More than 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced every year, yet just a fraction of this is recycled. Most of the waste usually ends up in landfills, waterways and oceans. If we use just 2% of the waste plastic in the world, we can change the lives of millions.
Conceptos Plasticos, founded by architect Oscar Mendez, collects recyclable plastic material, melts it down and moulds it into bricks which are then used to build houses for the local community. The company has already helped to house 42 families displaced by conflict in the town of Guapi, Colombia, recycling 120 tonnes of plastic in the process.