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Papercrete = Old Paper and Cement

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Amazing Benefits Of Papercrete

How wonderfully practical! This video shows you how to make building blocks out of recycled paper and cement, called Papercrete.

You can build real houses with this stuff!

Not only can you make use of all the paper in your recycle pile, but the "mixer" is relatively easy to construct with simple parts.

The person behind this video, NextworldTV subscriber Martin Adams, wrote to us the following:

"The beauty of Papercrete, or 'fibrous cement', is that any kind of paper will work: old newspapers, office paper, even cardboard works fine. Very little Portland cement is required to make, for example, blocks for a wall. This means that the cost per block is extremely low.

Other benefits of making Papercrete include:

- No special skills are required to make papercrete and make walls from it.
- Papercrete is highly insulating, due to the amount of dead air inside.
- It can be poured into molds and shaped just like concrete.
- Like concrete, once cured, it will not soften in contact with water
- If you throw a block on the ground, it doesn't break.
- It can be cut with an ordinary wood saw, carved with a knife, drilled, filed and so on.

If one substitutes clay soil for cement, one can make blocks for free, called' fibrous adobe'.

The Tow-mixer, which is one type of mixer required to make Papercrete, is easy and cheap to build and requires no special skills or experience. Technically savvy people can probably make one after watching my You tube video, others may want a step-by-step instructional video, which is available from my web site at"

The first few minutes of the video make clear that it is possible to build this easily, inexpensively and on your own. Meaning you can build a house of recycled paper!

Visit his website for more information and to see beautiful photos of structures made with papercrete!

--Bibi Farber

This video was produced by Martin Adams