An environment protection foundation called Plastics For Change has built a house out of zero recyclable value plastic waste for a member of the underprivileged waste picker community in Mangalore.
Built entirely out of hard to recycle plastic, the house has a life of 30 years and took 15 days to be constructed.
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The tiny house built of compressed plastic panels is inhabited by Kamala Amma, a retired member of the waste-picking community.
It has been constructed over an area of 350sqft with a total of 1.5 tonnes of recycled plastic.
Sixty panels of 8mm thickness weighing 25kg have been used to construct the walls of the house, while panels of 6mm thickness have been used for the roof.
The construction of the house summed up to a total of Rs 4.5 lakh and has undergone extensive weather testing. It consists of a hall, a store, a small kitchen and a washroom along with a cosy balcony.
The Plastics for Change story started with Andrew Almack’s journey through South Asia in 2011.
Overwhelmed by the extreme poverty in the region and the audacious levels of plastic pollution, he started on the journey of an “eco-label” that could represent ethically sourced recycled plastic, ultimately helping to reduce plastic pollution and poverty.
The NGO was launched with a mission to use plastic waste as a resource for addressing social issues ever since. With over two billion people living on less than Rs 150 a day, there is an enormous opportunity to reduce poverty through recycling.
They have been on a mission ever since, which is to bring recycling infrastructure to developing regions and creating jobs for some of the most marginalised members of society.
Chandan MC, director for Programs and Development, stated the organisation plans to go pan-India in the forthcoming years, with an immediate goal of building at least 20 such homes for the community within the next year.