Thanks to its patented Fossilization process, Néolithe has created a new material, Anthropocite®, which comes in the form of mineral aggregates produced by Fossilizing non-recyclable waste – materials such as plastic, wood and glass wool. These aggregates, which have several uses in the construction industry, are being used for the first time as part of the Empreinte project.
Empreinte, construction of the future
Empreinte is a low-carbon housing concept set up by the ERB (General Building Company) and conducted by a collective of companies. Its objective is to explore future housing options using new types of construction. The first new housing to come out of this project will see the light of day in late June in the Echats III in Beaucouzé eco-district (49).
This sustainable construction initiative is fully in line with Néolithe’s mission to reduce France’s carbon footprint in respect of waste treatment. Several hundred kilos of non-recyclable waste from construction sites, which would normally have been landfilled or incinerated, has been put through a fossilisation process to turn it into mineral aggregates, which are then added to the formulation of ready-mixed concrete for use in the foundations of housing in the future.
“We are enormously proud to be part of the development of an initiative like Empreinte, by manufacturing the first concrete made from Anthropocite® produced by our waste fossilisation technology. A project led by a collective of companies which, like Néolithe, are striving to develop solutions to meet the environmental challenges of today,” says Clément Bénassy, CEO of Néolithe.
Anthropocite®, a material in its own right
Anthropocite® responds to the circular economy logic because it is produced by turning non-recyclable waste into construction aggregates that can be used in the construction industry, road sub-bases and concrete in particular. But over and above this reclamation of waste, Anthropocite® is also a material in its own right, the same as wood or marble, because it contains a unique binder with an undisclosed formula.
“As well as providing an ecologically viable solution to the treatment of non-recyclable, non-inert and non-hazardous waste, Fossilization also produces Anthropocite, a material with unique properties,” says William Sr Cruaud, Research and Development Manager at Néolithe.
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