New Hampshire company creates eco-friendly bricks from plastic waste
CONCORD, New Hampshire — A New Hampshire company is redefining what it means to reduce, reuse and recycle. Plastic Recycled manufactures products from 100% plastic waste, creating a sustainable solution for the construction industry.
“We take these bottle caps and we shred them, melt them down and turn them into new products,” said Nathan Gray, founder of Plastic Recycled.
His company creates a range of products from dog bowls to benches to building materials.
“Eco-bricks are plastic water bottles, packed tightly with soft, non-recyclable plastics. You take a water bottle, empty water bottle, pack tightly soft, clean, dry, plastic wrap, soft plastic, plastic bags. It’s usually the non-recyclable plastics. Once they’re well-packaged and reach 5 ounces for our standards, we incorporate these eco-bricks into building projects,” Gray said.
They can be used as brick, inside the framework of walls and to make furniture.
It’s an environmentally sustainable solution to a problem Gray noticed while working in construction.
“I realized how many dumpsters full of rubbish we were throwing away, a lot of which was single-use packaging material, or wood that was used and dumped in a landfill that didn’t need to be “, said Gray. “I started building in a more innovative and sustainable way, and that’s something the community has really been a factor in.”
Gray’s company collects eco-bricks at several locations on the North Shore, including some schools.
“We will go into schools and teach children a simple but effective solution to our plastic waste crisis, which is the eco-brick. And we leave it up to them to educate them on how to reduce, reuse and refuse waste plastics,” he said. .
“I didn’t create the eco-brick. Eco-brick is used all over the world, all over the world, usually in countries that don’t have the typical waste recycling bins,” explained Grey. “We’re lucky here that we can put it in the recycling bin and it’s taken away from us.”
With less than 10% recycled plastic globally, Gray believes this is a solution to a problem that everyone can be a part of.
“We have collected thousands of these eco-bricks, but for our shed that we are building, we need 12,000 eco-bricks. So we need the continued support of the community to make these eco-bricks at home and in schools so that we can complete our project and really have it as a model to show everyone what we can do with it.”
Gray and company will be at the New Hampshire Maker Fest at the Children’s Museum in Dover on Saturday.