The term is “upcycling”, turning landfill waste into sustainable, affordable items. From shoes to houses. Around the world people are taking a serious look at garbage to find and create something new. Just about anything can be upcycled. Milk jugs, tires, aluminum cans, newspapers and old carpeting are just a few of the materials that are being worked with.
Dan Philips founded Phoenix Commotion, a construction company established in 1997. For one project retired license plates were used to create roofing shingles. The company’s focus is designing and building homes for low income people using eco-friendly materials. They use excess and recyclable materials, reducing the landfill burden and reducing the cost of materials. At the same time, Phoenix Commotion provides work for unemployed by training unskilled workers.
The people of Merton Abbey in London England, volunteered to create an unusual roof using plastic pop bottles. The bottles were washed and the labels removed. They were then laid out on the road and a 2-ton roller flattened them out to create the shingles. The next step was to hole punch them and screw them together. Finally, they were attached to the roofing frame work in layers to create the roof. An added bonus is the natural light that comes into the building.
The lowly flip flop has been elevated to new heights. To reduce landfill and to create something functional, Christophe Machet took old flip flops, cleaned them and cut them using a simple template. Without the use of any additional materials, the altered flip flops can be assembled to create shelters from the rain and sun.
When it comes to roofing it is possible to think out of the box! Alberta weather and geography presents unique challenges when it comes to roofing. Renotek has years of experience that they can draw on to give you the roof you want.
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