Pre-Cycle: Aluminum Cans

Pre-Cycle: Aluminum Cans

Jessica
Jul 26, 2007

Recycling is high up on the list of green living. But we can do better than that! Who says we aren't sometimes our own best recycling center? Before you head down to the dumpster or reach for the blue bag, check out these inventive ideas on pre-cycling your aluminum cans.

Earthship Biotecture, a New Mexico-based company that designs and builds sustainable housing, offers seminars in how to build off the grid. For a $400 tuition, you'll receive hands-on knowledge on how Earthship uses aluminum cans, or "little bricks," to build strong interior walls, as well as many other biotectural tactics. The photo above is from their 2006 seminar in Hawaii. See more construction photos here.

Jump down for ideas with less of a commitment...

Search ReadyMade Magazine's archives to find a productive project for all those empties: Lager Light, a true beer drinker's switch cover.

AT reader, Nancy, sent us a great gardening tip for keeping our flower pots liftable: I fill the bottom third of the pot with empty soda cans. This allows for even drainage and helps use less soil and keeps the weight of the pot low.

Thanks for the green idea, Nancy! And thanks for the photo, lusi!

Tesscar Aluminum Craft sells patterns on how to turn your latest six-pack into a model-sized hot rod (seen above), helicopter, or even insect. To try it out, they offer the shark pattern as a free download.

Instructables shows how we can turn two aluminum cans into a camping stove that "weighs ten grams and costs nothing."

Three words: Beer Can Chicken

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