Abandoned buildings, the lack of reliable infrastructure and the high cost of materials have long been a source of frustration for builders.
But the most recent boom in building materials is changing all that.
From the humble bottles to the shiny bottles that look like they’ve been used for years, a growing number of people are using abandoned building materials to build houses and apartments.
And while some of these materials have historically been used in building for people, the most popular are now being used to make building materials for companies, too.
“The way people are building, they’re starting to look at it as an opportunity to make things,” says Matthew Steglich, a cofounder of the non-profit Design for Humanity, which has developed materials and processes to make more sustainable and environmentally friendly building materials.
The company, which is also working with a number of manufacturers and architects to develop sustainable building materials, is trying to leverage the supply chain and the manufacturing process to make products for buildings that are not only environmentally friendly, but also affordable.
In its first few years, Steglesch says that Design for Life has produced bottles, tubes and bottles that are used in many different projects across the globe.
“In the U.S., there’s a real need for more affordable building materials,” he says.
The idea is that people would make products that are both sustainable and affordable. “
There are so many companies out there that can create these things, and it’s really important to find a way to connect people.”
The idea is that people would make products that are both sustainable and affordable.
“What’s really cool about this is that you can do this in your home and be like, ‘Hey, this is something I could sell to my kids, to my grandkids, or to people in my neighborhood,'” Stegs says.
“We’re using a lot of reclaimed materials,” Steg says.
There are a lot more ways to make these things.
“If you take a glass of Coke and you take an egg, you can have a really good product, and people are really happy with that,” Staggles says.
For example, Staggs uses reclaimed glass for bottles that he’s designed to make in a way that’s not harmful to the environment, and which can be recycled.
Steg is also designing the packaging for the bottles, which he says will be able to take on a life of their own, eventually making the bottles recyclable, too, if they get recycled at all.
One of the other things Design for Human can do is make materials for restaurants, hotels and other venues that want to have a sustainable building material experience.
Steglich says that the company is also building a company that will take advantage of this supply chain to make buildings that aren’t just used for food.
For example, he says that his company will build a glass factory that will produce high-quality bottles that will be used for bars and restaurants that are open 24 hours a day.
Design for Humanity is not the only company working on building materials that are made in the environment.
A lot of other companies have also taken on this role, but it’s still a very nascent area.
For instance, Staglich says he’s already partnered with the building materials company GSA to design materials for the building of a hotel in New York City.
“It’s a really great project, and we’re really excited about working with them,” Stagles says, adding that the collaboration will be a collaboration between a glass manufacturer, a glass recycling company, a factory that uses reclaimed materials, a building materials supplier, a roofing company and the building owner.