We know carrots are a great source of nutrition. They are filled with beta-carotene and are popular as a super-food.
But did you know that carrots can also be used to make eco-friendly cement?
That’s what a study by Lancaster University concludes.
The study was done by researchers trying to determine if it was possible to make cement using carrots – a stronger variant than the existing ones and with minimal carbon emissions.
A blender was used to blend the product to see if a sustainable product can be developed. The lead researcher, Mohamed Saafi, was shocked to find out that it was possible to boost up the concrete strength by 80% using fibers of carrots. It did not even crack the mixture.
This could minimize the use of cement in concrete and would, therefore, reduce carbon dioxide output. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported that at least 7% of the total global carbon dioxide emissions are because of cement. A company, CelluComp, based in Scotland, provided the carrot constituents to the researchers.
The CEO of the company, Christian Kemp-Griffin, mentioned that the carrot is composed of mostly water but it also has cellulose which keeps it crunchy and rigid. Cellulose is found in plants. It gives the vegetable its characteristic strength. Wood contains cellulose too but it is not easy to extract from wood as it is from carrots. Plus, it is possible to use agricultural wastes for this purpose, thus, becoming a way to manage waste as well as producing the eco-friendly building component.
When the fibers get added to cement, it acts as a versatile additive. Cellulose is also capable of changing the way water tends to behave and so, a small quantity of cellulose can do the work and alter the cement properties. According to Saafi, the carrot fiber does not contribute to the cement’s strength. Rather, it holds the water in a certain way to make the cement stronger. The team continues its experiments and is now going to start working on beet pulp leftovers.
Effects of high Carbon Dioxide
Carbon Dioxide is the colorless gas that is released after the burning of fossil fuels and has major effects on our body. We can get exposed to carbon dioxide by:
1.Breathing it in, outdoors or indoors.
2. If our skin comes in contact with dry ice.
Short term effects of Carbon dioxide exposure are:
1. Problems with concentration
7. Double vision
Long term effects include changes in the body metabolism and impact on the formation of bone calcium. Touching liquid carbon dioxide can cause frostbite and blisters.
So, let’s hope this sustainable cement production comes into fashion soon. We can also help control carbon dioxide by afforestation. So, if you are concerned about the planet – start small. All you need to do is: Plant a tree.