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Neo Stone Age

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Transforming limescale waste from water softening processes into building material

Limescale is a form of calcium carbonate, a common building material otherwise referred to as limestone. Research into the recycling of limescale waste, which at present is overlooked and discarded, suggests that it could be harvested and re-used as a building material by employing a chemical process to bind the inorganic material together. This would greatly reduce the need for quarrying and therefore reduce the impact on the landscape.

Erco Lai

  • Erco Lai

    Erco Lai

    Royal Academy of Art, The Hague

    An industrious designer Known for keen observation, hand-on experiments and an extraordinary visual design research skill. He graduated in 2021 from KABK, Royal Academy of Art The Hague, with a keen perspective on materials and fabrications. Especially, the connection of humans with nature and ways to strengthen this relation. He is eager to develop a human-Earth hybrid system and imagine what future manufacturing can be.more

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