Using salvaged stuff not only has a positive environmental impact by reducing waste, it also offers architects materials typically unavailable.
According to the National Association of Homebuilders, “If all the lumber used to build the 1.2 million new homes constructed in the U.S. each year were laid end to end, it would extend 2 million miles—a sobering statistic.
Dutifully sorting waste, separating the metal and plastic from the paper for different recycling streams is part of modern life. Some areas even have food waste collection for community compost.
Architects and designers are taking notice of the opportunities offered by recycling and reuse. Using salvaged materials not only has a positive environmental impact by reducing waste, it also offers architects materials typically unavailable, such as old growth lumber.
Visit the link for some prescient products and projects using recycled materials for architectural purposes.
Using recycled materials in building is not completely mainstream in the field of architecture. These examples show that being ecologically conscious doesn't have to impact the design and aesthetic of building projects and products.
Via Lauren Moss