ByFusion takes reclaimed ocean plastic and produces modular, customizable breeze blocks that can be used to build low carbon footprint walls without adhesives.
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As the world’s media begin to acknowledge the levels of plastic waste in the oceans, we’ve seen many examples of solutions leading the cleanup, from floating barriers that collect waste to a line of denim made from recycled plastic, and now ocean plastic could be used as a low-carbon footprint construction material.
ByFusion has developed RePlast, modular cinder block-esque cuboids built using a digital design process that enables full customization to fit projects, and require no adhesives to assemble. The compressed blocks of ocean plastics require 95-percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions to develop than typical concrete blocks, with the non-toxic process removing any need to wash or re-engineer the material. While roadblocks seem to be the main implementation of RePlast blocks so far, the highly thermal and acoustic insulating material could be used in a wide range of walls for construction.
What other uses are there for the tonnes of plastic in the oceans?