Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten of FOUNDation Projects in Utrecht, Holland have been making recent news for their ability to turn the ordinary dumpster into a unique space – with items actually recovered from dumpsters. Their current designs are being used as meeting spaces and bars, but with a little imagination could be turned into tiny houses.
The artists put several of the large trash bins in the local neighborhood, and filled them up with trash and materials collected from around the town and donated by locals. They then used those materials to create the structures. The project, called Straatlokaal, has been used to promote responsible waste removal, recycling and object re-use. The building of each project took about a week and the Dumpsters were set up as alternative bars and places for creative entrepreneurs in the heart of Ultrecht’s Neude Center Square. Because the dumpsters have wheels, they can be moved around the city.
These Dutch “recyclitects” also build furniture, lamps and custom items from reclaimed materials like wood pallets and cast off metal. They have a few videos on Vimeo showing the Straatlokaal building and creative process.
Photos by Stortplaats van Dromen
Can you not only live, but thrive, with less? A group of six college students from Michigan decided to take some time out of what they felt were lives of excess to live more minimally. They filmed the lifestyle experiment last year and made it into a documentary called Thrive With Less. In their journey, they were introduced to Jay Shafer and his tiny houses while attempting to live within only 25 square feet of their own homes.
Their raw footage videos and vlogs cover not only tiny houses, but decluttering, reducing social media, Dumpster diving, commuting by bicycle, and living more simply. Several of their self-imposed challenges included holding community dinners with items only found in their pantries, volunteering at various charitable organizations, wearing only four shirts and one pair of pants for the whole month, not driving within a 2-mile radius of their homes, and taking time to pursue their passions.
Photos and video by Thrive With Less
Vina Lustado contacted me yesterday about a fundraiser she is doing and wanted me to give you an opportunity to help support if you would like. Here is some more information from Vina.
I’m partnering with charity:water (an amazing non-profit organization) to help raise money to bring clean water to Ethiopia and Nepal. We have raised over $1100 so far to give 55 families clean water, and I have only two more days left on the campaign. To meet my goal, I am offering a free night stay in my handcrafted Tiny House, located in beautiful Ojai, California.
Last year, I attended a WDS conference where I was exposed to the water crisis, and I was deeply inspired by the story of founder Scott Harrison. He had a vision to change the world, and I want to help.
Did you know that 800 million people still live without clean water? As a young girl who grew up in the Philippines, I understand how much we take for granted. Something basic and essential such as clean water should be available to everyone.
In the spirit of giving, I’m asking everyone to donate $47 for my 47th year. But any amount will make a big difference.
It’s important to me that we close the campaign with a bang, so I’m offering something different. For anyone who donates at least $100, you can receive a one night stay in my Tiny House. Donate $200 or over, and get a weekend stay. You’ll love the location in the the beautiful and magical Ojai Valley!
What’s really cool is that 100% of the money will directly fund water project costs in the field. That means we’ll see exactly where our money was spent.
Thank you for making a difference – it means the world to me!
by Steven Kuchinsky
I am part of a team of people from Monmouth University building a program known as THRIVE (Towns for Healing and Rehabilitation in Interactive Village Ecologies.)
We are working to create an alternative for about 80 homeless people living in tents (Tent City, Lakewood). Unfortunately, they must soon leave and will only have a homeless shelter to go to for one year and then they are on their own with no facilities available.
We want to create a sustainable community where these people together can build micro-homes and learn to live in a holistic life style.
We want to partner with whatever appropriate, likeminded caring people/groups will support this endeavor, such as Habitat for Humanity, various school programs that initiate sustainable farming, Home Depot which teaches home maintenance, and finally proponents of tiny homes that would like to make a difference in the lives of these people.
What better way to empower homeless people than to give them the opportunity to build their own homes and build their own community!
To what extent would you like to be a part of this ranging from simple suggestions, sharing contacts, ongoing communication, educating, etc.?
Here is a website about Tent City, and here also is a slide show (video) that I created. As idyllic as it may look, it is very difficult in the winter and they will not be permitted to live in these tents much longer.
(The pile of wood chips shown in the slide show were placed there by the town to make it more difficult for people to donate food to the homeless people. The county has since enforced removal.)