Building Homes for the Needy From Recycled Plastic [VIDEO]

Oscar Mendez is making a difference - with his own two hands.

Jul 28, 2016

In recent years, a host of environmentally-conscious entrepreneurs are taking action into their own hands to help make the world and Earth a better place to live. Colombian architect Oscar Mendez is one such mover and shaker. Mendez saw the need to help the homeless in his native Bogota and discovered a way to build houses for them constructed from discarded plastic. He founded the company Concept Plastics as a result, crafting houses from recycled plastic and rubber that are formed into bricks.

The benefit is two-fold: to date the initiative has constructed some 40 houses for people in need, recycling over 300 tons of waste in the process. Mendez's social responsibility to sustainable development is remarkable, finding an extraordinary use for otherwise wasteful materials that could take an estimated 500 years to break down, while generating a positive impact on reducing poverty and providing those in need with a dignified way of living.

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ELIANNA BAR-EL, CONTRIBUTOR
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