A company in Columbia is taking advantage of the massive amounts of plastics that are crowding landfills by developing a LEGO-like building material that simulate interlocking bricks to build green housing at a remarkably affordable price point.
Conceptos Plasticos feels that they can build their own home for as little at $5,400 in materials, a price point that could have a remarkable impact on regional housing needs. Where this gets interesting is the point where ecological and green building meet new affordable innovations.
Bogata alone disposes of over 700 tons of plastics. Presently only 100 tons are recycled. If utilizing building materials such as this can help reduce this amount, it could have a sizeable environmental impact. Further, the material boasts fire and earthquake resistance which could have further benefits for building in areas that are prone to natural disasters.
The area of green building materials is evolving quickly, and here is another innovation that is worth taking a closer look at. It’s quite conceivable that we’ll be building our foundations and home structures with these LEGO blocks in the future.