Listen Now: Plastic Homes
We’ve heard the reports about the large amount of plastic waste around the world, so why not live in it? I’m Brian Banmiller on Business.
A Los Angeles based startup named Azure is working to turn recycled plastic into 3D printed prefab homes. Right now, most 3D printed homes are made using a form of concrete. But Azure is taking a different approach by taking plastic on its way to a landfill or the incinerator and giving it another life. According to the company, more than 60% of the printing material will come from the plastic most commonly found in plastic bottles or packaging for food. The company says it can build homes 70% faster and 30% cheaper than traditional home construction methods. Especially since most of the 3D printing such as the floor, roof and walls are all done inside the factory. So, when the home is shipped out just attach it to the foundation and hook up the utilities. Right now, available models include a small studio to 900 square foot two bedroom homes. Prices start around $24,000. Save up your bottles. Brian Banmiller, CBS News.
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