Plastic waste pop-up pavilion rethinks recycling in the Netherlands

May 25, 2017 by  
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Plastic waste takes on new life in the PET Pavilion, a temporary structure that popped up in a public park in Enschede, The Netherlands. Project.DWG and LOOS.FM designed the 227-square-meter ephemeral pavilion to spark dialogue on topics relating to recycling and sustainable building. The experimental pavilion serves as an educational gathering space and can be easily dismantled for relocation within a day. The pavilion bears draws inspiration from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House with its steel framework and floor-to-ceiling transparent walls. Over 40,000 plastic bottles are sandwiched between the pavilion’s double-walled transparent corrugated sheets, creating a curtain of crumpled bottles that turn the pavilion into an “abstract lantern” at night. The elevated pavilion also includes a staircase and ramp covered with 25,000 bottle caps and a divider wall filled with 8,000 body wash containers. “It is really confronting when you encounter the huge piles of waste up close,” write the designers. “That’s something we wanted to work with. ‘Something’ became a pavilion with monumental walls of pet bottles. Dismountable and temporary, with the plot in loan. With a temporary structure you bypass complicated regulation. Society is changing. To build for eternity, is an empty claim. Temporality means freedom.” Related: Dissolvable bioplastic bags from Bali are safe enough to drink The PET pavilion is currently located in a temporary park on the grounds of the former Robson pajamas in Enschede. The building is used to host events, from talks to galleries, and also includes a bar and winter garden. The pavilion will be moved to an as yet undetermined site at the end of 2017. + Project.DWG + LOOS.FM Images via Project.DWG , art by Martin Oostenrijk, Jelle de Graaf, and André Boone

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Extraordinary man builds 25 plastic bottle homes for refugees in Algeria

May 18, 2017 by  
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A Sahrawi refugee in Algeria is rebuilding lives – literally. Born and raised in the refugee camp in Awserd near Tindouf, 27-year-old Tateh Lehbib Breica is constructing disaster resistant homes using discarded plastic bottles – for himself and others. These recycled homes are specifically built to endure harsh desert conditions for an affordable price. It’s no easy feat to construct homes in a climate where temperatures can spike to around 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Sandstorms also prey on refugee shelters in five camps near Tindouf, Algeria, where people live after fleeing violence in the Western Sahara War over 40 years ago. But the area also faces destructive rainstorms – in 2015 heavy rains wrecked thousands of homes. Related: Mayor born in Syria converts abandoned Greek resort into a sanctuary for refugees Breica may have found a solution in old plastic bottles filled with sand. He has a master’s degree in energy efficiency after participating in a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) scholarship program. He’d intended to build a rooftop garden, growing seedlings in the bottles, but the circular shape of the energy efficient home he was building posed a challenge to that idea. He wondered what he could do with the bottles instead and recalled a documentary on building with plastic bottles he’d seen during his time at university. The plastic bottle homes can better withstand storms than adobe , mudbrick, or tent homes, and are water resistant. The homes have thick walls, and partnered with their circular shape, stand up better to sandstorms. Breica built the first bottle home for his grandmother, who was hurt while being carried to a community center to hunker down during a sandstorm. Working with UNHCR, Breica has built 25 homes so far. He’s earned the nickname Crazy with Bottles for his work. Although he’s won awards for his design, he said, “People still see me as the guy obsessed with recycling bottles and building unusual houses.” Via UNCHR Images © UNHCR/Russell Fraser

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How Old Bottles Are Recycled into Clothing

May 12, 2017 by  
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In 2016, approximately 400,000 graduates across the U.S. wore gowns made from recycled PET bottles. How many used plastic bottles did that take, you ask? About 10.8 million. The first clothing made from recycled PET bottles hit the shelves in 1993….

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3 Myths About Recycling Plastic Bottles

January 20, 2017 by  
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Every year, Americans dispose of billions of plastic bottles each year. On the surface, plastic bottle recycling in the United States looks like an excellent way to reduce waste and prevent the extraction of virgin materials. Curbside recycling…

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This amazing Bangladeshi air cooler is made from plastic bottles and uses no electricity

