Repurposing

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Repurposing is the process by which an object with one use value is transformed or redeployed as an object with an alternative use value.wikipedia
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Earthship

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A good example of this would be the Earthship style of house, that uses tires as insulating walls and bottles as glass walls.

Solar water disinfection

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The SODIS method uses a combination of UV light and increased temperature (solar thermal) for disinfecting water using only sunlight and repurposed PET plastic bottles.

Reuse

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Reuse is the action or practice of using an item, whether for its original purpose (conventional reuse) or to fulfil a different function (creative reuse or repurposing).

Windowfarm

She collaborated to open and crowdsource the development of a home hydroponic food growing system for apartment windows, building a now defunct social media sharing site, around a set of instructions for making the systems out of repurposed water bottles and plumbing supplies.

Use value

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Repurposing is the process by which an object with one use value is transformed or redeployed as an object with an alternative use value.

Civilization

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Repurposing is as old as human civilization, with many contemporary scholars investigating that way that different societies re-appropriate the artifacts of older cultures in new and creative ways.

Instructables

More recently, repurposing has been celebrated by 21st century hobbyists and arts-and-crafts organizations such as Instructables and other Maker culture communities as a means of creatively responding to the ecological and economic crises of the 21st century.

Maker culture

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More recently, repurposing has been celebrated by 21st century hobbyists and arts-and-crafts organizations such as Instructables and other Maker culture communities as a means of creatively responding to the ecological and economic crises of the 21st century.

Libertarianism

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Recent scholarship has attempted to relate these activities to American left- and right-libertarianism.

Fender (boating)

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Examples of repurposing include using tires as boat fenders and steel drums or plastic drums as feeding troughs and/or composting bins.

Steelpan

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Examples of repurposing include using tires as boat fenders and steel drums or plastic drums as feeding troughs and/or composting bins.

Manger

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Examples of repurposing include using tires as boat fenders and steel drums or plastic drums as feeding troughs and/or composting bins.

Incineration

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Incinerator and power plant exhaust stack fly-ash is used extensively as an additive to concrete, providing increased strength.

Fly ash

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Incinerator and power plant exhaust stack fly-ash is used extensively as an additive to concrete, providing increased strength.

Concrete

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Incinerator and power plant exhaust stack fly-ash is used extensively as an additive to concrete, providing increased strength.

Textile

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This type of reuse can sometimes make use of items which are no longer usable for their original purposes, for example using worn-out clothes as rags.

Electric vehicle conversion

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Not all repurposing is necessarily environmentally friendly, take for instance the idea of repurposing older work trucks for businesses in their infancy, in which their poor fuel economy can negate long term benefits since greater spending of money for fuel, and more fumes output to the sky can prove to be environmentally unfriendly, in which repurposing vehicles for electric car conversion can be the recommended alternative to that, though its cost can be negligible upfront.

Van

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*Full-size vans from the Big Three which have been used for airport shuttle service have been repurposed as church vans mainly because of some depreciation to facilitate affordable cost for thrifty church groups.

Big Three (automobile manufacturers)

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*Full-size vans from the Big Three which have been used for airport shuttle service have been repurposed as church vans mainly because of some depreciation to facilitate affordable cost for thrifty church groups.

Depreciation

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*Full-size vans from the Big Three which have been used for airport shuttle service have been repurposed as church vans mainly because of some depreciation to facilitate affordable cost for thrifty church groups.

USB dead drop

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