Amazing plastic bottle architecture withstands earthquakes in Taipei

May 15, 2017 by  
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Plastic bottle architecture is fantastic at turning a problem into an eco-friendly opportunity. The amazing EcoARK in Taipei , Taiwan is one such example. Built from 1.5 million recycled plastic bottles, this massive pavilion is surprisingly strong enough to withstand the forces of nature—including fires and earthquakes! Designed by architect Arthur Huang, the nine-story $3 million USD pavilion is powered by solar energy and was built to the mantra of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” Constructed for use as an exhibition hall during the 2010 Taipei International Flora Expo, the EcoARK pavilion continues to spread its message of sustainability for seven years strong. Though Taiwan is home to one of the world’s most respected recycling programs, the country consumes a whopping 4.5 million PET bottles a year. To spread awareness about plastic waste, the Far Eastern Group , one of the world’s largest producers of PET products, commissioned architect and Miniwiz founder Arthur Huang to design and build the eco-friendly EcoARK. As the world’s first building of its kind, EcoARK is an incredible architectural feat. The key to the EcoARK design lay with polli-bricks, a hollow building block made of recycled PET developed by Miniwiz. The polli-bricks were manufactured from over a million recycled plastic bottles melted down into PET pellets and re-engineered into a new bottle-like shape. The blow-molded polli-bricks feature interlocking grooves that fit tightly together like LEGOs and only require a small amount of silicon sealant. Once assembled into flat rectangular panels, the polli-bricks are coated with a fire- and water-resistant film. The EcoARK’s curved and transparent facade is made up of these modular panels screwed and mounted onto a structural steel frame. Although the EcoARK weighs half as much as conventional buildings, it’s resistant to earthquakes and typhoons, and can withstand sustained winds up of to 130 kilometers per hour. Related: Basurama transforms landfill trash into playgrounds in Taipei Use of recycled plastic bottles isn’t the only eco-friendly feature of the EcoARK. The pavilion was built with low-carbon building techniques to maintain a zero-carbon footprint during operation. The building stays cool without air conditioning thanks to natural ventilation. The air inside the polli-bricks also provides insulation from heat and rainwater is collected and reused to cool the building. The polli-bricks’ transparency allows natural light to illuminate the interior during the day. Solar – and wind-powered systems generate the electricity needed to power 40,000 LEDs that light the building up at night. + Miniwiz Images © Lucy Wang

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World’s first mobile recycling plant turns trash into tiles

April 25, 2017 by  
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Waste management is a pressing problem all over the world, but it’s especially hard for isolated communities that lack access to recycling facilities. Taiwan-based architecture studio Miniwiz has come up with an environmentally friendly solution: TRASHPRESSO, a traveling solar-powered recycling plant that turns trash into tiles. Wherever it goes, TRASHPRESSO takes local waste and recycles it into tiles for use in architecture. The mobile recycling plant is in a 40-foot container platform that a trailer truck can transport, and Miniwiz says the plant opens up similar to how a satellite unpacks in orbit. It can recycle plastic and fabric waste, running on solar power . Garbage is “washed, shredded, melted, and molded” into architectural tiles, and the water to clean the trash is reused in the process. Related: Verti-Cult: Miniwiz Unveils Glowing Green Wall Made From Recycled Bottles The off-grid plant can pump out 10 square meters, or over 107 square feet, of the architectural tiles every 40 minutes. Each tile contains the equivalent of five plastic PET bottles . They can be utilized for exterior or interior floor finishes, according to Miniwiz, “or sold as raw material for further upcycling manufacturing processes like yarning, injection, and extrusion.” Miniwiz CEO and co-founder Arthur Huang said in a statement, “Until now, industrial grade recycling was limited to plants. The TRASHPRESSO overcomes the distance and energy barriers by showing that recycling is possible everywhere. Not only does it serve to transform trash on-site, it also serves as an educational tool in isolated communities.” The TRASHPRESSO will be deployed for the first time this summer to NianBao Yuze on the Tibetan Plateau. The natural beauty of the glacier region has been trashed by tourists who leave behind litter. From there TRASHPRESSO will travel to other remote areas where garbage gathers, such as beaches, lakes, reservoirs, or rivers. Miniwiz showed off the TRASHPRESSO recently in Shanghai to celebrate Earth Day . They’ll bring the recycling plant to NianBao Yuze in partnership with Jackie Chan’s Green Heroes documentary series on National Geographic . + Miniwiz Images courtesy of Miniwiz

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Verti-Cult: Miniwiz Unveils Glowing Green Wall Made From Recycled Bottles

