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Toilet Maker Plans to Recycle Plastic Waste Into Sidewalks

  • Japan’s Lixil makes paving material from used plastic, wood
  • Despite recycling initiatives, most plastic ends up as trash
Lixil Corp. Inax branded toilet bowls at the company's plant in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

Lixil Corp. Inax branded toilet bowls at the company's plant in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Lixil Corp., a maker of toilets sold under brand names including Grohe and American Standard, wants to tackle a different kind of waste: The millions of tons of plastic dumped into landfills or oceans.

The Japanese company has developed a new material that’s made from recycled plastic and wood chips and can be used as a substitute for concrete or wood in anything from sidewalks to furniture. Called Revia, it will be introduced at an event in Tokyo on Tuesday.