Recycled products almost always cost more, initially
If you want to be truly Swamp Yankee Green, remember that salvage is not simply finding and plugging in — it's also transporting, processing, re-transporting and adapting to existing conditions.
The reason first generation materials cost less is that there are huge economies of scale as zillions more square feet/board feet/linear feet of "traditional" products are available.
So before automatically assuming recycling is more green, take into account all the variables of cost.
This is a continuing series by author and architect Duo Dickinson. Read his original expert insight on Swamp Yankee Green.
Topics: Sustainable Products
Duo Dickinson Duo Dickinson has been an architect for over 30 years and received over 30 awards. His work has been published in over 70 national publications. Mr. Dickinsons latest book is Staying Put. He is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and writes for Design Bureau, A.B., New Haven Magazine, and his own blog, Saved By Design. He has taught at Yale, Roger Williams and Harvard GSD Summer Program. www