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Plastic bottle battle: members respond to our new environment series

Plastic bottle battle: members respond to our new environment series. The Guardian, July 2017.

The Guardian’s Bottling It series is shining a light on the problem of what to do with the 1m plastic drinking bottles produced every minute. Your replies were thoughtful and inspiring

We often hear from members about our environment reporting – you tell us that you value it and would like us to increase our focus in this area.

A cat crouches on a polluted beach strewn with plastic bottles near Dakar in Senegal. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

A cat crouches on a polluted beach strewn with plastic bottles near Dakar in Senegal. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

So we were interested in hearing your views on our Bottling It series, which asks who is responsible for the world’s plastic binge, and how we might solve the environmental crisis it is creating. Thank you to all who got in touch – your thoughts were informed, passionate and often inspiring, which is why we have published a selection of them below.

The series has been very well read, and this week continues with our reporter Nicola Davis documenting her attempts to avoid buying anything with plastic in it or on it. Do you want to join her? Let us know how you get on using #nomoreplastic on Twitter and Instagram.

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Toilets with plastic bottles? IIT-Madras students show the way

Toilets with plastic bottles? IIT-Madras students show the way. Times of India, January 22, 2017.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The method involves using discarded PET bottles filled with savudu sand (aquifer sand).
  • The students built a bench using PET bottles on the IIT-M campus last month.
  • SYNK, the collective behind the project, intends using it to build toilets in rural areas.

CHENNAI: A group of 13 IIT-Madras students has designed and tested a construction model using PolyEthylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles for bricks and hopes it will revolutionise future government-sponsored sanitation programmes.

SYNK, the collective behind the project, intends using it to build toilets in rural areas. It can help reduce plastic waste, said manager Arpan Paul.

The method involves using discarded PET bottles filled with savudu sand (aquifer sand). “This is not construction grade sand. The type we used for our experiment is what you would find at a landfill,” said W Keerthana, a students. A little water poured into the PET bottle is drained and then filled with sand to make it strong like a brick.

As a test, the students built a bench using PET bottles on the IIT-M campus last month. “We sourced 3500 plastic bottles from nearly 10 restaurants in Velachery and Adyar,” said Paul, adding that the method is cost effective and quick. “It cost us around Rs 4,000 to procure the sand.”

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