden Runs Out of Garbage - The Pachamama Alliance | The Pachamama Alliance

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10:00 am
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The McAllen Public Library in McAllen, Texas, is the size of 2.5 football fields — the largest single-story library in the United States. But in its former life, its size wasn’t all that unusual. That’s because the McAllen library used to be a Walmart.

More: This abandoned Walmart has been reclaimed as a public library | Grist

The McAllen Public Library in McAllen, Texas, is the size of 2.5 football fields — the largest single-story library in the United States. But in its former life, its size wasn’t all that unusual. That’s because the McAllen library used to be a Walmart.

More: This abandoned Walmart has been reclaimed as a public library | Grist

11:34 am - Thu, Aug 1, 2013
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Yanko Design features the work of Tony Grigorian, who has produced a set of instructions for recycling the varied and fascinating components in washing machines into intriguing and sometimes beautiful furniture. Scrap washing-machines are a treasure-trove of weird-shaped pieces with striking characteristics; when correctly combined, the pieces they make are both arresting and immediately identifiable as having begun their lives as washing machines. Grigorian’s instructions are a good jumping-off point for making your own pieces.

I Used to be a Washing Machine,  via  HOWTO make furniture from dead washing machines - Boing Boing

Yanko Design features the work of Tony Grigorian, who has produced a set of instructions for recycling the varied and fascinating components in washing machines into intriguing and sometimes beautiful furniture. Scrap washing-machines are a treasure-trove of weird-shaped pieces with striking characteristics; when correctly combined, the pieces they make are both arresting and immediately identifiable as having begun their lives as washing machines. Grigorian’s instructions are a good jumping-off point for making your own pieces.

I Used to be a Washing Machine,  via  HOWTO make furniture from dead washing machines - Boing Boing

9:12 am - Tue, Jul 30, 2013
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laughingsquid points to this Dress Made From the Pages of an Old Thesaurus: 

Redditor jorimoo, also known as paperbagboris, made a beautifully detailed dress out of an old thesaurus. The dress is lined with fabric with a bodice underneath for support and is covered is hundreds of thesaurus pages. More photos can be found at imgur.

Previous dresses made from books? Oh yes. See here and here.

laughingsquid points to this Dress Made From the Pages of an Old Thesaurus:

Redditor jorimoo, also known as paperbagboris, made a beautifully detailed dress out of an old thesaurus. The dress is lined with fabric with a bodice underneath for support and is covered is hundreds of thesaurus pages. More photos can be found at imgur.

Previous dresses made from books? Oh yes. See here and here.

4:00 pm - Mon, Jul 29, 2013
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procrastinaut:

These concept streetlights only illuminate when they sense someone nearby, thus saving energy and reducing operation costs. They also serve as a sort of de facto security system, notifying residents when there is activity outside their homes. 

Via Technabob.

11:00 am
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The cost of demolishing an existing old building can sometimes rival what is spent on building a new structure. Today, there is an established industry of building recyclers that reprocess concrete, metal, glass and wood for use in new ways. But it is a complicated, time consuming and messy job sometimes involving hazardous materials.
Designer Omer Haciomeroglu … set out to develop a solution that was more efficient, cleaner and safer for workers. ERO is a Concrete Deconstruction Robot concept designed to disassemble reinforced concrete structures and enable the building materials to be re-used for new pre-fabricated concrete buildings.

More: Concrete Eating Robots Could Recycle Entire Buildings - PSFK

The cost of demolishing an existing old building can sometimes rival what is spent on building a new structure. Today, there is an established industry of building recyclers that reprocess concrete, metal, glass and wood for use in new ways. But it is a complicated, time consuming and messy job sometimes involving hazardous materials.

Designer Omer Haciomeroglu … set out to develop a solution that was more efficient, cleaner and safer for workers. ERO is a Concrete Deconstruction Robot concept designed to disassemble reinforced concrete structures and enable the building materials to be re-used for new pre-fabricated concrete buildings.

More: Concrete Eating Robots Could Recycle Entire Buildings - PSFK

6:22 pm - Thu, Jul 25, 2013
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Repurposing that involves both pallets and wine? Yes, right here!
Turn an old pallet made into a wine rack:

The project isn’t too complicated; basically you’re cutting off a section of the pallet to hold the wine, and adding some u-shaped glass holders underneath. You’ll need a jigsaw and some other tools, but it’s pretty much Shop Class 101. The final product should hold at least five bottles of wine comfortably, and dangle your glasses attractively below for easy access during dinner parties.

For DIY details, see this Lifehacker post.

Repurposing that involves both pallets and wine? Yes, right here!

Turn an old pallet made into a wine rack:

The project isn’t too complicated; basically you’re cutting off a section of the pallet to hold the wine, and adding some u-shaped glass holders underneath. You’ll need a jigsaw and some other tools, but it’s pretty much Shop Class 101. The final product should hold at least five bottles of wine comfortably, and dangle your glasses attractively below for easy access during dinner parties.

For DIY details, see this Lifehacker post.

10:00 am
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To facilitate people looking for free used items and saving things from getting wasted or thrashed a Canadian company has built a web app called the Trashwag. What it does is pretty simple, it points out reusable stuff available in the neighborhood on the map and help people finding stuff that can be useful for them including furniture, old machinery etc. As its a web app it is not only compatible with computers but also works with smartphone and tablet platforms including iOS and Android.

More details here: New Trashwag app makes it easier to find reusable and free stuff online

To facilitate people looking for free used items and saving things from getting wasted or thrashed a Canadian company has built a web app called the Trashwag. What it does is pretty simple, it points out reusable stuff available in the neighborhood on the map and help people finding stuff that can be useful for them including furniture, old machinery etc. As its a web app it is not only compatible with computers but also works with smartphone and tablet platforms including iOS and Android.

More details here: New Trashwag app makes it easier to find reusable and free stuff online

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