French Architect Clarisse Merlet’s innovative approach to preventing waste, FabBRICK recycles textile waste into ecological and aesthetic bricks.
FabBRICK recycles textile waste into ecological and aesthetic bricks
Each brick uses about two to three T-shirts’ worth of shredded material. Apart from cotton, polyester, elastane, PVC, can be used in the process, and with a proprietary ecologically-friendly glue, these scraps are first mixed and then pressed into a mould which uses mechanical compression to form the bricks. While they can’t be used for construction, they are designed for structural purposes. Available in four different sizes, the company says the bricks are an excellent thermal and acoustic insulator, meaning that they work for room partitions, decorative walls in retail stores, and can also be used to make furniture such as lamps, tables, stools, and more.
Thermo-acoustic bricks from otherwise unwanted materials
While she was a student in architecture, Clarisse Merlet, founder of FabBRICK, noticed how much construction is a polluting and energy-intensive industry, so she decided to find a way to build differently, especially with the use of raw material wastes such as plastic bottles, cardboard or plastic cups.
Then, Clarisse figured out that the textile industry was poorly considered regarding recycling this material which has relevant properties in the area of construction, knowing that cotton is considered as a powerful thermal and acoustic insulator. Then she had the idea of re-using discarded clothes by making it an innovative raw material. Based on the characteristics of the recovered textiles, she designed an ecological building material which is both a thermal and acoustic insulator.
Sources: FabBRICK | GreenQueen
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