18 August 2021
New Tricks for Old Plastic: Building Materials for the New Millennium
From 3D printing to building materials, plastic is sticking its nose in everywhere. Here’s a look at some of the smart ways the AEC industry is repurposing this frequently unpopular substance, earning the thumbs-up from environmentalists, consumers and bean counters alike.
While the world scrambles for solutions to our plastic problem, the AEC industry is alive with new ideas for old plastic. A plethora of construction products — either fully formed from recycled plastic or containing recycled plastic as a major component — regularly arrive on the market. Some of them actually have pretty stupendous impacts on both the environment and the consumer, which generally makes the moneymen happy too. Let’s dive in.
Protective Plastic: Turn a Negative into a Positive
In an ideal world, there’d be a multi-tentacled organization, combing the globe for plastic trash . . .
Research is being done into reinforcing concrete with plastic, which makes the concrete 15 percent stronger and helps reduce carbon emissions.
Let’s Not Get Prickly About Insulation
A Panoply of Panels
The AEC industry is alive with new ideas for old plastic.
Time: Another Valuable Commodity
A single small home removes two tons of plastic from the garbage-stream.