New Eco-Bricks: Clay vs. Poo
it’s official: the construction industry has gone to poop. Well, cow
dung, to be more exact. Students at the Prasetiya Mulya Business School
in Indonesia won Berkeley’s Global Social Venture Competition at the
University of California with their discovery and invention of
utilizing cow dung instead of clay to make bricks.
idea came from the business school students as a way to innovate
building materials in their country, where clay for brick-making is
fairly scarce, yet cow droppings run aplenty.
dung is not only used to make the building materials, it is also used
in the firing of the bricks. The poo blocks are called EcoFaeBrick -
eco because they are environmentally friendly and fae because they use
“faeces.” By making bricks out of cow poop we save the earth from the
damage caused by mining clay out of the ground and we save trees by
using the dung’s methane gas to fire the bricks instead of firewood.
how do the poop packages stack up to clay cubes? The EcoFaeBrick is
actually 20 percent lighter in weight than clay brick, making it easier
to transport, easier to handle, and surprisingly stronger than
The eco-friendly bricks
are a bit cheaper to produce than clay bricks, but consumers will find
that they cost about the same in the building supplies marketplace.
EcoFaeBrick also helps to alleviate other woes in the world. Not only
are they a friendlier product to manufacture and use, when compared to
clay brick, they are also a means by which farmers can make a little
extra income. The bricks, naturally, rely on cattle farmers to collect
and sell their dung to the brick producers. A little extra green in
their pockets could go a long way to helping farmers keep afloat in
this era where many farmers are desperate to make ends meet.
by collecting and selling the dung so that it can be made into other
products, farmers are also reducing the pollution caused by the release
of methane into the atmosphere by allowing the dung to lay in the
fields and get heated up by the sun.
getting too graphic here (I like to keep it family friendly), just
think about it, you could, literally live in a s**thouse - and not
because you’re in trouble, just because you care about the environment.