OK...we don't spend a lot of time thinking about concrete. It's not especially important to our day-to-day lives...is it?
You bet your Wii it is. Concrete is the most used substance on the planet. We talk about plastic bottles and disposable packaging. That crap PALES in comparison to the amount of concrete we use in the world. Eight percent of human-produced carbon dioxide is a direct result of the mining, processing, and transport of concrete!
And, in the end, it's strong...but it could be stronger. And when it reaches the end of its useful life, there's nothing to do with it but throw it away.
Enter HYCRETE! Hycrete is not only more durable than concrete (because water cannot penetrate it) it's also extremely easy to recycle. Just grind it up and, voila, it is the same stuff it was before it was cast. Hycrete is cradle-to-cradle certified as well as LEED certified.
The World Economic Forum just named the company that produces Hycrete one of the few 2008 "Technology Pioneers." And we just wanted to say, congratulations, you rock...thanks for saving the world in a seriously powerful (albeit unglamorous) way.
written by Mark @ TalkClimateChange, November 30, 2007
written by Itseze, November 30, 2007
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