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Old 10th November 2013, 03:10 PM   #11
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I've got a fleece jacket made from old plastic bottles.

In Germany all bottles are returnables by law. You pay a few cent extra when buying which you will get back when you return them. This way the average beer bottle is thus used 52x, mineral water bottles 42x, fizzy drinks 37x, non-fizzy 27x and wine bottles 5x.
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Old 10th November 2013, 03:14 PM   #12
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Brazilian mechanic creates light bulb using water, bleach and a bottle* - NY Daily News
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Old 10th November 2013, 03:41 PM   #13
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I subscribe to this place. It is isn't secondary use of materials by design they leave that up to you. You should consider subscribing if for no other reson than to see the neat stuff they have and what happens to it..

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Old 10th November 2013, 04:46 PM   #14
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This is a cool topic! I was asking about repurposed enclosures not long ago, as i see this being the future, Secondary Use, etc. We studied concepts like this in school, and the development of closed loop economies where we eliminate wastes and they become residuals that can be put back into the economic cycle until they can no longer be used.

There is an industrial area in Europe where all of the factories work together to share as many resources as possible to heat, cool, fuel and supply their factories and plants. Because of this, there is next to no pollutions or wastes compared to traditional industrial areas we normally encounter.

The idea of making a product that can be repaired versus one that can be upgraded over time is like this: a washer dryer, doesn't change much over time and can be repaired for long life. They are not too complex, which means repair is not so complex. Products like cars and computers work best being leased by a company, in a platform that can be upgraded over time as technology changes. Not only would this create mountains of service jobs, cars would last longer, and the ones that get old and don't meet our standards can be easily upgraded. And best of all, the car company is responsible for disposal of the wastes or old cars, not the end user. This would pressure them to create more sustainable products that last longer, perform better, and address a greater range of socioeconomic and environmental values.

I read online way back about how Samsung was producing a car called the SM5 that was actually a previous generation Nissan Maxima with a 2L turbo Nissan Engine in it... Very cool idea too. I believe Renault now owns both Samsung and has an alliance with Nissan. Could make for interesting business alliances. Toyota and GM come to mind. Then again I think Ferrari was letting RedBull racing use older Ferrari F1 cars at one point too IIRC... I can't remember the last time Ferrari won and RedBull lost - they must have learned something haha.

As for secondary use... I will be following this closely. It's always cool to see things repurposed into speaker enclosures, but highly doubt it was in the mind of the original designer. I have a kitchen island made out of IKEA end tables and a TV stand... That place is like a LEGO furniture bin.
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