Closing the loop with Five Mile Radius - guest post by the wonderful Lachlan Spencer.

Updated: Dec 7, 2020

Hi! I’m Lachlan Spencer and I’m a digital UX/UI designer pixel pushing for the last eight years working for brands like Youfoodz & Topdeck Travel. After a two year stint visiting Queen Lizzie, living and working in London and exploring around Europe I’ve recently moved back to the motherland - Brisbane, Australia.

A friend once told me that living sustainable is a personal journey for everyone. I’m three years into my journey and I am relatively new to this thinking, but with education and a passion for a better planet I’m making decisions everyday that will make a difference for the future and I love sharing these with other like-minded people!

Terrazzo stones floors, benches or tables are beautifully unique and are a bold statement in any environment, but they often are made entirely from virgin (never used before) materials. Imagine re-thinking the whole process of making Terrazzo with only ethically sourced material resources. That's where Brisbane's Five Mile Radius comes into the scene.

The studio is a passionate collaborative team of architects, tradespeople and educators working out of a 130-year-old brass foundry located in Central Brisbane. The studio was founded in 2013 and their focus is on closed-loop thinking, working only with recycled and natural materials. Together they create projects, products and educational content that imagine a world built on ethically sourced material resources.

Now let’s back, back, back it up and chat for a moment about closed-loop thinking also known as The Circular Economy. This thinking is a more sustainable approach to designing new products instead of the old traditional linear (fast-fashion - in one season out the next) that ultimately ends up in the landfill. In contrast, the closed-loop approach looks at eliminating future waste and re-purposes "waste" into new products.

Concrete is one of the most commonly used substances on Earth, after water. The 'wet to dry' nature of concrete means builders usually have no option than to dump excess concrete into land fill. Five Mile Radius has designed an entire collection, Waste Terrazzo to combat this wasteful practice. The whole collection is created entirely out of scrap material from Brisbane's construction and demolition waste. The surface is made using surplus wet concrete from local builders and other crushed construction waste moulded into bench-tops, tables or seats.

Now you can enjoy looking at your new table knowing it's sustainable origins and who knows maybe your table could be crushed down in the future and repurposed into a completely new Waste Terrazzo table!

If you are interested in how we can help you make your home or business more environmentally conscious and beautifully designed please get in touch at

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