Sustainable architecture: a way towards circularity in electronics

Quito • 29. June 2021

Sustainable architecture: a way towards circularity in electronics

As plastics trading becomes ever hard due to international policies and a worldwide plastic pollution crisis, local, sustainable, replicable, and scalable plastic solutions are needed. E-plastics (plastic from electronic equipment) offer a variety of properties as a sustainable construction material. The challenge is how to not fall into a downcycling process.

As plastics trading becomes ever hard due to international policies and a worldwide plastic pollution crisis, local, sustainable, replicable, and scalable plastic solutions are needed. E-plastics (plastic from electronic equipment) offer a variety of properties as a sustainable construction material.

Back in 2020, VERTMONDE in Ecuador started addressing local challenges: first e-plastics generation and treatment and second a rising construction industry which uses a lot of natural, mainly not renewable materials. The aim is to develop a construction material that can provide the characteristics needed for construction and at the same time replace the usage of materials such as timber, sand, etc.

The first testing pilot has been VERTMONDE’s facility. The warehouse was built with 260 panels, 12.000 kilos of ABS and mixed abs plastics coming from e-waste. Following steps include testing the material for specific features needed to assure quality as a construction material. It is also important to define outdoors and indoors applications considering the objective of developing a high quality premium material that could be used as commercial and interior design, trying to repurpose e-plastics avoiding downcycling.

 

(c) Picture: Jhoanna Rosales – VERTMONDE 2021