I am a vegetarian . I try to respect all forms of life. But the only life forms on this planet that can be sustained solely by the sun are plants. I admit I massacre a lot of fruits and vegetables regularly. It is part of what it takes to be alive.
I am retired from commercial construction. In my time in construction I cut or caused to be cut many, many trees. There was one tree that I was responsible for the destruction of. It was a tremendous White Oak well over 100' tall. The root ball dwarfed the bull dozer that had taken it down. It was a real struggle to get the the tree down. When it fell I got a really sick feeling. That was 50 years ago. It has stayed with me. I have been to the forests of the west coast. I have seen magnificent, Redwood, Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir. These trees are many hundreds even thousands of years old. It really disturbs me to think of these wonderful ancient life forms being cut down to make 2x4s.
In my work with papercrete I have discovered that today a large portion of paper is already in the recycle stream. I have not evaluated the merits of recycled paper going into papercrete vs current normal recycle products.
For my current project I am in too deep so I will continue with papercrete. Moving forward I plan to investigate Styrofoam as a material to replace paper. Currently at least in this area there are no Styrofoam recycle options.
Another material might be wheat straw. I did a sample but but did not chop the straw. My tow mixer did not chop it at all.
My ultimate goal is sustainable living while respecting all the other life forms I share the planet with.
From: "Tobias Gogolin email@example.com [papercreters]" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2015 8:05 AM
Subject: Re: [papercreters] Re: Where have all the Papercreters gon?
Well written Victor!
For similar reasons have I meanwhile discovered 'Living Tree Architecture' and I imagine building with living trees and cob, and would use papercrete only where it can't be avoided, or it has properties that surpass those of more natural and sustainable alternatives! I am sure papercrete is the least offensive type of concrete but it at the end of its life cycle still constitutes trash and cost a lot of energy to produce!
Just mention that to plant a seed for those that haven't investigated it!
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