Recy-Block

Brooke Berge Weekly Journal 3

Each year, it is estimated that a total of 1 trillion plastic bags are used each year and thrown away worldwide. The U.S alone goes through about 100 billion each year. It can take up to 1000 years for them to degrade. Only about 3 percent are recycled. What if there was another way to recycle these plastic bags, to be used in an innovative way? There is, it is a building material called recy-block.

This material is made out of recycled plastic bags. The process of creating it is to place the plastic in a heat mold, and then its pressed into a block shape. Different colored bags can be used to create unique designs. It can be used for both interior and exterior walls, or just for decoration. It cannot, however, be used for load-bearing walls because it is too lightweight. Different colored bags and plastic sheets can be used to create unique designs, such as this flower.

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The most important fact about recy-blocks is that it’s made from recycled plastic bags, because they are difficult to recycle. By using it to form a building material, it can help get rid of the abundance of bags thrown away. However, a drawback of this material is that it is unknown if it is fire resistant. Overall, I think this material is an innovative way to help clean up the earth and has a unique design.

 

Sources

http://www.citymetric.com/skylines/9-building-materials-made-entirely-waste-products-932

http://materia.nl/material/recy-block/

http://www.cleanup.org.au/au/Campaigns/plastic-bag-facts.html

http://www.rensselaercounty.org/enviroment%20management%20council/plastic%20bag%20facts.htm

 

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