A cement bag that dissolves in the mixer is now commercially available, helping to reduce waste throughout the construction process.
Sustainable packaging company BillerudKorsnäs introduced the D-Sack for more sustainable construction. The sack was developed by the company’s Sack Lab in close partnership with LafargeHolcim. The D-Sack is designed specifically to disintegrate in water when combined with the mechanical action of the mixer. It is sturdy enough to survive the typical product journey. From being filled with dry cement and transported to multiple destination, to being stored for long periods of time before use. The D-Sack also provides environmental benefits.
Verified by the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, the D-Sack is a climate-positive product. The bio-based carbon in the paper is additionally captured in the structure that is built with the cement. By eliminating pollution, waste and the time needed to dispose of trash, the D-Sack helps create a healthier, more sustainable and efficient workplace.
By its nature, construction works with myriad materials. This makes it an ideal testing ground for new approaches to design and product use. Researchers have created a low-carbon concrete and cement production process. The new method produces less carbon dioxide waste during manufacturing while also using it as an essential ingredient in the final material. The new eco-cement appears to be stronger and more durable than older versions, as well as particularly resistant to de-icing salts commonly used to clear road surfaces. That property has the potential to significantly increase the lifespan of the typical road. This then creates further environmental benefits linked to fewer repairs and materials used.
Additionally, other industries are rethinking traditional methods of packaging. A brewery has created the world’s first sustainable, edible six-pack ring designed to save the lives of millions of sea creatures. The six-pack ring is made from wheat and barley beer production waste. It is completely biodegradable, compostable and most importantly, edible for marine life.
How else could packaging and building be transformed by the replacement of plastic and other waste materials?