Guest blogger Jaime laments the lack of support for eco-friendly initiatives simply because they aren't common.
I’ve come across the term “upcycling” a few times in the past. And I’ve found it interesting. Some upcycled projects are beautiful and fun: jewelry from Coca-Cola bottles, purses from juice boxes, and door mats made of left-over flip-flop material
These products sometimes seem a little contrived. Isn’t it more eco-friendly to stop using juice boxes rather than look for a new use for the trash? But I do love the idea of upcycling.
And I want to share an article that showed me a whole new level to upcycling. Contrived or not, this could make a huge difference to landfill volumes, if it were to catch on.
Homes made from trash. People’s homes. In the developed world. $250,000+ homes.
The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article describing homes made from trash:
- One home is made from blocks of compressed tires — approximately 17,000 tires
- Another used 50 tons of paper beer packaging for insulation
But the article wasn’t about environmental pioneers in the construction industry. No, the article discussed the financial difficulties faced by the property owners, who can’t get permanent financing because there are no comparable home sales that can be used in appraisals for these “odd” homes.
I understand that the mortgage industry is under a great deal of stress and banks cannot risk being saddled with a risky loan or a home they can't sell. But how can we encourage the resourceful upcycling of trash if we punish the pioneers?