Building Blocks from Waste Plastic


Plastic waste can be made into building blocks!

Peter Lewis is a New Zealand-based engineer whose research has now laid the foundation for the use of waste plastic to create building materials from a material comprising plastic sourced from the oceans and machine-compressed into the dimensions of a typical concrete masonry unit. Because the blocks do not require a binding agent, such as glue or adhesive, their carbon footprint is said to be far less in comparison to concrete. This is just one of many ways that we can begin to manage our waste in a more sensible and appropriate manner. In the meantime, the baler machines and plastic compactors offered by websites such as may just be a perfect option for any businesses that are looking for more practical ways to deal with their recyclable waste.

The startup ByFusion created by Gregor Gomory is getting started with the project of creating what they are calling RePlast blocks and are exploring different possible uses for the building materials. Gomory told SustainableBrands. “We want to see RePlast used in a modular way in low-income housing, for example. There are much smarter people out there than us that will have ideas.” Buildings made from existing materials and assembled in a modular manner is also the basis of the thinking behind the Conexwest shipping containers which can be modified and fabricated to fit basically any need, be that housing, offices, restaurants, or even swimming pools!

Like a bird preparing its nest the materials await to be scavenged. A potential gaming element is evident: Collecting waste plastic materials to get more blocks, more blocks builds more houses. More houses, less trash in the oceans and the land. Next, do we cut down on use of plastics? 🙂

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