Empty cement bags are normally discarded waste. But in the hands of Alexandre Toscano, he saw art.
Empty cement bags are normally discarded as waste in construction. Although made of paper and have a very great resistance, they are not recyclable. The reason is that the cement powder is so impregnated in the fibers of the paper, that the cost for recycling would be very high, making the value of the process impracticable. However, an artist has the ideal solution to this problem.
In the hands of the plastic artist and furniture maker Alexandre Toscano, the cement bags are transformed into raw material for furniture and other objects of decoration.
Toscano’s interest in the subject arose a few years ago when he learned of this environmental problem. As he has always liked sustainability and research, he initiates a series of attempts at reuse of this material. After several researches, mixes and attempts, we came up with a kind of innovative paste. Its strength and stiffness after drying allow numerous applications in furniture.
The final product has been dubbed Ecommarmore and serves various uses. “Today,” Ecommarmore “is a real possibility of disposal of empty cement bags,” comments the researcher and craftsman, “I made several attempts, grinding and mixing materials. At first the ecommold plates were heavy, now they are lighter and do not need a support tray. ”
Ecommarmore has been used in the production of tables, screens, sideboards, benches and other decorative objects. Enhancement research continues, as well as new experiences of applicability of this innovative raw material. In addition to the pieces in furniture, created in several partnerships, which have already been exhibited in design and decoration shows, now Alexandre Toscano is also creating a line of utilitarian objects such as trays, wall hangers and magazine holders with this material.