Gallery: Trash to Treasure: 6 Awesome Buildings Made of Recycled Materi...

When a major corporation like Starbucks creates a new branch out of 4 recycled shipping containers, it starts to seem like the rest of the world might finally catch on to the numerous benefits of recycling existing materials. This awesome reclamation drive-thru in Tukwila, Washington may be part of the company's new branding strategy, which includes an emphasis on reducing energy and material use. And just when this new Starbucks seemed like it couldn't be any cooler, we found out that it was designed to meet LEED certification.

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  1. Goner4daze February 24, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Ms. Laylin- Please consider expanding this story into a series so that the “so many awesome projects” can keep inspiring us!

  2. Tafline Laylin February 24, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Thanks Atom Farm. There are so many awesome projects that we could have covered, but we only had space for six!

  3. AtomFarm February 23, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Great article, but you completely left out Earthship! I interned there, and we would literally use trash as insulation, bottles and cans in walls, car windshields for windows, sheet metal to fabricate wind turbines, and car tires as the foundation. Not to mention they are completely off the grid and support life with a greenhouse and thermally charged walls set in the earth.

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