CONCORD, New Hampshire — A New Hampshire company is redefining what it means to reduce, reuse and recycle. Plastic Recycled makes products from 100% plastic waste, creating a sustainable solution for the construction sector.
“We take these caps and we shred them and melt them and turn them into new products,” said Plastic Recycled founder Nathan Gray.
His company makes a range of products, from dog bowls to benches to building materials.
“Eco bricks are plastic water bottles, packed tightly with soft, non-recyclable plastic. You take a water bottle, an empty water bottle, pack your soft, clean, dry, film plastic, soft plastic, plastic bags. It is typically the non-recyclable plastics. After they are packed tightly and reach 5 ounces for our standards, we take those eco-bricks into construction projects,” Gray said.
They can be used as brick, on the inside of walls and to make furniture.
It’s an eco-friendly solution to a problem Gray noticed when working in construction.
“I realized how many dumpsters full of garbage we were throwing out, a lot of the single-use packaging, or wood that was used and thrown in a landfill that wasn’t needed,” Gray said. “I started to build more innovatively and sustainably, and it’s something that the community has really played a part in.”
Gray’s company has collected eco-stones from a number of locations on the north coast, including some schools.
“We go to the schools and teach children a simple yet effective solution to our plastic waste crisis, the eco-brick. And we leave them with the education on how to reduce, reuse and refuse plastic waste,” he said. †
“I didn’t make the eco-brick. The eco-brick is used globally, all over the world, mostly in countries that don’t have the typical waste stream recycling bins,” explains Gray. “We’re lucky here that we can put it in the trash and it’s taken away from us.”
With less than 10% of plastic being recycled worldwide, Gray believes this is a solution to a problem that everyone can be a part of.
“We have collected thousands of these eco-bricks, but for our barn that we are building, we need 12,000 eco-bricks, so we need the ongoing support of the community to bring these eco-bricks into our homes and schools. so we can finish our project and really have it as a model to show everyone what we can do with it.”
Gray and his company will attend the New Hampshire Maker Fest at the Children’s Museum in Dover on Saturday.