When it comes to construction businesses, they make use of a wide variety of different materials, and great amounts. What this tells us is that there are many circumstances in which they can boost how much waste they choose to either reuse or recycle. Recycling waste as a material for new projects is beneficial, as it means that your disposal costs, as well as carbon emissions, will significantly decrease.
Furthermore, there is a variety of other materials which aren’t construction-related that have made it into the industry as quite innovative and effective solutions.
Believe it or not, people have actually found a way to implement used nappies and other sanitary products that we generally just throw into the garbage bin, into items that can be used for construction purposes. Sure, the idea may sound a bit repulsive, but there are recycling plants that focus on separate the polymers from the organic waste, and use them in order to build construction material based on fiber, such as roof tiles.
Blood bricks are based on using animal blood as a waste product. Some people may find this offensive, but the fact is that there is a variety of situations, particularly when carnivores are involved, when a lot of animal blood is wasted. This is specifically the case for places that don’t have industrialized systems for food production.
Thanks to Jack Munro, a British architecture student, a discovery in construction has been made – that blood is a powerful bio-adhesive, due to a lot of protein in it. As Munro says, freeze-dried blood in powder form, mixed with sand so that it turns into paste, can be used to make bricks. This is a perfect solution for certain remote communities.
Another thing that has been introduced into the construction business is the use of mycelium, which is a bacteria that one can find in rotting tree trunks or agricultural side products. Once it is put in a mold, it grows until it reaches the shape that one is looking for in a matter of days. Once it gets there, it is put into a hot oven, and its growth is stopped.
This is when it becomes a very effective wall insulator or a packing material. What is really great about this solution is that insulation and packing materials that we most commonly use are made from non-biodegradable materials, or even asbestos, which is toxic, so it introduces a much more environmentally-friendly solution.
Plasphalt has a very interesting name, and it is in fact, a replacement for asphalt which is made out of plastic grains which are made out of various plastic waste. This means that, instead of sand and gravel which are generally used for this purpose, a construction company uses plastic in order to build roads which are actually a lot less susceptible to wearing and tearing.
The reason behind this is quite simple – the asphalt solution actually bonds a lot better with plastic than with the previously mentioned sand and gravel.
The real importance
So, why is it so important to turn to recyclable materials and make as much use of waste as possible? The world that we live in today is heavily polluted, and it is our responsibility to save it as much as we can. That is why a growing number of companies, such as Midland Lead which presents itself as an environmentally-conscious company that uses recycled lead for manufacturing, are turning to solutions that work towards saving the planet that we live in.
There is a lot of waste when it comes to construction companies, but also a wide variety of other businesses, which ends up being unused, or even worse, a pollutant for the environment.
That is why your business should be one of those that decide to use recyclable construction materials. Not only will you be careful about your environment, but you will also save up on the materials that you use.