While most modern houses in the Northern Hemisphere are built of wood, those in the Southern Hemisphere are mostly constructed with cement and bricks made of clay, a material that has a major impact on the environment. In an attempt to minimize this, researchers from the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) have developed a method of producing bricks from the residues of fruit trees.
The “fruit tree bricks” result in a lower environmental impact throughout the construction process; because they originate from a renewable source, they can be recycled after their use. Moreover, their unique shape allows them to ‘snap’ together easily, without the need of cement. Since cement is one of the most expensive material in the construction process, these bricks could mean lower income dwellers will have access to well-built, long-term housing.