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UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims
Posted By Tafline Laylin On November 26, 2011 @ 2:56 am In Disaster-proof design,green packaging,humanitarian design,News | 3 Comments
Providing food and shelter to victims of a natural disaster is one of the first priorities for emergency services, but the process can often generate a lot of unnecessary waste. To help tackle this problem, UNICEF has developed an amazing reusable LEGO-inspired brick  that doubles as a food storage container and a building material, addressing multiple needs in one fell swoop. Read on to see more pictures of this clever object designed by Psychic Factory !
The bricks have two compartments – one that holds rice and another that holds water. Once these vitals have been consumed, the bricks are then filled up with soil and sand to give them weight and stacked just like lego bricks into temporary shelters that gives disaster victims relief  from the elements. In the meantime, all of the packaging that might have been used to provide clean drinking water  and food are spared, as well as the headache of sourcing and distributing them. And the best part? When this area recovers, the bricks can be re-used somewhere else!
Via PFSK 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/11/unicef-emergency-lego-brick-1.jpg
 LEGO-inspired brick: http://inhabitat.com/worlds-first-functioning-lego-greenhouse-unveiled-at-the-london-design-festival/
 Psychic Factory: http://www.psychicfactory.com/
 disaster victims relief: http://inhabitat.com/amazing-haitisofthouse-provides-immediate-disaster-relief-for-communities/
 clean drinking water: http://inhabitat.com/6-water-purifying-devices-for-clean-drinking-water-in-the-developing-world/
 PFSK: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1FtLLW/www.psfk.com/2011/11/unicef-brick-inspired-by-lego-also-stores-food-water.html
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