Some people throw their trash into a dumpster, others dive right into dumpsters with a big splash. Are they crazy? No! It turns out a few dumpsters have been recycled into dumpster pools by an innovative company really interested, at least for the moment, in sustainable development.
The company is a New York design company called Macro Sea. The people behind Macro Sea have big plans to redesign existing abandoned and empty buildings, like a strip malls, and turning them into new and innovative places where people can go and enjoy themselves.
The dumpster pool project is just one of many Macro Sea's innovative green building ideas and it appears to be a hit. While the intent was to keep it a secret the word got out and the word ended up on the front page of New York Times and in ReadyMade magazine. It's no surprise they are a hit especially when discovering how the dumpster pools were made. It is amazing to find out that it took Macro Sea only two weeks to sand the pools, line the insides with plastic and install a filtration system. The process cost less than $1000 per pool.
This company is doing exactly what I wish someone had done long time ago, especially around where I live. One of my biggest complaints to my husband as we drive around the city for work, school or for whatever need is that in our city there are abandoned buildings everywhere: apartments, stores, warehouses, houses, etc. Despite this we still often witness acres of forest cut down from one day to the next to make new stores, new apartments, new houses and so on. The new buildings are then left with FOR LEASE signs posted all over. One directly in front of my neighborhood has been FOR LEASE for about two years. No one has moved in.
The new house complex next to it was partially finished and partially filled with tenants. There doesn't seem to be any plans to resume and complete building for almost a year now. In some cases some times buildings are not even built, like the lot across the street from the new empty building in front of my neighborhood that still hasn't been leased. That lot had the trees cut down about 4 years ago. The trees were just cut down, the money ran out and the lot was left without trees or buildings. Year after year about once a year someone goes back to the lot to cut down any new vegetation. "Why not just use one of the empty building across the street or down the road?" I ask my husband. He shrugs his shoulders because he doesn't get it either.
I say cheers to Macro Sea. I love what this company is doing. More companies should do this. I hope Macro Sea keeps doing it and that other companies follow in the company's footsteps. For more information on theses dumpster pools or on Macro Sea visit their website here.
Via ABC News and Laughingsquid and ReadyMade