Food for Thought

Neo-Concrete and the Plastics Connection

Looking at the future of plastic, especially its use as aggregate or filler in concrete, one is reminded of Paul Hawken’s book, The Ecology of Commerce. Here, he says that in nature, all waste equals food. Considering that, on a planet comprising delicate ecosystems where there really is no such thing as “away” in terms of waste, recycling plastics by adding them to concrete could become a double-edged sword, given sufficient time.

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Saving the World with Glass

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Building Exterior Experts Mark a Major Corporate MilestoneEastern Glass and Aluminum

Building Exterior Experts Mark a Major Corporate Milestone

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A Full-Service Approach to ConstructionGeis Companies

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Affordable and Modern Modular BuildingsAvalon Building Systems

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Spreading the Word and Reaping the RewardsHurckman Mechanical Industries

Spreading the Word and Reaping the Rewards

Hurckman Mechanical Industries

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Food for ThoughtNeo-Concrete and the Plastics Connection

Food for Thought

Neo-Concrete and the Plastics Connection

Looking at the future of plastic, especially its use as aggregate or filler in concrete, one is reminded of Paul Hawken’s book, The Ecology of Commerce. Here, he says that in nature, all waste equals food. Considering that, on a planet comprising delicate ecosystems where there really is no such thing as “away” in terms of waste, recycling plastics by adding them to concrete could become a double-edged sword, given sufficient time. By inconsiderately adding plastic aggregates to concrete mixtures, thinking it a solution, we shelve the pollution problem, but only until building rubble is released into the environment—now in the form of carbon-emitting Portland cement and micro- and nanoplastics.

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Where Water Meets Innovation

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