In an attempt to fight the menace of plastic waste and also bridge the housing deficit gap in Ghana, a young man in his thirties has come out with an innovation to build houses using plastic bottles.
The new innovation is 33-percent cheaper than the traditional form of building a house and 20 times stronger than concrete, according to the inventor.
TV3 visited one of the building sites at Pakyi in the Ashanti region where a one-bedroom apartment is being constructed with plastic bottles. The menace of plastic waste has been a challenge in Ghana and the absence of plastic bottle recycling plant in the country has worsened the situation.
The plastic, which ends up in some major drains in the country, causes flooding in some areas whenever it rains. The inability of plastic waste to decompose also makes it unfriendly to the environment.
To help the country solve its plastic waste threat, Paul Coffie Bebobru, founder of ToaHouse has come out with an innovation to add value to plastic bottles by using it to build house. The plastic bottles replace the use of cement blocks and bricks.
A group of women fill the plastic bottles with sand before masons use clay or mortar to arrange the bottles to be firm just like it is done in the case of block laying. Paul Coffie said the innovation makes the houses earthquake resistant, well insulated, fire and bullet proof, and energy self-sufficient.