Recycled Materials & Waste

Repurposed building materials and waste management

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Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

Everywhere we look online we see cool & beautiful furniture like beds & headboards made from recycled wood from shipping pallets - but could they be slowly poisoning us? Here's how to keep pallet furniture safe. Pallet Beds - cool but potentially dangerous! We've all seen these rustic shabby-chic pallet wood beds & he…

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

Sensible design, material re-use and using recycling centers can reduce what you send to a landfill. The best way to reduce waste is to plan ahead to keep it at a minimum; here are some suggestions on how you can do that: Design your house with reduced waste in mind by keeping the plans at sensible dimensions. If you…

Recycled building materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

Get money for your old building material and Find used building materials on classified lists and through online brokers. When buildings are decommissioned there can be a lot of valuable materials that could be used again, but when buyers can’t find sellers, otherwise usable materials are being sent to a land fill. Th…

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub

Recycled & reclaimed materials

Recycled building materials can add character to a home while you save money and reduce building waste in landfills. The cost of every item we purchase is determined in part by the price of oil. This includes products that are in no way petroleum based, since material extraction, manufacturing and transportation will…

Diving to retrieve sunken timber from the log drive

Reclaiming sunken timber from the log drive

Salvage companies are pulling up logs from the bottoms of rivers, where a century and a half of log drives has left behind a lot of great wood. As a kid growing up along the Gatineau River in Quebec, watching tugboats pulling log booms down the river was commonplace, and logs that got loose were a great source of ente…

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.

The rise of urban logging

Felled trees in residential areas have most often been either burned as waste, or taken to landfills. With the help of portable mills and tree salvage companies, better use is being made of this valuable resource. It's always a bit sad to watch an old and seemingly healthy tree come down. But if it must, it's great to…

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

Decommissioned aircraft getting second life as recycled metal is used as exterior cladding. They might be parked a little more precisely than an auto wrecking yard, but that doesn’t mean they will ever fly again. Decommissioned aircraft have been declared so, because they have reached the end of their safe flying days…

building with recycled shipping pallets

Building with recycled shipping pallets

built with 105 recycled shipping pallets, this innovative structure by b sq. Design Studio Inc. included walkways, a playhouse, a water feature, and vertical herb gardens that delighted visitors at the flower and garden festival. b sq. Design Studio Inc. is a Toronto based landscape design and build firm that endeavou…

Plastic in landfill

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

An emerging technology that can make use of waste plastic. Though we all diligently cart our plastic to the curb for recycling, the sad reality is that only about 7% of it is commercially viable for recycling, the rest ends up as landfill. Plastic is a petroleum product that until now has been very inconsistent and un…

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore

Choosing safe paints

Choosing zero VOC paints and finishes for your home ensures safer indoor air quality. There is a current trend towards limiting the production of solvent-based paints, replacing them with solvent-free or water-based paints. The move towards safe paint has led to a noticeable improvement in indoor air quality since the…

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

We spend an average of 90% of our time indoors, where air is usually 3 to 4 times more polluted than outside air. Building practices and building materials can lead a building up of VOCs, chemicals, mold and mildew in our homes. Mold in homes is a bad sign so how to get rid of it or prevent mold in drywall? Mold and m…

News

The nail puller Pneumatic tool for reclaiming old lumbe

Salvaging old lumber with the Nail Kicker

The Nail Kicker quickly and easily removes nails from old lumber, saving costs on material purchase as well as waste disposal. Most people, certainly those reading here on our site, would no doubt prefer to see old lumber re-employed than sent to a landfill, but staying on a construction budget can on occasion trump e…

World's tallest skyscraper planned for Vienna Austria

276 foot wood frame skyscraper planned for Vienna

Wood framed multi storey buildings are becoming more and more common; the one planned for Vienna, Austria next year would be the tallest in the world. The emotional impact of watching a tree fall can cloud the reality of what wood actually represents to us as a building material. It's renewable and it acts as carbon s…

Bosco Verticale, The World's First Vertical Forest

Bosco Verticale, the world's first vertical forest

Vertical forests and vertical agriculture have long been dreamed of to help meet the need for urban food production and green space, but nothing ever got past the blueprints. Bosco Verticale in Milan is the first to break ground. Canadian cities are relatively clean, green and few are severely overpopulated. Even in o…

Tesla Solar Panel Special Offer USA September 2019

Solar Panels Special Offer from Tesla in US - September 2019!

Tesla Solar Panels "free" for US clients in September! If you do the math, this Tesla Solar panel rental special offer is actually even better than free - because if you live in the sunnier US states with the highest electricity costs, those solar installations are going to produce more payback than they cost to rent…

Advice

Do you buy leftover lumber?

Posted by Marty Clinton Sept. 23, 2020, 2:35 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

Where can I sell windows- Brand New, unopened?

Posted by Michael Parnell Sept. 9, 2020, 9:52 a.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

How do I sell my construction materials?

Posted by Eshwari Chauke April 20, 2020, 3:04 a.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 2 Responses

Do you buy used building materials if they are in good condition?

Posted by Cheryl Nicholson Sept. 5, 2018, 7:03 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

Where can I get steel cladding like on your prefab house?

Posted by Flower Lunn March 1, 2020, 2:27 p.m. Walls and Roofs 2 Responses

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Is Blum hardware LBC compliant or free of Red List components?

Posted by Phil Lipton Aug. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m. Kitchens 2 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 3 Responses

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