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Rachel commented on Preventing Illness Through Improved Flooring

I thought this was a great idea!

In terms of suggestions for locally available materials, I"m wondering if it would be possible to utilize local plastic waste (which unfortunately lines the streets in many communities around the world) to create inexpensive modular floor tiles that could be quickly installed.

There's a group at Michigan Tech that has developed a way to turn plastic waste into filament for a 3D printer
http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2013/february/turning-trash-into-cash-saving-energy.html

I'm not sure how scalable this technology currently is, but it seems that at some point in the future it could be possible to address both the issue of an abundance of plastic waste and the need for improved flooring.