From July to September 2017, FabBRICK entered an experimentation phase at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal to transform t-shirts made from unusable cotton into construction material.
So as to lessen the increasing lack in natural resources for construction, FabBRICK suggests using our waste. Annually and on a global level, waste represents 4 000 billion tons. This potential new resource includes interesting construction materials. For example, cotton could provide good sound and thermal insulation, and is present in most of our clothing. In France 400 000 cotton t-shirts are thrown away yearly, but they could now be re-used in construction.
By working together with a textile-sorting centre, FabBRICK proposes to create bricks made from t-shirts. These used-cotton t-shirts, bound with a natural binder and then compressed in a made-to-measure mould become an innovative, ecological material. These insulating, structural, auto-blocking bricks can then be used to partition our homes.
Follow the progress of the project on the FabBrick website and on Instagram !
Clarisse Merlet, student in her 5th year of architecture at ENSA Paris Malaquais.
Research paper on the experimentation of an eco-aware material, currently in-writing.