Recycled materials – Unusual beginnings and endings

August 21, 2008 at 9:49 pm 1 comment

Recycling materials into new and useful forms is one of the most productive avenues being utilized by the green building movement.  It is truly a win – win situation as you divert items from going in the landfill and gain new and often very striking materials for use.

The first of these materials is one called Bottlestone. It is created by combining recycled bottle glass and a lesser amount of concrete, then firing it in a kiln to create a ceramic type product.  From the Bottle Stone website: (

“BottleStone’s natural finish is a smooth, slightly polished or honed appearance. There are no chunks of glass, but rather a smooth consistent appearance as the glass and other ceramic binding elements melt together. It has a warm, organic, stone-like feel to the hand. A granite sealer, and other stone waxes can be applied for functional and aesthetic reasons. With additional polishing BottleStone achieves a high luster. Furthermore, because BottleStone is a ceramic, it can even have a glaze fired on the surface like a ceramic tile.

This product is similar to one I covered before that used recycled metal flakes and a resin base (

Of course you might want to skip the recycled step and just use the bottles!  A post from Ecoscraps ( about a Heineken beer bottle that was shaped so that it could be used like a brick!

Lastly tonight we have a bandstand and shell constructed in a a San Fransisco park from from mostly recycled materials.  In fact it is mostly made from used automobile hoods! (

All of these show great ingenuity and I hope that others continue on this path. It is a great way to build smarter and help the planet at the same time!

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  • 1. go green  |  September 6, 2008 at 11:22 pm

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