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RUBBiSH: Old Tires Now a Sink Surface

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Minarc recently took an R+D Award from Architect Magazine for this sink made of recycled rubber tires.  RUBBiSH, as it's called, is made through a process whereby tires are melted, stripped of particulates and impurities, and stretched in a lightweight layer over a sub-material to create the surface. RUBBiSH is available in a 1/8 inch sheet of rubber or in a framed option where the product is held in place by two sheets of aluminum at the countertop edge. 

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Express: New Recycled Ceramic Tile

Fireclay Tile, a manufacturer of recycled content ceramic tiles in California, recently launched a new offering called the Express Series Quickship Tile.  It’s made with more than 62% locally sourced recycled content and, according to the company, contains “more post-consumer and pre-consumer waste than any other tile on the market.

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Source for Reclaimed Building Materials

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With the growing popularity of deconstruction and efforts to keep usable materials out of landfills, Planet Reuse is the place to find and list reclaimed building materials. I’ve mentioned the site before, but it’s a great resource, especially if you’re going for a distinct look or material that contributes to LEED certification. Check out some of these current listings.

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Elegant, Recycled, Solid Surface: Glass2

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This newly certified Cradle to Cradle product, Glass2, is an elegant material that can be used as a countertop, vanity, wall cladding, flooring, or almost anything else you can think of.  The product is made with 99% recycled glass and no resin and can be worked on by stone and glass fabricators.  Glass2 is sold through dealerships dotting the nation, available in thickness anywhere from 16 to 35 mm, and made in 12 colors ranging from Glacier White to Azurite. 

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Recycled Hardwood by Staybull Flooring

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Staybull Flooring, a Florida company, recently let us know about their recycled flooring available in more than 20 wood species.  The company salvages waste wood from lumber mills around the globe; binds discarded strips together with a solvent-free, no-VOC adhesive; and then mills and finishes the planks with a ceramic, no-VOC finish.  The result is strong, mosaic-like, rich in detail, and made in the U.S.A.  And if you're looking for an FSC certified option, Staybull Flooring can provide that, too. 

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Fontenay Woods from Old Wine Barrels

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If you're in the market for an Old World look, Fontenay makes vintage flooring from reclaimed wine barrels.  The Cooperage collection has stamps and markings from the barrel head; the Wine Infusion collection comes from the inside of the barrel and is naturally stained by the wine; and the Stave collection is made with the outside of the barrel and shows markings from the hoops.  Pricing starts at $32 per square foot. 

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