What if we stopped cutting down trees and started using all this unused plastic and the world to replace wood for building. Examples: Housing, fencing, and anything that plastic can replace wood with.
An interesting thought! One of the attractive characteristics of wood is its renewable nature and its relatively low carbon footprint compared to steel and concrete while still competing on a strength-to-weight basis. It would be interesting to explore the difference in energy consumption of both building materials.
@nick007, have you seen those houses in Africa being built using used plastic bottle! looks really cool, but I guess the problem is, would it be efficient enough for cold climates? the wooden structures in places such as the alps have a serious strength capacity to cope with the weight of the snow fall on the roofs and it would be interesting to see a comparison strength test between natural timber and plastic timber.
I am interested in this, in the US plastic lumber is much more expensive than wood… obviously the plastic lunber needs to have the structural properties of wood, but also I am concerned about the flamibility of plastic wood…. we know wood is flamible too but is plastic wood worse or prohibitivly worse?
C’est un projet très intéressant aujourd’hui face au réchauffement climatique on peut réduire lempl’em du bois au benbénéf du plastique Wood
Plastic instead of wood is basically not a good idea. first plastic degrades when you recycle it. When plastic is made it is made to do particular things therefore holds chemicals that are not compatible with the environment. Secondly not all plastics are equal some are easier to recycle than others this creates a huge issue. Thirdly all plastics breakdown creating micro plastics which is a great burden on the environment. Fourthly to get the plastic back to virgin material it would need a large amount of energy to do it.
Wood if managed better and not exploited (rainforests) we could have a resource that would capture carbon be a resource and be compatible with the environment.
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