Need

There is a shortage of building materials for housing.

There is a plastic pollution problem in our world.

The poor need jobs.

Where those three issues collide we find extreme poverty; however, we also see extreme opportunity. Ubuntublox is all about bringing out the opportunity in these situations.

There is a shortage of building materials for housing.

The best example of this is Haiti – everything needed to make a house has to be imported: deforestation has left few trees for lumber; quality cement and steel are rarely produced domestically, and imported materials are very expensive given Haiti’s import taxes and transportation costs. Construction techniques are then based off the low-quality building materials, which lead to incredibly unsafe structures. All of these issues are then multiplied by inappropriate schemes for housing rooted in a culture reflecting an attitude that it is “good enough” for the poor. 

There is a plastic pollution problem in our world.

This is a resounding truth everywhere, but especially true in the poorest regions of our world, where recycling plants and public sanitation are are underfunded or non-existent due to the many other pressing issues. However, this does not mean it is unimportant – plastics left to pollute our world have great environmental, economic, and social implications. 

Most of us have seen the images of plastic waste harming our environment and wildlife. We know the issue is both real and growing, and leaving this man made problem up to our environment to deal with is no solution at all. Economically, pollution greatly devalues property and tourism opportunities, along with many other businesses. In our work, we have collected thousands of pounds of styrofoam – and regardless of where we work, we have consistently received gratitude from the communities we clean. It’s a matter of self-worth and improving the standard of living, both of which are incredibly important for a healthy society.

The poor need jobs.

An opportunity to earn steady wages can be life changing for anyone, but especially for those most in need. Studies have shown vast improvements in health, education, and quality of life through improved wages. By creating value from what would otherwise be waste, Ubuntublox offers this immensely valuable opportunity, hopefully breaking the cycle of poverty. 

Ubuntublox Place in all This

Ubuntublox is a unique solution to these three difficult issues facing our world. Read more in our Mission and Technology to find out how Ubuntublox works to solve these problems.