ByFusion Turns Pollution Into Eco-Friendly Construction
In 2014, scientists estimated that there were 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Though many organizations are regularly investing time and energy into cleaning up the plastic on their shorelines and waterways, it has been a challenge to figure out what to do with all that trash. Recycling is one solution, but that often produces more plastic goods that can be discarded, only to end up right back in the ocean again. To solve that problem, the company ByFusion has created technology to recycle all that plastic into durable construction blocks. When the trash is used for something as permanent as construction materials, it's less likely to come back to pollute the oceans again. The machinery to create the blocks is self-contained and easy to transport, and can be programmed to create blocks of customized shapes and densities. The blocks are also a good building material: plastic makes for great acoustic and thermal insulation. And unlike your neighborhood recycling pickup, ByFusion doesn't discriminate: no matter the type, if it's plastic, they can use it. Explore the issues of plastic pollution in the videos below.