RX Made products made from Chicago’s waste

The ReBuilding Exchange is a nonprofit social enterprise in Chicago dedicated to creating a market for reclaimed building materials.  They have launched a Kickstarter project RX Made which aims to make beautiful products from locally sourced waste materials with local designers and local craftspeople.  They have teamed up with Chicago design firm Strand who have prototyped three products that take into account the available materials and resources at the RX Made shop. Pictured above is The Stackit – a modular storage system designed to work with reclaimed dimensional lumber and can be made into a bench or a bookcase.  Click here to support their Kickstarter project and watch their video.

The Beerclaw bottle opener is made from reclaimed floor boards salvaged from deconstructed buildings in Chicago and locally fabricated stainless steel. The heat brand on the handle was made by a local manufacturer in Chicago, and all of the hardware is U.S. made.

The Timepiece Wall Clock was designed with small scraps that accumulate in the wood shop in mind. Each clock is made from locally sourced Ash from Horigan Urban Forest Products, a unique lumber resource.

Images via Rebuilding Exchange

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).