Closeup of a brick made from upcycled textile waste. FabBRICK Clarisse Merlet was a French architecture student in 2017 when she became alarmed about the amount of textile waste created each year. In France, it’s estimated to be around 4 million tons, and that’s just a fraction of what gets tossed globally; it was 17 million tons in the United States three years ago.1 Very little of that discarded clothing is collected for reuse or recycling – less than a third in France, and half of that (15%) in the U.S. At the same time, Merlet was aware of diminishing natural resources and the tremendous waste inherent in the construction industry. Surely there was a better way to build that reduced demand for virgin material and make use of resources that have already been extracted? That’s how she came up with the idea for FabBRICK , her award-winning company that makes decorative and insulative bricks out of old clothes. FabBRICK bricks used to make a display shelf. FabBRICK The basic component of the bricks is shredded clothing, which Merlet purchases pre-ground from a supplier in Normandy. Each brick uses the equivalent of two to three T-shirts’ worth of material […]

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