August 1, 2016 – Recycled ocean plastic could become the building block of the future: Eco-friendly treatment would transform floating waste into quirky, colorful construction bricks
BY BARBARA ELDREDGE @BARBARAELDREDGE
More than 300 million tons of plastic trash is generated every year, but less than 8 percent of that waste is recycled. In fact, as much as 12 million tons ends up in the ocean. A new U.S.-based startup, ByFusion, has a novel solution for tackling the growing problem of ocean plastic: turn it into construction material.
The concept is actually pretty simple. Plastic trash collected from the ocean gets compressed into sturdy, construction-quality bricks called RePlast using ByFusion’s patented process.
It sounds straightforward, but the details of the process is…