Building Evolution – A Look at Materials, Part 2: Issues and Alternatives

Building Evolution – A Look at Materials, Part 2: Issues and Alternatives In our previous post, we discussed the risks associated with the increased use of plastics in the ‎construction and interior furnishings industries. The diagram to the right illustrates where plastic materials ‎currently appear in low-rise and multi-story commercial ‎and multi-unit residential structures.‎ Click on … more

Plastic Waste

Building Evolution – A Look at Materials, Part 1: Risk‎

Building Evolution – A Look at Materials, Part 1: Risk‎ Over the past several decades, the materials used to construct and build commercial and multi-unit residential structures have changed significantly. In particular, the construction and interior furnishings industries increasingly use plastics instead of natural materials such as wood, metal, glass and natural fibers. A recent … more

Plastic Waste

The Issues and Impacts Associated with China’s Plastic Ban

The U.S., and other Western countries, as a result has lost the ability to depend on China has lost the ability to depend on China in terms of waste management – thus sending the global recycling industry into chaos. Visual Capitalist notes that while outsourcing waste to China was never a sustainable solution, the U.S. has now unexpectedly taken on the environmental and economic burdens that come with it… more

Microplastics

Top Piping Safety Researcher Urges Awareness & Action on Post-Wildfire Water Contamination

Top Piping Safety Researcher Urges Awareness & Action on Post-Wildfire Water Contamination When wildfires rage through areas with plastic water infrastructure, populations lose access to clean drinking water due to toxic contaminants that leach from the melted pipes. In recent years, wildfires such as the Tubbs Fire (2017) in Santa Rosa and the Camp Fire … more

Leaching