FabBRICK: Turning old clothes in to bricks to create furniture and partitions

Old clothes are being turned in to building materials to create furniture or insulating partitions by Paris-based startup, FabBRICK.

The building material is made from recycled textiles that have been shredded and then combined with a bio-sourced glue before being placed in a mold and mechanicaly compressed.

Each FabBRICK brick contains the equivalent of two T-shirts. Structural and insulating, FabBRICK can be used to create furniture or partitions. Today, more than 15,000 of these bricks have been produced and used for outfitting ready-to-wear boutiques.

More than 8 tonnes of discarded clothes have then been recovered by Fab BRICK to date.

FabBRICK is the brainchild of Clarisse Merlet, an entrepreneur and architect. She told Brut Media: “It’s urgent and very important that we find new ways to use recycled clothing…Since I started this project, I’ve made 12,000 bricks. That represents around 5 tonnes of recycled textiles. Nowadays, these bricks are mostly used for decoration, to make furniture or partition walls. But in the future, I’d like to continue my research and make it into a real construction material.”

All Images: FabBRICK


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.

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