PlasTech Ventures – Empowering Women by Recycling Plastic to Produce High Value Products

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Faculty Mentor/s:
Prof. Ganesh Balasubramanian, Mechanical Engineering; Brian Slocum, Wilbur Powerhouse Design Labs

 

Students on the team:

 

Project Description:
This project aims to provide income opportunities for women in a partnering local community (Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines) by building a community-based, micro-recycling facility.  Now in year four of the project, the team has made some real progress in narrowing down an affordable group of technologies and assessing the viability of plastic as a building material.   The focus in the upcoming year of the project will be to finalize a design for a construction brick, prototype a method for manufacturing at scale, and further assess the market opportunities in the Philippines. Through this project, women in the community will be manufacturing up-cycled products themselves, thus emphasizing gender equality and empowerment. Aside from finished goods, useful raw materials may also be made and supplied to local manufacturers to turn into high-value products.

 

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