Plastic waste used to build classrooms in the Ivory Coast

Life & Soul Magazine

Plastic bricks developed by a Colombian social enterprise are being used to build schools for children in the West African nation of Ivory Coast.

Nine classrooms have already been set up in Ivory Coast by Conceptos Plásticos in partnership with UNICEF at three sites across the country. Built with bricks made from plastic salvaged from streets in Columbia, experts hope the environmentally friendly new technique will also provide more stable incomes for plastic waste collectors.

Five tonnes of plastic bricks are required to build a classroom. The interlocking bricks – cheaper and lighter than many conventional building materials – require no cement, are fire retardant and stay cool in hot weather.

While the initial three school sites were built using plastic imported from Columbia, Conceptos Plásticos is building a plastic brick factory in Yopougon, a suburb of Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, which will supply the plastic bricks required for…

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