Inspiration leads to plastic block houses

Harvey Lacey has a plan. Inspired by a workshop given by Kenyan architect Ronald Omyonga on holistic housing, Lacey has developed a machine for creating plastic blocks out of plastic bags, styrofoam, bottles, and whatever plastic trash people are trying to throw away. These plastic blocks can then be use to build houses.

March 8, 2011

Texas Pure takes leaf bags, clippings, fallen trees and shrubs... and turns them into a variety of compost and mulch products. Texas Pure started in 1992 as 'Plano Pure,' a city of Plano program developed and championed by Nancy Neville. Funded by grants initially, it is now one of the largest operations in Texas and it is only two years away from seeing significant profits.

Computer equipment contains some pretty toxic materials, including lead, cadmium, mercury, and PVC plastics. Over 70% of the heavy metals in landfills come from electronic equipment. Additionally, 60% of electronic equipment that is 'thrown out' doesn't make it to the landfills; instead it is shipped to other countries where there is often less money and resources to dispose of it properly.

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