Single use plastics now have a new, lasting and meaningful purpose. They can be used to build houses at a cheaper cost. Architects are Conscious Design have invented an interlocking bricks system. The Dutch architectural firm co-founder Frans Taminiau and Rushabh Chheda designed building blocks that can be stacked in a number of ways. This material was used in a housing project in Mexico. The project won the Clean Energy Challenge.
A 55 square meter house can be completely constructed by a family of four adults within 3 weeks, while also recycling 2-3 tons of plastic waste. This project directly tackles 3 of the 17 UN Development Goals.
This material is made of a combination of single use plastics mixed with eco-friendly industrial waste. By using these blocks, construction costs are reduces by 60% from savings made by the material itself and from labor. Interlocking designs make it easy to build with and requiring less manpower to do so.
These Lego-like blocks also are 3x more insulating than clay blocks especially in warmer countries like their project in Mexico.The same principle can also be used in building sidewalk pavers, interlocking posts, fences and other construction materials.
This self-built affordable housing material can pave the way for a better way of construction, in a less labor intensive manner and the biggest cherry on top is the reduction of plastic waste out there in our earth. This is the great power of creativity and purpose combined in a innovative solution.
Waste plastic can be seen everywhere and oftentimes in abundance. you can get them for free. In developing countries, being able to build homes cheaper than usual will allow more people to have the basic need of shelter. How can we help? Let's segregate our plastics properly so clean waste plastic can be converted to other materials more effectively.