May is Reclaimed Materials Month

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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By Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

2400 Articles

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With concrete month behind us, we’re continuing our 2012 materials theme in May by focusing on reclaimed, recycled, and directly reused materials. We’re probably also going to be shoehorning in a few straight creative reuse projects, under this banner, that are not strictly about the materials themselves. But I’m planning a special effort to keep the underlying what’s-that-stuff focus. I’m especially interested in direct DIY recycling and reclamation of bulk materials—cloth and lint, paper, aluminum, plastic containers, precious metals—and have some good stuff lined up in that vein.

But as always, if you have specific resources, requests, or recommendations, please let us know, below.