This is one wall from the house where Connor lived when he worked in Nepal. It has not been laid correctly, causing cracks to appear and cement to crumble.
This makes many homes structurally unsafe, with poor living conditions. As climate change intensifies, these households will be increasingly affected.
At the same time, plastic piles up on roadsides and drips from the trees. The material can be used again, but recycling infrastructure is expensive and lacks an end-market.
The burning of domestic waste causes 270,000 deaths, 29% of particulate matter, and 2-10% of global CO2e emissions every year.
This is the biggest problem you've never heard of.
This waste is an unharnessed resource that can transform the lives of the communities that generate it.
Plastic is abundant.
Plastic is cheap.
Plastic is weather-proof, mouldable, insulative, and impact-resistant.
Once our composite technology also makes it safe for domestic applications, it is perfectly positioned.
It's Time To Change How We Build.
In emerging markets, 70% of people build their own home. But brick, stone, and concrete require a level of technical expertise that local markets often lack.