The plastic bottles which we often see lying in the garbage heap and harming the environment for centuries.. Namita Kapale and Kalyani Bharambe, two friends from Aurangabad, have made an eco-friendly house by collecting thousands of the same plastic bottles; Which is sustainable in every sense.
We use plastic bottles many times in our daily life. Especially when we do not carry water in a bottle from home while going out. Many people throw these plastic bottles here and there or in the garbage after use, which is not at all good for the environment.
India produces about 3.4 million tonnes of plastic annually, which is non-biodegradable and cannot be recycled. In such a situation, to solve this problem, two friends Namita Kapale and Kalyani Bharambe from Aurangabad came up with a unique way and made an eco-friendly house from 16000 plastic bottles.
Located in Sambhaji Nagar near Daulatabad, this house ‘Vavar’ is spread over 4000 square feet. Apart from 12 to 13 tonnes of non-recyclable plastic, cow dung and soil have also been used to make it, making it completely eco-friendly.
The house has two open and airy rooms and a small hut made of plastic bottles outside. The doors, windows and roof are also made from eco-friendly materials like bamboo and wood.
In 2020, Namita and Kalyani completed their graduation in Fine Arts from Government College of Art and Design, Aurangabad. Since their college days, they both wanted to build a sustainable and eco-friendly home. He started researching for it and came to know about Akshar School located in Pamohi village of Guwahati, Assam during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2021. This school made seats for the students by filling cement in empty plastic bottles.
“Inspired by this, we started collecting plastic bottles from the street, hotels, shops and scrap dealers,” Namita, 23, tells The Better India.
In the beginning, even people did not understand his initiative. That’s why people often called Namita and Kalyani as Bhangarwali, Kachrewali, Bottlewali. But as the housework progressed, everyone understood and respected the unique idea of both the friends.
How was this plastic house made?
Together they collected around 16,000 waste plastic bottles. He filled 10,000 bottles with multi-layer plastic and the remaining 6,000 with soil. Now the plastic bottles are filled in plastic bags, the excess air is removed and the bottle is packed.
The structure of ‘Wavar’ was prepared by placing them one above the other. Namita says that civil lab engineers at Aurangabad’s Government Engineering College also checked the quality of these plastic bottles. And in July 2021, a trial was conducted to test the eco-brick wall made by him.
Instead of cement, a special type of soil has been used to make it, due to which this house is very strong. Also, there is no need for AC or heater here in any season. The construction cost of this house made of mud and plastic is only Rs 700 per square foot, which is almost 50% less than the cost of ordinary houses.
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