Tag Archives: Materials Reuse

Un:Plastics Exhibition

Exhibition across four different locations illustrating some of the many ways designers, makers and artists are tackling our plastic waste problem.

10 November – 18 November 2018. Friars Walk, Lewes (map)


Waste plastic is an environmental disaster globally. It spills upon and infiltrates the sea. It suffocates the wave, strangles the shore, and shrouds the beach.

Making Lewes has brought together artists, designers, and like-minded makers, whose shared need makes manipulating recycled resource material a necessity, and who by compulsion force the transition.

In this exhibition Making Lewes aims to illustrate alternative progressive solutions to the plastics waste issue. To move this on from debate to action. To help, repair – mend – reconcile.


30 Friars Walk (map) shop front only, showing coasters and multi purpose plastic slabs from Weez and Merl, Aimee Caine’s Plastic Hunter Kit, Robyn Edward’s plastic and Silver jewellery and Footballs from Knowtrash.

Union Music Store (map) Bluetooth speaker by Gomi.

Pestle and Mortar (map)Home-ware by Toni Packham and ornamental animals from Knowtrash.

Symposium Wine bar (map) Coasters from Weez and Merl.

Cover image – Bluetooth speaker by Gomi

ReMake / ReModel Exhibition & Symposium

12-20th September
Studio Hardie, Unit 2

An exhibition highlighting the latest in MakersSpaces, Green Fab Labs, Materials Re-Use Hubs and Cafe’s, Redistributive Manufacturing and the Circular Economy.

With a micro-symposium on Saturday 19th September 13.30 – 18.30. £5 – £7 Suggested Donation

Speakers include:

Maria Lisogorskaya, ASSEMBLE – Turner Prize Nominated Art & Architecture Collective , London

Jonathan Minchin, lead founder of Vallidaura Green FabLab, Barcelona

Duncan Baker-Brown, BBM Sustainable Design, architect and educator, on the Wastehouse, the first building made entirely from re-used materials

Cat Fletcher, Freegle and key WasteHouse co-creator

Trygve Ohren of RAKE, Trondheim, Norway, on reuse of materials and buildings in different art/architecture projects

Nick Gant, University of Brighton Sustainable Design department, on the Wastehouse and waste materials in design

Adrian Smith, SPRU, University of Sussex, leading researcher on grassroots FabLabs

Soren Femmer Jensen & Sofie Pahlen on The Green Showroom Bornholm, the first natural Green Materials Library in Denmark    

Further speakers to be confirmed…

If you wish to reserve a place for the Symposium please make your donation here, and email us at info@makinglewes.org to confirm your attendance. 

ReMake / ReModel Exhibition & Symposium is part of Make Lewes Festival 2015

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org

Materials Reuse & Reuse Centres

Building Materials Reuse

“The British construction industry is the largest single sector consumer of resources and producer of waste, annually consuming 400 million tonnes and producing 86.7 million tonnes of waste, almost 40% of the country’s total. This is equivalent of 7 tonnes of material per person; enough for 40, 000 new homes. In addition the industry comprises 19% of our ecological footprint, 23% of our GHG emissions and 30% of all road freight in the UK, whilst the total spend on product and materials is estimated around £30 billion a year.”

From An investigation into the viability of Building Materials Reuse Centres – MSC by Andrew Edwards, Oxford Brookes University.

As the above quote notes the building sector single-handedly creates the largest amount of waste in the country. While figures vary in different countries, these sorts of numbers are not exceptional. In terms of carbon the industry accounts for about 10% of the UK’s total CO2 emissions. The potential to reuse materials in multiple ways is however beginning to be acknowledged and there are a variety of approaches across the mainstream of the industry as well as its forward looking edges, which look as if they are beginning to be taken more seriously.

Building Materials Reuse Centres

Building Materials Reuse Centres (BMRC’s) are a North American import. The centres aim is to reduce the environmental impact of buildings by reusing materials and building products. When buildings are renovated, rebuilt or demolished the place to take the now redundant materials are BMRC’s, so they can continue to be reused rather than head for the tip. Reuse is the other end for materials of a journey that begins with extraction or the first processes of being turned into products/buildings.They continue and extend the lives of these materials and products a number of times.

The Centres (BMRC’s) come in various shapes and sizes but the core idea is common to all, a central hub for building materials, which can be re-used in other buildings. The community version is more established than exemplars for the construction industry; there is indeed much to be learnt from what examples are in place across the community sector in various different countries.

Beyond the simple adaptation of the second hand store, there is the potential of developing integrated networks, which could refine the ecology of building material needs. Even if well developed in the imagination of some BMRC’s theorists, this doesn’t appear to be quite beginning as yet.

Follow these links for examples of Building Materials Reuse and Building Materials Reuse Centres.