We produce tons of plastic waste annually. With this being the case, it is only normal for us to see plastic everywhere, and it is only normal that we feel the negative environmental effects that it causes. Fortunately, there are those who try their best to mitigate these effects, like Fernando Llanos and architect Oscar Mendez, the creators of Conceptos Plásticos (Plastic Concepts).
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[Conceptos Plásticos] is based on the transformation of plastic residues and rubber in pieces like blocks, which are used for housing construction.
‘The objective of plastic concepts is to answer to different problematic that affect the community nowadays, contributing at the same time with the reduction of the pollution that plastic residues have on the environment and his incident on the global warming,’ said Ricardo Rico, business manager, Conceptos Plásticos.
Conceptos Plásticos empowers communities of recyclers around the world, starting in Colombia all the way to Africa. To create the LEGO-like building blocks, they use plastics that not everyone recycles and others that are difficult to dispose of. Each type of plastic gives the bricks a different property, so they are mixed in different ways to obtain the desired product. The resulting bricks are easy to assemble, durable and inexpensive. They are also stronger than traditional construction materials; are thermo-acoustic, meaning they can be used in both hot and cold weather; they are also anti-seismic; and do not spread flames.
Learn more about their project over at DesignBoom.
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