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Super Strong Plastic Concrete

Henry Miller Builds a Brighter Future With Landfill Waste

— September 22, 2009 — Eco
Trey Farmer fancies using recycled materials is “hotter than Hansel in a black shirt on a summer Sunday,” but who would have believed it would be so hot that plastic concrete would come of it? Well, believers and unbelievers alike, plastic concrete is now available all thanks to recent RPI Masters of Architecture graduate Henry Miller.

By grinding up plastic waste and mixing it with portland cement, Henry Miller created a material just as strong as traditional concrete made with mined aggregate: plastic concrete.

Aside from introducing a viable energy-saving, eco-friendly plastic concrete process, this innovative idea also won him first place in the “Component Category” of the Concrete Thinking for a Sustainable World competition.
Trend Themes
1. Recycled Materials - The trend of using recycled materials in construction presents disruptive innovation opportunities in creating eco-friendly building materials.
2. Plastic Waste Recycling - The trend of recycling plastic waste for alternative purposes opens up disruptive innovation opportunities in creating new materials and reducing plastic pollution.
3. Sustainable Construction - The trend towards sustainable construction practices drives disruptive innovation opportunities in developing new, environmentally friendly building materials and methods.
Industry Implications
1. Construction - The construction industry can explore disruptive innovation opportunities in using plastic concrete and other eco-friendly building materials to enhance sustainability and reduce environmental impact.
2. Waste Management - The waste management industry can capitalize on the trend of plastic waste recycling by developing efficient processes and technologies for transforming plastic waste into useful materials like plastic concrete.
3. Architecture - The architecture industry can embrace the trend of using recycled materials and plastic concrete to design sustainable and eco-friendly structures.
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