What a Crappy House…

poopbEver step in dog poop? It’s so bad! It’s gross and it stinks. Now, imagine living in a house built with animal crap, seriously.

It could happen. Those bricks are made using cow dung. Believe it or not, poop bricks are 20% lighter and 20% stronger than clay bricks.

There are ecological advantages too. Digging up clay scars the land and mining equipment and machines release carbon emissions.

And as ironic as it may sound, crap bricks are actually cleaner and putting the dung to better use may help improve public hygiene in developing countries. In parts of Indonesia where cow dung from farming is abundant, rural communities may people to develop partnerships with local communities in need of building materials.

Experts call the bricks a feasible solution for rapidly emerging areas in Indonesia and other nations.

Via TreeHugger.

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  • Elements for Life MLM  May 11, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Cow dung is mentioned in ancient Vedas as being totally pure and antiseptic. Quite amazing :)

  • Mark @ Zen Organic Soaps  May 13, 2009 at 7:15 am

    I love the idea of recycling dung to produce bricks but how would it affect local agriculture since I presume they’d normally use the dung as fertilizer?

    Also – if we’re going to support this idea, we probably don’t want to refer to them as “crap bricks”. Just a thought 😉

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