Fresh out of architectural school in 1972, Michael Reynolds immediately started to question much of what he had just learned. Why build houses with trees when forests are something we want to preserve? Why pay for electricity, water, and heat when all of it can be provided off-the-grid using existing materials and renewable resources like wind, rain, and solar?
Reynolds set out to design a home built from dirt, tires, aluminum cans and other repurposed objects and so successful others began to take notice. Now, an entire community lives in these unusual homes called ‘Earthships’ in Taos, New Mexico.
Watch this video to see what happens to our clothes when we put them into a recycling bin.
short film by the artist and works made from stuff that would otherwise have ended up in landfill
Recycle your attitude at Rio+20
highlighting the problem of plastic waste in our oceans
Firstly pierce the can on the straight part and cut off the top with sharp scissors or tin snips.
Then cut straight down length of can.
Lastly cut off bottom of can.
Now you have a sheet of 0.1mm aluminium, this particular can yielded 70mm x 180mm.
The Great Recovery is a project run by the RSA and supported by Innovate UK. It looks at the challenges of waste and the opportunities of a circular economy through the lens of design.Watch a short film about the Great Recovery Project.