March 8, 2013 by  
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Taipei-based Miniwiz just unveiled a brand new system that transforms old bottles into gorgeous glowing green walls ! Dubbed Verti-Cult, the system is made from 100% recycled Polyethylene milk and juice bottles collected from local schools in Hsinchu, Taiwan. In additional to providing beautiful ambient lighting, the green walls have the potential to improve air quality and even produce vegetables – just imagine waiting at a bus-stop clad in a Verti-Cult facade! Read the rest of Verti-Cult: Miniwiz Unveils Glowing Green Wall Made From Recycled Bottles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , eco design , environmental design , growing wall , miniwiz , post-consumer waste , sustainable design , verticult

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Kirei’s New Pacific Coastal Collection is Made From Salvaged Mountain Beetle Pine Wood

March 7, 2013 by  
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Kirei ’s new recycled millwork panel collection boldly illustrates the phrase “one man’s trash is another’s treasure”. The Pacific Coastal Collection of redwood and blue pine millwork panels are built using falloff from flooring or casework manufacture and waste wood from beetle-killed pine trees from across the western U.S. The result is a set of surfaces that turn industrial waste components into new eco-friendly materials for interior design. + Kirei The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beetle wood , blue pine millwork , green design , green interiors , green materials , KIREI , mountain pine beetle , pacific coastal collection , recycled millwork , recycled wood , salvaged wood , sustainable design

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Nike’s Stunning Flyknit Feather Pavilion Lights Up the Night at Beijing Design Week

October 4, 2012 by  
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Miniwiz’s Biodegradable ‘Re-Wine Classic’ Wine Totes Snap Together Like Legos

February 1, 2012 by  
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Taiwanese design firm Miniwiz is putting an elegant new spin on a classic party-going gift with their new Re-wine Classic : a biodegradable, recycled wine tote that makes any gift of the good stuff a whole lot greener. This reusable, durable tote protects your wine from unintentional breaks and spills using Miniwiz’s patented POLLI-BER material, and makes for a creative way to liven up your gift. Read the rest of Miniwiz’s Biodegradable ‘Re-Wine Classic’ Wine Totes Snap Together Like Legos Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biodegradable packaging , biodegradable wine tote , ces 2012 , ces 2012 las vegas , interlocking wine tote , lego wine tote , miniwiz , RE-wine , re-wine classic , recycled packaging , recycled wine tote , stackable wine tote , wine-tote

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This iPhone Case is Made from Trash

January 24, 2012 by  
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Looking for an eco-friendly case for your iPhone 4S? Check out the innovative Re-Case from Miniwiz, a carrier that uses trash and agricultural by-products to protect your phone in style. The company combines by-products from the rice farming…

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Taipei’s World Design Expo “No Virgins” Pavilion Uses Only Post-Consumer Recycled Products

October 26, 2011 by  
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Inhabitat had the chance to check out the latest and greatest from Taipei’s 2011 World Design Expo , and leading the pack of Asia’s top designers was the city’s very own “ Miniwiz ” sustainable design firm. Miniwiz was commissioned by the Taipei City Government to construct the Taipei Pavilion, to capture the capital’s charm and recent surge in first class design. True to their commitment to sustainable development, Miniwiz’s pavilion said no to “virgin materials,” and was constructed using their patented 100% post-consumer recycled building products . Read the rest of Taipei’s World Design Expo “No Virgins” Pavilion Uses Only Post-Consumer Recycled Products Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2011???????? , 2011???????? , arthur huang , expo pavilion , miniwiz , polli brick , pollibrick , RE-wine , recycled plastics , rewine , taipei 2011 world design expo , taipei design expo , taipei pavilion , taipei world design expo , taiwan 2011 world design expo , taiwan design expo , taiwan world design expo , ??2011??????

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Synthetic Clothing May Be Causing “Microplastic” Pollution in Our Oceans

October 26, 2011 by  
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Could your washing machine be polluting the world’s oceans ? If your clothes are made out of synthetic fibers such as acrylic, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyamide, or  polyester , it could be. Scientists have discovered fragments of those materials in increasing quantities across the northeast Atlantic and beaches near Britain, Singapore and India. Kind of makes you think twice about purchasing synthetic clothing, doesn’t it? READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acrylic , eco textiles , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , microplastic pollution , Pollution , polypropylene , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , Synthetic Clothing May Be Causing “Microplastic” Pollution in Our Oceans , synthetic fibers , washing machines

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Teenager Tests Human-Powered Helicopter for Aviation Record Bid

October 26, 2011 by  
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Human-powered helicopters have made headlines again and again over the last 12 months, and a team from the University of Maryland even broke the record for longest human-powered flight. However, a 19 year old student from UC Berkeley is now aiming to claim the American Helicopter Society Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize by building a human-powered helicopter that can hover for one minute and reach a height of 10 feet. Read the rest of Teenager Tests Human-Powered Helicopter for Aviation Record Bid Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: human powered helicopter , Kyle Zampaglione Neal Saiki upturn , Kyle Zampaglione Neal Saiki upturn ntsworks , saiki ntsworks , saiki upturn prize , Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize , Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize ntsworks , upturn ntsworks , upturn sikorsky prize

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