Plastic trash used to make affordable houses in Mexico -min
Plastic trash which if un-tackled immediately may create mountain of problems and fortunately, there are some successful efforts to covert the waste into useful material. Eco Domum in Puebla, Mexico, a startup, for example, has found out a brilliant solution to this plastic menace. Eco Domum is transforming plastic trash into wall and roof panels that is used in low-cost homes.
Eco Domum’s plant can churn out 120 recycled plastic panels a day, each measuring eight-feet-long and four-feet-wide with a thickness of one inch which means recycling of approximately 5.5 tons of plastic waste in one day. One low-cost 430-square-foot home uses around 80 of the plastic panels and takes about a week to construct.
EcoDomum’s process involves sorting, cutting, extreme baking, and molding. Plastics that do not emit toxic fumes when melted are chopped up in a machine and these pieces are then heated at over 600 degrees for around 30 minutes. The molten liquid is then sent through a hydraulic press that crystalizes and compresses it into durable, affordable, and hermetically-sealed panels.