Building with recycled materials could reduce carbon footprint

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In an effort to reduce carbon footprints, some manufacturers are adopting new building materials and methods, according to Popular Science.

Some of those methods include using algae to absorb carbon emissions, developing concrete that absorbs carbon dioxide and making materials from recycled goods, such as wood, metal, cardboard and plastic.

Buildings account for 70% of power consumed in the U.S., both through electricity use and through manufacturing high-carbon footprint materials such as steel and concrete for building the structure. Steel, concrete and other building materials production releases more carbon pollution than each car, minivan and truck on the planet combined.

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