Plastic waste is everywhere. It is on our streets, in our water systems, our forests and our oceans. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a way to put it to work for us? ByFusion is a company working on just that. Seeing that plastic waste is so common, they decided to do something about it, and as a result they have come up with a process to make what they call RePlast blocks. These blocks are then used to build walls and buildings. Imagine building a house out of recycled plastic waste.
It takes THIS plastic:
And turns it into THIS:
ByFusion has created a machine process to take any plastic, either sorted from one type or any combination of the 7 types in use, and turn that waste into blocks that are used for construction purposes. By forming blocks out of any combination of the 7 types of plastic, of which only 3 are commonly recycled, they can construct any number of structures, from warehouses to retaining walls and almost anything in between. (Currently U.S. use is limited to non-inhabited structures, but outside the U.S. they can be used for single story family homes)
Their system is portable, so it can be taken to where it is needed most and they can form blocks of various sizes and densities to meet whatever needs they encounter. Not only could we reduce the astronomical amount of plastic that liters our planet and fills our landfills, but we can put it to use. These blocks create about 95% fewer greenhouse gases than concrete during the creation process and also provide better thermal and acoustic insulation than your standard concrete blocks.
You can learn more about ByFusion and their RePlast blocks at their Indiegogo page.