Indian furniture designers build homes from plastic waste

Indian furniture designers build homes from plastic waste
Published: 18 August 2019 - 8:27 a.m.

An Indian husband and wife design team are using recycled milk cartons build homes out of plastic waste.

The couple are designed homes in Hyderabad that use plastic planks — made from recycled waste — as a plywood replacement.

Prashant Lingam and his wife, Aruna, spent more than a decade designing houses and making bamboo furniture. But have now turned their attention to making homes out of plastic waste to address India's growing problem with rubbish.

The first house they built is in Uppal, Hyderabad. Seven tonnes of recycled plastic trash were used to build it.

Recycled milk cartons could be used to design furniture, toilets, benches and even bus shelters, the couple told India’s press agency, Asian News International.

The plastic houses they make are structurally sound, so people don't need to worry about living in them, Lingam told the news agency.

“It is as good as any other regular brick and mortar house. The plastic house is water-, fire- and heat-resistant. Thus, it can last for 30 to 40 years,” he said.

“Eleven states in India have already imposed a full or partial ban on plastic. However, implementation is not so easy in our country. We should look for alternatives for plastic. There are alternatives available in jute, bamboo and cotton,” he added

“We can contribute to 'plastic-free society' in two best ways. One is by cutting down the use of plastic and the second by reusing it.

India is working hard to address plastic waste nationwide. Locally, Lingham and his wife have received support from both the Telangana government and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

Schools in the local area have also approached the couple to make benches out of plastic waste.

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