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Milk carton creation earns Guinness record

Spain – A one-of-a-kind ‘pavilion’ created in Spain using nothing but Tetra milk cartons – some 45 000 in total – has secured the title from Guinness of ‘the largest structure built from recycled materials’.

Architects from CUACS Arquitectura and designers from Sugerplatform realised the project by collecting Tetra Briks from the refuse of some 100 colleges in the Granada region. These where stacked in a zig-zag, labyrinth-like pattern, featuring a large wall of 100 feet in length and a 23-foot-high tower. Each individual piece was locked in place using clips, with sandbags serving to keep the lightweight creation from blowing away.

Designed to coincide with World Recycling Day and built at Granada’s Park of the Sciences, it took only two weeks and a budget of Euro 2000 to complete the carton-made complex, after which it was taken away to a nearby plant for recycling. Originally built to help raise recycling awareness, the architects hope the recognition from Guinness will reinforce the message.

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