Recycling, as we all know, is the key to a green revolution. Our valuable resources are conserved once we plan and take steps to recycle. It is very important as the waste is converted to useful material and a lot of energy is saved as well as the least area of the landfill is occupied. These days, many designers are getting involved into using the recycled materials in a creative and outstanding way. The AMELOT building of Rue Amelot in Paris, France, is a perfect example of one such creative building. The Malka architects are the designers of this entirely sustainable building for student residence. Architect Alice Barrois teamed up with graphic designer Tristan Spell of Malka architects and built this structure using recycled shipping pallets for the entire construction. Since there has been no destruction of the older building it has not therefore created any sort of pollution to the environment.
The proposal is totally unique as no other material except for shipping pallets is used. These pallets come in all sorts of sizes, configurations and condition. Therefore, the ones which are found would likely be incompatible with each other. You can easily redesign a pallet according to your will. Long horizontal hinges are used to stick the pallets together which condense while going to the top and hence permit large and private openings. The building is 100% a green building as it makes use of the discarded pallets which were supposed to be dumped. This trash, which would have just heaped up the landfill and would have added to environmental pollution was cleverly used as a construction material for the building. On the other hand if some new construction material would have been used, then a large amount of waste would have been generated.
Along with recycling which is the most important part of lives, there are two other integral Râs in the waste disposal hierarchy. And they are reducing and reusing. By reducing we simply mean a reduction in the production of waste and reusing means making use of the material to its fullest. By increasing every opportunity to reduce, reuse and then recycling is the complete way to go green. Talking about shipping pallets, we should know that approximately 40% of hardwood is used to make shipping pallets, around two-thirds of these pallets are used only once before being thrown away as waste and therefore they occupy a large space in the landfills. These pallets can be found scattered anywhere in your area and by creating some alternative use of these waste pallets like the Amelot building, we can keep these pallets away from heaping up in the landfill area.