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Sorry guys, I totally switched days on you.  See I thought yesterday was Wednesday, silly me.  Since I deprived you of your sustainable post yesterday I will give you one today.

Home — When I save up enough to build my dream home I would like my house to have a few key features.  I would like my home to be cozy, have tons of natural light, have an open, airy layout, and be made of shipping container material.  Yes, shipping container material.  I saw an image for a house made out of shipping container material and fell immediately in love with its exterior.

My inspiration

 

Using this recycled material has many benefits to the environment and the home-owner.

1)  They are ready available. There are millions of empty shipping containers cluttering world’s seaports. Only in New York there are about a million empty containers that overflow the seaport and jam storage yards.

2) The containers are cheap. The average container life is 2-3 years, then they are liquidated to make room for newer leased models. Because of this you can find them at real cheap prices.

3)They are build to resist in the not so friendly environment of the world’s oceans. Tough corrugated steel and tubular steel frames, one and a half-inch thick marine grade plywood floors, vandal-proof locking steel doors, water-resistant welded seams, and all-weather paint. Their rigid steel structure makes it easy to stack up to more building levels high.

4) They can be insulated and provided with windows and sanitary and electrical installations.

 

 

 

 

But probably the most practical use of old storage containers I have seen is their use in the creation of dormitories.  Inhabitat.com put out this post toady on their blog and I think it is incredibly brilliant.

 

“Shipping container dormitories seem to be all the rage these days but we just came across these cheerfully stacked student homes that have been around since at least 2005. Located on the Utrecht University campus in Utrecht, Netherlands, the container dorms were built as a solution to an overwhelming shortage of student housing. Each unit is painted in a brilliant color, making the complex seem more like a work of modern art than a place for college kids to live.”

 
Read more: Utrecht’s Rainbow Shipping Container Dorms Are a Work of Art | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

 




Cultural Definition (from dictionary.com): If we don’t waste what we have, we’ll still have it in the future and will not lack (want) it.

Wikipedia Definition: If one is not wasteful then one will not be needy.

Two definitions obviously saying the same thing, don’t waste perfectly good materials.

Let me introduce you to the revolutionary vision, Waste Not Want Not, located in Providence, RI; a radical movement in recycling, re-making, and reusing materials.  Specifically, they work to help support and promote truly inspiring local artists who look to use what others might throw away to create remarkable fine art as well as unique and practical apparel.  By utilizing basic textile skills and their unbounded creativity Waste Not Want Not is beginning to build a brand of clothing and accessories all of which are materials to be sold worldwide.

The dream turn reality was first envisioned by Laura “London” Shirreff, who was inspired by the local “charity shops” in the U.K. where she originates.  She began this collective of entrepreneurs and artists alike in a quest for sustainability and the ability to teach simple craft skills in order to give new life to otherwise discarded items.

They provide textile classes,

do community outreach programs,

Like this program with Triple R Craft Lab which helps young adults from low-income communities learn how to be more self sufficient…by dyeing with Kool Aid!

fashion shows,

Clothing: “Jolie” by Joeseph Aaron Segal and Julie Miller     Jewelry: “Thunderwing” by Nikki Nadeau

Clothing: Alley Dennig

and they are only in their second year.

The Textile Arts Center had the great fortune of meeting London and her mother last week in a very exciting beginning of a great relationship.  We hope to collaborate in the fight against wasteful consumerism and in the education of creating textiles.