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Building Materials That Don’t Waste the Waste

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Building Materials That Don’t Waste the Waste

These innovative materials make use of stuff that would otherwise have been thrown away

By By James F. McClister November 17, 2017
natural building materials
This article first appeared in the November 2017 issue of Pro Remodeler.

There is a tower in Queens, N.Y., albeit a temporary one, that was built using mushrooms as a base material. It’s the first of its kind but probably won’t be the last, if a new report from the design, engineering, and business consultancy Arup is any indication.

In its report, the London-based group identifies a dozen organic waste products that can be used for building, as well as how they can be used. We’ve profiled half of them here:

sugarcane building materialMaterial: Sugarcane
Applications: Internal use, floors, fiberboard, furniture
Where to get it: msonsgroup.tradeindia.com

rice  building materialMaterial: Rice
Applications: Cement, bricks, ceramic glaze, insulation
Where to get it: ecorglobal.com, watershedmaterials.com

hemp  building materialMaterial: Hemp and flax
Applications: Insulation for walls, doors, and ceilings
Where to get it: hempmaterials.com, hempflax.com

cellulose  building materialMaterial: Cellulose
Applications: Internal use, wall panels, ceilings
Where to get it: ecorglobal.com

sunflower building materialMaterial: Sunflower
Applications: Internal use, floors, ceilings, walls
Where to get it: kokoboard.com

Material: Pineapple
Applications: Internal use, cladding, furniture
Where to get it: ananas-anam.com


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James F. McClister

James McClister is managing editor for Professional Remodeler.

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