House of Garbage

A Welsh company is using ground-up plastic remnants to create a building material sturdy enough for housing.

Ian McPherson of Affresol, the manufacturer, says that the material "is stronger and lighter than concrete, waterproof, fire retardant, does not rot and has excellent insulation properties."

It also ranks highly as an insulator, but on the downside, Treehugger says the model home made of Affresol "may well be the ugliest house we have shown."

Full Story: Affresol: Prefab Houses Made From Plastic Landfill


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