Innovators in New York have designed an initiative to avert excess plastic waste from landfill sites.
The “SodaBIB” (Soda-Bottle Interface Bracket) project uses plastic water bottles to craft a roof; to make a shelter from otherwise discarded materials. The team has already designed the plastic shipping pallet that holds the bottles together. The holder can be easily disassembled into brackets.
Last year, the inventors created a 5′-0″ x 5′-0″ prototype with successful results. With their latest project, they want to assemble a garden-shed sized system to be constructed in New York city.
The entire process of making the new prototype will be filmed as a documentary, to illustrate how the various construction stages have been carefully considered.
For example, fork-lifts would be used to lift water bottles, to show the project is compliant with international shipping specifications. The building of the roof will be carried out without power tools, to demonstrate that anyone can assemble one. This is especially important for the disaster areas that the roofs are intended for.
The innovators will demonstrate the latest prototype’s easy assembly by being unveiled in one of New York city’s sculpture parks, before being disassembled and reconstructed in local farmer’s markets, and, the team hope, Grand Central Station.
Three professors from the New York Institute of Technology, two of whom with a license to practice architecture in the New York state, will overview the kick-start project.
The team are guided by a reduce, reuse and recycle philosophy, with an ultimate dream of recycling bins becoming a last resort.
They said on their kickstarter website, which is a platform for creative projects, “Bottling companies create 2,680,000 tons of non-biodegradable PET bottles each year, of which only 27% are recovered. As much as we try to recycle, Plastic is in our oceans, in our drinking water, in our food and in us.”
With all good intentions, the full-scale mock up cannot be approved without sufficient funding. According to the site, the team needs to raise $ 32,500 by November 15 if they are to be funded. With eight days left, they have received $ 3,375 from 61 donators.
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