As the world faces increasing pollution, especially from plastics, and a severe lack of adequate housing for up to a billion people, some companies are looking to make an impact in solving both problems with a single solution.
By using plastics that would otherwise end up in landfills, or as pollution, possibly in our waterways and oceans, to build small affordable homes, these companies can provide better housing to those in need, and help reduce the amount of plastic waste in the world.
One such company out of Mexico is EcoDom,(or Eco Domum) and they construct modest houses, about 450 sq feet or so, that are not only affordable, but also use up to 2 tons of discarded plastic per house!
The plastic construction of walls, floors, support beams, and other materials, is well insulated, and can allow for a house to be built in just about a week or so. These houses are also extremely affordable.
Which is extremely important when it comes to providing housing for those who are living in developing nations, or in nations that have high rates of poverty in general.
In fact, the cost of an EcoDom plastic constructed house can be as little as $280.
While most are focusing on providing housing for those living in or near poverty, these well insulated panels, roofs, and strong support beams, could prove to be an affordable and simple option for those looking to build an off grid cabin or tiny home in the not too distant future.
This is one technology we’ll all have to keep an eye on in the years to come.