Have you ever been accused of living in a (plastic) bubble? In the near future perhaps you’ll be able to respond, “As matter of fact, I do.” Well, kind of.
Swansea, Wales-based modular home company Affresol will soon be unrolling a series of affordable, modular homes made from recycled plastic. Yes, life-sized plastic houses. From what I’ve seen, the pilot home looks rather grim — it certainty lacks the color of Malibu Barbie’s Dream House — but its eco-benefits are vast.
The plastic the homes are constructed from something called Thermo Poly Rock (TPR). Developed by Affresol and backed by the Carbon Trust, TPR is a recyclable, concrete-like material made from recycled plastic and resins that’s strong yet lightweight and rot-, fire- and water-resistant. It also provides excellent insulation and is impervious to mold, mildew, and insects. Each quickly and inexpensively home built with TPR will prevent 18 tons of plastic waste from entering landfills.
All sounds good, right? I have to wonder about the leeching aspect — living in a new plastic house could lead to one giant, not to mention dangerous, headache I imagine — but Affresol claims that TPR does not leach any toxic materials.
Take a look at the video below (Radiohead fans will be delighted) to learn more about Affresol’s curious entry into green modular home building.