Conceptos Plásticos, a Colombian company with an environmental, social, and economic impact with an emphasis on the circular economy, has come up with a plan to tackle homelessness and pollution. It uses recycled plastic materials to make Lego-style, stackable bricks to build houses for impoverished communities in urban and rural areas.
Conceptos Plásticos joins forces with recycling groups and enterprises in Bogotá that accumulate plastic waste. Then those materials, made from water or shampoo bottles, plastic chairs, or garbage cans, etc. are then melted with additives and poured into a mold to form bricks. Given plastic’s super-durable characteristics, the houses can last up to 500-600 years.
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The houses, which are reportedly 30% cheaper to make than with traditional construction methods, take just five days to build. Besides being socially-conscious and eco-friendly, the company empowers these vulnerable populations by incorporating them into the construction process, regardless of their abilities, experience, or financial resources.