By, Kyle Dubee & Jes Carey
Everyday usable building materials are thrown away as waste- filling our landfills and polluting our planet.
Most construction practices have little concern for the future and waste is actually factored into the bottom line.
If you climb into any construction dumpster, you will witness first hand the true economical and environmental cost of traditional building.
Biocrafting involves jumping in, checking it out, and spending time reducing the carbon footprint of others and in the process we find so many treasures!
Most construction companies justify throwing away materials as just “the cost of doing business” rather than thinking about the impacts.
Surrounded by options, the market is flooded with homes that are not built with the future in mind- homes built without foresight continue to fuel over consumption. Here at Biocraft, we strive to consider discarded, culled and otherwise useless materials as art and a way to beautify and enhance our structures.
The Bamboo floors in our Tiny House were gathered from a Dumpster in BRAND NEW unopened boxes. Wow, we continuously are amazed at how lack of planning and attention to materials aids in the waste cycle. So glad we caught this before it went to the landfill!
We have both been dumpster diving for a number of years and it saddens us to see waste- of not only food, but of perfectly good construction materials.
Here are some pics of some materials we scored out of local dumpsters, for example we installed bamboo flooring (brand new in boxes) that we sourced from a local dumpster and our canted back wall of our tiny cabin includes hardwood flooring we found as well.
Our counter top is real granite that was a misordered piece we scored out of the back of someone’s truck that they were about to take to the landfill! People are amazed when they see our space, they simply cannot believe that most of the materials were FREE and once considered trash.
Utilizing things that were once considered waste and repurposing these materials interrupts the waste cycle and helps to reduce consumption. In the many years we have spent salvaging discarded materials, we have become very connected and passionate about scaling down this waste cycle.