The evolving display cabinet!
– the need to spend time preparing the rescued/recycled materials for re-use in the project versus the much more condensed prep time required when using virgin materials
– that rescued materials inevitably need modification in order to be used
– that the ability to make mistakes and thus create wastage of rescued materials is significantly reduced due to the finite nature of the materials (i.e. you can’t just go down to the local hardware store and buy some more of the same)
Now the foregoing criticisms are true. These are some of the CONs. Bur what are the PRO’s? Here are my top 3:
– using rescued materials means that a build will always look custom-made rather than conforming to the cookie cutter variety of the same item
– recycled materials often have more interesting (and discontinued) profiles; for example, I’m particularly fond of using 1930’s and 1940’s textured glass in various projects and when I’ve gone to a specialist glazier to get something even remotely similar or even interesting, the closest alternatives looked painfully mass produced and would have had the effect of cheapening the entire creation
– more people re-using end-materials (eg. copper) means that the volume of production processes (such as extracting the average of 2% copper from sulfide ores via smelting) drops which – given the pollution and wastage produced – is a great thing for the environment
We only have one habitable plant (that we know of at this stage, anyway!)
Cheers and I hope to see you drop by again.