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buyinghouse
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Beer bottles as building materials?

Realm of Design. More than 500,000 glass beer and booze bottles went into making the exterior of the 30,000-square-foot building. That's 290,000 pounds of glass, or about 20 full dumpster loads, Cindy McCombs told Yahoo! Shine. Glass takes about 4,000 years to decompose, so this one building kept the equivalent of eight football fields (each filled to the top of the goal posts!) out of U.S. landfills.

 

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Methinks Cindy's calculator doesn't work quite right. Imagine eight fb fields 20' deep worth of anything fitting into 20 dumpsters.

 

Wait till she figures out that the mortar won't last more than 200 years. She should probably check into AA.  <g>

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bld999 wrote:

Methinks Cindy's calculator doesn't work quite right. Imagine eight fb fields 20' deep worth of anything fitting into 20 dumpsters.

 

Wait till she figures out that the mortar won't last more than 200 years. She should probably check into AA.  <g>


Did she drink any of those bottles?:smileyvery-happy:

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It is a good building and i think she can make more like this.

 

 

 

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buyinghouse wrote:

Glass takes about 4,000 years to decompose, so this one building kept the equivalent of eight football fields (each filled to the top of the goal posts!) out of U.S. landfills.


That comment strikes me as odd.  Glass is a (mostly) natural material.     Is she simply saying it takes 4000 years to become sand again?  Just grind it up and put it back on the beach..... 

 

Not that I don't admire reuse, but I'm more concerned about plastic in the landfill than glass.

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This looks like one of those unfortunate greenwashing press releases.

When googling "lv casino glass recycling" it's pretty clear that they do it and are proud of it. So it may be that the claim of "saving it from a landfill" is not straight. I suppose making building materials out of it is technically recycling, but I am pretty sure there are better ways [and cheaper] to solve both problems: i.e. recycling glass and creating a similar building material,

 

I guess you could get out the tinsnips and cut open and flatten ten thousand budwieser cans and roof a house with them, but it would be pretty silly.

 

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bld999 wrote:

This looks like one of those unfortunate greenwashing press releases.

When googling "lv casino glass recycling" it's pretty clear that they do it and are proud of it. So it may be that the claim of "saving it from a landfill" is not straight. I suppose making building materials out of it is technically recycling, but I am pretty sure there are better ways [and cheaper] to solve both problems: i.e. recycling glass and creating a similar building material,

 

I guess you could get out the tinsnips and cut open and flatten ten thousand budwieser cans and roof a house with them, but it would be pretty silly.

 

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You flatten the bottles, I will do the drinking:smileyvery-happy:

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This could take a while, I hope it doesn't start raining...