Sam Challe- Blog 10
With waste becoming more and more of a problem its hard not to think of putting it in other places besides a landfill. This exciting reuse of waste materials is known as “garbology” and one example of this reuse is Blood Bricks. “This idea rests on the assumption that animal blood counts as a waste product” (CityMetric). Being carnivores we usually forget about the blood of animals and this product becomes waste.
This is potentially an offensive idea however it has a revolutionary product that could rise from it. Blood happens to be “one of the strongest bio-adhesives” (CityMetric) and this protein rich substance combined with sand can be formed and cast into bricks. These bricks would have the strength of ordinary cast bricks but the opportunity to use a material that is plentiful in remote areas.
Innovative and unique, two reasons why this blood powder turned into bricks is being tested in Britain. But why hasn’t this evolved further since 2015? Does it have any benefits regular bricks don’t have? Can it be used on a larger scale? Would this turn into a business where they aim to make blood rather than use and recycle leftover blood? These questions along with the ethical side of this brick are very concerning. However technology advances could make this material more ethical like just using the protein in blood rather than the the blood in its entirety. This keeps the strength from the material while taking the focus off of the idea of animals blood.
In the end this reuse of a less typical material could be innovative and help build strength in construction materials. I am excited to see further development of this product and where it will lead in other products like concrete slabs, pottery, and other clay or terra-cotta products.