Recycled materials / Guides

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...materials that can be singled out as causing more harm than good, many have pros and cons that need to be weighed, and there isn't always one 'right' product than stands above the others. As a wise frog once said, it's not easy being green. New and recycled building materials: Cost: First of all you need to deter...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...materials becomes greater all the time. And that is simply considering the direct cost to the consumer; indirectly, the costs are exponentially higher through environmental destruction and the costs that come with it. Depending on the type of product, some used building materials will save you a lot of money and add ...

The Hemloft, Joel Allen's secret treehouse near Whistler, BC
Tiny house

This Cool treehouse near Whistler, BC became a global sensation because it used recycled materials off Craigslist!

...recycled materials. After 2 months of filling his home with thousands of dollars worth of recycled materials donated through Craigslist, Joel Allen finally had all he would need to build the Hemloft, his egg shaped stealth mountain hideaway Tiny House - crazily enough it's even perched in a tree! Originally a softw...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...recycled materials. So check this out for a fun recipe to try in the kitchen - crush and mix together 600 glass bottles, 250 porcelain plates, 150 porcelain cups and 100 handheld mirrors. That's what it takes to make one 14 x 5 foot slab of the Consentino Eco brand surface, which while we think it's great does make it ...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...materials that could be used again, but when buyers can’t find sellers, otherwise usable materials are being sent to a land fill. There is a growing amount of used building materials that can be found at online classified websites such as Craigslist and Kijiji , but finding what you are looking for can be very hit and ...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...Recycled glass countertops are resistant, sustainable and non-toxic © Icestone Recycled aluminum kitchen counters This is a great alternative to stainless steel but keeping a modern look. It is comprised of between 88 and 100% recycled content, and often sourced from post-industrial waste. Aluminum is usual...

building with recycled shipping pallets
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Building with recycled shipping pallets

...Recycled wood pallets were chosen as the primary material for this feature garden as they were a commonly available material that everyone would recognize but be surprised to see employed in such an aesthetically pleasing, fun and practical way. If feeling inspired to build with pallets, we recommend first checking how...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...materials to suppliers so you receive stock suited to your dimensions and avoid unnecessary waste.Use scraps of batt insulation and high quality tapes to insulate and seal windows rather than spray foam. Using or disposing of old building materials: Re-using or repurposing building materials, where it mak...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...materials, also referred to as Embodied Carbon and Carbon Footprint. Manufacturers have different methods to mitigate these impacts, and all of these materials have complex life cycles. For a meaningful comparison, materials would need to be assessed as part of a lifecycle analysis (LCA) at a global level. An LCA con...

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden
Landscaping

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

...recycled materials. Jesse Herbert’s experience in environmental technology development informed his approach to product design, with a particular focus on taking responsibility for the lifecycle of materials. This meant substituting materials such as plastic, rubber and glue for natural and renewable materials wherev...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...materials, craftsmanship and hardware can significantly shorten the lifespan of furniture. Does it contain recycled content? It will likely say so if it does. Conversely, the words "new material only" that you will often find on items like bedding, clearly means that it contains no recycled content. Is it recyclabl...