The process of making cement is not gentle on the Earth. In addition to the mining process required to obtain the raw materials, there is also a major industrial manufacturing process involved in making cement – then the transport of the completed product to depots, before moving on again to the building sites. This alone is good reason to look at using locally sourced, natural materials that do not involve industrial processes and major scale transport impacts.
You can build beautiful, cost effective and structurally sound homes and commercial buildings using a wide variety of natural materials such as straw bales; cob; rammed earth; sandbags or adobe.
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