These Houses Are Built With Blocks Made From Waste Plastic
Plastic. Take a few seconds and simply think about what plastic really means for us.
Mmm.. my straight answer would be – its everything! Sad, but true.. The “wonderful, fit-for-all material” has secured itself a place in every single niche in our life, literally! And this has become a massive problem. Oceans, landfills, all is “decorated” by the incredible amounts of water and Coke bottles, plastic bags, pens, food containers, and a loot of other various types of plastic.
Ok, soo.. what do we do? There are multiple recycling solutions aiming to solve different problems, but the newest idea comes from Colombia. Architect Oscar Mendez and his company, Conceptos Plásticos transforms plastic and rubber waste into a construction material, and uses it to build houses for those who need it all across the country.
The project was started with the aim to reduce the environmental impact of plastic by reusing it in construction. Turned out, the idea solves much more than this!
By training and educating the local population – from schools to community groups – and explaining the importance of collecting various plastic waste and tires, the project involves people that actually benefit from the housing solutions.
Once collected, plastic waste is thoroughly cleaned and grounded into a rough powder that soon becomes a version of big, real life LEGO blocks.
The plastic homes are later simply assembled and the entire process goes not “quite fast”, but unbelievably fast. A 2 bedroom house of 40sqm, with a kitchen, bathroom, living and dining rooms – takes 4 people and five days to build. And wait for the best – the price tag is $5,200.
It is rare to find a way to tackle and solve multiple problems at once. Especially of such importance! So the fact, that Conceptos Plasticos also won a $300,000 grand from The Venture - a competition that aims to fund “innovative business that (create) positive change in the world” says that not all is lost and there is a brighter future after all.
We truly believe in innovation and support all efforts to change the world for the best. So, Go Conceptos Plasticos!