This Indian NGO creates colorful, anti-slip tiles from plastic waste
The south Indian city of Bengaluru has been grappling with the problem of plastic waste since quite some time now. Even though the state government imposed a blanket ban on the manufacturing, storing and distribution of single-use plastics back in 2016, the city’s municipal council (BBMP) says plastic comprises about 20% of the total municipal solid waste of 4,000 tonnes a day.
Fortunately, non-profit organization Swachha has come up with a solution that can convert discarded plastic waste and convert it into tiles and irrigation pipes. In association with BBMP, Swachha has developed what they are calling ‘Re-Tile’—tiles which customers can use on pavements, as wall cladding tiles, apartment walkways and swimming pools because of their light weight.
These tiles are heat resistant up to 150 degrees Celsius, fire retardant, and can carry loads up to 35 tonnes, and more importantly, are recyclable. And yes, and you don’t slip on these tiles.