living in paper

Papercrete is a construction material made from waste paper, for affordable, sustainable housing.

The name implies a mix of paper and concrete, hence paper-crete.


Papercrete can be mixed in many ways. Paper is principally wood cellulose, which is considered a fibrous material. Cellulose is the second most abundant material on earth after rock, and is a natural polymer – a long chain of linked sugar molecules made by the linking of smaller molecules. Different types of papercrete typically contain 50-80 percent waste paper.

Check out the living with paper website for different formulas, construction ideas and experiments.

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