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Tetris-Shaped Trash-Filled Street Furniture Encourages Recycling in Argentina

Posted By Ana Lisa On November 7, 2011 @ 2:04 pm In green furniture,Recycling initiatives,social design,Urban design | 2 Comments

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Argentine studio Designo Patagonia [1] created this awesome series of Tetris [2]-shaped street furniture that showcases recyclable materials like plastic bottles, cans, and paper. Located within a city park in Córdoba [3], Argentina, these unique seats and tables were designed for recreation and to teach passerby about sustainability issues. The Tetris-shaped containers are made from iron frames and glass, are packed with recyclable materials, and feature easy-to-understand eco-facts written on the surface of each piece.

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Commissioned by recycling company C.Re.S.E [4]., the Tetris outdoor furniture seeks to ‘stylize’ rubbish. Designer Manu Rapoport wanted to help people understand that rubbish can be a precious raw material [5]. By displaying perfectly clean recyclable paper, tin, glass, pet, nylon, expanded polystyrene, aluminum and tetra-brick, people will hopefully remember to separate them at home to ensure that they enter a second life as a new material.

C.Re.S.E. is a nationalized recycling company that collects household waste and distributes it through local cartoneros [6] cooperatives that separate, clean, pack and sell precious waste to recycling companies around the country. Since the company opened, almost 30% of the city has joined the recycling efforts. Displaying sustainable facts in a colloquially inclusive way, Tetris [7] stands out as a beautiful example for Argentines to follow.

+ Designo Patagonia [1]

Photo © Designo Patagonia


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URLs in this post:

[1] Designo Patagonia: http://www.designopatagonia.com.ar/wp/

[2] Tetris: http://www.tetris.com/

[3] Córdoba: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%B3rdoba_%28Argentina%29

[4] C.Re.S.E: http://crese.mine.nu/a1/portada.asp

[5] rubbish can be a precious raw material: http://inhabitat.com/precious-waste-plastic-shopping-bags-recycled-into-a-new-durable-textile/

[6] cartoneros: http://inhabitat.com/fantastic-plastic-objects-made-from-trash-by-buenos-aires-cartoneros/

[7] Tetris: http://inhabitat.com/more-tetris-shelves/

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