Turning Waste Into New Materials

In one of my last few post, I wrote about my conundrum on what should we do with our last legged clothes. I was having a conversation with someone about this and was reminded of this segment that I had previously seen where clothes were being recycled.

Everyone, meet Professor Veena Sahajwalla who is turning old clothes into……tiles! She previously invented the process of getting waste plastic (tyres in this case) to replace coal in the manufacturing process of steel. She is also the 2022 NSW Australian of the Year.

We can use these materials as building blocks for making new materials for new manufacturing and new circular economies.

Professor Veena Sahajwalla

I’m excited to hear about how much more widespread this great re-manufacturing can go in the future and how existing waste materials might be combined to create something we don’t known about yet.

One thought that I have had about products that are made from recycled products- can they be recycled once again? Is it good enough to make products from recycled products that can’t then be recycled?

What do you think?

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2 thoughts on “Turning Waste Into New Materials

  1. This is an excellent point, Sophie and one that needs addressing. Industry needs to make better plastics, not just recycle plastic (at a secondary environmental cost). A product that is designed to have one, two, three and four uses would be fantastic!

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