The United States recycles only 27% of its plastic bottle waste – fortunately, Axion International is working on raising that number by developing building materials made from 100% recycled content, most of which comes from plastic bottles. Axion’s materials are created without the use of additional chemicals, and they’re so strong they can be used for heavy load bridges, railroad ties, I-beams, and pilings. A bridge made completely of Axion’s materials is even being built right now in York, Maine – read on for a closer look!
Axion International was founded in 2007 and is based in New Jersey, however since hitting the market their materials have been used in construction projects around the world. Axion’s product is made from a mixture of recycled materials and it has been used in everything from boardwalks to military bridges to railroads. The material doesn’t erode like wood and it doesn’t use the same destructive resources as the metals generally used to build these projects. Although railroad ties from Axion cost twice as much as wooden ones, they last longer and avoid the environmental costs of felling forests to find hardwoods.
Axion developed their technique in conjunction with scientists from Rutgers University – the company is actually located on the Rutgers University Busch Campus. The product fits perfectly within current construction strategies and requires no special training to install. In addition to the boards, beams, and rail road ties lasting longer than their wooden counterparts, they generate a net positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions.