Because humans are filling up landfills at an unprecedented rate, some have been inspired to develop solutions to the burgeoning pollution crisis. One of the most recent — and exceptional — to be shared with the public is “plasma rock,” which is made from 100% recycled landfill.
The ingenious material was designed by Inge Sluijs and is produced via a method called plasma gasification. As Inhabitat reports, the technology involves heating landfill junk to extremely high temperatures.
Though Sluijs didn’t invent the process, she is one of the only designers to use the technology which turns ordinary items into usable products. The Plasma Rock is non-toxic and is quite durable. As a result, it can be used as an environmentally-friendly building material.
According to the designer, 20 kg of Plasma Rock can be created out of 100 kg of landfill waste. If it were to be utilized worldwide, landfills would be emptied of trash within a few decades.
So far, Sluijs’ work has been focused on coastal landfill sites, primarily in Essex, England. Her work is based there because scientists predict the land will be quickly eroded to rising sea levels. The pollution could devastate the oceans.
Because the material is so new, there are relatively few details on it. Reportedly, it begins as a powder and can be formed and sculpted into a variety of objects. The designer is using it to create Tilbury Tiles, which are decorated and marketed as “souvenirs,” according to Inhabitat. Sluijs has also used Plasma Rock to develop glass vases which are decorated with pieces of rock.
Her artwork is beautiful and sends a powerful message about preserving the environment. Learn more: Inge Suijs