ByFusion aims to make building more sustainable. The company created ByBlock, the first construction-grade brick made entirely out of recycled plastic materials.
“We have been working hard over the past several years to develop an innovative system to help the recycling industry address the plastic waste crisis by being able to recycle plastics that were previously considered unrecyclable,” CEO Heidi Kujawa told Manufacturing.
The first thing you’ll probably notice about the large building blocks is how cool they look. Each one has a mix of vibrant colors because the plastic waste it’s formed from — like water bottles, packaging and other single-use items — is still visible.
Each brick is made by heating, compressing and fusing the recycled materials together. It’s for this reason that ByBlock boasts itself as the ultimate landfill diversion solution. ByFusion works with material recycling facilities, waste management operations, municipalities and corporate partners to upcycle their rubbish. The zero-waste process uses a whopping 30 tons of trash per month.
But construction workers won’t be giving up quality when they use ByBlocks. Unlike concrete, these don’t crack or crumble. You can peep a worker in the video attempting to smash one with a hammer — it doesn’t give. The concrete block on the other hand shatters after a few hits. Moreover, ByBlocks don’t require glues or adhesives, making them easier and quicker to install.
The U.S. represents only 4 percent of the world’s population but produces 12 percent of its waste. That’s largely because America only recycles 35 percent of its waste, making it the only developed nation whose waste outpaces its recycling.
Needless to say, ByFusion’s ByBlocks is definitely one part of the answer to this manmade issue.
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