Researchers develop a way to get transparent wood that looks like glass.
If the bricks are added 1% of butts in their manufacture, would reduce the energy for their cooking and the cost of manufacture.
Smoking habit entails not only serious health issues, but also tons of toxic waste in the form of cigarette butts. Currently, a research team at the Australian RMIT University (Melbourne Institute of Technology) has found a more “constructive” use for this kind of residue: to serve as building material.
The team led by Dr. Abbas Mohjerani has discovered that adding just an extra 1% of cigarette butt content to clay bricks can reduce the amount of energy required for their baking, therefore cutting production costs.
It seems that during the baking process, some of the soluble pollutants in this residue are trapped inside the bricks, thus decreasing the risk of future environmental pollution-related issues. According to the researchers, the addition of around 1% cigarette butt residue during the manufacturing process would make these bricks lighter than standard ones and at least 18% of the energy required for their production could be saved.