Plastic thatch roofing not only reduces waste by reusing PET bottles, but it also creates durable housing and jobs in the process. Strategic Economics Professor Dr. David Saiia of Duquesne University conceived an alternative solution for people in the developing world who have been running traditional resources dry thatching reedy roofs.
Dr. Saiia's process cuts down on the amount of ecosystem-harming waste that would otherwise accumulate in the South American rainforests. This process uses a hand-powered bottle-slicing machine that creates strips of plastic that can be attached to bamboo or melted together. This plastic thatch roofing method lasts much longer than traditional reeds while also providing inhabitants with enough ventilation.
In addition to this innovative process, Dr. Saiia hopes to establish a cottage industry that will create jobs for local community members who can make, sell and install roofs.
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