Practising the 3Rs

One can argue about how many ‘R’s there are in the sustainability mantra. ‘Re-use, restore, recycle’ is the simplest version, with longer variants stretching to four or even five words with the addition of ‘re-purpose’, ‘retrain’ etc. The underlying principle is the same. Look at what you have and do the least possible to it.

One can argue about how many ‘R’s there are in the sustainability mantra. ‘Re-use, restore, recycle’ is the simplest version, with longer variants stretching to four or even five words with the addition of ‘re-purpose’, ‘retrain’ etc. The underlying principle is the same. Look at what you have and do the least possible to it. 

This may sound like the lazy person’s mantra but it is, of course, about embodying as little carbon as possible in the new function. it can all sound a bit hair shirt and worthy though, so hooray for this image from Japan: 

The Kamikatz Public House, made almost entirely from re-used windows and cedar boards, is in the town of Kamikatzu which achieves a staggering recycling rate of 80%. It does that because the citizens separate their waste into 34 different categories.

If that all sounds a bit hairshirt and over disciplined, this building is not like that at all. After a hard afternoon sorting, what could be more fun than a drink in this funky-looking bar, which has won the WAN Sustainable Buildings Award 2016? Just don’t ask how they dispose of their empties…

Ruth Slavid

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