“It’s not necessarily melting the plastic but we heat it to the point where the chemistry of the plastic changes enough that when you cool it down, it actually binds together,” Heidi Kujawa, the president of ByFusion, explained. “So it’s a non-toxic process and we use steam and compression to create these blocks.”
Kujawa added that plastic gets a bad rap, but it’s waste management systems that are the real problem.
Most of us use plastic in some shape or form every single day, but we don’t often think about the impact that plastic has on the environment.
“The thing that is most important about this right now, is that it not only that it helps a historic issue, but it solves a futuristic issue too.”
In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency estimated that Americans generated 33 million tons of plastic per year.
Kujawa said that plastic is an amazing material and ByFusion is just working to create a way to leverage it in a way that won’t negatively impact the environment.
ByFusion utilizes all seven types of plastic, which include:
- Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
- High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
- Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
- Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
- Polypropylene (PP)
- Polystyrene (PS)
Most people only pluck out two or three types and the rest ends up in landfills, or worse, is incinerated.
“I think the big value that we bring to the marketplace is also that we’re handling all types of plastic.”