Made from recycled plastic, sturdy ‘lego bricks’ are created and used to change peoples lives.
When Colombian Fernando Llanos decided to build his own house in Cundinamarca, he soon realised that moving the materials from Bogota was going to be difficult. He then decided to build his house out of plastic. After a series of trials and errors, he met architect Óscar Méndez, who developed his thesis on the same subject. Together they founded the company Conceptos Plásticos (Plastic Concepts) in 2011.
The base material they work with is obtained from popular recyclers and factories that discard tons of plastic daily. Using an extrusion process, the plastic is melted and emptied into a final mould. Each mould creates a three-kilo brick (6.6 lbs), similar to clay ones with the same dimensions. When assembled under pressure the bricks insulate heat and have additives that retard combustion.
Plastic homes are saving communities and families
Initially created to withstand Colombia’s high levels of seismic activity the bricks are thermoacoustic and earthquake resistant. The company has also created a multiple living complex in Guami, Southwest of Colombia which now houses 42 families torn apart by conflict. They completed the project in 28 days thanks to the joint work of 15 people and recycling more than 200 tons of plastic.