The things you see at Greenbuild

You would expect to find high-efficiency HVAC products, LED lighting, sustainably grown wood, and low-VOC paint at Greenbuild, which ran in Phoenix from Nov. 11 to 13. And maybe a recycling concierge isn’t too surprising, given the audience. But PDF Man and a dress made of carpet? Here are some shots from the show floor and in and around the Phoenix Convention Center that caught my eye. — Jim Carper

This student made a dress from Shaw carpeting. Her reward (or was it a punishment?) was to walk around the exhibit floor.

This student made a dress from Shaw carpeting. Her reward (or was it a punishment?) was to walk around the exhibit floor.

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Not sure how to dispose of your half-can of soda? The concierge at the recycling bin has the answer. He told me to pour the liquid into the organic hole and toss the can into another.

I'm not up on my superheroes, but I'm pretty sure Wolvervine would rip this guy to shreds.

I’m not up on my superheroes, but I’m pretty sure Wolverine would rip PDF Man to shreds.

Before minivans, there was the VW minibus. Armstrong's corrugated cardboard model recalled the days of flower power. Employees dressed in tie-dyed shirts. The aging hippies had receding hairlines and paunches (like me). The young, faux hippies were reed thin. (Jealous? A little.)

Before the minivan, there was the VW minibus. Armstrong’s corrugated cardboard model recalled the days of flower power. Employees dressed in tie-dyed shirts. The aging hippies had receding hairlines and paunches (like me). The young, faux hippies were reed thin. (Jealous? A little.)

Water for handwashing flows out the spout, then drains into the tank, in this toilet from Caroma.

Water for handwashing flows out the spout, then drains into the tank, in this toilet from Caroma.

Inside the Phoenix Convention Center.

Inside the Phoenix Convention Center. Hirotsune Tashima’s installation titled “Arizona Beach.” Talk about your dry heat. Ooof!

A zero-emissions way to move around Phoenix. And more reliable than Kramer and Newman's ride in New York City.

A zero-emissions way to move around Phoenix. And more reliable than Kramer and Newman’s rickshaw in New York City.

I've attended a lot of trade shows in the United States and abroad in 30 years, and this is the first time I've encountered the term "suitcasing."

I’ve attended a lot of trade shows in the United States and abroad in 30 years, and this is the first time I’ve encountered the term “suitcasing.”