Friday, August 19, 2016

Dealing With Plastic Waste the Lego Way

There are so many overwhelming problems facing the world today. The accumulation of millions of tons of plastic waste is one. Homelessness is another. Colombian company Concepticos Plasticos is tackling both these issues by using interlocking LEGO-like recycled plastic bricks that can be used to build houses for a few thousand dollars per structure. Walls are formed using a slim slotted brick then framed using a thicker module used for beams and columns, locking the smaller units into place and providing rigid vertical and lateral support. A house for one family takes four people, with no construction experience, just five days to build. A shelter for 14 families takes 15 people, with no construction experience, only 10 days to build.

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