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How Warwick researchers are reusing materials for future construction

Every year, landfills around Europe receive around 50m tonnes of waste that is too large for facilities to recycle or process. More than half of all this waste is from plastic, textiles, wood and composites.
Ecobulk, a Pan-European project that was created in response to resolve the issue of large bulky waste are in partnership with our researchers from the Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing Group and the Innovative Manufacturing and Future Materials Global Research Priority, which aims to respond to complex global challenges that can only be tackled through research excellence.

Progress on building the shelter unit, coming soon.

You can find an example in the heart of campus, where we’ve used upcycled materials from wind turbine blades that have reached the end of their life to build a shelter unit located in Oculus field, between TOCIL and Arthur Vick. This will become a resting area open for all communities visiting campus.
Another example is the set of modular furniture made with boards that used recycled wood and sustainable glues which will be installed in one of our meeting rooms at Scarman, one of our Warwick Conferences facilities.

The work of our researchers moves forward the principles of circular economy by studying the interface between materials, industry and society and supports our Climate Emergency Declaration of reaching Net Zero Carbon.
Professor Kerry Kirwan, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) and Head of Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing at Warwick Manufacturing Group said:

“Ecobulk is such an exciting programme – it strongly supports our travel towards Zero Carbon, it’s a truly Pan-European collaboration and allows us to involve the University and our local communities in developing and testing solutions that will make a real impact on the environment”.

We want to be world-renowned advocates for sustainability and carbon reduction, leading the way through purposeful action that will help to create a greener, cleaner, safer and better world for all.