June 8, 2016 by  
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Summer is upon us, and complaints about the heat will soon be common in many places. But few places will reach the scorching temperatures residents of Bangladesh will experience, and air conditioning is simply not an option for most people living in rural areas. Ashis Paul developed a clever DIY cooling system that doesn’t need any electricity and is built from a common waste item: empty plastic soda bottles. In just three months, Paul’s company has helped install its smart powerless air conditioners, called Eco Coolers , in 25,000 households, with many more still ahead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPuh8IFbIzQ The Eco Cooler is reportedly the world’s first-ever ‘zero electricity’ air conditioner, and its inventor wanted to get the concept out there to help as many people as possible. The Grey Group stepped in to help, using its position as a multinational advertising firm to put the plans online, at no cost, so that anyone can build their own Eco Cooler system. Volunteers from Grameen Intel Social Business helped build and install the units, as well as teach locals how to make them, so the wisdom can be passed on. The Eco Cooler method is fairly simple, from a construction standpoint. A board is cut to fit the desired window, and bottleneck-sized holes are cut out in a grid pattern. The bottoms of empty plastic bottles are cut off and discarded, leaving funnel-shaped bottlenecks that are placed on the grid. That’s all there is to the Eco Cooler, except for the task of installing it in place of the regular window. When mounted, the wider part of the bottles faces outward and catches the passing wind, literally funneling cool air into the building’s interior. The efficacy of the Eco Cooler varies widely based on conditions, but Grey Group reports it has the ability to reduce indoor temperatures as much as 5 degrees Celsius, which is on par with what an electric centrally installed air conditioning system can do. In some instances the Eco Cooler can reduce indoor temperatures from a sweltering 86F (30C) to a comfortable 77F (25C). For the 70 percent of residents who live in tin-roofed huts that amplify the sun’s heat, the Eco Cooler could be a breath of fresh air just in time for summer. + Eco Cooler Images via Shutterstock and Grey Bangladesh

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Cascading Shenzhen office building luxuriates under a stepped green roof

June 8, 2016 by  
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The Shenye TaiRan Building was designed as a continuous volume extruded to different heights, depending on the context, optimal sun exposure and level of protection from the bustling city streets. At its heart is a large courtyard which also serves as the main entrance to the underground parking garage. This space, featuring a reflective pool, provides users with a direct access to the offices, replacing the typical dark route from subterranean spaces. Related: Stunning Green Roofed Apartment Building Rises in Amsterdam One of the most impressive features is the planted stepped roof, composed of stacked units which form balconies and minimizes cooling loads. It comprises lush gardens, wooden terraces and seating areas. The exterior cladding materials, predominantly light stone, reflect sun rays, while the inner balcony facade features dark grey aluminum . + ZHUBO DESIGN Via Archdaily

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Graypants debuts new brighter and lighter Scraplights White recycled cardboard lamp series

June 8, 2016 by  
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The new addition to the Scraplight series  comes thanks to seven years of brainstorming. The original Scraplights are made from the company’s signature brown corrugated paper, and are known for giving off a rustic warmth that creates a cozy atmosphere indoors. But with the success of their first line, Graypants sought to design a version that would accommodate interiors needing bright, continuous light, such as office spaces or schools. Related: Graypants’ Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture The Scraplight White series was designed to be more open and translucent, and to give off a bright, modern glow. The lamps are handmade in Holland through a partnership with a social works program that provides craft-based jobs to locals, engaging the community around Graypants’ Amsterdam headquarters. Each paper piece that makes up the lights is also made from FSC-Certified paper , sourced from forests that continually replant more trees than harvested. Both the Scraplight White and original series are completely recyclable regardless of shape, and the fixtures and parts can be swapped out if they are ever damaged. Graypants’ Scraplight White is a sustainable alternative to their original series, perfect for event spaces, offices, or even at home. + Graypants Studio

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3d-printer turns used plastic bottles into beautiful vases

April 4, 2016 by  
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The makers at DesignLibero have developed a brilliant new way to upcycle plastic bottles into beautiful home decor. Using 3D-printing technology, the designers have fashioned this intricate shell customized to fit perfectly over a 0.5 or 1 liter PET water or soft drink bottle. The shell can be screwed easily onto a bottle just like a cap, making any bottle magically disappear under its mesh. The vases are now available in several styles on Make it LEO and Tessa’s Curated Boutique . + DesignLibero Images via Claudio Morelli 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!

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Interactive recycled bottle installation demonstrates delicate balance between light and water

March 23, 2016 by  
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At the “Paesaggi Mirati” art and architecture exhibition, an installation named “Tightrope walker”, interpreted the festival’s social utopia theme as the utopia of balance. Designed and built by Laura Crespi and Corinne Gallotti (a duo of young architects from studio 48nodi ), the installation takes the form of a cabin, whose external walls are made out of 480 transparent plastic bottles and glisten in the sun. Beyond the curtain that serves as an entrance five small suns break the darkness: clear plastic bottles filled with water and attached to the ceiling to amplify the sun’s rays inside the cabin. Under each bottle, suspended by a nylon thread, is a small glass jar holding a germinating plant. Read the rest of Interactive recycled bottle installation demonstrates delicate balance between light and water

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Scientists are growing ten different kinds of crops in Mars-like soil

March 23, 2016 by  
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Worried that your Martian diet may be just freeze-dried fruits and dried veggies? Worry no longer: future Mars settlers could feast on quinoa, tomatoes, and peas. A team at Wageningen University in the Netherlands has successfully grown food in Mars soil stimulant from NASA , bringing us one step closer to a realistic Mars colony . Read the rest of Scientists are growing ten different kinds of crops in Mars-like soil

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