A hat tip to Gail for sending us this story.
Thousands of Homes Built from Earth Bags Made from Re-claimed Fishing Nets — Disaster Relief
Well not yet, but it’s a good idea.
The worlds oceans and dumps are swimming in old fishing nets and building something useful from them seems an appropriate use for this resource.
Gabion cages are generally made from galvanized steel and are commonly used in retaining walls, for erosion control and for other civil earthworks. Militarily, they are used to build bunkers and other rapidly deployed fortifications.
Earth bags are used to build strong durable housing, often in areas of the world where lumber and other resources are in short supply.
I’m proposing a fusion of these techniques using discarded fishing nets sewn into bags, to contain rocks, sea shells. coconut hulls, tin cans , plastic bottles , driftwood, construction debris or any other abundant material to build both temporary and permanent housing. Stockpiled net bags could be quickly loaded onto ships and deployed to disaster zones around the world. Old nets are durable, abundant and free. In fact, it costs money to dump old nets. Tipping fees could subsidise the manufacture of bags.
So often, when there is a disaster, relief agencies are overwhelmed with all of the difficulty of transporting heavy building materials to the point of need. Bags would be light weight and virtually unbreakable. Victims of the disaster could quickly cobble together a strong shelter from whatever resource is available to fill the bags.
The manufacture of these bags should not be centralized. Instead the bags should be made in coastal villages where ever old nets accumulate. Everyone would then have an interest in cleaning up the shores and the supply of bags would be well dispersed and therefore never far from the point of need.
I’ll get back to this soon. Meanwhile please chime in. Dale