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Alexa Parmisano

READER TIP: Birdhouses Upcycled from Discarded Shipping Pallets

by , 03/09/10

Olson Lewis Dioli & Doktor Architects recently shared their appreciation of upcycling with youngsters at the Brookwood School Sustainability Fair by teaching them how to turn trash into treasure. The firm taught children at the elementary school how to save simple wooden pallets from the incinerator and craft their very own bird abodes!

The children were provided with a premade kit made from the wooden pallets, and had help from architects on the scene to piece the parts together. The result of their efforts was a batch of adorable, hand made birdhouses perfect for encouraging birds’ own form of upcycling – nest building. The Sustainability Fair, which was open to the public, successfully gathered students, parents, community members, and organizations, in order to promote the use of sustainable practices, like upcyling, “a life-long habit”.

Thanks for the tip Henry Louis Miller!

+ Olson Lewis Dioli & Doktor Architects

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  1. Buckyfan March 10, 2010 at 12:13 am

    As someone who has spent more years than I care to think about handling pallets, I have to say that I would NOT be letting children play with those things. I’ve seen any number of chemicals spilled on them, and the pallets treated like any other pallet and NOT as hazardous material, even though the rags and other items you used to clean up the spill from the surrounding area WERE considered to be hazardous.

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