We have been honored by an invitation to display at a very important event in Dallas in April. As of right now we plan on having a finished shelter designed by Ronald Omyonga. He will design and we will build an example of a shelter made for Nairobi Kenya. We also want to have at least one plastic block press onsite with materials for visitors to participate in making recycled plastic blocks.
As most of you already know styrofoam and film (grocery sacks) plastics are not wanted for traditional recycling. At most recycling centers that handle home pick up recycling these items are sorted and then sent to the landfill. Allied Waste aka Republic Recycling center in Plano Texas will give me recyclable plastics for the blocks. I don’t want to use that because I want to use the stuff that is destined for the landfill.
That’s where I need help. If you live in the north east of Dallas area, close to Wylie, and you want to participate I want your film plastics, grocery bags etc. I also want your clean styrofoam stuff. This can be anything from peanuts used in packing, the big foam blocks that protect electronics during shipping, to go foam dishes and cups, foam and film plastic packages for groceries like meats and vegetables, and let’s not forget those foam egg cartons.
I want them clean if at all possible. It won’t take you but a minute to rinse them off before you bag them for me. The reason for that is the blocks made with these products will be handled by the public, specifically college students.
As more information becomes available we will pass it on about the event. It is an unbelievable opportunity for us and we want it to take full advantage of the exposure. If we can build the shelter and demonstrate with stuff destined for the landfill because it doesn’t already have recyclable value it will be even better.
One more thing, we get about two to two and a half blocks from each large green plastic trash bag of material. If you want to see the process and participate making blocks we would appreciate that help too. Especially if you bring along the kiddos. That would be the best thing of all, starting them young to be responsible consumers and citizens.
One other thing while you’re feeling so generous, I want to share some of these blocks with the public for them to use to share the vision of making homes for the third world that are good homes. Not just shelters, homes.