Like most monthly publications, Dwell magazine is a hit or miss affair with me. While there’s certainly not a dearth of innovative and frequently sustainable modern design and architecture to be found in Dwell-land, I keep on waiting for the magazine’s editors to let their hair down a bit, be a bit naughty, and inject a few more genuine smiles into the eye-catching, envy-inducing photo spreads. But hey, at least they’re consistent.

And then there’s the February 2011 issue, one of the better, eco-minded issues of Dwell I’ve stumbled across in a long while. If you don’t normally read Dwell in print or online, I highly recommend starting in here. The issue is inspiring, provocative, and follows a “Rethink Recycling theme. The topic? Transforming trash into treasure.

Not to give the entire issue away but features include a fascinating look at the manufacturing process behind Emeco’s 111 Navy Chair, a profile of Villa Welpeloo, a Dutch home constructed almost entirely from scrap materials (that's it pictured up top), "An Introduction to Recycling," a handy-dandy recycling guide, and a fascinating look at a community on the outskirts of Cairo known as “Garbage City.”

Although most of this recycle-happy content isn’t up on the Dwell website quite yet, a nifty, internet-only feature has gone live in honor of the Rethink Recycling theme: Lost and Found. Basically, it’s a crowd-sourced map of spots across the U.S. where you can score recycled materials for home remodeling and building projects. Featuring everything from thrift stores to high-end junk yards to a salvaged barn wood company, it’s a fabulous resource worth checking out. And since it’s a crowd-sourcing project, Dwell invites you to submit a “stockpile of goods in your neck of the woods” for consideration. 

Have you checked out the Rethink Recycling issue of Dwell yet? Any articles that you found particularly intriguing?

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