Along the lines of Urbio or Minigarden, check out these new modular wall planters by KuL Studios made with recycled HDPE plastic. Called Ballavaz, the planters can be used indoors or outdoors and are available in 10 colors. KuL offers two sizes, 24″x12″ and 24″x18″, which mount with screws or hooks. Ballavaz include a concealed recess for drip irrigation — making these just right for herbs, veggies, and maybe a flower or two.
You’ve probably seen bamboo tile, but have you seen some of the handcrafted wood tile from Colorado-based Everitt & Schilling Company. They offer a Trail Mix series (pictured above) that is made from the scraps — alder, poplar, oak, walnut, hickory – of cabinet and door makers. E&S also has a few country-luxe lines made with reclaimed barnwood and finished with water based, low VOC finishes. Re-Claimed Barnwood tiles come in 2×2, 4×4, 2×8, and 4×8 with various configurations. Pricing varies and can be provided upon request, though I understand it starts at around $24 per square foot.
North Carolina-based Meld USA, maker of several materials we’ve mentioned including ecoX, Micro, and Plus Plus, introduced a new material in the last year called Luxe. Luxe is made in Raleigh with up to 74% pre-consumer recycled-content material and can be used with various products, including countertops, tiles, and wall paneling. Meld offers six standard colors – Natural, Cement, Graphite, Saddleback, Caper and Southern Mud — and basically infinite custom colors.
Tetra Pak and similar gable-top cartons have many advantages such as keeping food fresher for a longer period of time. However, one drawback has been that these polyethylene-coated packages cannot be processed in most curbside recycling programs. The ReWall Company, on the other hand, can’t get enough of the stuff.
I’m fascinated by the work of Netherlands-based Dave Hakkens in a recent project called “Rubble Floor.” Interested in reusing old building materials as new building materials — and inspired by terrazzo floors — Hakkens conducted several tests on materials such as roof tiles, bricks, nails and screws, and glass. He used concrete as the binder and crushed old materials into pigments and fillers. In the end, Hakkens found it’s entirely possible to make new materials with the old.