Posted 23 December 2011 - 01:15 PM
as bridges, railroad ties and pilings. Jim Kerstein, CTO and founder of Axion International, talks about how his company transforms plastic waste into structures strong enough to support trucks,
trains and tanks."
(11 minute audio story at link.)
Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:17 AM
And good to know that it could now be used on structures.
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 03:07 AM
and is strong enough to carry load bearing vehicles up to 44 tons.
The Scottish bridge is the first of its kind built in Europe and makes up the longest spans constructed from recycled plastic.
Vertech Composites, the company behind the design and construction of the bridge, partnered with many of the specialists that developed the US Army Engineers’ thermoplastic composite I-beam bridge in Fort Bragg, including the School of Engineering at Cardiff University, Rutgers University’s Advanced Polymer Center, and Axion International.
Vertech’s patented thermoplastic composite material uses post consumer recycled high density polyethylene that
would otherwise head to landfills. The inherent properties of the material naturally resist rot, rust, and damage from pests.
The material also requires no finish, little maintenance, and is 100 percent recyclable.
Vertech estimates the thermoplastic material’s life expectancy to be 50 years, which results in a $300 per square foot
lifecycle cost savings when compared to standard building materials like treated timber."
It's about time we started using our brains instead of our wallets when building structures.
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:31 AM
"The "Liter of Light project"
was launched six months ago by the My Shelter Foundation, a Philippines-based NGO which aims to provide light to a million of the roughly 12 million homes that are without light or are inhabited by people on the threshold of having their electricity shut down.
The scheme uses plastic bottles filled with a solution of bleached water installed into holes in corrugated iron roofs, which then refract the equivalent of 55W of sunlight into the room - during the day, at least. It takes five minutes to make, and costs $1 to produce using a hammer, rivet, metal sheets, sandpaper and epoxy."
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 12:15 PM
We save and use empty bottles like that in the same manner, Sandra.
They really came to our rescue several months ago when we had a hurricane blow through here. It knocked power out for a couple of days in our neighborhood.
We filled a bunch of empty plastic bottles and jugs up and froze them all in the chest freezer before the storm hit. We left most of them in there to prevent anything from thawing out. We added some of the smaller ones to the refrigerator and freezer in the kitchen.
Still others went into the giant cooler we set on the dining room table. We put the cold stuff we would be needing the most often in there so that we wouldn’t be constantly opening the refrigerator or freezer to get stuff out.
I also keep 4 or 5 plastic bottles of drinking water in the kitchen freezer. Husband grabs one every day to stick in his lunch box, or two or three in hot weather. They keep his lunch really cool, and provide him with fresh, ice-cold water to drink throughout the workday.
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That is very interesting! Is there anything on the web that shows how this is done? Having step by steps on how to do this would be pretty cool. You could build a play house for your kids, or a dog house, or a storage shed. How do they secure the walls into the foundation?
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