bricks for Vietnam poor households
We are an NGO (social development) and among others, interested in environmental programs. Plastic waste are everywhere in Vietnam. Plastic waste is selling at such a low price that discourages people to collect them.
We are looking for a semi industrial solution to make bricks and construction materials out of plastic waste. As an NGO we would partner with a local business (to be found); we could raise funds for such a partnership.
Anyone can help? Suggestions are welcome.
Precious Plastic are working on a semi industrial brick making process that will be released in Jan 2020.
Do you have a budget for your project or s project proposal I could see? Might be able to help you further with this if you do.
Rory (V4 team)
I wanted to make a business around making eco/plastic-bricks from plastic waste. I searched around what type of compounds can be mixed with plastics and I planned to use sand, which I have a lot.
I would love to help you guys around making the machines for making those bricks and work with you for a better future.
This is great news and I am impatient to cooperate with you. I am faced with a few questions:
is it healthy to live in a house made of recycled plastic waste?
Is it safe? We think of fire for example.
What about rodents like rats?
How costly are the bricks compared to traditional construction materials?
What other components do we use? I have read about sand (from you), used motor oil (!), cement…
I suppose the capital investment for the machines would not be high.
On our side: we are a small NGO doing community development in poor rural regions of Vietnam & Cambodia, targeting households living with 1/2 Euro/day/person. As such making/selling construction materials is out of reach for us, we will need an industrial partner. Funding is likely to come forward: Belgium has a fund to encourage cooperation between enterprises & NGOs of us to 200KE. Environment is supposed to be a priority.
As soon as the technique will be approximately ok, we would build one model house (around 40 sqm) as a test and demo.
I hope to read you soon with more details.
Hi Bernard, for start answering your question, plastic is a non- breathable material, wood is a breathable material, plastic can resist some temperature, but, it needs an special chemical treatment for resist fire, or be mixed with other materials, maybe you can go to some institute for construction research in your country and have some new ideas or help, have you think in dry construction? Using the extruder you can make plastic wood for example, here in Latin America, in Colombia, they made a house entirely from plastic and it looks like made from wood, do some research, send me a message and i will get you some links to follow.
This is great! Thanks, I will examine all this.
I’m living in Hanoi and am seriously considering getting involved or starting a Precious Plastic project in that city. Apparently, another group in Hanoi made a few machines already and I’m trying to get in touch with them. I’m in the research phase now but am very interested in making something that can have a larger impact such as the brick making that you want to do. Please feel free to connect with me on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ben.baron3 or by email at [email protected].
Coming soon with the V4 release in January! 🙂 👐
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