You won’t look at a carrot the same again

The University of Lancaster has discovered that the humble carrot, and other root veg, may be able to build the structures we need.

Yes, a carrot. And their nano platelets.

With funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, the university has said that its research shows that these can  “significantly improve” the strength of concrete. It can do so at a low cost too.

For me, I want to know if this will reduce the need for sand in the concrete mix? As it has been suggested that the cement will be stronger than current material, and therefore less will be needed, I can only presume this will impact on the amount of sand being mined for the construction industry.

I plan to contact the team researching this to discover more about how it could change our use of sand.


AOUF, Rima Sabina. 2018. ‘Carrots could be the Key to Stronger Concrete’. Dezeen August 9 [online]. Available at: [accessed August 9, 2018].