Jackie Thompson

The average American home has nine DIY jobs that are yet to be completed, with around 57% of homeowners feeling that their home is ‘a work in progress’ as found in a study of 2,000 homeowners by Porch.com. The amount of waste generated by this progress is impossible to ascertain, yet it is easy to comprehend how a lack of expertise in everything from ordering materials to efficiently disposing of them post-project, can contribute to overflowing landfills. Homeowners wishing to embark on a DIY project can take note of a few trends that are taking hold among novices who prize sustainability and cost-effectiveness.

Biodegradable Plastics

DIY enthusiasts are increasingly finding ways to reduce waste by embracing eco-friendly materials such as biodegradable plastics, whose possible applications include car parts, electrical components, décor pieces, and the like. Biodegradable plastics can not only be purchased but also be made at home with materials such as agar and glycerol. By heating and molding DIY plastics, homeowners can reduce the need for material purchase while controlling the precise amounts of bioplastics generated.

3D Printing

3D printers are now more affordable and popular in home settings than ever before, with printers costing as little as a few hundred dollars and boasting the capacity to print everything from musical instruments to camera lenses, anatomical models, clothing, and shoes. 3D printing is viewed as one the millennium’s key technologies, since it is less wasteful and more efficient at giving life to designs. Researchers at Northwestern University found that by lowering the weight of routine components in machinery through 3D printing, fuel consumption can be significantly lowered in machinery relying on fossil fuels.

Sustainable Spray Painting

Spray painting is a big boon to DIY creators wishing to save on time while producing items with a professionally painted look but up until now, spray paints have had a dubious track record in terms of sustainability because they can contribute to smog pollution. Today, eco-friendly creators have a wide gamut of spray paints to choose from, including 100% acrylic latex spray paints that contribute up to 55% less to smog pollution than solvent-based sprays. DIYers can also opt for adjustable-direction fan-spray tips that provide more coverage per pass and reduce the risk of overspraying. These paint sprayers are easy to clean, since acrylic paint is easy to flush out of the gun system prior to cleaning. The pump, gun, filter and tip sprayers can also be easily cleaned with a soft bristle brush and mineral spirits or water.

Home Recycling

Those undertaking frequent DIY projects incorporating materials such as plastic can build simple machines that break down most plastics for recycling purposes. If you are interested in this technology, check out the plans (available to all users) of Precious Plastic — a Dutch organization wishing to promote environmentally friendly practices. Its machines can create plastics that can be used for 3D printing and other modes of manufacture.

The popularity of DIY projects is on the rise, with the current health situation leading many to invest more time in making personal home improvements. Waste management trends in this sphere include reducing the reliance on plastics, 3D printing, sustainable printing, and home recycling. Plastic recycling machines in particular are an ideal way for homeowners to battle the current piling up of plastics in landfills across the globe.

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