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Bricks Made From Plastic and Organic Waste

Revolutionary ‘green’ types of bricks and construction materials could be made from recycled PVC, waste plant fibres or sand with the help of a remarkable new kind of rubber polymer discovered by Australian scientists. The rubber polymer, itself made from sulfur and canola oil, can be compressed and heated with fillers to create construction materials of the future, say researchers in the Young Chemist issue of Chemistry – A European Journal. “This method could produce materials that may one day replace non-recyclable construction materials, bricks and even concrete replacement,” says Flinders University organic chemist Associate Professor Justin Chalker. The powdered rubber can potentially be used as tubing, rubber coatings or bumpers, or compressed, heated then mixed with other fillers to form entirely new composites, including more sustainable building blocks, concrete replacement or insulation. Read more....

 

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