While the Nueva Mente/Contenido Prensado group in Buenos Aires have been investigating new markets and designs for their trashbins – including domestic and industrial indoor models – Sarah Seitz, at Queens University, has been experimenting with building materials and has produced an entire water catchment system from waste vapor barrier plastic reinforced with cheese cloth. The results have been impressive so far, and we are testing the durability of the gutters, downspouts, and rain barrels over the course of a Canadian winter. So far the gutters, which are the weakest link in the chain, have fared well – exhibiting no signs of delamination or uv deterioration after exposure to cycles of rain, snow, sunshine, and freeze.

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