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Common Sands – Forite - Turning Glass From Electronic Waste Into Tiles

Common Sands – Forite: Turning Electronic Waste Into Glass Tiles

Studio Plastique, Snøhetta, and Fornace Brioni have teamed up for a collaborative research project: Common Sands — Forite. It is a prototype project that’s intended to explore the potential uses of recycled e-waste glass.
 
As part of the project, the team has come up with a recycled glass tiles collection. What’s interesting is that glass from old electronic waste (like microwaves and ovens) is now given the shape of glass tiles.
 
This project is a result of over three years of research and experimentation. It aims to address both growing volumes and silicate scarcity of electronic waste. After all, around 55 million tons of e-waste is generated worldwide every year.
 
To address the issue, Studio Plastique decided to find an apt solution. So, they contacted Italian ceramic tile manufacturer Fornace Brioni and Snøhetta, an international architectural firm, to bring their individual expertise into this project. And, together they’ve all come up with the solution to turn glass from e-waste into gorgeous glass tiles.
 
These e-waste glass tiles are available in two sizes. The tiles are both transparent and opaque, each boasting a unique expression and pattern. Featuring a complex, terrazzo-like quality, the tiles are suitable for various architectural applications. You can even use these tiles for semi-transparent partition and surface coverage.
 
This recycled project shows how curiosity and collaboration can lead to such sustainable designs. These sustainable designs are perfect to help people reduce their carbon footprint to some extent.
 
According to Archello, the project’s broader scope is to identify more uses of discarded glass from electronic waste. However, the project still has to meet a lot of contemporary challenges and find out more accurate solutions.
 
All thanks to such recycled construction projects, we can forecast more sustainable architectural solutions in the future. This is how we can take more steps towards reducing our environmental impact.
 
Common Sands – Forite - Turning Glass From Electronic Waste Into Tiles

Image: Snøhetta / Studio Plastique / Fornace Brioni

Common Sands – Forite - Turning Glass From Electronic Waste Into Tiles

Image: Snøhetta / Studio Plastique / Fornace Brioni

Common Sands – Forite - Turning Glass From Electronic Waste Into Tiles

Image: Snøhetta / Studio Plastique / Fornace Brioni

Common Sands – Forite - Turning Glass From Electronic Waste Into Tiles

Image: Snøhetta / Studio Plastique / Fornace Brioni

Common Sands – Forite - Turning Glass From Electronic Waste Into Tiles

Image: Snøhetta / Studio Plastique / Fornace Brioni

Common Sands – Forite - Turning Glass From Electronic Waste Into Tiles

Image: Snøhetta / Studio Plastique / Fornace Brioni

Common Sands – Forite - Turning Glass From Electronic Waste Into Tiles

Image: Snøhetta / Studio Plastique / Fornace Brioni

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