Axion International has taken a new step towards a greener future by developing building materials made from 100% recycled content, most of which comes from plastic bottles. The US recycles just 27% of its plastic bottle waste as of now, but the innovation from Axion has been working to raise that number.
The materials are created without the use of additional chemicals, and they’re so strong that they can be used for heavy load bridges, railroad ties, I-beams, and piling. At present, there is a bridge being entirely built of Axion’s materials in York, Maine.
The Axion materials have been used in construction projects around the world since 2007. The product is made from a mixture of recycled materials and it has been used for boardwalks to military bridges to railroads.
It has been used extensively in railroad ties, replacing wood as it doesn’t erode like wood and it doesn’t use the same destructive resources as the metals generally used to build these projects.
They even last longer than their wooden counterparts and avoid the environmental damage due to felling of forests to find hardwoods, and that compensates for the higher cost of the material.
The technique was developed by Axion in conjunction with the scientists from Rutgers University. The product blends perfectly with the current construction strategies and also doesn’t pose a threat to the environment as it is made of fully recycled materials. It also doesn’t need any special training to install.
In addition to the boards, beams, and rail road ties lasting longer than their wooden counterparts, they generate a net positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions.