In Bogotá 740 tons of plastic are wasted daily that could take around 300 years to degrade. ¿Inevitable?

Fernando Llanos and Oscar Méndez not only found this material useful: they convert it into habitable homes for up to 400 years, adaptable to any environment, which can be assembled in a month by a group of 15 people with no knowledge in construction or architecture.

This is the task of Conceptos plastic, your company: they reprocess any type of plastic to create constructive systems.

Today they develop pieces that are assembled as lego to build habitable houses. Each home translates into six recycled tons that can be built in wetlands, humid environments or mountains. Their models comply with the seismic conditions that are required in the country.

They have already made several projects that last year earned 800 million pesos, but the one that most prides them are the more than 1,000 square meters of shelters that were available for 42 displaced families in Guapi (Cauca). After winning the tender, in 28 days 15 people set up the spaces in the rural area of ​​the municipality.

This case inspired them and defined their purpose: to provide housing for people in extreme poverty in rural areas. At the moment, they have several jobs ‘in hand’: Pacific contacted them to provide homes for indigenous groups, there are construction plans in La Guajira and Chocó, and the Navy wants them to visit San Andrés to review a possible housing plan there.

“We want to work directly with the recyclers and improve their conditions. The recycling model that you currently have in Bogotá does not think about them. Although they are given money in the warehouses to which they send the collected material, it is much more what the owners of the wineries earn. In addition, they are not trained to recycle material in good conditions and that has generated problems for us. The idea is to train them and give them the tools to make their work and ours more efficient, “adds the businessman.


June Enviromental Calendar

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3 Free International Day of Plastic Bags
7 Soil Conservation Day
11 World Population Day
15 International Day of Appropriate Technologies
26 International Day for the Defense of the Mangrove Ecosystem
30 National Wildlife Day

“The key to reducing the environmental impact of the bags, no matter what parts are made, is to reuse them as much as possible.”

So, what is the best?

Paper bags require a little more reuse than reusable plastic bags to be more environmentally friendly than single-use plastic bags.

On the other hand, paper bags are less durable than other types of bags.

So, if buyers have to replace paper ones more frequently, it will have a greater environmental effect.

But the key to reducing the environmental impact of the bags, no matter what they are made of, is to reuse them as much as possible, says Margaret Bates, professor of sustainable waste management at the University of Northampton, United Kingdom.

Many people forget to take their reusable bags on their trip to the supermarket and end up consuming more in the payment box.

This will have a much greater environmental impact compared to the simple choice of using paper, plastic or cotton.


Sustainable Candelaria

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