With IIT-M students’ touch, plastic bottles transform into construction materials

In a novel initiative, a group of students from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras have embarked on a social campaign that converts one problem into a solution for the other. They have transformed thousands of discarded plastic water bottles collected from city restaurants into durable construction material and are planning to build toilets in rural areas. The first such ‘bottle’ toilet is going to come up in Bandikavanoor in Sholavaram taluk in Thiruvallur district.

The idea was conceptualised as part of 18th edition of four-day Shaastra-2017, which is one of the Asia’s largest student-managed technical festival that commenced on Saturday. As per WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme, 2015, 44% of India’s population is still defecating in open risking health, dignity and safety every day..........Read more


Source: The New Indian Express

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