Gallery: Hand-Powered Machine Transforms Plastic Bottles into Thatched ...


Thatch roofs are a traditional building technology in Ecuador for good reason – they keep a home cool and the reeds can be sourced locally. Unfortunately, thatch has become much harder to acquire as land for food has pushed the grass out. Roofs made from steel and fiberglass panels are woeful replacements, as they let in much more heat – and during the frequent rains they can make a racket inside. Dr. David Saiia, a professor of strategic economics and sustainability at Duquesne University has created a unique solution by taking plastic bottles out of the local waste stream and turning them into a thatch replacement with his hand-powered machine.

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1 Comment

  1. Islandstrade March 10, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Appears to be a great idea

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